SHIRUDO SELF DEFENCE ACADEMY, first and foremost is a family-based Martial Art, that provides a choice of the most diverse Martial Arts Programs in Australia today with a very strong team of winning competitors as Instructors and coaches as well as students alike.

SHIRUDO is a Hybrid Martial Art which was founded in 2012 by Shihan Paul Mikel, 5th Degree Black Belt and his Son Liam who is the head MMA coach of SHIRUDO and an extremely experienced Martial Artist who has been studying many forms of Martial Arts from the age of 5.

As a Father and Son Team they have established SHIRUDO as the premier Martial Arts Academy in the Hills District.

The Japanese word SHIRUDO translates to English as SHIELD. (relating to building a protective shield around us)

SHIRUDO is a Family and Community based Self Defence Academy that delivers a modern, exciting, practical, and well-rounded Martial Arts curriculum, for all people.

Our Mission: Is to provide self-defence training that meets the needs of our students and their families and provides them with the ability to deal with the effects of fear under pressure.

Our Vision: To develop SHIRUDO methods that ensure its training is ethical, practical, cost effective, tactically sound, legally defensible with a minimum risk of injury while learning.

Our Values: To value personal safety, To operate our Academy ethically and with the highest integrity, To treat our members, their families and ourselves with trust and respect and deliver value to the community.

Beyond our 40 years of experience and excellence in Self Defence Martial Arts training, SHIRUDO is strongly underpinned by a process of developing important character traits such as, Self Confidence, Discipline, Focus, Respect & Leadership skills. Our strong sense of Family and Community at SHIRUDO cements our programs into a very cohesive unit and promotes the school, the community, the teachers and the students towards a common goal.

We are confident you will find that SHIRUDO is unique and well worth your investment in time and money and we look forward to guiding you through your martial arts journey.


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