Doug Turnbull is a 7th dan black belt in Kyokushinkai Karate (KIKO) and 5th Dan Black Belt in Okinawa Koburyu Kobudo (weapons) Shihan Doug is the president of the Kyokushin International Karate Organisation and martial arts veteran of 50 years. Shihan Doug Turnbull instructs at his Marrickville dojo which he opened in 1982 and is recognised as one of Australia most prominent instructors. Many thousands of students have been trained under his tutelage and consequently has made a positive contribution to the local community. Shihan Doug has participated in almost all major Australian Kyokushin tournaments as a judge and/or referee between 1981 and 1995, and in all the national training camps between and including 1983-1993. In 1997, he was a referee at the finals of the 1st IFK World Championships in Moscow, and in 2005 he also refereed at the 3rd IFK World Championships in London and the Junior World Tournament in Greece in 2015. In 1999 and 2000 he was voted the Best and Fairest Official for NAS NSW, and in 2005 he was accredited as a Level 4 referee with the National All Styles (NAS). His competition experience includes first places in kumite and kata at State and National level. Shihan Doug Turnbull has a mission to continue with the Karate Spirit growing KIKO and training Kyokushin Karate to uniting the Spirit of Competition with the Spirit of the Martial Way and demonstrating to the general community the power of positive Martial Art influences in people and society.
Sensei Enoka Periera is a 3rd Dan in Karate Sensei Mali Periera (known as Sensei Mali) is a martial arts practitioner, instructor and, administrator for the International Sabaki Karate-do TESHINKAI. Sensei Mali is a major contributor to the growth and development of full contact karate in Sri Lanka, brough about by her influence as a community leader of which her work in local government certainly plays a welcomming hand. Sensei Mali knows the importance of bringing communities together through martial arts training. Sensei Mali works together with her husband Shihan Upali and son Sensei Inupa, to bring a quality and inclusive martial art style that welcomes people from all socio economic backgrounds, religions and culture. Members of the Christian, Muslim, Bhuddist and Tamil communities enjoy the welcome provided by the club and the hard training that most certainly turns many individuals lives around for the better. The respect and loyalty that Sensei mali recieves from her students is well deserved. Her influence and leadership has just begun and her service and place in the world of Karate is exactly what she wants to make a difference in the world. Delivering martial arts training plays an important role in building the lives of young and old, rich and poor. Sensei Mali understands this all too well and has always made herself available to all practitioners for advice and guidance. The ages of her students range from the very young to the elderly, from people who are comfortable financially and to those who can afford very little. Through her committment as a leader she has been able to make provision to help all people regarless of circumstance. Sensei Enoka Eeriera is welcomed to Coach Check as not only a quality martial arts teacher but as a major influence, role model and leader to both women and men alike in the world Karate scene.
Edji Zenel is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. Edji began his karate training in 1974 in Melbourne, Victoria. Today he is the chief instructor of Thornbury Dojo (Club) which was established in 1977. Edji is passionate about karate and has devoted his life to martial arts. Training is the integral part of his daily routine. He has traveled extensively around the world to train under renowned karate masters in the pursuit of expanding his knowledge. Edji was first graded to black belt (1st dan) in July 1978. In January 2008, he was graded to 5th dan black belt. The Japan Karate Association (JKA) Internationally certifies his qualifications. The JKA is one of the world’s largest traditional karate organisations clearly defining itself as 'The keeper of karate's highest tradition' with member organisations in over 100 countries across all continents around the world. The standards taught are of the highest level in keeping with the technical requirements set by JKA Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Over the years, Sensei Edji’s passion and commitment has led to his personal involvement in competing, judging, and coaching in competitions. He competed in several AKF (all styles) and JKA competitions and won gold medals in their National & State competitions. Edji first opened his own karate club in July 1977, and has coached State, National and International Champions. But more importantly he has seen many students excel in their personal life, in which, many of those students attribute their success because of their karate training and the discipline it provides. Edji has completed and passed level 1 and 2 “General Principles” and “Karate Specific” coaching courses which are Government approved. He is dedicated to promoting the art of karate-do as well as spreading the philosophy and spirit of Shotokan Karate.
Carlo is an Internationally certified 6th Dan Kukkiwon Black belt and has had one of the most successful careers in the history of taekwondo in Australia. During his time as a professional athlete, Carlo was fortunate enough to work alongside many great organisations including the Victorian Institute of Sport and the national suicide prevention charity Life's a Ball. Carlo was also a sought after public speaker and motivator drawing on his experiences as an Olympian. He regularly conducted sessions at Melbourne secondary schools teaching students life-skills and self defence. After the Athens Olympics, Carlo made the decision to retire from competitive sport and focus on fulfilling his dream of opening up his own taekwondo centre. Today Team Carlo Taekwondo is one of the fastest growing schools in Australia.
Master Fari Salievski is one of Australia's most highly respected martial arts teachers who has been involved teaching in the business of martial arts since 1982. Master Fari has taught many thousands of students both young and old, with many going on to become high performance champions in their own right. Master Fari is endeared by his members and through his ongoing work in his community he has earned the reputation of community stalwart as a result of his concern with members of his local community regardless of religion, ethnicity or socio economic background. Internationally reknowned as a promoter and business leader, you can rest assured that you are in the right hands if your goal is to learn a martial art system that will set you up for life!
David Snell is a 5th Dan in Karate. Shihan David Snell is an accomplished karate practitioner of over 35 years and today operates one of Melbournes largest martial art school chains with branches in Dandenong, Chelsea, Doncaster East, Forest Hill, Fountain Gate, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Roweville, and Wantirna. The Lion Bushido school has earned a reputation of delivering a robust program with high emphasis on quality, which seems to be why Shihan Davids programs are so successful. Shihan David is known and well respected by his peers for his achievements in martial art school operations and his advocacy for child safe environments in all of his schools as well as integrity in the issuance of grades. Shihan David undertands the life changing results that a well structured and balanced martial arts program brings to individuals and communities, and as such he is recognised for his work in helping others and remains one of Melbournes top martial art school operators.