SENSEI BOB HOLLAND  
  4TH DAN  
     
  Sensei Bob began his martial arts journey in the 1970s, starting with boxing (at the Victorian Railway Boxing Academy above the Flinders St Railway Stations in Melbourne) and then Chinese boxing. In the late 1980s, he commenced Kyokushin first at Norlane and then at the Hendy St Church Hall (now demolished) at Corio, under the instructors of Sensei Luke Grgurevic and later Sempai Scott McQuaid (now Shihan). During the time, he had competed and placed in a number of light and full contact tournaments at regional, state and national level.      
     
  In 1993, Sensei Bob (then 1st kyu at the time) 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.