The MTG Judo Club in Corinda is fortunate enough to have Sensei Maurice (Maurie) Mirabito, 6th Dan and Sensei Jerome Wahl, 1st Dan as instructors for our classes.
SENSEI MAURICE MIRABITO, 6TH DAN
Sensei Maurice Mirabito’s Judo career started in September 1969 at Kamiza club in Corinda at the age of 14. In the 1st year, he trained 2 nights a week at Kamiza and in early 1970, extra 2 nights at Wacol migrant hostel. Later that year he extended to the City YMCA and the Uni Club and by the age of 15 was training with the Qld squad. Maurice began taking the classes in late 1970 at Kamiza when the club was deserted by coaches.
Maurice continued teaching Judo in Oxley for many years as a member of the Qld Judo Union and Aust Amateur Judo Assoc. In December 1972 he passed his Sho-Dan grading at the age of 17, making him the youngest Judo black ever in Australia. His Ni-Dan came 3 years later keeping the flow going.
From the age of 14 Maurice competed in mostly senior events, virtually always placing 1st or 2nd including winning many state and open black belt divisions. More than 95% of bouts were won with arm locks or strangles which made him the most feared Ne-Waza player in the state.
Since 1970 Maurice has competed, coached and also refereed. He started refereeing as a blue belt at all local and later state events and went on to referee at all state titles, North Qld games, at Australian Intervarsity Games, JFA and Kodokan Nationals , Australian Masters, many Asia Pacific Masters and been a Kata judge, also refereed at the World Masters 1994 and Oceania World Cup Teams Event 2005.
In August 1986 Maurice was asked to fill in teaching at the YMCA while the regular instructor was on holidays. After 2 weeks he was asked to stay on permanently and about a month after that to permanently take over Y-South and Y-West Judo clubs where he continued as the chief instructor until December 2018.
Maurice has been on the technical board for more than 15 years and was technical director for over 10 years where he was responsible for all Kyu and Dan gradings in Qld ran many kata, contest and technical courses including referees seminars and country courses and gradings.
In 2001 Maurice received an Australia Day Sports Award for contributions to Judo and a State Government recognition in their Thanks Coach Thanks Ref campaign.
SENSEI JEROME WAHL, 1st DAN
Jerome’s bio coming soon!
More of Jerome’s bio coming soon!