Chief Instructor

Mr. Hide Hirayama

Professional Japanese chief instructor
Hide Hirayama is the chief instructor at the Japanese Academy of Martial Arts – a school of self-defence established in Australia in 1977.


  • 45 years experience in martial arts
  • 8th degree black belt in Taikudo Karate
  • 3rd degree black belt in Jukendo weapon fighting
  • 2nd degree black belt in Taido (most acrobatic, dynamic martial art)
  • Former karate champion in Japan, USA and Australia
  • Former Japanese Army Jukendo champion in Japan

His Story


Hide takes great pride and pleasure in teaching and sharing his knowledge, experience and skill with anyone who wishes to learn.

In Australia

In 1977, Hide arrived in Australia – pioneer of Taikudo Karate. He traveled extensively around Australia, searching for a suitable venues, teaching and demonstrating. Since settling in Sydney he has continued teaching karate, weapons and self-defence as well as competing in and winning many karate, martial arts and kick boxing championships. In 1978 Hide won the first Australian Open Full-Contact Karate Championship. In 1988, Hide and his partner (Judo & Jujitsu instructor) built their own, fully equipped martial arts training centre in Panania,(Sydney) which is now the headquarters of the Japanese Academy of Martial Arts (JAMA).

In America

In 1972 , after many years of training in Japan, Hide went to America to spread and teach the true spirit, philosophy and technique of Japanese martial arts. He spent 5 years traveling all over the USA, teaching at various establishments such as YMCAs, colleges and universities as well as the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. During his stay there, he competed in and won more than 20 karate and martial arts championships. After training some of his best students to black belt instructor level, he left for Australia.

In Japan

Hide was born and bred in Japan where he trained and dedicated his life to martial arts. He studied and practiced Jukendo weapon fighting, Taido, and Taikudo karate under the guidance of the grand master, Hideo Kosone. He enlisted in the Japanese Army and as a platoon leader,completed the toughest, most torturous training of the Ranger Corps (which is comparable with the Commandos, the Green Berets and the Guerilla Warfare). He competed in and won the Japanese Army Jukendo Championships for 2 consecutive years.


Karate Bricks

“Mind over Matter”
demonstrated by Hide smashing 10 concrete blocks with a single punch


Back flip kick by Hide breaking a board.


Hide breaking 2 bricks held in his hand with a karate chop.


Breaking concrete blocks with a sledge hammer while lying on bed of nails.


Denise Fung (Dr)

4th degree black belt

Jason Bartholomew

3rd degree black belt

Ralph Nicola

2nd degree black belt

Kostadin Gatsios

2nd degree black belt

Peter Viscardi

2nd degree black belt

Vikram Misra

2nd degree black belt

Ben Tootill

1st degree black belt

Richard Sparks

1st degree black belt

Zani Cvetkovski

1st degree black belt

Nishita Dayal

1st degree black belt

Anthony Abboud

1st degree black belt

Khemika Laksanabencharng

1st degree black belt

Asem Wardak

1st degree black belt

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