Khurshid Shabab Khan is a 3rd Dan Black belt in Kyokushin Kai karate. Sensei Khurshid began his Kyokushinkai karate training in Afganistan and Pakistanas a young man. As his ability in the art advanced so did his passion for competition. Sensei Khurshid has dedicated his life to various karate styles including the related systems of Kyokushinkai, Shin Kyokyshin. Kick boxing.muay Thai.frer style wristling.judo.Tekwondo .Wushu sandda.and various Martial arts styles.and Also Ashihara Karate. Sensei Khurshid is also a black belt and successful competitot in Judo. Sensei Khurshid is now using his experience in martial arts to help other young practitioners to gain success on and off the dojo mats. For This Activates he Started a sports foundation Al.Anssar sports foundation to helping poor Tailended Martial arts players Sensei Khurshid believes that martial arts training is an important aspect of an individual achieving a strong body and strong mind, he hopes that through teaching others he will help his community an its youth to improve their lives.
William Collett, better known as John Collett or simply “JC” began his journey in the martial arts in 1963. It was a poor start, like so many, drifting here and there, until he met Professor Raymond Lea in 1972. Since then he has trained with many talented martial arts practitioners, particularly, he has trained under Professor Lea since 1972 and under Tino Ceberano Hanshi since the early 1980s. Having now retired from the information technology industry he devotes his time to research and teaching based on the skills that he has acquired through his long association with two of Australia’s foremost martial arts practitioners. Much of his time is put to assisting Professor Lea in teaching Hyou-ha Bankoku Jujutsu and in the development and presentation of more formal, structured courses on the traditional Kuatsu and Hakuda Kenpo of the late Professor Kam Hock HOE, and on assisting Ceberano Hanshi with the formal development and teaching of his Goju-kobujutsu syllabus and demonstrating the inter-connectedness of karatejutsu and the traditional kobujutsu methods.
Hanshi Dave Kovar, the founder of Kovar Systems and Kovar’s Satori Academies, started his martial arts journey in 1972 as a teenager, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Tim. He began studying Kenpo Karate, training under Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and immediately fell in love with the martial arts. As he recalls, he was immediately hooked and still remembers the immediate confidence boost he felt after learning his first self-defense technique. Just 2 years later, at the ripe old age of 15, he began teaching. His martial arts journey was just beginning, but his student mindset would stay with him for the rest of his life. He has embraced the best of what all martial arts have to offer, and shortly after starting his training, he began seeking out new styles, disciplines, and training partners to compliment his growth as a martial artist. In 1974, Kovar started Japanese Jujitsu under Bob McKean. In 1975, he began Serrada Escrima with the Angel Cabelas Organization. He earned his first black belt - his 1st degree in Kenpo Karate - in May, 1977. He would come to earn black belts in 9 other styles over his training career, while continuing to advance in his love of Kenpo. Kovar loved to spar and compete. He competed in over 200 martial arts tournaments in forms and fighting from 1974-1989. Of those, he won first place over 90 times including 4 “grand champion” sparring titles and in 1982 he was rated “California Competitor of the Year.” In 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships men’s heavyweight division in Reno, Nevada. But perhaps what most defines the martial arts career of Hanshi Dave Kovar is how he defines his priorities – his guiding compass through the years. As he has shared countless times with his team and those he meets, he considers himself a Martial Artist first, an Instructor second, and a Businessman third. It is through this prioritization of those different roles that has maintained his fire as a life-long student, always seeking to learn from others. Early-on, he sought out several pioneers and luminaries in the industry. He trained in Okinawan Kobudo with Shihan Mikio Nishiuchi, Serrada Escrima with George Santana, and Modern Arnis with Remy Presas. In the late 80’s Dave begin training Tae Kwon Do formally under Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, the father of American Tae Kwon Do. In the early 90’s Dave further branched his training to include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar and Ralph Gracie, Jeet Kune Do under Burt Richardson, Tai Chi under David Dernhardt, CDT and LRT under Tom Patiere. Over the years his list of instructors has only grown, and he continues to set the example of maintaining an “empty cup” with a persistent willingness to learn. His willingness to learn has meant, of course, that he is a wealth of martial arts information, and he has – quite literally – written the book on being a martial arts instructor. He oversees the operation of his eight Kovar’s Satori Academy schools, currently serving nearly 3000 students in the Sacramento area. Since he began teaching in 1978, he has had literally tens of thousands of students come through his doors, and has promoted over three thousand students to the rank of black belt and beyond. But his instructional skills extend well beyond Sacramento, CA. He is the lead instructor for the Martial Arts Industry Association and in 1992 earned “Instructor of the Year” from the U.S. Martial Arts Association. His love for teaching and developing others led him to sharing his teaching methods via seminars around the world on several continents and more recently online through The Satori Alliance, a martial arts association dedicated to raising the standard for Martial Arts Instructors through Instructor Certification and Ranking. Today, Hanshi Kovar is recognized worldwide as an innovator of best practices for ethical martial arts school operation. He believes strongly in doing business in a way that puts students and the martial arts first, in line with his guiding principles. He realized early on in his career as an instructor that to build a great team, defining and documenting his processes would be key to long-term success. And document he did! Dave Kovar has been a prolific author and has produced countless video, online, and written series on curriculum, teaching, business systems, and more. His methods have been shared through a long list of industry-organizations. He founded ProMAC, the Professional Martial Arts College to help share a deeper level of what he’s learned about running a successful martial arts business with school owners around the globe. In 2010, he was honored to be named the recipient of the Martial Arts Industry Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Clearly, his impact in the industry has been wide-felt though the last four decades. We hope this gives you a better understanding of Hanshi Dave Kovar, and what drives him. As part of his team, we are honored to be a piece of the legacy that he’s built, and love being able to help share his knowledge and formulas for success with martial arts instructors, school owners, and students around the world. If you would like to learn more about Hanshi Dave Kovar and how you can put his experience to use in your martial arts school, request an appointment today by clicking here and find out more about Kovar Systems.
Paul Ceberano is a 6th Dan in Goju Karate. Kyoshi Paul has been studying Karate since he was a small child and today is director of his own company delivering the art of Karate to a long list of martial arts enthusiasts. Kyoshi Paul has Karate in his blood and has trained with the worlds most recognised leaders, but what is more impressive about Paul is, he has been changing the lives of many thousands of Melbourne people through the teaching of a traditional art that is known for its proficiency and power. Kyoshi Paul is a well know and respected martial artist who is known for his strength of character and technique, however his compassion and concern for his students is what sets Paul Ceberano apart from the others.
Vincent is a 6th Dan in Karate! Shihan Vincent was graded by Hanshi Tino Ceberano, and currently remains one of the few individuals to be graded to such a high and prestigious rank under the International Goju Kai system. Shihan Vincent is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most recognised and respected Karate practitioners. As managing Director of Ultimate Martial Arts and Fitness in Heathmont in Melbourne Australia, Vincent has trained many thousands of students over his 30+ years at the helm. To change the lives of others for the better is the aim of a well-run martial arts school, and this is what Shihan Vincent has achieved year in year out. Very few would disagree! In 2014 Vincent Shihan seeking more learning for his passion Goju Ryu Karate, ventured to Okinawa to train under Goju-ryu headmaster Taira Sensei. Impressed by Shihan Vincent’s eagerness and passion to continue developing and learning the ways of Goju-ryu, Taira Sensei awarded Vincent Shihan the recognition of Shibu Cho, allowing him to be an official Branch Chief under Taira Sensei’s Goju-ryu system, of the Goju Ryu Kenkyukai. In 2017 Taira Sensei graded Vincent Shihan to 6th Dan in the Goju-Ryu Karate Do Kenkyukai Okinawa. The Okinawa Goju Ryu Kenkyukai is a karate organisation set up to promote research into the practical application of Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate kata and technique. It was instituted by Taira Masaji Sensei, to provide a collaborative learning group of like-minded practitioners to collectively advance our karate.
Hanshi Terry Wingrove is a 9th Dan Black belt in Karate (Jutsu,) 9th Dan Jujutsu, 3rd Dan Judo and 3rd Dan Aikido. Terry Wingrove was born in London on 8th May 1941, his first serious contact with martial arts was practicing Judo as an 11 year old at the Budokwai in London. By the time he was 15 he came under the influence and teaching of the late Vernon Bell. By the time he was 17 he had enrolled in Vernon Bell's Jujitsu and Karate classes, the first classes in Karate anywhere in UK. Terry's drive to improve his knowledge meant he studied with all the Oriental instructors that Vernon Bell invited to the UK including Huang Nam, Tetsugi Murakami both of whom were teaching Yoseikan style Karate. Terry attended the first Aikido course ever held in the UK in 1960 under Tadashi Abe. By late 1960 Terry was travelling to Paris to study with Murakami in Henry Plee's Dojo. Also Terry attended classes at Jim Alcheiks - the great French Karate teacher who studied martial arts in Japan in the 1950's and subsequently was killed in Algeria by anti-terrorist police in 1962. By 1963 Terry was an assistant instructor in Karate and Judo in UK. In December 1963 Terry captained the first ever British Karate team in Paris where he and Jimmy Neal were the highest grades in the UK team at 1st Kyu with Vernon Bell as the national coach. Other members of the team included B Hammond, A. Sherry, A. Smith. In 1965 Vernon Bell invited the JKA to UK and Sensei Kase, Kanazawa, Enoeda and Shirai arrived in the summer of '65. Terry was now 24 and motivated to go to Japan to see for himself and train in Karate, Aikido and Jujitsu. He married in 1965 and went to Cape Town, South Africa following Shirai Sensei who was teaching at Hugh St John Thompson's Dojo. Eventually in 1967 he obtained the necessary work visas and arrived in Japan in August '67. He was employed as a physical education teacher at the Marist International School in Kobe and joined the biggest Karate Dojo in the area which was the Shito-Ryu Dojo of Chojiro Tani and became secretary of the internationl Shukokai organisation training with Kimura and Tani. Tani Sensei was a school and university teacher and very articulate in English and greatly respected as an original student of Mabuni, the founder of Shitoryu. During the mid 60's there was a major and sincere effort to unite all the styles of Karate under the patronage and sponsorship of Japan's richest man Ryoichi Sasakawa. Tani Sensei introduced and recommended Terry to Sasakawa and Terry was appointed to the secretariat of Federation All Japan Karate Organisations (FAJKO) and the World Union of Karate Organisations (WUKO) as the only foreigner working in the organisation of FAJKO and WUKO. Terry held the position of Chief of the Information Dept. Terry helped organise the first World Karate Championships in Japan in 1970 and subsequently travelled the world many times as a WUKO staff member. This was the so-called “golden years” of united Karate with the great Masters such as Nakayama, Yamaguchi, Ohtsuka, Iwata, Tani, Mabuni and many others teaching and grading in unison on instructor courses. Terry attended the first and famous all-styles course in 1972 in Chiba, near Tokyo where he was awarded his 5th Dan. Terry also studied Jujitsu and Aikido and was invited as a Karate instructor to many countries. Terry's position in the secretariat of FAJKO and WUKO opened many doors for him to study with great Masters in martial arts during his 21 year stay in Japan. Terry was awarded his 7th Dan Kyoshi in Goju-ryu Karate-Do in 1989, by Masafumi Suzuki 10th Dan and founder of the Seibukan in Kyoto. Terry received his 8th Dan Hanshi Karate Do in Tokyo in April 2007and his 9th Dan Karate Jutsu with Shihan Menjo in March 2011. Most importantly for Terry in 1972 he started training seriously in Jutsu after a 5 year constant search in Japan for a Jutsu teacher. Jutsu has become the core of all Terry’s teaching and the motto of “Feeling is Believing” has been spread throughout the world by Terry and his students. Terry's passion is teaching a martial art NOT sporting Karate. His research and specialist study of Karate & Jutsu has taken him all over Japan, Okinawa and China. This again was possible as Terry combined his study of martial arts with his business as an Oriental art dealer. Terry enjoys teaching and is in constant demand all over the world, where he has built up a strong following amongst serious students of martial arts. Terry is non-political regarding martial arts and truly enjoys imparting his extensive knowledge to students and teachers of all ages and grades from ALL martial arts irrespective of their styles and/or their affiliation.