Sensei Matsumoto arrived in Australia in June 1966 as a pearling technician and marine biologist. He was employed by Pearls Pty Ltd of Perth and transferred to Thursday Island soon after.
Sensei then formed the Shoku-kai Karate club by request of Island community in 1966. He resigned from the company to open one of the first professional Karate Academies in Cairns in 1975. The Matsumoto Karate Academy formed and commenced training on 12th January 1976 and celebrated it’s 38th anniversary in 2013.
DNBK International Branch Official Co-ordinator of Australia – Enquiries Welcome.
2008 senior sportsman of the year by Cairns City Council.
Recognition by Council General of Consulate of Japan of Brisbane.
2000 Australian Sport Medal by Prime Minister.
1998 Ministerial Sport Encouragement Award by Federal sport minister.