John Wayne "The Gunslinger" Parr also known as JWP, is an Australian kickboxer and boxer, fighting out of Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Queensland. JWP is a highly respected muay thai coach who began his own career early in life training in taekwondo. He is a former 10-time World Champion and today he helps other fighter reach their full potential through his expert coaching that is based on real experience. JWP along with his wife Angie are popular coaches on the Gold Coast who train the unfit to become fit, the novice to become experts and the weak to become strong. Children are also a big part of the JWP gym and many classes per week are run to help improve the confidence, and esteem oJohn Wayne "The Gunslinger" Parr is an elite competitor and high-performance coach. Also known as JWP, is an Australian kickboxer and boxer, trains and coaches out of his Boonchu Gym on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. JWP credits are well defined in many articles, however his reputation as a coach and martial artist he is held in high esteem across all disciplines and is in great demand as a coach. JWP began his own career early in life training in taekwondo, he is a former 10-time World Champion and today he helps other fighter reach their full potential through his expert tuition and inclusive attitude towards his subjects. Because his training is based on real experience, JWP can offer a highly effective martial art that works effectively in a real fight scenario. JWP along with his wife Angie are popular coaches on the Gold Coast who train the unfit to become fit, the novice to become experts and the weak to become strong. Children are also a big part of the JWP gym and many classes per week are run to help improve the confidence, and esteem of their young participants. In 2019 JWP retired from the competitive scene after a long career over 3 decades. His biggest achievements are S1 Champion, King Cup, K1 Max, The Contender Asia Finalist, and CMT promoter & Champion & Australian Boxing Champion. JWP is a 10x World Champion. He has fought at Lumpinee & Rajadamnern stadium. After three decades John Wayne retires with a Muay Thai and boxing record of 147 fights, with 110 wins, 56 knockouts. His final fight in the ring was against the Man “Mundine” where JWP won over 10 rounds.
Glen Gibbons is a 7th Dan in Karate Shihan Glen Gibbons is a career martial artist who has been providing quality martial arts in Australia's Capital City, Canberra. Shihan Glen began training in martial arts in 1982 and began his Kyokushin journey in 1986. It wasn't long before he knew he wanted to make his passion a larger part of his life. Canberra Martial Arts has been a leading dojo in the region for close to 20 years. During this time many thousands of students has passed through its doors with many going on to achieve black belt and achieve national recognition in the various competition circuits supported and directed by Shihan Gibbons. Shihan Gibbons has a philosophy of training where he believes strong karate is the way to a more fulfilled life and as a consequence, he has been changing the lives of many Canberra practitioners lives for the better and has plans to carry this through for many years to come.
Billy Manne is an 8th Dan Black Belt (Zendokai) Kyoshi Billy Manne is a renowned Martial Artist and was for many years bodyguard to the Stars including Paul McCartney and the cast of Dallas. Billy is a Master Trainer of Kickboxers and an exponent of Aikido, Boxing, Judo, Kendo, and Grappling. He has been studying Martial Arts for over 50 years; since the tender age of six, including a stint in South Africa. However Billy did not truly began his Martial Arts journey until he came under the tutelage of the most famous Australian Martial Artist, Bob Jones. One of Billy’s great pleasures in life is seeing people evolve and develop as they progress through their Martial Arts career. Many regard him, in awe, as a truly gifted mentor. His past students include World Title Contender Sammy Soliman. He has trained, literally, thousands of students. Energym is owned and operated by Billy Manne and is a centre of excellence for any up and coming champion. The gym is a family oriented business where the owners are always close at hand. It is also a community hub from which many locals meet and train towards common goals. Billy Manne has a philosphy to change the lives of as many people as possible, so they too may experience the power of martial arts, just as Billy did as a young man, so many years ago.
Nick Noordink is a 3rd Dan in Karate. Sensei Nick is a well known and highly respected martial arts teacher from Brisbane Australia. Sensei Nick began his martial arts journey in early 2000 and after grading for Shodan (1st Dan) he decided to make karate an even bigger part of his life by teaching and becoming involved in the largest tournament circuit in Australia, the National All Styles – NAS. Sensei Nick’s approach to training clearly reflects tradition, hard work, and integrity. Sensei Nick is a highly proficient martial artist who believes that when teaching is grounded and systemised you have a much greater chance of establishing success with students and as a result have a program rich in providing positive community values. In Sensei Nick’s own words – “We strive to create an environment that supports parents and helps children to grow and develop their character. We encourage families to train together, saving precious time. A safe and enjoyable atmosphere, where everyone is welcome.” It is well documented how Karate trains the body and the mind and provides tools for life! At Sensei Nick’s Dojo “Bonsai Karate” he has established programs that reach out to all members of the community, from classes for children all the way to older adults, and raw beginners to high performance, Bonsai Karate has it all. All of Nick’s gradings have been conducted under the highest scrutiny via the Kenshinkan International Karate Organisation directed by Australian Budo Karate legend Shihan Jim Casey. Bonsai Karate is situated in Albany Creek, which is a suburb of the City of Moreton Bay, Queensland.
Matt Wickham is a 8th 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.
Peter Kirkwood is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Karate Shihan Peter was born in Maitland and has remained in town all his life. He has always supported the local community by running free Women’s Self Defence classes and Anti Bulling classes for the kids. Shihan Peter has 4 children (The oldest three boys all having gained black belts and his youngest a daughter is currently a Blue belt in the Warrior class). He lives in Maitland with his fiancée Maria (an active member of the Family Fitness class). Shihan Peter started his Martial Arts training in 1985. He first started off in ZEN-DO-KAI freestyle karate in Banks Street, East Maitland and kept training within that style up till 1992 where he had gained his 3rd Degree Black Belt. In 1993 Kaizen Ryu was born and saw Shihan Peter as a Co-Developer of this style. In 1994 Shihan Peter took over control of Kaizen Ryu and he has remained as its Chief instructor ever since. The drive behind his teaching is to prevent Bulling in Children, prevent violence and to offer a better lifestyle through Martial Arts training. KIRKWOOD’S INSTITUTE of KARATE’S Mission statement is to: “CONTINUALLY IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIVES” This is exactly what Shihan Peter endeavors to teach to every student and Instructor. He has trained with many great Australian and Overseas martial arts and travels regularly to America to gain the latest technology within the martial arts industry, to bring back to the students of Kaizen Ryu. In 2013 Shihan was lucky enough to travel to Japan to obtain his 6th Degree Black Belt in front of his peers and Grand Master Yoshitugu Suzuki.