John Collett Shihan

John Collett Shihan is the Minaputa Dojo's Shibu-cho or Branch Manager.

Collett Shihan, although he prefers the title sensei in the dojo, is better known simply as “JC.” He has been involved in the Japanese martial arts since 1963 when he started in the then rather exotic martial art of Judo at his local PCYC after viewing a newsreel about it at the cinema in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

After a while he grew tired of the competitive aspect of Judo and drifted off to look for something else. In those early days, like so many beginning martial artists he floated here and there, not really knowing what it was he was looking for but knowing he hadn't found it yet!

After witnessing a “friendly contest” between three brothers who were close friends of the family, one a boxer, another a Tae Kwon Do practitioner and the third a Jujutsuan that resulted in one broken arm and an assortment of cuts and bruises he decided to concentrate on Nihon Jujutsu!

However, it wasn’t until 1972 after moving to Darwin for work that he found his place in the budo when he met and became a student of  now Professor Raymond Lea, a senior student of the late Professor KAM Hock Hoe, holder of the Dento no Kyoju or Professor of the Tradition and Judan or 10th Dan  licences and now the master level instructor, president and Saiko Shihan of the Kokusai Jujutsu Kenkyukai or International Jujutsu Research Society. Collett Shihan remains to this day a student and close friend of Professor Lea and assists him with research into and promotion of Professor KAM Hock Hoe’s Hyou-ha Bankoku Jujutsu.

In parallel to jujutsu he has practiced a number of other martial arts including the Korean art Tang Soo Do, Shotokan karate, Taiji Quan and other Chinese martial disciplines. Most of his non-jujutsu training however, has been in Goju-ryu Kenpo under the guidance of Tino Ceberano Hanshi of the IGK or Kokusai Goju Kobujutsu Kenkyukai or International Goju Classical Martial Arts Research Society.

Collett Shihan has come to understand that these two arts are closely coupled with each providing skills that enhances the other.

Collett Shihan currently holds the following ranks, titles, memberships and accreditations:

Active Grades

  Menkyo Souden (Jujutsu) Kokusai Jujutsu Kenkyukai
  Hachidan (Jujutsu) Kokusai Jujutsu Kenkyukai

Kuatsu Senmonka (Kuatsu & Hakuda Kempo) Kokusai Jujutsu Kenkyukai

Nanadan IGK Goju-ryu Kenpo
  Souden no Maki IGK Goju-Kobujutsu

DNBK Certified G0dan Karate-do

Teaching Titles

  IJRS teaching title of Souden Shihan
  IGK teaching title of Kyoushi


  Member of the Kokusai Jujustu Kenkyukai
  Member of the IGK Shihankai
  Member of the Australian Jujutsu Association
  Certified member of the Dai Nippon Butokukai International Division (DNBKID)
  Member of the Kokusai Bugei Hozonkai


MA-IAP Martial Arts Instructor Accreditation

CoachCheck Accreditation

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