Chief Instructor Australia / National Director


Sensei John Carlyle is the Chief Instructor and National Director (honbucho) for Matsubayashi-ryu Australia. He is also the owner and Head Instructor (kancho) for the dojo located in Wingham, Harrington and Taree.

Sensei Carlyle holds a 6th Dan in Matsubayashi-ryu Karate-do and has been practising Karate-do for 40 years. He also holds the teaching licence of 'Renshi', awarded by the WMKA Okinawa Headquarters.

Sensei Carlyle was a direct student of the late Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, Hanshisei 10th Dan, the second generation headmaster and son of the founder of Matsubayashi-ryu, Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.

Since the passing of Soke Nagamine in April 2012, Sensei Carlyle has returned to Okinawa to receive instruction from the senior instructors of Matsubayashi-ryu. Sensei Carlyle has since become a student and official representative of Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Hanshi 10th Dan, who was also a direct student of Osensei Shoshin Nagamine.

He has travelled to Okinawa and the United States multiple times to train with Soke Takayoshi Nagamine, and senior Matsubayashi-ryu instructors. Sensei Carlyle has received his grade, dojo owner license, and teaching certification directly from Soke Nagamine.

Sensei Carlyle was also the first instructor to host Soke Nagamine in the Oceania region in 2007, when he brought Soke Nagamine to Australia for over a week of intensive training, and an open-styles seminar.

You can see Sensei Carlyle's lineage here.

A brief history of Sensei Carlyle's Matsubayashi-ryu history:

  • 2017 Hosted Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki in Australia for intensive training.
  • 2016 Travelled to Okinawa for intensive training with various Dojo Heads. Obtained the teaching licence of 'Renshi' while in Okinawa.
  • 2014 Obtained the grade of 6th Dan while in Okinawa.
  • 2014 Attended the WMKA Memorial Seminar for Soke Nagamine in Okinawa as well as intensive training with Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki.
  • 2013 Hosted Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki in Australia for intensive training.
  • 2012 Travelled to Okinawa to train intensively with Sensei Yoshitaka Taira, Sensei Toshimitsu Arakaki, Sensei Kiyoshi Shinjo and Sensei Tetsuo Miyagi over a two-week period.
  • 2010 Travelled to Okinawa to participate in the World seminar and 75th anniversary celebrations hosted by the WMKA and Soke Takayoshi Nagamine.
  • 2007, 2009, 2011 Hosted Soke Takayoshi Nagamine in Australia for intensive training and seminars.
  • 2007 Travelled to the USA to participate in World Seminar with Soke Takayoshi Nagamine.
  • 2006 Travelled to Okinawa to train at the Nagamine Dojo under the personal instruction of Soke Takayoshi Nagamine.
  • 2001, 2005 Hosted senior USA instructor Sensei Fred Christian, Kyoshi 8th Dan in Australia.
  • 1999 Established the Matsubayashi-ryu Karate Association of Australia.