Kyoshi Brett Harrison

TITLE: Kyoshi

RANK: 6th Degree Black Belt

POSITION: Head Instructor, Co-Founder


Chief Instructor of the Happy Valley Dojo for the past 23 years.


33 Years experience having trained in Boxing, Goju Kai Karate, Zen Do Kai Karate, Golden Knights Karate, Genesis Karate and Doce Pares.


Experience in the Security Industry having provided security for Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Paul McCartney, Private functions etc.

Years with the Dept of Defence – Army, with experience in Physical training instructing and Unarmed Combat.


Accreditation with MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Australia), Level 2 Coaching accreditation specific to Martial Arts.

Qualified Incident management and Operational Safety Trainer (Including firearms).

Level 1 Qualifications in Public Order Management (Riot training).

Shihan Ant’z Veen

TITLE: Shihan

RANK: 5th Degree Black Belt

POSITION: Instructor, Co-Founder


Instructor of the Clapham Dojo since 2001
Clapham Primary School, Barretts Road Clapham.

Instructor of the Holdfast Dojo since 2003
Seacliff Primary School, Barwell Ave Seacliff.


I started Judo at a young age with Renshi Mines and followed with some traditional Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Taekwondo

Have been training in Freestyle Karate since 1994 Competing in Taekwondo, Karate and NAS (National All Styles) Tounaments.


I started my journey in Martial Arts in 1979 and have been involved ever since.

I have trained in varied styles over the years and believe that this brings a good balance and understanding to the Martial Artist.

I came across Freestyle Karate in the 90’s and found my place in the arts, while still cross training because no one has all the answers.

My teaching rank is Shihan, I hold a 5th Degree Black Belt and run two of my own Dojo’s.


Accreditation with MAIA (Martial Arts Industry Australia), Level 2 Coaching accreditation specific to Martial Arts.

South Australia’s Technical Director for NAS, National All Styles Tournament.

Level 2 Referee for NAS

Renshi Heidi Smith
TITLE: Renshi
RANK: 3rd Degree Black Belt
POSITION: Instructor

19 years of Martial Arts experience, having trained in Zen Do Kai, Golden Knights Karate and Genesis Martial Arts


Accredited MAIA instructor (Martial Arts Industry Assoc)
NAS level one tournament referee


Extensive competition in NAS tournaments having won 8 first places, 5 second places and 6 third places.

Renshi Scott Smetter
TITLE: Renshi
RANK: 3rd Degree Black Belt
POSITION: Instructor

NAS Points Sparing, 2nd place, April 1999


Judo 1985-87
Go Kan Ryu 1989-1992
Genesis freestyle Karate 1998-2008
Zanshin Freestyle Karate 2009 – present


My aim to further develop and refine my knowledge and skills as a Martial Artist and pass this knowledge on to students that come before me, ideally opening my own club.

I believe that Martial Arts is holistic journey, that encompasses mind, body and spirit.

It enables students not only to develop their physical and mental abilities. From this students begins to develop their skills as a ‘Martial Artist’ by being able to read any given situation and deal with the myriad of possibilities and outcomes that may arise, and then to choose the best outcome that is right for them.

I also believe that Martial Arts helps define the qualities of the person who undertakes this life style and helps creates a sense of one’s true self.

Renshi Chris D’Arcy
TITLE: Renshi
RANK: 3rd Degree Black Belt
POSITION: Instructor

My first martial arts experience was at the age of 8. I joined a local Judo club for a year. Between the ages of 12 and 18 I trained for athletics, focusing on the discus. I won many school and AAA county events finally winning the English schools championship and represented Great Britain at junior level against Germany. I retired from athletics at 18 (I was too small, most other competitors were over 30cm taller) and started work in computers. During this time I studied Lau-Gar Kung Fu for a number of years, mainly using it for fitness training.

I moved to Australia in 1998 with my wife and two children. I started training with Shihan Brett Harrison in 1999. I was over-weight, unfit and had only stopped smoking a few years before. I found that karate gave me achievable short-term targets (belts) that pushed me forward.
Co-ordination & fitness soon followed.


I have studied a little Krav Maga, the Israeli self-defense system. This system borrows the most effective elements of all martial arts. It has a very direct approach to defense often combining defensive blocks with strikes, in an effort to be efficient in a potentially life or death situations. It also removes the spiritual side as it is focused entirely on self-defense.

I am currently studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This is a mainly ground based martial art and is quite sports oriented. It has the benefit of nearly always being performed against someone who is resisting 100%. You soon learn how difficult it is to force people to move and you must start to use efficient leverage and timing. During this time I have had the good fortune to train with Royce Gracie, the UFC legend.

I hope that this exposure to other martial arts broadens my aspects of my own martial art, expands my knowledge and allow me to add value to the karate classes.


We are all our own martial art. Two people could train day and night with the same coach for years. In the end their martial arts could be the same. But I believe they should be as individual as each of the students. The students should take and use what works for their personality and body type.