Nagareru Karate is a non-traditional style, developed from a traditional Japanese art. Its concept was originally introduced by Moss Hollis (a little Pom), who in the late 1950s pioneered martial arts in South Australia, under the name of Kangaroo Karate. His philosophy was; “if it works, use it”, based on survival. This true fighting master died in the mid 1980s.
K. Stojko carried on his philosophy along with concepts and ideas from other styles, both traditional and non-traditional, including shotokan, aikido, kickboxing and judo, formulating in the late 1970s the style now known as Nagareru Karate.
Nagareru is a Japanese word which, when translated into English means Free Flowing.
Free Flowing or Nagareru is an apt description of the Style taught, due to the flowing nature of the moves used. It is not intended to be a sport, it is a fighting art designed to protect/attack when threatened.
The Nagareru Karate founder and Style Coordinator K. Stojko began teaching the style in the late 1970s at Flinders University and in 1984 moved the club to its current location at the Payneham Youth Centre.