Paul Butterfield,Kancho 館長  6th Dan 五段

Chief Instructor

Paul Butterfield was born in 1967 in Leeds, England. This was a rough part of inner city living and he was often the brunt of bullying throughout his childhood.

At the age of 15, he started to train in Shotokan Karate. After spending over a year training with a Shotokan club and reaching the dizzy heights of a blue belt, Paul joined the armed forces and moved to Berlin Germany.

After serving 3 years as a soldier, Paul specialised as a bodyguard to both the British ambassador and any dignitaries that visited Berlin at the time, including the Royals and various pop stars. Paul was able to attach his minimal  martial arts training to the more combative, one on one training required for his military role.

After leaving the army, Paul spent many years trying different styles and clubs but was unable to find one he really liked. After a brief spell of kick boxing and winning a couple of under 60kg titles Paul found Wado Ryu.

The club was Staffs Higashi and Paul trained under the principle 8th DAN Sensei Peter Spanton. Ironically it was this time Paul’s son Lewis also started training. The club at the time was run by sensei 5th DAN Trex Greatrex, who Paul admired for the dedication he gave to his club both on a training level and a social level.

Paul was assessed for his first grading and went straight to orange belt. Training up to 4 times a week, Paul then graded every 3 months through the Lower belts up to brown. At 2nd kyu brown belt, Paul started to specialise in kumite, along with his son who was doing very well on the England competition circuit in both kumite and kata.

After Paul took his 1st kyu brown, he took over the club’s kumite team completely and began focusing on specialist training with England members and passing this on to his students. Paul received his black belt in June 2004 and started to get his own students to various British selections and training sessions.

In January 2005, Paul’s sensei Trex Greatrex, retired leaving the club to be run by the existing 7 black belts. Only 3 months later Paul had 3 students selected for the national squad and started to pull in the trophies. Lewis his son was one of these competitors. For the next 6 months, they along with the other members began entering competitions every weekend travelling all over England and then Europe.

Later that year, Paul took 4 of his students to the England junior selections, whereupon 2 were selected for the full time Junior England squad.

At this point, he had 4 national squad members and 2 international members. During the coming months they won 2 gold medals at world level, 3 medals at European level and 8 British titles.

He is very proud of his junior squad and finds great pleasure in watching the students grow in both their ability, self confidence and their athleticism.

Paul and his family arrived in Australia January 2007, with the intention of having a more relaxed life and being able to spend quality time with each other, plus the beautiful weather.

2008 was a big year for the Toya Kan Higashi club, taking on many new students and gaining fantastic results in both state and local competitions. Paul took his 3rd Dan in early February 2009 and later that month Paul was promoted to Queensland State Kumite Coach for the AKF QLD.

In November 2009, Paul was requested to act as State Coach for AMAC specialising in Kumite. In 2011 He was promoted to HEAD COACH AUSTRALIA for AMAC and continues to do so, taking the new squad to New Zealand in 2011 and Japan 2012 and taking over 60 medals. Sensei Paul was promoted to 5th Dan in 2014 by the Japan Karate Federation and awarded the title of Kancho – head of Wado-ryu, Australia,

Paul’s aims and goals with Toyakan Higashi is to produce a local club that is respected both nationally and internationally as they were in England and where families and students can aspire to their own athletic dreams and have fun doing so. His whole aim is to provide a family of students that enjoy both training and social activities.


Over 38 Years of Martial Arts experience

6th Dan Black belt in Wado Ryu promoted through Japan

1st Dan Kobudo Okinawan Koboryu (traditional Okinawan weapons)

1st Dan Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan Okinawa

1st Dan laido ( Art of the katana sword)

NCAS Silver level Karate Coach, World Karate Federation (WKF)

Coaches level 1-3 Australian Sports Commission Child protection & Harassment and Discrimination

Australian Sports Commission coaching General Principles

First Aid / CPR holder

World Karate Federation Official Member

Australian Karate Federation Official Member

Head of Wado-ryu Australia

Lewis Butterfield, Sensei 先生 4th Dan 

Instructor Hombu

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Sensei Lewis Butterfield, 4th Dan started training at the tender age of 8 and a half with staffs Higashi under 5th DAN Sensei Trex Greatrex and principle 8th DAN Sensei Pete Spanton. Four months into training and a white belt, Lewis entered his first competition winning a third for kumite.

This was the start of great things for Lewis and just over 3 years later, Lewis graded for his black belt becoming the youngest ever to receive his first DAN.

Lewis was already competing regularly for the national team and in late 2004 was selected into the junior England kumite team winning 3rd in his first international competition in Italy.

During these years, Lewis won many English tournaments and began working through the ranks in the European circuit.

Unfortunately, due to family commitments Lewis moved away from England and arrived in Australia and began training under his father setting up their own Dojo – Toyakan Higashi early 2007.

Over the next two and a half years Lewis won over 50 medals; 40 of these being gold’s in both state and national competitions. In 2009, as a 17 year old junior, Lewis won the men’s open division.

Ranked #1 in Queensland for two years in a row under 3 different organisations, Lewis has now become an inspiration for the other students of the club. His goals for the coming years is to enter the Australian team and should karate be included in the Olympics to fight for Australia.

Lewis was accepted into the Senior Australian team and competed for Australia at the 14th Oceania Games Tahiti in September 2010, winning a Bronze Medal.

In 2011, Lewis is competing for the Australian senior team for the second consecutive year, and has just been chosen to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July.

Simon Lees, Sensei 先輩  2nd Dan 初段  

Instructor Southport Branch

Karate School - Gold Coast - instructor Rory Livingston

I have been training in martial arts for twenty five years starting when I was 18. I have trained in a variety of styles in a number of different countries. I first started training in Shotokan karate in the UK where I achieved my shodan blackbelt as well as competing in a number of amateur competitions. I was taught by a number of high level UK sensei’s across the country. I left karate for a time to take up rugby and rugby coaching.

In 2001, I took up Seido Karate  a derivative of Kyokushin karate, in New Zealand after moving there from a two year teaching employment in the  Caribbean. I achieved my Sandan (third degree) blackbelt in 2009. I  attended many training seminars and camps the highlight meeting Kaicho Nakamura (head of Seido Karate Worldwide). I trained in this style for 10 years before moving to Australia in 2010.

Due to the lack of a close Seido club to the Gold Coast I took up Taekwondo with my two boys. I attained the rank of third degree blackbelt and became an instructor at the Helensvale branch. At the beginning of 2016 I decided to change my focus and return to Karate and joined Toya Kan Higashi Karate under Kancho Paul Butterfield.

Josh ( Boof) Evans, Sensei先輩 2nd Dan   

Instructor Hombu

Karate School - Gold Coast - instructor ToyaKan

When I enrolled in ToyaKan Higashi Karate Club, I started off with a white belt like everyone else and didn’t know much about karate and the history behind it. Now after a hard and challenging 5 years, I’ve graded to my Black Belt (Shodan) back in April 2015, under the knowledge and wisdom of Kancho Paul Butterfield and Sensei Lewis Butterfield.

In the past 4 years I have been chosen to take part in the Leadership Program, assisting in Tots and junior classes as a peer and role model to the younger students. It has boosted my confidence and my social interactions. Although I’m teaching the younger students, I’m also learning from them and from Kancho Paul.

I have also reached my Brown/While Belt (2nd Kyu) in the art of Kobudo (Weapons). Ranging from the following: Sai, Bo Staff, Tanaka, Tonfa, Nunchaku. Kobudo has taking me to demonstration at public events to represent the club and show the art of Traditional Japanese Kobudo.

Recently I have been given the opportunity to instruct the Kick Boxing fitness classes three nights per week for all ages. This consist of a MMA style fitness program introduced by Toya Kan Higashi Karate Club that works on legs arm and core fitness.

Karate has given me the opportunity to take this journey which I am very passionate about and I have learnt so much respect for my Kancho, Sensei’s, Sempai s, Peers, Parents and Student and I am very thankful for everything that the club has given me  

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