Terry Gleeson is a 1st Dan in Karate Sempai Terry Gleeson began his Karate and martial arts interest in 2001. Terry's study tookhim down the path of both Karate and Ju Jitsu. On 11th of November 2004 Terry recieved his Shodan Black Belt under the Renshinkan Budo System and was soon helping other students by teaching under the system. In December 2021 Terry (under the insistence of his instructors and peers) gained his Shodan Black Belt under the International Sabaki Karate-do Teshinkai. Terry insisted on wearing a wite belt for 3 years in Teshinkai which presented clearly to other students and black belts that it was the development of spirit and personal integrity to the martial arts that drove him on a daily basis. Sempai Terry is a dedicated Karate-ka and a valuable mentor to others. Teaching others is what he is all about, and why wouldnt it be. Terry is the owner and operator (alongside his wife Judy) of Kip McGrath Education, one in a chain of Education Centres dedicated to the development of children from a secondary schooling level. Sempai Terry Gleeson is committed to bringing out the best in his students and serves as a valuable member of the instructor body at Teshinkai Karate, Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts.
Professor Paulo Guimaraes is a Black Belt 5th Dan in brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Paolo has been training in BJJ for most of his adult life and running BJJ professionally for the past 25 years. As a competitor Paolo earned the reputation of being a fierce contender and as it normally follows, his own students now are making their mark in the field of competition. Paolo has developed a strong league of martial arts followers resulting in many schools across Australia under the "ROOTS BJJ Academies." Paolo specialises in technical performance and competition training for adults and children. He is a former Brazilian Army close combat and self defence instructor – 5th Guard Company Amazon Jungle division- Military Police and Parachute troops. He was the 1st Brazilian BJJ Black Belt to live and open a BJJ gym in Australia, and he is the Founder and Director NSW Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Paulo is Roots Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy founder and Head Instructor. He is a former professional surfer and an Airplane Pilot.
Peter Lewis is founder and CEO of Malvern Martial Arts Dr Peter Lewis is a leading sports physician in Australia, he has been a ringside doctor for over 30 years and his knowledge in Combat Sports is beyond anyone's imagination. Peter is responsible for all safety procedures that are now in place by Victorian Combat Sport. Peter is also a Kung Fu Master, having trained over 30 years. It is that passion that he has, that has led him to open Malvern Martial Arts Academy. Being a super busy doctor he can no longer commit to regular classes. However, he is still very actively involved in running the center. He looks forward to seeing everyone there to train hard! As a martial arts coach, Dr. Lewis is first to understand the benefits that martial arts and exercise has on his patients. Dr. Lewis always recommends the participation in specific exercise regimes (where possible) for patients wanting to rehabilitate to improved and hopefully normal or improved function. Dr. Peter is also an advocate for "Safe Sport" and "Professional Standards" within the sports and martial arts industries. Dr. Lewis has been a leading expert in healing therapies for the past 20 years and is a recognised as a pioneer and expert for comment in areas ranging from PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy and realisation of the CTE (Cranial Traumatic Encephalogy) that has hit the sporting industry in recent times. Dr. Lewis can be found at Malvern Martial Arts 1291 Malvern Road, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Eric Hiep Phan is a 4th DAN Kukkiwon Black belt in Taekwondo. Eric is the owner and head instructor at VTEAM Taekwondo in Maidstone and Springvale in Melbourne. Eric started Martial Arts training in the early 1990s and earned his first Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo back in 1997. Sooner than later, the hobby turned into his way of life. Now, more than 20 years later, his passion for Taekwondo has only strengthened. Eric has competed and medaled at States, Nationals, and International competitions in Poomsae (pattern), Sparring and Power breaking. Having produced several national medalists, his passion is helping people reach their potential. Eric is actively involved in training himself and prides himself on staying up-to-date on the most current techniques and strategies as they relate to Martial Arts. For Eric, it’s about keeping things fresh, helping people reach their goals, and delivering life-enhancing results for everyone who steps through the door at VTEAM Taekwondo. #VTeam Melbourne #VTeam Maidstone #VTeam Springvale
Grand Master (GM) Ridvan is a 9th Degree Black belt in Hapkido. GM Ridvan was recently inducted into the World Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Throughout his tenure at his own Martial Arts School, the Australian Martial Arts Academy, GM Ridvan has seen multiple state, national and international champions develop and succeed in both martial arts and life. GM Ridvan has expanded his business to be one of Australia most successful martial arts schools and is not only well known in martial arts circles but is endeared and loved by his many thousands of students both past and present. In the 1980’s GM Ridvan won Numerous state, National and International competitions receiving a gold medal at the World Martial Arts Games. Although that initial drive has taken GM Ridvan to the farthest limits of combative excellence, his mastery extends beyond fighting and into the realm of life. The Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy is home to the X-Treme Team established by GM Ridvan. The X-Treme Team have a long History originating from the foundation of the Australian Martial Arts Academy in 1982. Since then the team has evolved and performed in thousands of locations both in Australia and Around the world. They are an X-Treme Martial Arts Performance Team combining elements from all styles of Traditional Martial Arts with Exciting Choreography, Acrobatics and Weapons. Their credentials include reaching the finals of “ Australias Got Talent” (Channel 7), Performed on shows such as the “Morning show with Kerri-Anne” (Channel 9), “Saturday Disney” (Channel 7), “Sunrise” (Channel 7) Shopping Centres, Festivals all around Australia. Master GM Ridvan was selected to coach the Australian National Team at the World Taekwondo Championships and has been a VIP Guest at every Olympic Games since Sydney 2000. His commitment to making martial arts accessible and fun for everyone has led to over 150 classes being taught at his schools every week, and the Australian Martial Arts Academy being recognised as the number 1 school (EFC) in the world for educational excellence and teaching.
Shihan Raja Amarasena is a 5th Dan in Karate and Boxing Coach Shihan raja is a well known and well respected martial artist in Sri Lanka. Raja has been teaching boxing and martial arts for most of his adult life. Shihan has made a positive impact on the lives of many students in Sri Lanka. Shihan Raja originally trained under Shihan Ranjith De Silva. He trained extensively in Shotokan Karate, Enshin-Kai Karate and boxing whilst serving in the Sr Lanka Airforce. Shihan raja is now a committed and much valued senior instructor of the International Sabaki karate-do TESHINKAI. Shihan Raja understands the benefits that martial arts training brings to communities so he continues to give back to students regardless of age, religion, or socio economic background, by providing ongoing safe and professional martial arts training.