Ishinryu Karate commenced in Australia in 1980. Sensei Tony Hails 7th Dan is the Founder and Chief Instructor. Sensei Tony Hails 7th Dan has only trained with Ishinryu Karate. He is currently the highest graded Ishinryu student worldwide. In 1975 Sensei Tony began his training at the hombu in England with Sensei Ticky Donovan.