WHO IS TEACHING ME?
The Cutting Edge Martial Arts Centre is run by Sensei Monique Maguire and her family.
Qualifications & Experience
More than 29 years of Martial Arts experience
10 years of Early childhood education experience
Cert. III Community Services (Children's Services)
Current First Aid/CPR Certificate
ASC - Beginning Coaching
Play By The Rules - Child Protection -Harassment & Discrimination
NCAS - Bronze level Karate Coach
AMAC - A Class International Referee & National Referee
AMAC - Assistant National Technical Commissioner
AMAC - QLD official of the year 2013
AMAC - AUS official of the year 2013
3rd Dan Black Belt Kaku Shin Ku Ryu
2nd Dan Black Belt Kenshin Kan - Full contact Karate
1st Dan Black Belt Australian Shotokan Karate Academy
LEVEL 1 PUNCHFIT TRAINER
PUNCHFIT KICK PAD INSTRUCTOR
Monique Maguire - Martial Arts History
Monique started her Karate journey at the young age of 10. 3 months after her 13th birthday, she had already graded to 1st Dan Black Belt with the Australian Shotokan Karate Academy. Around this time she also started her tournament career, not having much success except at local tournaments. However, Monique finally made her mark on the National All Styles (NAS) tournament circuit with a first placement in the teams fighting at the NAS Australian Titles in Perth in 1996. This was the confidence boost she needed. From this point on, Monique consistently placed in the top 3 in all her tournament events. In 1998 Monique moved to a new style known as Kenshin Kan International Full Contact Karate being assessed as a 1st Kyu in April of 1998, then graded to 1st Dan in December of the same year.
Her tournament success continued at the 1990 National All Styles Australian Titles with 1st place in the Women's Open Black Belt Point Sparring, 3rd place in the Women's Open Continuous & 2nd place in the Women's Team Point Sparring. Monique then graded to 2nd Dan in the year of 2000.
After taking a break from karate and having 2 beautiful children, Monique decided to return to karate. Living locally in Oxenford, Monique stumbled across a karate club just around the corner from home and joined the club in 2010. Returning to training with gusto, Monique made a return to tournament competition, having success at the 2011 Australian Martial Arts Championships (AMAC) with 2 first placements in Point Sparring and a 2nd placement in both the Freestyle Sparring and Full Contact events. Broadening her skills, Monique became an accredited Judge for the AMAC circuit and in 2013 she was the AMAC Official of the Year both at the state level and national Level.
More recently, Monique has continued to expand on her extensive study of the martial arts and taken up Muay Thai Training 5 days a week at Southern Stars Muay Thai under Elite Level World Champion trainer Adrian Ormrod & Heavyweight Wold Champion Nick Atkins.
Having had a career in Early Childhood Education for 10 years Monique brings a plethora of knowledge to her classes as the owner and instructor, specialising in teaching children. With a full syllabus for ages and abilities, the Cutting Edge Martial Arts Centre is the perfect place to study Martial Arts - whilst feeling supported.
The Cutting Edge Martial Arts Centre is a product of her dedication to her study of Karate over the past 30 years.
Monique's favourite saying is...
"If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always get what you've always got!"
So why don't you try something different and see what you get?
Senpai Riley started his karate journey in 2019 when he was 14 years old, achieving his first Dan black belt in late 2022, aged 17. Over the years, Senpai Riley has competed in tournaments including AMAC and the Budo Challenge with success. Senpai Riley also competed in the AMAC National Championships in 2019, once again finding success. Over the years, Senpai Riley has taken on an assistant instructor role in the Dojo and now teaches the Mini Karate, Jr and Senior karate classes. Senpai Riley has undergone various training and qualifications such as:
Level 1 Punchfit Trainer
Current First Aid and CPR Training
Play by the Rules Certifications - Child Protection
1st Dan Black Belt
AMAC Table Judge
AMAC Ring Official
Blue Card Certified
Senpai Brooke started her karate journey in 2013 when she was only 5 years old, achieving her first Dan black belt in late 2022 alongside Senpai Riley, aged 15. Over the past 2 years, Senpai Brooke has found success in tournament circuits, after deciding she wanted to try it. Competing in tournaments with success, Senpai Brooke recently competed in the 2022 AMAC National Championships, placing 1st in Traditional Forms, Advanced to Black Grade, 13-15 years. Over the years, Senpai Brooke has taken on the prominent member of the Dojo Mentors and now teaches alongside Senpai Riley in the Mini Karate and Jr classes. Senpai Brooke is now a part of the Australian Squad with hopes to compete in Japan, and represent the dojo internationally with pride.