Barry Johnston

Barry Johnston

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Specialization/s: Karate,


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.

Awards & Certifications

WKO Certification | 2010-03-09

Kyokushinkaikan Shodan | 1981-02-09

Rokudan | 2008-10-30

Teshinkai (Kyokushinkaikan recognised) 7th Dan | 2016-06-23

Work Experience

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


  • Shihan Barry Johnston is a very highly respected martial arts instructor and has done so much for the community. Also, he has changed the industry by the facilitation of courses resulting in instructors studying and obtaining professional qualifications which has never been done before. He is still a very active martial arts instructor and has about 500 students training under him. He has close connections with some of the most highly respected martial arts masters in the world.

    George Adams on Oct:2020
  • It has been my pleasure to work with Barry Johnston since 2001. In 2003 Barry and I introduced the concept of Government Recognised Qualifications for the martial arts industry that he had a few years earlier written for the education department. It was through his Registered Training Organisation (called the "International College of Kenshusei") that the qualifications were delivered and ther is no doubt that this initiative changed the face of the industry for the better forever! Formal qualifications could now be realised for anyone training in martial arts and to this day there is nothing that equals this initiative. I will continue to work with Barry Johnston into the future with similar projects. As a business person and as a karate instructor Barry Johnston is a man of principles and integrity. I recommend Barry Johnston as a coach and as a human being.

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Bendigo, VIC, Australia


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