Sensei Bob began his martial arts journey in the 1970s, starting with boxing around the Flinders St Railway Stations areas in Melbourne. After moving to Geelong in the 1980s, he commenced Kyokushin, first at Norlane dojo and then at the Hendy St Church Hall at Corio (now demolished), under Sensei Luke Grgurevic. During the time, he competed (and placed) in a number of light and full contact tournaments from regional, state and national level.

In 1993, Sensei Bob (then 1st kyu) took over a dojo located at the Pettitt Park Community Hall in Bell Post Hill with Sempai Brian Barclay. Since then he has trained and produced many full-contact fighters, including Sensei Luke Argento and Sempai Dean Hinch, to mention a few. He gained Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in 1994, Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt) in 1998, Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) in 2001 and Yondan (4th degree Black Belt) in 2007. He has trained in Japan, Hawaii, United States and Canada, has attended the 6th & 7th world tournaments, and officiated in the 8th & 9th world tournaments in Japan.

In the late 2000s, he began searching a number of premises in interest of running a full time dojo. It wasn't easy, he looked at businesses, rentals, commercial leases, warehouses, etc, but none of them seemed to fit the spirit. He didn't want a sterile clinical environment. He wanted something, like a commericial gym. And seeing what his group have created, he believes, is inspirational. Some of the hardest Kyokushin battles have been held at the Geelong Arena, including the International One Match tournament in 1998.