Toyakan International Wado Ryu Karate Association proudly serving Helensvale

Toyakan International Wado Ryu Karate Association Classes in Helensvale, Perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults Martial Arts Lesson.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members in . We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

As one of the Largest Traditional Dojo’s in the Southern Hemisphere. We teach Traditional Wado Ryu Karate one of the 4 original Japanese styles under 6th Dan Japanese promoted Kancho Paul Butterfield. With over 42 years of training under his well worn belt and Toyakan International over 13 years old, both the traditional bespoke facilities and their programs are second to none. Fully endorsed by the AIS and the Australian Karate Federation.

Now fully licensed and Endorsed by Queensland Education as a teaching facility for School based apprentices in both business and sport. The success of this International facility is based on uncompromising service, amazing value for money so they can touch as many lives as possible without charging extraordinary fees which would normally be associated with this type of facility.

Do you live in Coomera, Oxenford, Hope Island, Paradise Point, Pacific Pines, Southport, Mount Nathan or Maudsland areas, we are 1 minuite from Westfield Shopping Centre. Are seeking a Karate School that offers a combination of team spirit, mentoring by internationally trained instructors, and quality, purpose-built facilities? Visit our Dojo at Helensvale on the Gold Coast and prepare to have your expectations exceeded.

As the largest traditional Japanese Karate School in Australia, Toyakan Higashi Karate Club’s Hombu (headquarters) has been designed with form and function in mind. We have the capacity to handle a variety of classes at once, and we host karate tournaments of all sizes. We offer group karate classes or personal karate lessons, all with qualified martial arts instructors in a supportive environment.

What is Wadō-ryū 和道流

Wadō-ryū 和道流 is one of the original 4 styles of Karate started by Sensei OTSUKA in Tokyo, Japan.

Wado Ryu is a mixture of Karate and Jujutsu making it a fast and graceful martial art.

All our Instructors have been formally trained in this traditional Martial Art and have been formally graded and are recognised through Japan.

Our Chief Instructor has now been training for 40 years.

Toyakan Higashi Karate Club Training Facilities

Our purpose-built facility in Helensvale ( 1 minuite from Westfield shopping centre) covers over 350m2 with a large Tatami’s (matted areas) and an area for private training. Our training Dojo has full video recording and playback facilities to help our students get the most out of their training sessions. We can also arrange video recording services for on-site karate tournaments.

Something for Friends and Family

When you arrive, please take a moment to enjoy our traditionally decorated Japanese waiting room. You’ll lose yourself in the quiet sanctuary we’ve created and feel your stresses fading away.

Browse our well-stocked merchandise shop where you will find student uniforms and other karate needs. If you can’t see what you want, please ask. We are happy to help.

Etiquette in the Dojo

The Dojo is a place of learning and personal growth: respect and consideration for your fellow students and your teacher is an expected part of the karate experience. Please observe the following:

  1. Bow to all instructors and address as Sensei or their equivalent title when entering or leaving the Dojo.
  2. If you arrive late, bow in before kneeling on the side of the training area. You must wait for the Sensei to give permission before you join the class.
  3. Excellent presentation is critical. Your uniform (Gi) should be clean and in good condition. All jewellery (chains, bracelets, rings and earrings) should be removed. If you cannot get a ring off your finger, it must be wrapped with tape before class commences.
  4. ‘Osu’ signals respect in the Dojo. Students should answer ‘Osu’ when addressed, and especially in the following situations:
    1. Upon receiving advice or a command from the Sensei
    2. When bowing at the start and finish of a class and when bowing to your partner during ‘Kumite’
  5. Students must not use their skills in an offensive way outside the Dojo, and they should not engage in activities that bring the Dojo into disrepute.


Our team is dedicated to providing the very best facilities to our students and visiting athletes without incurring the costs usually associated with an International-quality Dojo. If you want the very best training experience in a purpose-built Dojo, please contact us for more information on our karate lessons, karate tournaments and fitness programs available on the Gold Coast.

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

Paul, Toyakan International Wado Ryu Karate Association Helensvale, Queensland

Paul Butterfield Kancho

Years in training: 43
Rank Rokudan (6th)

  • Over 43 Years of Martial Arts experience
    6th Dan Black belt iIn Wado RyuWado-ryu promoted through Japan
  • 1st Dan Kobudo Okinawan Koboryu (traditional Okinawan weapons).
  • 1st Dan Okinawan Ryukyu kobudo akimine sensei
  • 1st Dan laido ( Art of the katana sword).
  • NCAS Silver level Karate Coach, World Karate Federation (WKF)
  • Coaches leveal 1-3, Australian Sports Commission Child protection & Harassment and Discrimination
  • Australian Sports Ccommission coaching General Principles
  • First Aid / CPR holder
  • World Karate Ffederation Official Member
  • Australian Karate Federation Oofficial Mmember
  • World Karate Championships Official member
  • Head of Wado-ryu Australia
  • World Chief Instructor Toyakan international.

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 12, 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 three 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.

Paul was assessed for his first grading and went straight to orange belt. Training up to 4 four times a week, Paul then graded every 3 three 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.

The club was Staffs Higashi and Paul trained under the principle principal 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 Sensei Trex Greatrex, who Paul admired for the dedication he gave to his club both on a training level and a social level.

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 seven black belts. Only 3 months later, Paul had 3 three 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 four of his students to the England junior selections, whereupon 2 two were selected for the full time Junior England squad.

At this point, he had four 4 national squad members and 2 two international members. During the coming months, they won 2 two gold medals at world level, 3 three medals at European level and 8 eight 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 in 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 ToyaKan 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 Australian Karate Federation (AKF) QLD.

In November 2009, Paul was requested to act as State Coach for Australian Martial Arts Championships (AMAC) specialising in Kumite. In 2011, he was promoted to HEAD COACH AUSTRALIA for AMAC and continued for a few years, taking the squad to New Zealand in 2011 and Japan 2012 and taking over 60 medals. Sensei Paul was promoted to 6th Dan in 2017.

It was at this point that Toyakan international Karate Organisation was formally created and the push to expand Wado-ryu.

Now with over 98 clubs around the world kancho Paul spends his time visiting these overseas clubs as world chief Instructor as well as running Hombu (World HQ) from his Helensvale location.

Paul’s aims and goals with ToyaKan is to produce an International organisation that is respected both nationally and internationally.
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Lewis Butterfield, Sensei

Years in training 20 years
Rank Yondan (4th Dan)

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 principal 8th DAN Sensei Peter 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 three 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, while setting up their own Dojo – Toyakan Higashi early 2007.

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

Ranked #1 in Queensland for two years in a row under 3 three 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.

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

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Simon Lees Sensei

Years in training 30
Rank Nidan (2nd)

I have been studying martial arts for over 30 years all around the world. I have a 1st degree blackbelt in shotokan karate in the UK; a 3rd degree blackbelt in Seido karate (a derivative of kyokushin) in NZ; 3rd degree blackbelt and instructor in Taekwondo Australia.

I currently hold a 2nd degree blackbelt in Wado-ryu karate Australia and a first degree blackbelt in Ryukuk Shimbukan weapons karate under Kancho Paul Butterfield. At a young age I competed in many local and national tournaments mainly in the UK as well as doing many demonstrations.

I am married with two boys who also study karate.

I am a school teacher teaching seniors in Physics and general science at a prestigious boys school on the Gold Coast.

I love training and always try to do a little every single day. Karate has managed to develop in me the self-discipline to achieve the goals I set for myself not only in karate but in all aspects of my life. It keeps me humble and honest. I always try to strive for perfection even though it is unattainable. I try to instill these ideals in all the students I teach.

I love training with Kancho Paul and have found Toyakan to be one of the best and friendly karate dojo’s to train in, and I have trained in a lot.

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Steve Anthony Sensei

Years in training 8
Rank Nidan (2nd)

I have been training 8 years Karate in the art of Wado Ryu under Kancho Paul Butterfield, awarded 1st Dan Black Belt in 2017 and 2nd Dan Black Belt later in 2019, taking part in the Leadership Program from 2013-2016 later becoming an instructor from 2017-present.

Began instructing the kids kickboxing and adults kickboxing fitness programs from 2019-present. My journey has not only taught me many things in Karate but also in self growth and helped me become a better person and hopefully I can help others in this same way

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James Anthony Sensei

Years in training 8
Rank Shodan (1st)

My name is Sensei James. I have been training in the art of Wado-ryu for 8 years under the teaching and guidance of Kancho Paul, and was awarded my Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) in 2018. I have 6 years of experience in teaching this art of karate to both kids and adults as well as 1 year of experience in teaching kickboxing.

Over the past 8 years training in this style and at this club I have learnt so much, not only karate techniques and self defence but also self confidence and other values that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and hopefully be able to pass on to others.

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Kelly Donaldson Sempai

Years in training 3.5
Rank Shodan (1st)

I began my amazing karate journey in August 2017 and achieved my shodan in July 2020 under Kancho Paul Butterfield & Sensei Simon Lees. I also train in kickboxing and have been practicing Bikram yoga for 4 years. When I’m not training, I’m enjoying quality time with my two amazing kids.

I am passionate about karate and delight in passing on my acquired knowledge to fellow students. Karate has not just increased my self discipline & confidence but also patience & tolerance, not just for others but also for the Self. In addition studying the art of Wado-ryu has taught me that in order to become a great leader, you must first learn to follow greatness.



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