Marco Mazzanti is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Karate. Sensei Marco has been involved in martial arts for most of his life, beginning his training in Judo at the age of 8 in Rome, Italy. His experience spans a number of martial arts including judo, karate, taekwondo, kickboxing and Brasilian jiu jitsu. Sensei Marco began his formal training in karate (Shukokai) under Sensei Alan Murdoch at the age of 14 and has since trained nationally and internationally with some of the most renowned martial arts teachers. He was graded to Shodan (1st Dan) by Master Shigeru Kimura, to Nidan (2nd Dan) by Sensei Tommy Morris, Sandan (3rd Dan) by Shihan Max Fabris, Yondan to Rokudan by Sensei Tommy Morris. Also a passionate and committed student of Brasilian jiu jitsu, Sensei Marco was graded to black belt in BJJ by Peter deBeen in 2015. Sensei Marco, was one of Australia’s top competitors between 1989 and 2001, winning several Australian Karate Federation (A.K.F) National and Victorian titles as well as numerous non-contact, semi-contact and full-contact events in karate, kickboxing and Brasilian jiu jitsu. He was a prominent member and captain of the Australian Karate Team, winning both Oceania individual and teams gold in 1999, placed top 16 at the 1992 and 2000 World WKF Championship and placed 4th at the 2001 World Cup held in Akita, Japan. In 2001 Sensei Marco retired from active competition to focus on the development of his students and the Kimekai organisation. He is the current Victorian AKF head sparring kumite coach as well as a senior AKF National senior coach. He also is the chair of the National Coaching Group. Sensei Marco continues to be strongly committed to developing the best karate and martial arts students in Australia.
Barry Johnston is a 7th Dan in karate. Shihan Barry Johnston is owner and chief instructor of the Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy and has been teaching karate on a full-time basis now for over 40 years. Many thousands of students have trained under his tutelage and many hundreds have gone on to achieve black belt and earn recognition. As a competitor Shihan Johnston competed in various state titles at the time which led him to eventually compete in the Kyokushinkaikan International Kurjurnas Brawijaya Cup held in Indonesia in 1981. Upon returning from this tournament Shihan Johnston established his school and started his journey of a lifetime in martial arts. Shihan Johnston knows too well the changes and opportunities that martial arts provided him and so he wanted to share these same opportunities with others. Martial arts to Shihan Johnston are what forged a happy and worthwhile life for him, so why would not you want to share this with others. Shihan Barry Johnston holds a unique position in the martial arts industry. Firstly, it was he who assisted the Department of Sport and Recreation Australia to develop the tenets for worlds first martial arts industry qualifications. More than 14,000 martial arts industry qualifications were issued over a 15 years period injecting over $40 Million into the industry over this period. Other achievements included the “Skills for Life” program (a martial arts based Vocational training Program for Secondary Schools) with many thousands of students enrolling in the program. Martial arts, to Shihan Barry Johnston is one that can change and improve the lives of all people, not just in the physical sense but in the development of character and respect in our young and the physical and mental health of a community’s older practitioners. Shihan Barry Johnston has a mission to bring the benefits of martial arts training to the general public, and in time provide a significant contribution to the communities he serves and leave a legacy that will be recognised for years to come.
Paul Starling is an 8th Dan in Goju Ryu Karate. Hanshi Paul Starling is an icon of the Australian martial arts scene. Known for his physical abilities in the Goju Ryu Karate system, Hanshi Paul is ultimately respected for his good leadership during the growth period of Australian martial arts. Paul was the first Australian karateka to compete in a Karate World Championships and remain undefeated when in 1970 at the first Karate World Championships his team came up against undisputed favorites Japan at the inaugural event held in Tokyo Japan. Paul Starling was also the first graduate (1973) of Gogen Yamaguchi's Japan Karate do College, and the only Caucasian and Australian to graduate as a Shihan (Master). He commenced training as a teenager in 1963 at the first Dojo (karate school) of Goju Kai established in Australia at that time, with the founder of Goju Kai in Australia; Merv Oakley Sensei. During this period in Australian Karate do history there were few qualified Instructors in the country, and of those only a handful were proficient or graded legitimately to Instructor level. In 1983 Paul Starling was chosen from Australia's top karate-do athletes to portray the Karate Instructor in this classic Australian movie 'The Coolangatta Gold, by producer John Weiley; director Igor Auzins and writer Peter Schreck, whereby Starling was noted by the reviewers of respected American Variety (magazine) as having played a most commendable and convincing role. Many international, Australian national, and state karate champions have come from the dojo of Paul Starling. Many of his students have gone on to become internationally recognised instructors in their own right.
Hanshi Deena Naidu is an 8th Dan in Karate. Hanshi Deena 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. Hanshi Deena is committed to improving the lives of community members through his martial arts teaching.
David Jacobs is a 6th Dan in Karate Shihan Dave Jacobs is a dojo operator and well known figure in the world of full conatct karate. Most of Shihan jacobs' adult life has been dedicated to the betterment of his community through the delivery of quality martial arts. Shihan David is also the Secretary of the Australian Branch of the WKO (Shinkyokushin) Karate organisation, one of the worlds most respected factions of full contact karate. A lifetime of dedication to his art, has seen many thousands of students benefit from his programs and he shows no signs of slowing down.
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.