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Sensei Jason

Chief Instructor

Chief Instructor

5th Dan Shitoryu/Shukokai


Sensei Jason Nichols started his martial arts training at the age of 14 under the guidance and instruction of Sensei Bob Shearwood and Sensei Alan Murdoch in Shukokai. In 1989, he achieved his Senior Blackbelt from Sensei Tommy Morris (President of Kobe Osaka International and 8th Dan Shitoryu/Shukokai). In 1994, he began training at Blackburn Karate Club under Sensei Richard Callaghan (6th Dan Shukokai) and has been the part of the fabric ever since.

In 2011 he started Sakura Karate Club – Kobe Osaka in Bayswater North in a full time, professional capacity. He currently holds a Level 2 Silver Coaching Accreditation with the Australian Sports Commission as well as holding National Kumite and Kata ‘A’ Referee Qualifications with the Australian Karate Federation. He also sits on the Karate Victoria Referee Commission. In 2017 he was a State Kata Coach with the Victorian Karate Team. As per Government requirements, he also has current Working With Children Check and First Aid qualifications.

He has travelled extensively internationally, having competed in 4 Kobe Osaka World Cups, having medaled in Bulgaria (bronze 2007) and Malaysia (silver 2009) in Male Kata competition. He teaches all aspects of traditional Japanese karate as well as fitness for his students at Sakura.

He can be contacted on 0488 132 192 or email

Sensei Laura

Senior Instructor

Senior Instructor

4th Dan Shitoryu/Shukokai


Sensei Laura has been training in karate since 1988 and achieved her Senior Blackbelt in the early 1990’s. She also trained at our partner dojo (Blackburn Karate Club) under Sensei Richard Callaghan.

She is a Senior Instructor at Sakura Karate and also holds qualifications in secondary teaching. She is a Level 1 Karate CoachFirst Aid trained. She is a fantastic instructor, a role model for our female students and children and we are very lucky to have her at Sakura Karate Club.

She has competed Internationally in Kata and participated in 3 Kobe Osaka World Cups. She also loves keeping fit and healthy and participates in our fitness classes.

About us

Our Difference

Our Difference

We are the most progressive Martial Arts club in the Outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. We will develop your confidence and character along with the many athletic traits karate has to offer, including strength, power, speed, agility and flexibility. We will encourage your effort and perseverance, make you more resilient, increase your focus, carve out a stronger mind and body, harness your determination and make you the best person you can be – all through the training of martial arts.

Sakura is proud to deliver programs that encourage, inspire and challenge our students and give them the skills to thrive. Give us a call or visit us and find out more about being part of our family club at Sakura.

Kobe Osaka International

Kobe Osaka International

Sensei Tommy Morris 8th Dan Shitoryu

Sakura Karate Club are proud members of Kobe Osaka International. KOI Chief Instructor Shihan Tommy Morris, who trained under Shukokai masters Chojiro Tani and Shigeru Kimura, is the president of Kobe Osaka. He was awarded 8th Dan in 2003 by the World Karate Federation (WKF). He visits Sakura every September to hold his annual seminar and international grading.

He is accompanied every year by his son, Sensei Steven Morris 7th Dan Shukokai who is a world renowned Kata specialist. He competed at the very highest level in Kata, including WKF Senior World Championships. He was a 15 time British Open Kata Champion undefeated and a 7 time Scottish Open Kata Champion.

For further information about Kobe Osaka, please log onto their website Kobe Osaka International