•    Karate
•    Kickboxing 
•    Sparring 
•    Self Defence 
•    Grappling 
•    Jujitsu 
•    Eskrima Stick fighting/ Weapons
•    Traditional Japanese Swordsmanship (Iaijutsu) 

Our yearly Calendar has exciting events planned including Gradings, high ranking Guest Instructors, inter club Events, Tournament Opportunities, End of Year Party and lots more! 
Tugra Shan Martial Arts has a well established curriculum and grading system with Outstanding grading certificates. Head and Founder of Tugra Shan Martial Arts, John Alford is well qualified in several systems. Our club has a friendly atmosphere. We are a member of the World Budo Kan Association. Our gyms are modern and spacious.  

Sensei John Alford
Contact Number:  0410 859 775
Email: johnalford0212@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.tugrashanmartialarts.com/

John Alford

Head and Founder of Tugra Shan Martial Arts
Over 17 Years Experience Teaching Adults & Children
Renshi and 4th Dan Black Belt in Zen Do Kai
1st Degree Black Singlet in BJC Muay Thai
1st Degree Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima (Supreme Grandmaster
Cacoy Canette)
1st Kyu Brown Belt Aiki Ju Jitsu (Budo Kan Australia)
WJJF Australia Jujitsu Student
Member of World Budo Kan Association
Previous member for over 5 years of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu (Japanese Swordsmanship)
Previous member and Shibucho of Adelaide Komei Juku
Previous member of Ryoen Ryu Naginatajutsu. 
Catholic Police Clearance and Senior First Aid Certificate
DSCI Police Clearance for Working with Children
MAA Certified Martial Arts Instructor
Australian Sports Commission
Active After Schools Communities Coach
TAFESA Japanese Language Certificate 2
Office Recreation & Sport SA - Essentials for Coaching Children Certificate
PBTR - Child Protection Certificate
PBTR - Harassment & Discrimination Certificate 


Shihan & 6th Degree Black Belt in
Tugra Shan Martial Arts
4th Degree and Master Tang Soo Do
Multiple Black belt Holder, Certified Coach Instructor
Decades of Experience Teaching Adults & Children
MAA Certified Martial Arts Instructor
Senior First Aid Certificate
DSCI Police Clearance for Working with Children
Member of World Budo Kan Association

Honorary Membership Register
Chris Kazuo Hoshiyama
Hanshi, President Koshinkan
10th Dan Jujitsu, 9th Dan Karate, 8th Dan Okinawa Kobudo
Kyoshi Carl Withey
President of World Budo Kan Association, Budo Kan Australia
Shihan Rohan Clifford
Shihan & 5th Dan ZDK & 5th Dan BJC Krav Maga SABJC
Sensei Darren Miles
Camden Park Ju-Jitsu, Juku-Do-Ryu


Increase Self Confidence
Improve Self Defence Skills
Improve Fitness & Flexibility
Make Friends & train in a Friendly Atmosphere
Develop Self Discipline, Self Control
Develop Self Esteem, Self Respect & Respect for Others
Learn in a Progressive & Organised manner
Learn a variety of skills & Achieve Progress via Gradings
Have Fun Learning



"I joined Tugra Shan just under 12 months ago. My son Hudson had recently joined and I was popping in after my work day to pick him up every week. I noticed my son was struggling to pick up his Kata and heard Sensei saying a grading was coming up. I decided to stand up the back and try to learn what I could to give Hudson some extra help at home. Before too long I was putting on a Gi and sticking around to join the adult class. I am happy to say I have since found myself enjoying learning an art I always had much respect for but never thought I would ever get the chance to be formally trained in.

I feel very privileged to be trained by the founder of this style of martial arts. Sensei John Alford has been teaching his ‘strong and smart’ style for over 13 years and has himself mastered many styles. We also have the privilege of special guests every now and then who have mastered other styles and share some of their knowledge with us.
In the short time I have been under Sensei John Alford’s tutelage I have learnt basic skills in self-defence, karate, kickboxing, jujitsu, grappling and weapon techniques such as Jo, Eskrima fighting sticks and, my favourite so far, traditional Japanese sword.

Earlier this year I attended a World Budo Kan Meeting of the Styles Seminar. I had the good fortune of being taught by Hanshi Bruce Haynes who gave us the opportunity to ask of him what we would like to learn rather than he dictate to the group. Others in my group seemed hesitant or unsure of what to ask. I threw my hand up and got the lion’s share of the questions and got some awesome answers in return. We then moved on to meet Professor Carl Withey (WBKA) who opened my eyes to the art of Aikido. I found this style amazing and the whole session had a profound effect on me. The realization that all the styles I have been privy to are, like every growing or moving thing in the universe, essentially based on the transfer or redirection of energy. That day changed the way I view my training and has helped me improve and progress faster. I have noticed a vast improvement in my sparring since.

In all honesty it has not all been easy. I have found some styles more challenging than others. I do not find stick fighting to be a natural aptitude, I seem to struggle with Jo and I would like to get to know a lot more about grappling. That said I enjoy the challenges & nothing good ever comes easy.

So here I am at my first big milestone. My grading for yellow belt. I am very proud of myself and what I have achieved. I am excited to move on to the next stage of my training and to learn and experience more of these ancient art forms."
Leigh Barrett 25/6/2014



"You are all very Blessed to have Sensei John Alford as your teacher. As some of you may know, John is not only one of my closest personal friends, but also a preferred training partner. John was instrumental in my receiving straight A's in my recent SABJC weapons grading and being awarded my probationary 5th Degree Black Belt. Thank you all for welcoming me to honorary membership of Tugra Shan Martial Arts. Kindest regards –Shihan Rohan Clifford.  28/11/2013'

'I am privileged to be associated with Sensei John Alford and happy to be able to say he has been a good friend for some years.
We first came to meet and train in Martial arts together many years ago at various seminars in Ju Jitsu, Eskrima, laijutsu. Sensei John invited me as a guest to teach Jujitsu at his club Tugra Shan Martial Arts and I was extremely honoured when asked.
I have now been a guest Instructor at Sensei John Alford’s Tugra Shan Martial Art’s school on a regular basis for some years, sitting on grading panels and teaching his Children's and Adults Class regularly and was very proud when asked recently to assist with the grading of one of his Junior Black Belt gradings.
I had no hesitation in promoting John and liaising with his introduction to Professor Carl Withey of the World Budo Kan Association to help with his clubs development in the pages of history.
I can strongly testify to Sensei John Alford’s martial arts portfolio. He is highly skilled, having obtained high black belt degrees in these various martial arts.
The Tugra Shan Martial Arts style he developed over many years was always going to be the next transition in his martial arts career. Tugra Shan Martial Arts includes Jujitsu, Judo, Stick Fighting, Kick boxing, Kobudo (weapons) all of which complements his strong and yet quiet character.
He has demonstrated and taught at seminars with myself and my students. I can personally testify that he is very approachable and has an easy manner in teaching people of all ages.
I consider myself privileged to be associated with him and to be allowed to call him a friend and would recommend him to any prospective student or martial arts organization.'

Sensei Darren Miles
Juku - Do - Ryu
Camden Park Ju-Jitsu Club, 22nd October, 2013


I have been studying martial arts at Tugra Shan Martial Arts under the tuition of Sensei John Alford for the last 8 months.
I have found Sensei John to be an excellent teacher who genuinely cares for the safety and well being of his students. He shows a great deal of patience towards his students and takes time to repeat techniques to ensure that even novices such as myself have a chance to learn.
The classes cover a wide range of self defence and practical self defence techniques that can be used immediately. Special guest instructors that take the classes regularly keep the training even more interesting and varied, as well as exposing us to new styles.
I have the greatest respect for Sensei John Alford and hope that with training and practice  I can gain at least some of his martial arts skills and wisdom.'
Mark Thomas
Coromandel Valley, SA
12th October, 2013

The Twenty Precepts of
Gichin Funakoshi
Sensei Funakoshi wrote the Niju Kun (Twenty Precepts) to help karate students transform their art into a way of life. Each line contains superficial meaning as well as deeper truth that could take a lifetime to fully understand. The original Japanese text is terse and meant to be thought provoking. Accordingly, English translations vary with individual interpretation. Below is a synthesis of a number of these interpretations.

1. Karate-do begins and ends with a bow (courtesy).
2. There is no first attack (move) in karate. (In karate the initiative does not exist).
3. Karate is a great assistance (an aid) to justice.
4. First you must know (control) yourself, then you can know (control) others.
5. Spirit is more important than technique.
6. Always be ready to release your mind.
7. Misfortunes arise out of negligence (laziness).
8. Do not think that karate training is only in the dojo.
9. It will take your entire life to learn karate.
10. Put your everyday living into karate (put karate into everything you do) and you will find "myo" (the subtle secrets, the ideal state of existence, exquisite beauty).
11. Karate is like hot water; if you do not heat it constantly, it will again become cool water.
12. Do not think about winning; think rather that you do not have to lose.
13. Move (change) according to (depending on) your opponent. (Victory depends on your ability to distinguish vulnerable points from invulnerable ones.)
14. The secret of combat resides in the art of directing it (clever fighting, trying every strategy).
15. Think of the hands and feet as swords.
16. When you leave home, think that you have numerous opponents waiting for you (It is your behavior that invites trouble from them).
17. Beginners must master basic stances; natural body positions are for the advanced.
18. Practicing karate correctly is one thing; engaging in a real fight is another.
19. Do not forget to correctly apply: light and heavy application of power, expansion and contraction of the body, and slowness and speed of techniques.
20. Devise at all times. (Always think and devise ways to live the Precepts every day.)