Dr Nigel Farrier
Hello. My name is Dr Nigel Farrier and I have been studying the martial arts since around 1990. I first became involved as my sons wanted to 'do karate' as a friend of theirs was doing it. Although I had had a life long desire for the martial arts since seeing the very first Bruce Lee movie way back when, I always thought that it was out of my reach or just too hard!
After a few weeks of taking my sons to their karate classes I was talked into joining myself. Well, you guessed it, my kids eventually stopped going after about one year but I am still there over twenty five plus years later!
I started with Shotokan Karate and obtained my first black belt through them and Kanazawa Sensei, Murakami Sensei and Shotokan Karate International Australia. After that I looked around to expand my knowledge about the martial arts in general. It was during this period that I discovered Jujitsu.
Whilst studying karate I also discovered my love for kobudo (weapons) and began a study of the Bo and Sai initially. This has expanded to include bokken and sword along with the nun chaku, tonfa, kama, eku, nunti and others under the Matayoshi system. I have travelled to Okinawa several times to study at the Matayoshi Kodokan with the current head Matayoshi Yasushi Soke.
I am now a well recognised expert within the martial arts community here in Australia. 2013 saw me inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in Hobart. In 2015 Iwas nominated for membership into the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, the most prestigious martial arts organisation in the world, and was accepted. I also travel regularly to teach at various events around Australia and even in the UK and USA. I travel not only to teach at seminars but also to attend them to improve my own knowledge.
I is now ranked Rokudan (6th Dan) in Karate, Godan (5th degree black belt) in Jujitsu and Sandan (3rd Dan) in Kobudo. I am also a level 3 qualified coach through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, a registered Master Level Coach with the International Martial Arts Alliance and is the Western Australia coordinator for the International Budo Federation.