Meet the Instructors

Our instructors are experienced, professional karate practitioners who focus on a human experience.

Learn more about them below and come and introduce yourself to them at the club.


Senpai Sam Gray

2nd Degree (Dan) Black Belt

Sam has been training in Seido Karate for over a decade (see timeline of notable events below).

Sam holds a current BlueCard (Working with Children Check, QLD), Driver Authorisation and Basic First Aid & CPR Certificate.

Sam is assisted at Seido Sunnybank by various black belts (and senior students) with experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

​Sam works as an accountant in a public practice firm on the southside of Brisbane and outside of karate, he enjoys playing golf and rugby.​

2001 - Started Seido in Reefton, New Zealand with Sensei Heather White (4th dan) under Hanshi Andy Barber (8th dan, Nelson, NZ).

2003 - Moved to Mornington, Victoria and began training at the Bayside dojo with Kyoshi Darek Lebek (5th dan).

2006 - First started assisting with classes at Seido Bayside.

2007 - Promoted to shodan (1st dan) in Sydney, NSW by Sei Shihan Ino Maquirang (6th dan), the Branch Chief of Seido Australia.

​2012 - Moved to Brisbane, Queensland and began training at Seido Brisbane with Kyoshi Catherine Anderson and Kyoshi Glyn Calluthers.

2014 - Became an assistant instructor at Seido Brisbane.

2015 - Promoted to nidan (2nd dan) at the annual Seido Australia summer camp in Wagga Wagga by Sei Shihan Ino.

Sam has competed at regional, state and international level across various competition circuits, in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S.A.

  • Seido Karate International Benefit Tournaments (2002 - Wellington, NZ, 2003 - Sydney, AUS, 2006 & 2016 New York City, USA, 2017 - Aichi, Japan)
  • Australian Martial Arts Championships (AMAC) National Titles (2014 - Sydney, AUS)
  • Seido Australia National Benefit Tournament (2015 & 2016 - Sydney, AUS)

2003 Sydney International Tournament
2006 NYC Dinner (30th Anniversary)
2007 Shodan Promotion
2007 Shodan Promotion
2014 AMAC Australian Titles
2014 Shibu Visit
2015 Nidan Promotion
2016 Beach Training
2016 NYC Dinner (40th Anniversary)
2016 NYC Tournament (40th Anniversary)
2016 Go-En Tournament