Instructors

Luc Battistello

Sensei Luc Battistello 7th Dan is the Co-Chief Instructor at the East Malvern School. Sensei Luc began training in Shukokai Karate in 1980, under the late Sensei Alan Murdoch 7th Dan of Scotland - the first to bring Shukokai to Australia. Sensei Luc also had the honour of training and grading to 1st Dan in the United States in 1985 under the late Sensei Shigeru Kimura 10th Dan. Sensei Luc was awarded his 7th Dan in 2017.
 
Achievements
 • 3 Time Australian National AKF Open Champion
• 5 Time Australian National AKF Champion
• 12 Time Victorian State AKF Champion
• 4 Time Mabuni Cup Champion
• 1992 Oceania Champion
• 1991 Tasman Cup Champion
• 1988 Helsinki International Open Silver Medalist, Finland
• 1988 WUKO (now WKF) Quarter Finals, Cairo, Egypt
• 1987 APUKO Silver Medalist, Indonesia
• 1985 Shukokai World Titles 5 Man Team Member, USA
• 1984 Australian Shukokai Grand Champion

Sonia Leonardi

Sensei Sonia Leonardi 6th Dan is the Co-Chief Instructor at the East Malvern School. Sensei Sonia began training in Shukokai Karate in 1978 under Sensei Alan. She had the honour of training under Sensei Kimura. Sensei Sonia graded to Black Belt in Australia in 1984 under Sensei Chris Thompson 8th Dan and attained her 6th Dan in 2017.
 
Achievements
• 5 Time Australian National AKF Champion
• 5 Time Victorian State AKF Champion
• 2 Time Mabuni Cup Champion
• 1988 WUKO (now WKF) National AKF Team, 4th Place, Cairo, Egypt
• 1987 APUKO Silver Medalist, Indonesia
• 1985 Shukokai World Titles Bronze Medalist, USA

Mark Castaldi

Sensei Mark Castaldi 5th Dan is the Chief Instructor at the Camberwell School. Sensei Mark is Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia's longest continuous student, commencing his Shukokai Karate training in 1995. Sensei Mark established his own Shukokai Dojo in Camberwell in February 2007. Sensei Mark graded to 5th Dan in December 2017 under Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia.
 
Achievements
 • Battistello Karate School - Student of the Year 2001
• Victorian State AKF Gold Medalist
• 2  Time Shukokai Cup Gold Medalist

Luke Holmes

Senpei Luke Holmes 1st Dan is the Chief Instructor at the Middle Park School. Senpei Luke started his Shukokai Karate life as a teenager under Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia in 1994. Senpei Luke is in the process of establishing his own Shukokai Dojo for its opening in February 2014. Senpei Luke graded to his 1st Dan in 1999 under Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia.
 
Achievements
• Victorian State AKF Championships Under 70kg Silver Medalist 1999
• Australian National AKF Open Championships Under 65kg Seniors Silver Medalist 1998
• Victorian State AKF Championships Under 65kg Silver Medalist 1997
• Australian National AKF Open Championships Under 65kg Kyu Grades Gold Medalist 1997
• Victorian State AKF Team Member 1997-1999
• Battistello Karate School - Student of the Year 1997
• Battistello Karate School - Student of the Year 1996

Giovanni Agosta

Senpei Giovanni Agosta 1st Dan is the Chief Instructor at the Notting Hill Karate School. Senpei Giovanni (Gio or Johnny) started Karate at the age of 7 and began his journey as a Shukokai Karate-ka with Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia in 1997 at the Wattletree dojo at the age of 13.Senpei Gio has always had a passion for martial arts, it has been his dream to open his own dojo. Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia have been an inspiration for this dream. In July 2016, Senpei Gio established the Notting Hill Karate School as a Shukokai Dojo. Senpei Gio loves to teach and share the art and passion that he finds in karate.After a long journey Sensei Luc and Sensei Sonia awarded Senpei Gio with his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2015.
 
Achievements
• 1997 – Shotokan Karate Cup – Sparring – 1st Place
• 1998 – Shotokan Karate Cup – Sparring – 1st Place
• 1998 – Battistello Karate School – Most Spirited
• 2014 – Battistello Karate School – Achieved Shodan-Ho
• 2015 - Battistello Karate School – Most Spirited
• 2015 – Battistello Karate School – Achieved Shodan