Kamil Negash Seid is a 4th dan Black belt in Taekwondo. Master Seid commenced his training in Taekwondo over 12 years ago and is graded under the Inernational Taekwondo Federation. As a practitioner in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing Master Seid has dedicated his life to the positive development of his local community through martial arts. Many hundreds of children, teens and adults of Addis Ababa have enjoyed the physical and mental benefits of Master Seid's programs. Currently he is training 50 ophans from his community, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the lives of those in need. Master Seid intends to make an ongoing difference to the lives of many more.
Shihancho, Gary Viccars is a well respected martial artist internationally and a leader in the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association. Gary began training in 1968 under the tutelage of the legendary Bill Paauw in Geelong and opened his own dojo in Ocean Grove in 1970 as a green belt. Gary gained his black belt (Shodan) in 1973, Nidan in 1975, Sandan in 1979, and Yondan in 1983 and in 1989 he became one of the first Australians to ever physically undergo a test for Godan (5th Dan). Shihan Viccars joined the ranks of the truly elite Kyokushin instructors on 7th November 2006 when he passed his examination for Nanadan (7th Dan). He was graded by Kancho Yoshikazu Matsushima 9th Dan and Hanshi John Taylor 9th Dan. This was the first time in history that a test for 7th Dan was held on Australian soil. He remains one of the few people in the World to actually undergo a physical test for 7th Dan, earning him the title of Shihancho (leader of Shihan’s) Shihan Gary has always been recognized as one of Kyokushinkai's best breaking (tameshiwari) technicians. He, together with Rowan Stephens and John Klose, once demolished a total of 300 cement tiles in 28 seconds and he was also the second person in Australia to perform the baseball bat break with a shin kick. In 1986 Shihan Gary completed the 50 man kumite (fights) with other notable to become the first to complete the feat! Many years of high performance training, competing and coaching has earned Shihancho Viccars a reputation of strength and courage both as a fighter and a leader in the Kyokushin community!
Jeanette Hall is a 5th dan Black belt and the Co-founder and CEO of Hall's Taekwondo. Jeanette is a refined martial artis and coach and a driving force behind one of the world’s most successful martial arts businesses. Together with her husband Martin they have forged a Taekwondo legacy and changed the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of students throughout Taekwondo training. Jeanette’s influence and professionalism has endeared her to all who meet her. Jeanette has dual diplomas in both Sport Development, and Sport Coaching (Martial Arts) and together with a background in journalism, PR and marketing, Jeanette is a leader of outstanding quality.
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.
Darryl Turner is a 5th Dan in Wu Shu Ryu system of Karate. Hanshi Darryl's experience in martial arts began in 1971 where his journey saw him gain experience in Karate, Boxing, Judo, and Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster William Cheung. Darryl currently teaches the style left to him by the late Master Dean Watt, a highly respected Zendokai instructor who modeled Darryl to become a significant and powerful force in his local martial arts community. Hanshi Darryl is known for his strength as a martial artist and strength in terms of morals and ethics. Many martial artists are thankful for the solid grounding provided by Hanshi Darryl and have gone on to establish their own successes in life, in martial arts and beyond. One such student worth mentioning is his own son Cadman who has gone on to become a star of WWE Championship Wrestling. Hanshi Darryl has never lost his desire to learn and when most are happy to rest on their laurels, Darryl has chosen to begin his training in Brazilian jiu Jitsu under the guidance of the Team Norton BJJ Academy.
A name well known world-wide in martial arts circles is Kyokushin Karates’ Hanshi John Taylor! Commencing his martial arts career in 1963, John Taylor, now (Hanshi) 9th dan (one of the worlds most highly ranked Kyokushin martial artists) has forged a reputation as a strong yet fair leader to many thousands of Kyokushin Karate devotees. Shihan Taylor's reputation as a leader is one that has been forged from over 40 years of tough personal training and exemplary teaching. His methods of leadership could be described as "iron fist with a velvet glove." Acknowledgements for his efforts have come from areas well outside the field of his art reflecting the community respect he is able to pride himself in. Acknowledgements include the 2000 Australian Sports Medal for achievement in sports and a nomination for Australian of the Year in 2004. John Taylor's martial arts career began in Sydney in 1963 when Kyokushinkai Karate was first introduced to Australia. Graded to shodan black belt in 1966 (under the leadership of the then Kyokushinkai leader Ivan Zavetchanos). John Taylor became one of the World’s first Uchi Deshi (full time live in) students of Sosai Mas Oyama, founder of the Kyokushinkai system, and regularly trained with Sosai right up until the time of his death. John Taylor developed a deep personal and professional friendship with Sosai Oyama and remains a loyal and dedicated ambassador to the system, its philosophies and beliefs.