About Us

Soke Peter Morton started the Peter Morton Academy of Judo Jujitsu Karate in 1962 at Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia. Since this time it has operated as a not-for-profit organisation and now has branches in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The academy teaches a practical, non-competitive self-defence style of martial art to people of all ages with an emphasis on defence. The techniques taught use an attacker’s strength to a defender’s advantage. These defensive strategies aim to initially evade, disable and finally immobilise an attacker.

The academy has many female members as the academy’s style of martial art uses technique rather than strength. It is suitable for children and adults who wish to learn a practical self-defence, not for those wishing to pursue competition.

The main basis of the syllabus is the techniques and teachings of Soke Shuho Sugita, the first Principal and Master of the Jishukan Ryu, incorporating Kodokan Judo, Jujitsu and Kempo Karate.

The senior syllabus includes some boxing and Australian Jujitsu influenced by Soke Morton’s background prior to being introduced to the Jishukan Ryu.

Classes are conducted in a semi-formal environment where students

  • learn to react instinctively without a second thought
  • improve coordination, reflexes, physical fitness, self control and self esteem
  • learn to manoeuvre any situation to their advantage through the use of leverage, balance and momentum.

The Principal of the academy is Shihan David Rowley (10th Dan) and the Deputy Principal is Shihan Edward Scharrer (9th Dan).

They are the National Chief Instructors who control the syllabus, grading standards, Shodan gradings and provide technical support to all Dan Belt and Chief Instructors.

All academy instructors are recognised internationally, fully accredited and donate their time freely.

The Spirit

Soke Morton started the Academy not only with a mindset to teach and encourage fitness, but also to give a leg-up (go the extra distance, so to speak) for those less fortunate.

It is this mindset that has created a feeling of family within the Academy and not the regimented attitude that is found so often in other martial arts styles.

The spirit of Soke Morton must be perpetuated within the leadership of the Academy so that the Academy and Soke’s spirit will continue for generations to come.

Let us not lose sight of our origins and become just another martial arts school.


The Peter Morton Academy of Judo Jujitsu Karate Inc is associated with International Association of Martial Arts

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