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The Alpine Dojo was first opened in 1998 by Sempai Joe Vrtatic. After humble beginnings at the local school gymnasium, it was located at the Bright Sports Centre, in Gavan Street, using the Aerobics Room. In 2001 Sempai Vrtatic moved to Geelong, and the dojo was taken over by Sensei Geoff Miller, a karateka & dojo operator, who had moved to the North East. In 2003, the student numbers had grown sufficiently to look for bigger premises, and thanks to student Andrew Hall, a purpose built facility was established in Porepunkah, where it remains today.

The new dojo was officially opened by Shihan Peter Volke on 15/02/2003, with guest instructors and Alpine Dojo students joining in a training session, followed by a barbeque.

dojo opening

Nearly 20 years on, the Alpine Dojo is a thriving and dynamic karate club, offering classes for 5-9 year olds, Junior & Senior age groups. With a firm focus on excellence in technique, disciplined training, personal challenge and a supportive, family environment, we are committed to bringing out the best in our students. We are now offering Family classes and kickboxing circuit classes in regular blocks.

The Instructors would sincerely like to thank the parents and local community for allowing our Dojo to grow and prosper. We are also deeply grateful to the Alpine Shire Council, as along with previous funding to replace our Dojo floor mats, we have now received a grant to purchase Protective Head Guards. Everyone is most appreciative of our ability to provide a safer training environment.

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