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.
Martin Hall is an 8th Dan Grandmaster Instructor – Kukkiwon Qualified 26 October 2012. He's the Co-founder and Managing Director at Hall’s Taekwondo, which is arguably Australia’s most successful Taekwondo business. Martin has made his mark on Australian Taekwondo scene by not only earning the reputation of training world champions but also delivering first class programs to tens of thousands of Taekwondo enthusiasts through his state-of-the-art facilities throughout the Melbourne area. Martins successes have also led him into the realm of professional speaking, with his services in demand from businesses from all areas of the business and sporting world. Together with his wife Jeanette, Halls Taekwondo has established itself as a bench-mark for all others to follow. Exemplary business practices, excellent customer service, world class martial arts programs, professional facilities have made it a hard act to follow!
Kaicho Narker is the Chief Instructor and Director of Ashihara Karate South Africa and the Ashihara Karate International Organisation. Kaicho Narkers’ experience, expertise and training history positions him well as a world authority in his unique and effective martial art style. It comes as no surprise to the international martial arts fraternity Kaicho Narker is now such a prominent figure in the world of martial arts. The technical ability, historical knowledge combined with a rare modern scientific approach to training places him as a world leader in karate. Hoosain Narker began his training at a young age and drew extensive knowledge from several martial art styles including Kyokushinkai, Shukokai and Taekwondo. Ashihara Karate is a modern style, with a new and dynamic approach to training. Although modern, it retains the positive aspects of traditional karate, such as Kata and Kihon and of course, discipline. The Kata’s are all fighting oriented and more importantly, functional. Kaicho Hoosain Narker is a man who has changed the lives of many thousands of practitioners around the globe, his passion for the benefits that traditional karate brings as well as his influence, leadership and guidance will ensure the Ashihara style will continue to have a positive influence on many lives for years to come.
My journey began with Martial Arts in 1991 with The Te Shin Kai Karate Do organisation under Shihan Barry Johnston’s expert instruction. After my first lesson I knew that I had found the path in which I would follow, also that I would be involved in Martial Arts for the rest of my life. Martial Arts has personally given me physical conditioning, self-control, more energy, better concentration, weight control, inner peace, honour and humility has made me better at avoiding conflict. I find teaching rewarding as I believe in my students and enjoy watching their continual improvement. The smile on my students face when the penny drops after I help them work out something that they have been struggling with is very rewarding to me. , I love helping people achieve their goals. I had the honour of assisting with the training of secondary school students in the ACSD Skills for Life program which I believe is an integral part of children's development, especially for at risk children. I enjoy coaching and training alongside my own children and I am proud that my children live by the core values of the Martial Arts. Which enables them to make healthy life choices, foster healthy respectful relationships and be good role models for others.
The name of Damien Chauremootoo is engraved on a commemorative plaque in the province of Henan, China. Erected on the occasion of the great return of Wing Chun to the Shaolin Temple. This sculpture also includes the names of Robert Downey Jr. and William Cheung, Grand Master of the traditional Wing Chun and direct disciple of the legendary Ip Man. It was under the tutelage of Grand Master William Cheung that Damien Chauremootoo perfected his mastery of Wing Chun Kung-Fu and became an instructor. Damien Chauremootoo, a native of the Republic of Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, was a student of Sensei Alain Uppiah, Sensei Kooram Venkamah and Judex Jeannot, who passed on to him the knowledge of karate, aikido and kick boxing. At age nine Damien's passion for martial arts became infectious as he began watching films of the great Bruce Lee, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, which his father gifted him. Since then, he has continued to cultivate this passion and dedication ingrained in him. Damien Chauremootoo worked as an Operations Manager and Chief Instructor at the headquarters of the Global Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu Association in Melbourne, Australia. Sifu Damien demonstrates great initiative and passes timeless lessons learned over his years to many followers and students around the world. Within the academy, Damien, along with other masters, including the great Grand Master William Cheung, trains around five hundred people per week. These including doctors, police officers, security guards, school groups and young children. Damien's career to date has been perfectly balanced with extraordinary skill, discipline and dedication. As well as friendships formed Damien has countless business affiliations with practitioners from various disciplines, including Shihan Hiroo Mochizuki, Master Joe Sayah, Master Eric Oram, Scott Adkins, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White and many more. As an international lecturer, Damien Chauremootoo for fills his passion to share his knowledge with martial artists and civilians to help to perfect their skill and awareness on a global stage. One of Damien's great loves is to encourage people to realize their dreams and arm them with the skill and belief to accomplish them.