Sensei Adam Higgins

Sensei Adam Higgins
Sensei Adam Higgins
Chito-Ryu Karate-do Instructor

Sensei Adam Higgins began his karate journey 30 years ago, experimenting with different styles before finding Chito-Ryu Karate-do in 1996. He realised this was the authentic and meaningful karate style he was looking for, with significant depth and history. His single-minded determination saw him reach black belt level in a few short years, excelling in all aspects of karate.

Sensei Adam has a special interest in helping children and teenagers develop their personal character and resilience through their study of karate. His gentle approach means he’s a firm favorite with even the smallest karate kids. His teaching style is a combination of no-nonsense discipline mixed with fun and positive reinforcement.

Creating leaders of the future

As the head instructor at Gold Coast Chito-Ryu Karate, Sensei Adam is focused on developing future leaders and helping his staff grow their own teaching abilities.

Sensei Adam is a hands-on instructor who takes a personal interest in each of his students as individuals. Over the past 25 years as an instructor, he has become highly skilled at identifying the potential in his students and supporting them to reach that potential even when they think it’s impossible. As a result, Sensei Adam has seen a number of his students achieve black belt ranks and higher.

A high proportion of his younger students are recognised with leadership roles at school, with many students being elected house captains, school captains, student council members, and more. It’s no coincidence; leadership and communication skills are key lessons learned under Sensei Adam’s teaching.

Sensei Adam is also focused on creating a safe space for students with special needs.



As a style with an Okinawan heritage, Chito-Ryu Karate-do incorporates weapons training. Sensei Adam is acknowledged as a world-leading kobudo practitioner and instructor. He achieved Nidan level in Matayoshi Kobudo before switching his focus to Ryukyu Kobudo in 2015.


Always learning

Sensei Adam continues to train and develop his karate under the guidance of Soke, the head instructor of Chito-Ryu. In Queensland, Sensei Adam trains with Shihan Martin Phillips through regular visits to the Sunshine Coast dojo to continue his learning.


Competition success

Sensei Adam has been a fierce competitor in sports karate on the national and international stage. He has represented Australia at seven World Titles events, where his results have included an impressive two world titles in kumite (sparring) and numerous medals for kata and kobudo.

Sensei Adam has now turned his attention to coaching. Under his direction, Gold Coast Chito-Ryu Karate students have achieved no fewer than nine world titles and have medalled at numerous world championships.



  • Sandan Chito-Ryu Karate-Do
  • Shidoin Chito-Ryu Karate-Do
  • Nidan Matayoshi Kobudo


    • 2019 Soke Cup World Titles Dan Masters B Male Kumite Champion
    • 2013 Soke Cup World Titles Dan Masters B Male Kumite Champion
    • 2007 ICKFA Tournament Champion
    • 2011 ICKFA Kumite Champion
    • 2008 ICKFA Kumite Champion
    • 2007 ICKFA Kumite Champion
    • 2005 ICKFA Kumite Champion
    • 2007 ICKFA Kata Champion
    • Represented Australia at Soke Cup World Titles in 1998, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019