Barry Johnston is the founder and President of the International Sabaki Karate-Do Teshinkai Organization and recognised as Kancho (Grandmaster) of the system.
Kancho Barry Johnston directs the world wide expansion of his style and has a mission to bring Teshinkai to all countries of the world, to help spread the benefits of the art to communities everywhere. Hi mission statement is "to bring the benefits of a well structured martial arts system to all people regardless of religion, race creed, or socio economic background.
positive community values and personal achievement to communities regardless of race, religion, or socio economic background.
Kancho Johnston is also founder and chief of the Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy, one of Australia's most well renown dojo's. Kancho Johnston has been teaching karate on a full-time basis now for over 45 years. Many thousands of students have trained under his tutelage and many hundreds have gone on to achieve black belt and earn competition recognition.
As a competitor 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 Kancho Johnston established his school and started his journey of a lifetime in martial arts.
Kancho 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 Kancho Johnston are what forged a happy and worthwhile life for him, so why would not you want to share this with others.
Kancho 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.
Kancho Barry Johnston's relationship with martial arts has helped 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.
Kancho 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 recognized for years to come.
WKO Certification | 2010-03-09
Kyokushinkaikan Shodan | 1981-02-09
Rokudan | 2008-10-30
Teshinkai (Kyokushinkaikan recognised) 7th Dan | 2016-06-23
International College of Kenshusei | CEO
Sport and Recreation Training Australia | Curriculum Development Martial Arts Industry
TAFE Bendigo | Trainer and Assessor
Australian College of Sports Development | CEO
Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy | Owner Manager
American College of Sports Development | CEO
Fit Republic PL | Director
Community Safe Initiatives LTD | Chairman
Kyokushinkaikain Aliied Karate LTD | Executive Director