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 years later 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 ju jitsu.
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.
Dr Nigel Farrier is now a well recognised expert within the martial arts community here in Australia. 2013 saw him inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in Hobart. In 2015 he was nominated for membership into the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai, the most prestigious martial arts organisation in the world, and was accepted. He also travels regularly to teach at various events around Australia and even in the UK and USA. He travels not only to teach at seminars but also to attend them to improve his own knowledge.
Dr Nigel Farrier is now ranked Godan (5th degree black belt) in Koshin Bushido Kai Karate, Ju Jitsu & Kobudo. He is also a level 3 qualified coach through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and is also a member of the board of the Australian Jujitsu Federation