NOONAN SENSEI HAS SPENT HIS LIFE STUDYING MARTIAL ARTS AND IN PARTICULAR TRADITIONAL KARATE, THE ANCIENT OKINAWAN FORM OF TOUDI, WHICH WAS CODIFIED IN THE POST WAR ERA AND IS KNOWN TODAY AS THE STYLE OF CHITO-RYU KARATE-DO.
In 1985, after 5 years of training in Australia, young Mike headed to Japan in search of deeper knowledge. His teacher William (Bill) Ker Sensei had introduced him to Soke Sensei, the Supreme Chito Ryu Instructor and the two formed a deep teacher-student relationship that has lasted until today. Every year since that first visit Noonan Sensei has returned to Japan for intense training, to further his education, to teach and to grade. As a result of this relationship Soke Sensei visits The Australian Institute of Karate for a week on a yearly basis.
Noonan Sensei’s pedigree comes straight out of the annals of Martial Arts history. His teacher is the current Head of Style, Soke Chitose, who received the tradition from his father, renowned Okinawan ‘Kake-Dameshi’ (Challenge Match) fighter, Dr Tsuyoshi Chitose (Snr), who became the Sixth Master of Tode, in a successive lineage that began with; the First Generation Beechin Chinen, who along with the Second Generation Beechin Matsumura, was a member of King Shokei’s Royal Guard, the Third Generation Uekata Awane was a member of King Shoiku’s Royal Guard, Fourth Generation was Beechin Hokama, and the Fifth Generation was Chitose’s teacher Sesho Aragaki. He was also under the tutelage of such luminaries as; Chotoku Kyan, and Kanryo Higaona. Noonan Sensei’s technique comes from this unbroken lineage directly to his students.