Thomas Bellamy Shihan

Tom Bellamy Shihan, 7th Dan Ju-Jitsu, 6th Dan Judo, 4th Dan Karate

Go Rin Pou is loosely translated and Five Element Style. As there is no direct translation of Rin, it can also be translated as Rings, Attitudes or Perspectives.

Go Rin Pou was founded by Thomas Bellamy, 6th dan Ju-Jitsu, 4th  dan Karate, 6th dan Judo. Also an expert in Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Aikido, Iaido, Pentjak Silat.    The Go-Rin-Pou system draws heavily from the teachings of Soke Jan de Jong’s Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu, and many other qualifications and styles.  Shihan Bellamy commenced his Ju-Jitsu career as a 7 year old under 7th Dan Ted Young in Ayr, continued under Shihan Haseman of Tohkon Ryu and finished his first black belt with Gold Coast 7th Dan Rainer Fielder. The Then Sensei Bellamy then undertook other qualifications and among his many trainings earned a Judo black belt under the Kodokan School and also trained for his first Karate black belt. As he learned more about martial arts he realized that although there were many good parts to these styles, there was more to learn. Tom trained with quite a few instructors in his training including the famous Mike Jeans Shihan, Dan Inosanto, Professor Wally Jay and others.

Tom and his training partner Sensei Tony Fernley travelled and trained extensively and entered many a Ju-Jitsu competition. Although these type of competitions no longer exist, because of safety reasons, the two Senseis took on all comers and never left a tournament without the trophy or medal. This type of competition evolved into what was then known as Shooto (originally Shoot) and the rules tightened to prevent serious injury. Shooto fighting was the predecessor of the now popular Cage Fighting or UFC.  After returning from the Pan Pacific’s in New Zealand Sensei Bellamy continued he black belt studies while instructing at the PCYC Caboolture. A PCYC in house instructor retired and left him to run solo ‘Caboolture Ju-Jitsu’ and while running the club he sought to improve the techniques learned. He basically went back to the start and learnt an entire new style via the AJJA under the tutelage of the then Shihan Jan De Jong and gained his 2nd black belt (shodan) in Ju-Jitsu (not a 2nd  dan, this was a completely different system). He renamed the Club Northside Ju-jitsu as by now the techniques were more aligned to a traditional Japanese style rather than a reconstructed style common in Australia. Tom (and Tony) trained tirelessly with Soke Jan De Jong sometimes taking a week off work and doing his grading work from early morning till very very late and gained his 2nd and 3rd Dans in through the AJJA syllabus. That syllabus written be Soke Jan de Jong, reflects his lineage in Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu which can be traced directly to the origins of ju-jitsu in ancient Japan.  Soke De Jong brought the influence of Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Aikido, & Pentjak Silat and during the next few years Shihan Bellamy also trained under Larry Hartsell, trained closely with Sifu Mike Newton, a Jeet Kune Do and Kali trained instructor under Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s right hand man) and at the same time practiced Iaido with world class practitioners. In the early days of Soke De Jong’s influence in Australian Ju-Jitsu, Tom was also influenced by the World Ju Jitsu Federation (WJJF) and senior Ju-jitsu practitioners heading up the Australian Ju-Jitsu Association (AJJA), affiliations still held to this day. While grading through his 3rd dan,  Tom took the best parts of these other styles and incorporated them into his practice. By the time Shihan Bellamy had achieved his 4th Dan, officiated by Matthew Komp (then 8th Dan), and ratified by organized by Soke Robert Clark under the World Ju Jitsu Federation, Tom had a sizable Ju-jitsu knowledge. Tom worked with many instructors of the day including
 7th Dan Kyoshi Joe Elkenhans and 9th degree black belt in traditional Karatedo & Ju-Jitsu qualified, Patrick McCarthy. By the time he completed his 5th Dan via the Australian Masters Martial Arts Council, he had already coalesced the essence of what he had learned into a cohesive system. The techniques are still largely based on the Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu of Soke Jan De Jong but contained significantly additional content.

Go Rin Pou, although new in name, has its roots in ancient japan, brings together Musashi's 5 elements and preserves the lost art of Kazushi, a key element in transferring practiced technique into practically applicable, “real life” self defence that actually works. Tom (Bellamy Shihan) instructs at several seminars each year and also instructs several styles of Karate. He received his 6th Dan from the famous Matthew Komp Soke (10th Dan), Australia’s highest graded Jujitsuka in 2008 and certified to the same rank by the Australian Ju-Jitsu Association in 2012.

You will never meet a more humble man.

All of Tom’s gradings including his 5th & 6th have been physical gradings. In Australia, this level of grading is sometimes gifted or grandfathered. Tom earned every single one the traditional way, the hard way, by demonstrating his skill and knowledge over an extended period in front of the highest qualified instructors in the nation. At this level, some of these grading can take several full days and it has not been uncommon to take up to a week to complete an advanced black belt grading.

Tom brings this lifetime of experience to every lesson and shares his knowledge unreservedly with his students.

Tom still conducts many seminars every year, teaches at all of his Go Rin Pou Dojos.

He is on the national grading panel for Spots Karate Australia and has integrated Ju-Jitsu techniques into the advanced ranks Karate Syllabus.

Tom is a practicing paramedic and holds AQF (government recognised) qualifications is advanced martial arts and self- defence.

He ensures that all of his instructors are properly qualified and experienced and holds the highest standards.  To Tom's credit Go Rin Pou Ju-Jitsu is widely recognised in the industry as having very well qualified and experienced instructors and students with the highest quality technique, work ethic & camaraderie and has internal processes in place to ensure that this reputation will survive well into the future.