Constantino "Tino" Ceberano OAM (Order of Australia Medal) is a 10th degree black belt in karate and master (Guro) of the Philipino Martial Art of Arnis. Hanshi Tino is not only Australia's most decorated martial arts practitioners he is endeared by tens of thousands of martial arts practitioners who have recieved tuition from him at one time or another. Tino is highly recognised in Australia and abroad for his lifelong contribution to the martial arts and is recognised in Australia as the Nation's founding father. Hanshi Tino began his training in Hawaii in Filipino stick fighting with his father and later explored many other martial art systems including Judo, Kempo and Kyokushinkai Karate. It was as a US Marine in Hawaii where Tino was introduced to the Goju Kai Karate system and under the tutelage of Master Masa Oshiro the Chief Instructor of the Hawaii Division directly under the legendary Gogen Yamaguchi that Tino became firmly established in the Goju Karate system. Tino was soon to advance to a level that would determine his life from that time onwards. As a personal friend of Gogen Hanshi and the Yamaguchi family, he was soon to become the conduit of the system to other countries and in particular Australia. Tino married and settled in Australia where he ran Australia's most progressive and influential martial art systems. Tino spawned an empire of quality karate teaching and produced many outstanding students who represented their countries and of whom many have gone on to create their own successful organisations, all thanks to the teaching and support of their Sensei, Tino Ceberano. In 2018 Constantino Ceberano was recognised by the Australian Government for his significant life long contribution to the martial arts and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service. Before the establishment of the order, Australian citizens received British honours. Hanshi Constantino Ceberano is undoubtedly one of the worlds most respected Martial Arts figures. His experience as head of the Goju Kai and other governing bodies in Australia make him arguably one of the most experience and qualified leaders in the industry.
Shidoshi Grant Bannister (shidoshi meaning, stable and independant leader) started his training in Martial Arts in 1974 under the San Chi Kai Karate group led by Shihan Mal Lomax. Shihan Grant has spent most of his adult life teaching karate for the benefit of his students of which many have gone on to their own successes in the field both national and international. It is said that Shidoshi Grant Bannister is responsible for changing the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of students through his caring and articulate approach to martial arts and its profound effect that it has on the community when taught correctly.
Craig Robinson is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Professor Craig Robinson is an Elite martial arts coach and educator within the Australian Qualifications . Craig has trained BJJ most of his adult life and has schools running in Benalla, Geelong in Victoria and Broome in Western Australia. As an educator Craig has spent many years training youth and adults to reach nationally recognized qualifications in a variety of subjects. As a martial arts coach Craig is able to apply the skills learned in the education industry, which ensures that no student is left behind. Hi personable approach to teaching and coaching make him a very sought after martial arts coach. Professor Craig Robinson believes in the importance of delivering well rounded martial arts skills that not only help students gain extraordinary results, but improve the lives of its practitioners for the better. As a successful martial art school operator Professor Craig Robinson welcomes new starters with the promise of individualized training, structured progress and positive results.
Dr Richard Bradford, 9th Dan Karate, Hanshi Richard Bradford is a well respected karate pioneer who was the first in Australia to establish a full time professional organisation. Hanshi Richard started his martial arts training in 1959 in Judo, Jujitsu and boxing. In 1963, he formally started his Karate training and in 1966 started teaching the art. Shihan Bradford was the Austrailan Karate Federation National Coach from 1977-1993 and produced many champions, the most prestigious being World Heavyweight Champion Brian Peakal (1992), Australia's 1st ever senior male world title. Goshin Ryu Karate is the most successful Karate club in the government recognised Australian Karate Federation. Karate is a great person development system teaching life skills that develop self confidence, self esteem and discipline, as well as being a great deal of fun! Goshin Ryu Karate was first registered world-wide in Sydney, Australia in the late 1960's by Shihan Dr. Richard Bradford and other leading instructors from China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other Asian countries with Chan Keng Wan from the Shaolin Temple Double Dragon school in China as the Head Instructor and Master. Developed from the 'Shotokan' style, an original martial arts style from Okinawa, Japan, Goshin Ryu today is made up of two essential martial arts styles, Shotokan Karate and Double Dragon Shaolin Kung Fu.
Terry Lim is a martial arts leader with a lifelong history of training in multiple martial arts systems. Kancho Terry Lim as he is known "colloquially" amongst his peers is know as a man dedicated to the development and welfare of his students which are spread amongst the suburbs of Melbourne Australia. Kancho Terry began his training in Malasia in 1956 in combat Judo (Ju jitsu) and followed this experience with training in Aikido and Shaolin Kung Fu. After moving to Australia in 1962 Kancho Terry continued his training in Karate and Kali (Filipino Stick Fighting). Kancho Terry Lim has a reputation of being a caring and dedicated martial artist who has a strong concern for his many students, making him one of Melbournes most popular martial art school operators. As a tournament operator and promoter Kancho Terry has proven his success and ability to draw large numbers of competitors and spectators. Kancho Terry is respected and acknowledged by his industry peers and has been presented with many honours including the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame AMAHOF.
Fariborz Azhakh is a muti martial art practitioner and industry leader. In his own words - Every black belt remembers the time when martial arts became a passion. It happened to me at age eight. My brother took me to see a Bruce Lee movie, and to this day I can close my eyes and feel the emotion that overwhelmed me as I watched the screen. At that moment I totally fell in love with the power of martial arts, but it would be many years before I found the physical and spiritual paths to black belt. Once I began that journey, however, the martial arts and the art of teaching became central element of my life. Bruce Lee gave me inspiration, but the following years were filled with frustration because there were no martial art schools near my home. I finally realized my dreams when I moved to California and had the great fortune to enter Steve Sexton's Hapkido school in Canoga Park. Through Steve's selfless guidance I achieved black belt in 1981 and I became an assistant instructor at the school. In those early years I viewed instructing as a sideline while I remained focused on my personal training. With time and maturity I grew nearer to the spiritual and philosophical center of the martial arts and I began to realize the tremendous personal rewards of teaching. After some months of uncertainty, I decided to completely redefine and reshape my life, and at Steve Sexton's urging, I took on the role of school owner and became a professional instructor of Hapkido. I named my school "Team Karate Center" because I became devoted to the idea that the instructors and the students should work together, as a team, so that each student can find and create their "individual art" within the traditions of Hapkido. I believe that no matter what individual qualities a student has - natural talents or special challenges - there is profound value in the martial arts for everyone. Consequently, the elementary principles at our school are centered on the teamwork required for all of us - teacher, instructor, student and parent (for our younger students) - to identify and advance this value. Currently, the school follows a multi-cultural approach that is grounded in function and usefulness. In the basic program we focus on traditional physical skills, and we stress the development of individual responsibility and core character strengths. Advanced students are introduced to an extension of Hapkido that I call Blend. From the very early years my training was based on the concept of "thinking outside the box." I evolved Blend, in this way, to move from style-based techniques to versatile, range-based frameworks. This combines Hapkido with certain aspects of Brazilian and Japanese Jujitsu, American Boxing, Wing Chun and the Filipino arts. Over the past 20 years my physical and spiritual advancements have been influenced by many remarkable people. I have had the cherished privilege of studying with Grand Master Ji Han Jae. I am, and will always be, indebted to Master Steve Sexton and I continue to extend my personal growth with the generosity of David Meyers (grappling) and Ron Balicki (Filipino martial arts: trapping, stick and knife techniques). As a teacher, I have always viewed learning as a fun and rewarding experience. I look to this philosophy, within the discipline and tradition of Hapkido, to inspire and motivate the students and the assistant instructors at our school, and I offer the multi-faceted challenge of Blend to give advanced students a contemporary martial art that is filled with unique insight and reward. "The martial arts training process is a powerful life-defining interpersonal experience that gets to the heart of the matter. It is your opportunity to alter your capacities to accomplish and to stand powerfully as the gift that you are and the difference that you make."