For over 40 years Sifu Rick has trained in and developed the Wing Chun he learned from William Cheung (Bruce Lee’s senior training partner and Ip Man’s live-in disciple), integrating a sophisticated kicking game and Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jutsu into what you could now consider to be a complete Wing Chun Martial Arts System. The classes are structured to cater for all levels of experience. Beginners to advanced students are welcome in all classes. We have a strong concept of pressure testing all that we do so we can have real confidence that what we are practicing will be effective in a high stress situation. Sifu Rick is a former World Champion Full Contact fighter and our school has nurtured many individuals into talented martial artists that have competed and won on many platforms. We don’t have a fight program at our Sydney school, our interstate schools are currently flying that flag for the organisation. We do however have a strong sparring curriculum and that proves to be challenging enough for the majority of our students. For those who want to compete we do of course support them. Our instructors are experienced martial artists. Some have a background purely in Red Boat Wing Chun and Will/Machado BJJ, others have Boxing, Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Karate backgrounds on top of their many years of training in Red Boat Wing Chun. The school’s values are that of Family, Honour and Loyalty. We welcome all students as if they are family and expect everyone to treat each other with the care and respect that you would expect from such a relationship. Our duty is to provide a place that nurtures your path toward excellence in martial arts, and for those who have embraced this culture their lives have changed for the better as well.
Robert Sullivan is an 8th Dan in Karate As founder and Chief of Go Kan Ryu Karate International Kancho Robert Sullivan has made an indellible mark on world martial arts by creating one of the worlds strongest martial arts organisations. Kancho Roberts martial arts training began in 1964 and has trained extensively in the Shotokan and Goju Kai systems of karate. Kancho Robert's passion for martial arts and his belief that traditional karate has the power to change peoples lives for the better, has dedicated his life to the spread of the art. In 1984, with 20 years experience in teaching karate behind him, he started Go-Kan-Ryu karate. His original aim was to build a small karate club, but he soon realised that teaching karate was something that would become his life long vocation. GKR has flourished around the world with tens of thousands of students enjoying what karate has to offer, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Kancho Robert. .
Ed Bavelock is a Professional martial arts coach with over 35 years on the mat and in the ring. He started his combat sports journey on the wrestling mats in the USA back in the 1970s and won a Cape & Islands title plus captained the 1981 OCL champs team. Ed stepped into the world of karate earning a 2nd Dan in Goju, and full-contact ring fighting was his focus through to the 1990s where he won New England, East Coast and national USA titles. He was also the USA super middleweight Muay Thai champion in 1992. Over the last 2 decades, Ed has worked hard as a MMA coach in Australia training pros and amateurs such as Brian Ebersole, Banjo Patterson, Charlie Alaniz, Supi Lanumata, Raja Shippen, and Oil Can Cowley. In 2015, Ed earned his 4th Dan in Shito Ryu.
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.
Matt Wickham is a 5th Dan Black belt in Karate and Black Belt in BJJ. Sensei Matt Wickham is a well know martial arts figure in the Australian Martial Arts industry, having built a strong reputation delivering quality martial arts programs. Matt is endeared by the community of Echuca where he has served tirelessly and passionately for over 15 years. Matt is a role model to many and a strong coach who leads his team with an open mind, always looking to improve on his brand and create the best program in the bisness. Sensei Matt is owner and founder of Wickham’s Martial Arts Centre has been running Martial Arts schools since 1987. He has wealth of knowledge and experience in many styles of Martial Arts and having explored vigorously the latest methodologies available.
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.