Barry Johnston first began training in Kyokushinkaikan Karate at the age of 13 in 1971 and earned his black belt at age 21 in 1979. Johnston went on to compete in the Kyokushinkaikan International Kurjurnas Brawijaya Cup held in Indonesia in 1981. Upon his return from overseas Johnston established his own school and began a full time martial arts teaching career. Shihan Johnston as he is known now has taught many thousands of students in the Bendigo and Central Victoria region. Over 120 individuals have gained their black belt through his system and is prominent in his area and a significant figure in the Australian martial Arts Industry. Shihan Johnston assisted the Department of Sprt and Recreation Training Australia in 1999 to develop the industry's first Government Recognised Qualifications for the martial Arts Industry. Through his Registered Training Organisation (Australian College of Sports Development) his team qualified over 14,000 coaches across Australia between 2001 and 2014.
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 taugh correctly.
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.
Tiffiny Hall is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and celebrity and media fitness coach. Tiffiny is a popular coach amongst her students in Taekwondo and an ambassador in the benefits of fitness through martial arts training. Tiffiny Hall graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in creative writing and print journalism, and a Diploma in Modern Languages (French). Tiffiny is also a qualified personal trainer with a Certificate III & IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Sport Coaching with a specialisation in martial arts. As a writer of several successful fitness books, winning coach on “the Biggest Loser” and guest celebrity fitness coach, she has made a significant presence in the fitness community.
Bridget Hall is a 3rd Dan Blak Belt in Taekwondo and senior instructor at Hall's Taekwondo in Melbourne. Bridget's is an experience martial artist who , in addition to her martial arts work has built a successful creer in the business development sector. Bridget's has substantial experience, knowledge and execution in branding, apparel, production and design. Bridgett skills gives Hall's Taekwondo it's creative flair, in everything from visual displays, member communications and digital marketing to unique Hall's products. Before joining Hall's Head Office, Bridget had a strong career in design and account management with leading brands like Decjuba, Witchery, Miss Shop, Bauhaus and Wayne Cooper.
Ben Hall is the Head Instructor of the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia, having been awarded his brown belt by Carlson Gracie Snr and later his black belt by Carlson Gracie Jr, in 2007. It was during one of his many training trips to the original Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Brazil, that Ben was asked to officially represent the Carlson Gracie Team in Australia. Whilst representing the Carlson Gracie Team, Ben has had success as a competitor at State, National and International competitions as well as competing with the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in the world at the Mundial Championships in Brazil.