About Sensei Sandra…

Sensei Sandra Contreras is the founder of OKUKAN Karate (Shitoryu/Shitokai) and of Kindy Karate.

Originally from Venezuela, Sensei Sandra is an accomplished karateka. She was appointed assistant to the Panamerican President of Shitokai, Master Shoko Sato in the early 90’s. She was an unbeatable champion in her teens and early twenties, and the sole representative of the Venezuelan National Team in the specialty of kata from 1990 to 1994. Sandra was a multiple medallist at the Panamerican Olympic Cycle events and won many awards including the National Athlete of the Year 1992 award, granted by the Venezuelan Sports Institute.

Sensei Sandra continues to train, teach and inspire through her passion for genuine karate.

Okukan stance

Sports Karate Snapshot

Member of the Venezuelan National Team for three consecutive years (1991-1994)

Multiple medalist at national and international tournaments

Multiple medalist at Shoko Sato Cup

Multiple medalist at the Panamerican Olympic Cycle

National Athlete of the Year 1992, Venezuelan Sports Institute

Profile…

 2017 Inteview, ABC Radio Brisbane (International Women’s Day). By Kat Feeney & Rebecca Sparrow.

2016 Became an Official for the Australian Karate Federation.

2016 Founded Okukan, Shitoryu Karatedo Shitokai in Melbourne.

 2016 Founded Kindy Karate!

2013 Opened classes at Judith Wright Center of Contemporary Arts – Fortitude Valley.

2011 Founded a female-only group exclusively delivered to clients at the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (Okukan QPASTT).

2010 Founded Okukan, Shitoryu Karatedo Queensland / Shitokai at its home venue, Brisbane Powerhouse.

2010 Awarded Coaching Accreditation. Australian Sports Commission.

2008 Tournament award. Shukokai Open, Melbourne, Australia

  • 1st Place kata (Veteran)

2008 Tournament award. Shukokai Open, Melbourne, Australia

  • 2st Place kata

2007 Became a direct student of the head instructor for Shitoryu / Shitokai in Australia, Sensei Con Kassis.

2003 Seminar attendance with Master Kenei Mabuni, Melbourne, Australia.

2001 Moved to Australia.

1999 Moved to England.

1998 National style-based tournament award. Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1996 National tournament award. XIV Aniv. Karate C.M. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1996 National tournament award. XIV Aniv. Karate C.M. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place kumite.

1996 National tournament award. Fevekarate Campeonato Central. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kumite

1996 National tournament award. Fevekarate Campeonato Central. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1996 National tournament award. Shotokan Karate-do International Venezuela, 5th Copa Kanazawa, Copa McCormick, black belt. Caracas

  • 1st Place kata.

1996 Tournament award. 1er Campeonato de Karate-do Copa Alepsi Herrera. Coro, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place female team.

1995 National Tournament award. Karate-Do Shitoryu. Dojo Miyagi-Ken. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1994 Seminar attendance with Master Tsuguo Sakumoto, San Diego, U.S.A.

1994 Attended classes with Sensei Manuel Pazos at Seito Karate Association of Venezuela for one year. Then returned to dojo Shoko Sato.

1993 International tournament award. Olympic Cycle tournament. XVII Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos y del Caribe. Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • 2nd Place kata.

1993 International tournament award. Olympic Cycle tournament. XII Juegos Bolivarianos. Cochabamba, Bolivia

  • 2st Place kata.

1993 International tournament award. Olympic Cycle tournament. XII Juegos Bolivarianos. Cochabamba, Bolivia

  • 2st Place kumite.

1993 National style-based tournament award. XXI Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st  Place kata.

1993 National style-based tournament award. XXI Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st  Place kumite.

1993 National tournament award. XI Aniversario Circulo Militar, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1993 National tournament award. II Copa Simon Bolivar F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation), Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1993 National tournament award. XI Aniversario karate-do CM Campeon Nevex, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1993 Tournament award. XVII Aniversario academia A. Castillo. Copa Esposos Romero,

  • 1st Place kata.

1993 International bilateral exchange between National Venezuelan Team and National Cuban Team, La Habana, Cuba. Symbolic mention 1st place in kata.

1993 ‘Outstanding Athlete’ State-wide Award. Issued by Associacion de Karate-do del Estado Miranda, Vzla.

1993 Selected Member of the Venezuelan National Team by the Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation (F.V.K.D.) to represent the country in the specialty of Individual Kata at all official tournaments, 1993-1994.

1993 Selected Member of the Venezuelan Shitoryu National Team by the Shitoryu Karatedo Association of Venezuela to represent the country in the specialty of Individual Kata at the first World Shitoryu Karate Federation Tournament, Japan.

1992 National tournament award. Campeonato Internacional de Karate-do Apoteosis Nuevo Mundo. Copa Kanazawa. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kumite.

1992 National tournament award. Campeonato internacional karate-do Apoteosis Nuevo Mundo. Copa Kanazawa. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1992 Tournament award. X Karate-do C.F.A gimnasio multicentro kata champion, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1992 National tournament award. F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation) Campeonato nacional adulto. kata femenino. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1992 ‘Athlete of the Year’ National Award. Granted by the Instituto Nacional de Deportes (Trans. National Sports Institute equivalent to the Australian Sports Commission), Venezuela.

1992 Selected Member of the Venezuelan National Team by the Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation (F.V.K.D.) to represent the country in the specialty of Individual kata.

1992 International tournament award. Curacao International Tournament, Curacao

  • 3rd Place kata.

1992 National tournament award. X Aniversario Circulo Militar, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1992 National tournament award. VI Campeonato Nacional Adultos F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation), Caracas, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place kumite.

1992 National style-based tournament award. XX Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata Individual.

1992 National style-based tournament award. XX Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kumite Individual.

1992 National style-based tournament award. XX Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kumite Team.

1992 National tournament award. III Torneo Karate-Do Gojyu Kan Sur, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1992 National tournament award. III Torneo Karate-Do Gojyu Kan Sur, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place kumite.

1992 Selected Member of the Venezuelan National Team by the Karate Do Federation of Venezuela (F.V.K.D.) to represent the country in the specialty of Individual Kata at all official tournaments, 1992-1993.

1991 Tournament award. IV International Shindo-ryu kata marron-negro femenino, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1991 Selected Member of the Venezuelan National Team by the Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation (F.V.K.D.) to represent the country in the specialty of Individual Kata at all official tournaments, 1991-1992.

1991 Appointed ‘assistant’ to Panamerican President of Shitokai, Kyoshi Shoko Sato. One year duration.

1991 National style-based tournament award. Association Shito-Ryu de Venezuela. Nueva Esparta, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1991 National style-based tournament award. Association Shito-Ryu de Venezuela. Nueva Esparta, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place Kumite.

1991 National style-based tournament award. XIX Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1991 National style-based tournament award. XIX Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kumite.

1991 National style-based tournament award. XIX Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kumite Team.

1991 National tournament award. III Nacional USKIV. Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1990 National style-based tournament award. Maltin polar al campeon. II Campeonato Nacional de Karate-do Shitoryu

  • 1st Place kumite.

1990 National style-based tournament award. Maltin polar al campeon. II Campeonato Nacional de Karate-do Shitoryu

  • 1st Place kata.

1990 National style-based tournament award. X Campeonato Nacional Shitoryu

  • 1st Place kata.

1990 National tournament award. II Campeonato Nacional. Copa Gimnasio Seibu-Kan, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1990 National tournament award. II Campeonato Nacional. Copa Gimnasio Seibu-Kan, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kumite.

1990 National style-based tournament award. X Campeonato Nacional de Karate-do Shito-Ryu. Barquisimeto, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1990 National tournament award. Copa Internacional de Karate-do Omnivision. Parque Naciones Unidas, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1989 National tournament award. Campeonato Nacional de Karate-do Copa Rafael Rosales Pena El gobernador, Campeon, Barinas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1989 National style-based tournament award. Shitoryu Copa Cayco. Merida, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1989 National tournament award. III Campeonato Nacional F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation), Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1989 National tournament award. III Campeonato Nacional F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation), Caracas, Vzla.

  • 4th Place Kumite.

1988 National style-based tournament award. XVI Copa Shoko Sato. Ciudad Guayana, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place Kumite.

1988 National style-based tournament award. XVI Copa Shoko Sato. Ciudad Guayana, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1988 National tournament award. I Copa Internacional Ippon, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place kata.

1988 National style-based tournament award. Copa Las Llaves S.A. Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1988 National style-based tournament award. Copa Las Llaves S.A. Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kumite.

1987 Moved to Caracas. On recommendation of Sensei Carlos Torres, Sandra became a direct student of Master Shoko Sato. During the years of training at Dojo Shoko Sato she received classes from Master Sato as well as from his students: Sensei Frank Pugarita, Sensei Javier Mantilla, Sensei Jorge Argotte, Sensei Maria Elena Quiñones, Sensei Francisco Arteaga, Sensei Marco Generani, Sensei Mibelli and Sensei Kenji Sato.

1987 National style-based tournament award. XV Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 1st Place kata.

1987 National style-based tournament award. XV Copa Shoko Sato, Caracas, Vzla.

  • 3rd Place kumite.

1986 On recommendation of Sensei Nicolas Quiles, Sandra became a student of Sensei Carlos Torres at the Shitoryu Honbu Dojo for the State of Lara in Barquisimeto.

1985 Became a formal student of Sensei Nicolas Quiles at his Shotokan dojo in Barquisimeto. Eventually Nicolas changed style to join the Shitoryu Karate Association led by Master Shoko Sato. Sandra obtained 3rd Kyu in Shotokan before beginning her practice in Shitoryu.

1985 National style-based tournament award. 27th Aniversario Sintrajhosp. Dojo Tanabe, Barquisimeto, Vzla.

  • 2nd Place Kumite.

1985 National style-based tournament award. 27th Aniversario Sintrajhosp. Dojo Tanabe, Barquisimeto, Vzla.

  • 3nd Place kata.

1982 Became a formal student of Sensei Gerardo Acosta and Sensei Hector Lopez (brown belt at the time) at Karate School Gerardo Acosta. Style: Shotokan.

1982 Attended private lessons with Shotokan Sensei Raul Delima in Cabimas, Venezuela.

1982 Moved to Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

1970 Born in Merida, Venezuela.

OTHER TOURNAMENT AWARDS NO DATE RECORDED

National tournament award (n.d.) Kodokai. Shotokan Karate-Do International.

  • 1st Place kata.

National tournament award (n.d.) Nihon Koden Shindo Ryu AKSV.

  • 1st Place kata.

National tournament award (n.d.) Seito Karate-Do de Venezuela.

  • 1st place kata.

National tournament award (n.d.) Campeonato Nacional F.V.K.D. (Venezuelan Karate-Do Federation).

  • 3rd Place kumite.

EDUCATION OUTSIDE KARATE

2012 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

2012 Certificate IV in Business Management (CertIV BusMgt), Sarina Russo Group, Brisbane, Australia.

2002 Master of Visual Arts (MVA) Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

2000 Cambridge First Certificate, English as a Foreign Language, Lewisham College, London, England.

1996 Diseñador Gráfico (Trans. Graphic Designer). Instituto de Diseño Perera, Caracas, Venezuela.

1987 Bachiller en Humanidades (high school studies, major in humanities). Liceo Francisco Espejo, Caracas, Venezuela.