Zen Do Kai was founded in Australia in 1970 by Bob Jones and Richard Norton. It quickly grew to be the most popular and largest martial arts organisation in Australia and New Zealand.
Somerville's Zen Do Kai first club opened in 1974 at the Somerville Mechanics hall under Nigel Kendall. Over the years many trainers had tenures as lead instructors at this club. In 1994 Matthew Ball became the Lead trainer after starting at the Somerville club in 1986. In 2003 Matt moved the club to it's current premises at SMAC Gym, 2/5 Simcock St, Somerville.
Zen Do Kai is known for it's no nonsense approach to martial arts training. It continually develops and absorbs skills and methodology from around the world to make sure it can give it's members the very best.