Head Instructor Rory Marama

Founder of Shugyo International

Head Instructor Rory (Chief Marama) began his martial journey in the 1980’s studying Iaido, then joined his first Taekwondo class in 1989.

He has served in the Australian Army where he qualified as a sniper, then worked in security and other federal and state government agencies since 1995.  In 2007 he was certified as an OST law enforcement instructor.

In 2011 he was inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and World Karate Union Hall of Fame for 2011 (AMAHOF) which he sees as a great honour, but more importantly he sees it as demonstrating his lifetime commitment to helping others achieve their best in Martial Arts.

He holds Advanced Diploma level qualifications in Public Safety and is also Diploma level qualified in Sports Coaching.  

Currently Rory teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a Roots BJJ affiliate coach, teaches Taekwondo and delivers private tuition and conditioning on the south coast of NSW.

Shugyo is his life now as he moves around the country and internationally assessing Grading applicants, delivering Seminars, hosting Competitions and organising camps for members who wish to be adventurous and experience the world on our Way, through the lens of martial arts.

Some Instructors of other styles seek out Rory to help their branch join the credibility that Shugyo International brings.  Since inception Rory has helped Shugyo affiliates open in locations such as:

  • Canberra ACT
  • Sydney NSW (2 branches)
  • Wollongong NSW (3 branches)
  • Batemans Bay NSW (2 branches)
  • Moruya NSW (2 branches)
  • Armidale NSW
  • Kingdom of TONGA
  • Tweed Heads NSW
  • NSW Central Coast
  • Tamworth NSW
  • Auckland NEW ZEALAND

Please contact Rory if you wish have a Seminar at your club, if you are interested in becoming a Shugyo Affiliate, wish to do the Bridging Black Belt course, attend an Immersion / Camp or join a team visiting International destinations.

Martial Arts Achievements:

  • 1st place Australian National All Styles, Open black belt division 2010
  • 2nd place NSW BJJ State Championship, white belt Masters division 2015
  • World Karate Union Hall of Fame inductee
  • Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee