Our Head Instructor

SENSEI DAVID LAMBERT

* 4th Dan Black Belt (Graded in Okinawa, Japan)

* Certificate III in Fitness (Fitness instructor)

* Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)

* Certificate III in Business (Adminstration)

* Certificate IV in Business (Management)

Sensei David John Lambert (DJ) is a 4th Dan Black belt in the art of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do. Having studied Karate from the age of three, his father and uncles were pioneering country chief instructors in the establishment of worlds largest Okinawan Karate organisation (IOGKF).

Sensei Lambert has since followed in their footsteps being the only instructor in the region to spend an extended period of time living in Okinawa, Japan - the birthplace of Karate. He has also successfully passed grueling Black Belt grading tests in Japan and has even successfully passed tests alone, in a solo grading, at the International headquarters under the world's chief instructor. He is the only Australian to have ever done this. 

We are very fortunate to have such an in demand Sensei as our head instructor. Sensei Lambert teaches overseas every year and has taught specialty sessions in Canada, England, Scotland, New Zealand and more. He is the only Australian to have every instructor in Okinawa, Japan at the world Budosai event - the largest training gathering ever held in birthplace of Karate. He has been featured on television in Japan, Russia and the UK and has demonstrated Karate on the world stage on numerous occasions. 

Today Sensei Lambert sits on the Australian Executive Committee responsible for the protection of traditional Karate in Australia. He is also an accredited fitness industry professional who provides quality and life changing health and fitness programs in the local area. He is also publications editor for IOGKF International & has written many articles for major publications, including Blitz martial arts magazine.

He still practices daily on his own to maintain a high technical standard as he believes the student can only be as good as their teacher and he wants the best for all his students.

Our Senior Assistant Instructors

SENSEI RICHARD TOPARIS

Sensei Richard Toparis is a 3rd Dan Black belt in Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate. He began his training in the early 1980's with Shihan David Lambert (father of our current head instructor). He has been a senior assistant instructor to two generations of the Lambert family. He has travelled to Japan on numerous occasions for training under the world's highest graded master and has competed in tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. With over 30 years of experience he is one of the Australian federations most senior and respected Black belt instructors. 

SENSEI DAVID SMITHSON

Sensei David Smithson has over 35 years of martial arts experience. Originally practicing Goshin-ryu Karate he rose to the rank of 3rd Dan ran some of the largest Karate clubs in Sydney. Upon finding Goju-ryu Karate he decided to change styles and is now a 1st Dan Black belt in the art. He has a impressive tournament career to his name and was also a competitive body builder, being a finalist in the Mr. Australia competition on numerous occasions. Sensei David's commitment and passion towards Karate is obvious at every class he teaches. 

SENPAI SHENAE LAMBERT

Senpai Shenae originally began her training in the Taekido-kai style of martial arts. This style incoporated Karate, Taekwondo and Aikido training. Senpai Shenae rose to achieve black belt status in the art and ran her own club in the area for several years. Many years ago, Senpai Shenae began cross training in Goju-ryu Karate. After discovering the depth of the style, she decided to make it her permanent focus. Today she is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Goju-ryu Karate and is one of the most talented female Black belts in Australia.

Junior Assistant Instructors

Levi Peterson

Levi joined the Lambert Karate Dojo in 2008 as a Pee-wee student. Having practiced Karate for over 10 years, he has studied in Okinawa, Japan & is a 2nd Dan.

Mitchell Hill

Mitchell joined the Dojo as child in 2008. Since then he has traveled to train all over the world including Japan,  UK and NZ. He is a current National champion.

Hayden Storrier

Hayden also began his training in 2008 and has studied in Japan and New Zealand. He is also a multiple time National champion.

Keira Warren

Keira began training in 2011 with her brother at our Crookwell Dojo. Since then she has traveled all over Australia training and competing. 

Bowen Murray

Bowen began his training at another local Karate school. Upon discovering Goju-ryu at the Lambert Dojo he changed style. He is a current National champion.

Instructor Info

All of our head and senior assistant instructors have valid working with children checks, current first aid certificates and are fully insured.