Sensei John Alford is the Founder & Headmaster of Tugra Shan Martial Arts since 2001

Head & Founder Tugra Shan Martial Arts
Head & Founder of Tugra Shan Martial Arts
Renshi & 4th Dan Black Belt in Zen Do Kai
1st Degree Black Singlet in BJC Muay Thai Kickboxing
1st Degree Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima (Supreme Grandmaster Cacoy Canette)
1st Kyu Brown Belt in Aiki Ju Jitsu (WBKA)
Purple Belt in WJJF Australia
Member of the World Budo Kan Association
Previous member of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu (Japanese Swordsmanship)
Previous member & Shibucho of Adelaide Komei Juku
Previous member of Ryoen Ryu Naginatajutsu
Catholic Police Clearance for Working with Children
DCSI Child Related Employment Screening Approval Working with Children
MAA Certified Martial Arts Instructor
Australian Sports Commission Active After Schools Communities Coach
Office of recreation & Sports SA - Essentials for Coaching Children Certificate
Play By The Rules Courses-Child Protection Certificate & Harassment & Discrimination Certificate
TAFESA Certificate 2 in Japanese Language

I was born in India & migrated to Australia for over 50 years ago. In Hindi Tugra means 'Strong' & Shan means 'Smart'.
My martial arts journey began in my early teens when I studied Judo for a couple of years. However by the time I became a young man I hadn't needed to defend myself in very many years. At the time I was working as a Youth Worker dealing with homeless kids whose behaviour was out of control. After deciding I needed to develop some self defence skills, I began studying Rhee Taekwondo which I continued for 2 years.

Later I moved to Whyalla, SA where I commenced study of Zen Do Kai which I continued for nearly twenty years. At the same time I also began study of Uchi Ryu (karate from Okinawa, Japan) which I did for about 6 months. I moved down to live in Adelaide & continued my ZDK studies under Shihan David Hussey, eventually receiving my 4th Dan & title of Renshi. During this time I also studied BJC Muay Thai kickboxing for around 5 to 6 years & was granted my 1st Degree Black Singlet.

In the early 2000's I commenced study of Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima (Filipino stick fighting) under my teacher Grandmaster Kevin Seskis, which I continued for a number of years achieving 1st Degree Black Belt. A requirement of the Black Belt grading was one had to stick fight a number of rounds in 'kulata' (sparring with no armour except head & hand guards). However in my case my teacher made me spar 10 x 3 minute rounds, with fresh sparring partners, for 6 weeks leading up to my grading (I remained black & blue bruised for that 6 weeks). All my gradings were conducted by Grand Master Vince Palumbo. I also had the privilege of attending a seminar in Adelaide by the Founder of this style, the late Supreme Grandmaster Cacoy Canette.

A requirement of the ZDK 4th Dan grading was to demonstrate expertise in 3 weapons, one of which was mandatory to use a katana (Japanese Sword). To this end in early 2008 I commenced study of the 400 year old art of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu at Adelaide Komei Juku. My Japanese Grandmaster, Sekiguchi Komei, conducted numerous seminars (between 2 to 6 full days in length) which I was privileged to attend. I was attending classes of between 5-6 hours/ week & in addition I was practising at home between 2-4 hours/ week. In 2013 I began teaching the Wednesday morning class. I eventually became Shibucho of Adelaide Komei Juku under my teacher & remained a student until July, 2013.

In early 2009 I began study in the art of Naginatajutsu in the style of Ryoen Ryu Naginatajutsu, & attended a number of seminars taught the head & founder of this style, Japanese Grandmaster Shimizu Nobuko sensei. I was a student in this style until July, 2013.

In 2012 I commenced study of jujitsu & became a student of the World Ju-Jitsu Federation Australia. I have successfully passed 6 gradings to date & I have been privileged to continue my jujitsu studies under Sensei Andrew Blair.

In 2012 I was invited by my friend Sensei Darren Miles to attend the World Budo Kan Association Festival of Martial Arts & Culture. In 2013 I became a member of the WBKA under President Carl Withey. Since that time I have had the privilege of attending numerous WBKA seminars & Tugra Shan Martial Arts has also hosted a number of WBKA seminars. I am the editor & publisher of the WBKA Newsletters. Kyoshi Carl Withey teaches Tugra Shan Martial Arts members Hoshiyama Ryu Jujitsu once a month.

I, along with my Wednesday aduts class have been studying Hoshiyama Ryu Jujitsu since August 2016.


Sensei Richard Harding was born in London, England & migrated to Adelaide, South Australia in 1974.

Tugra Shan Martial Arts
Richard Harding was promoted to Shihan & 6th Degree Black Belt in Tugra Shan Martial Arts by Founder John Alford on 3rd December 2014.
4th Degree Black Belt & Master's Rank in Tang Soo Do
Multiple Black Belt holder
Member of the World Budo Kan Association
MAA Certified Martial Arts Instructor
Accredited & Qualified Fitness Leader & Instructor (TAFE)
Accredited & Qualified International Judge & Referee National Certified
International qualified Occupational Health & Safety Red Cross First Aid Officer
40 years in Local Government Law Enforcement Special Constable/ Ranger
Current Senior First Aid Certificate
Catholic Police Clearance
DCSI Child Related Employment Screening Approval for Working with Children 

Richard was born in London, England & migrated to  Richard commenced his professional martial arts career in 1976 with International Taekwondo Federation Moo Duk Kwan.

With over 40 years martial arts experience & as a Black Belt holder in multiple disciplines, Shihan Richard brings a considerable wealth of highly developed skills to the dojo floor (training hall), encompassing stand up & ground fighting, takedowns, counters, locks & throws.

Richard has competed in numerous local, national & international competitions, securing Podium Medal placings in Kata (forms), Weaponry & Free Sparring events. In 2007 he won the Seniors Division of the International Tang Soo Do Championships held in Darwin, NT.

He trained in traditional Korean karate classes at Black Belt level for 15 years & achieved his 4th Degree Black Belt & Master's Rank.

Richard says his personal beliefs, training requirements, philosophies & viewpoints have changed & adapted with time & age. As a senior student of the martial arts, interests in history, philosophy & cultural backgrounds have taken on new meanings.

The Eastern spiritual path known as 'Tao' is a very important aspect & ritual of everyday life 'Becoming one with nature'.