Darryl Turner is a 5th Dan in Wu Shu Ryu system of Karate. Hanshi Darryl's experience in martial arts began in 1971 where his journey saw him gain experience in Karate, Boxing, Judo, and Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster William Cheung. Darryl currently teaches the style left to him by the late Master Dean Watt, a highly respected Zendokai instructor who modeled Darryl to become a significant and powerful force in his local martial arts community. Hanshi Darryl is known for his strength as a martial artist and strength in terms of morals and ethics. Many martial artists are thankful for the solid grounding provided by Hanshi Darryl and have gone on to establish their own successes in life, in martial arts and beyond. One such student worth mentioning is his own son Cadman who has gone on to become a star of WWE Championship Wrestling. Hanshi Darryl has never lost his desire to learn and when most are happy to rest on their laurels, Darryl has chosen to begin his training in Brazilian jiu Jitsu under the guidance of the Team Norton BJJ Academy.
Russell Bianca is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Karate and Kobudo (Okinawan weapons) Master. Shihan Russell Bianca began his training in USA Goju in the 80’s and eventually joined the Ken Shi Kai Karate Do organization of Shuseki Monte Allen. Shihan Bianca is a well-seasoned and accomplished practitioner and Sensei in full contact karate. As a competitor Shihan Bianca has won numerous titles in Kata and kobudo divisions, which places him well for being a much sought-after coach. Shihan Bianca teaches at the Brooklyn Ken Shi Kai Dojo NY.
Committed to the spirit of the martial way, Steve personally trains three days a week. He first took to Kyokushin in his early teens, and returned later in life, grading for his Black Belt in December 2018. Having traveled the journey of training to Black Belt level, and guided by the examples of some great sensai like his Shihan, Barry Johnson, Steve enjoys the process of passing on his training to others who are also committed to the martial way.
Peter Rich is a 4th Dan in Kyokushin Karate. Peter began his karate career at an early age, but knew he was hooked from the start. After several years of training, he started to enter every tournament and was without a loss in full contact for his first twenty fights. Peter also became a valuable member in the Eltham Ippon team which managed to win four consecutive Teams Championships and the AKKA Ippon Shobu Teams Tournament. Peter trained in a variety of dojo's to hone his skills, and continued his competition. In 1996 he entered the New Zealand International tournament and was pushed up into the Heavyweight division and had his eyes opened to the hard hits of the Heavyweight division, never the less he came home with a second place trophy. 1996 also saw him win the Full Contact Karate Cup , place 3rd in the Ultimate Challenge and grade to Shodan (Black Belt). He narrowly missed selection for the World Weight Category Tournament but traveled as assistant coach for Maria Gibilisco who won the Womens Heavyweight division. His teaching started as a Green Belt teaching the Eltham Kids and has seen him teach in Williamstown and Moonee Ponds including the B squad, a group of up and coming fighters from Sensei Kolovos' Dojos. In 1997 he had a slow year and although not having put in the work he entered the Australian Championships and was reminded of the need for preparation after being knocked out by a third dan from South Africa and defeated with thigh kicks by Peter Graham in the Gippsland Tournament .But the following year he entered the Nationals again and won the Gippsland tournament and the Canberra ring tournament. 1999 saw him open his own club with the Gibilisco sisters and this was the birth of the successful Fighting Arts Fitness Centre www.fafc.com.au
Professor Paulo Guimaraes is a Black Belt 5th Dan in brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Paolo has been training in BJJ for most of his adult life and running BJJ professionally for the past 25 years. As a competitor Paolo earned the reputation of being a fierce contender and as it normally follows, his own students now are making their mark in the field of competition. Paolo has developed a strong league of martial arts followers resulting in many schools across Australia under the "ROOTS BJJ Academies." Paolo specialises in technical performance and competition training for adults and children. He is a former Brazilian Army close combat and self defence instructor – 5th Guard Company Amazon Jungle division- Military Police and Parachute troops. He was the 1st Brazilian BJJ Black Belt to live and open a BJJ gym in Australia, and he is the Founder and Director NSW Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Paulo is Roots Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy founder and Head Instructor. He is a former professional surfer and an Airplane Pilot.
Hanshi Deena Naidu is a direct student of Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei. He was the 6th person in the world to graduate from the Japan karate-do Goju-kai college in 1976 with a Japanese government recognised certification. Hanshi teaches at Goshin Kan dojos in Sydney Australia, and travels to India, South Africa, Botswana and Kenya to meet and teach his teachers and students there, guiding them inbetween visits with personal, tailored online tuition. As the number of karate practitioners from other countries reaching out to Hanshi for information has steadily increased, he has established this website to make his knowledge more accessible to students and teachers of all levels, wherever in the world they may be.