Bruce Haynes is an 8th Dan in Karate. Hanshi Haynes is currently the 35 times Undisputed World Tamashiwari Champion and twice veterans Kumite Fighting Champion. He leads an organisation that has boasted many dojo’s across the globe including Australia, USA, South Africa, Russia and New Zealand. Presenting as the strong and fearsome leader, Hanshi Haynes is actually better known by those who know him personally as a warm and caring instructor who has changed the lives of many thousands of students for the better. Hanshi Haynes started in martial arts at seven years of age with jujitsu, under Shihan Mathew Komp 8th Dan, and reached the rank of Black Belt at the age of seventeen. He then went to Kyokushin Kai under Shihan Eddie Emin and started again from white belt and stayed there until reaching 5th Dan when he went to Japan to train under Kancho T.Azuma. Sensei Azuma broke away from Kyokushin Kai in 1990 and out of loyalty Shihan Haynes chose to stay with him as a 6th Dan and in 1994 was promoted to 7th Dan.
Ziad Zakharia is a martial arts coach and exercise physiologist. Ziad Zakharia, affectionately known as Zak, is the Vice Principal at the Frank Dando Sports Academy in Melbourne Victoria, Zak and the school featured on the program 60 minutes in 2012. The boys at the school are of age 10 to 17 who are highly intelligent but have failed in the mainstream schools due to bullying, violence, lack of confidence and show symptoms of AD/HD. Usually after two years of intensive education and training the boys can return to mainstream schools. Zak is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and specialises in rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Zac has over 25 years’ experience in the fitness industry and over 15 years’ experience in teaching at schools and universities. Zak is also a member of staff and described as a great asset of the Australian Combat & Exercise (www.auscombatex.com). As a martial artist As a martial artist Zak has over 35 years’ experience and has won several world titles under the International Sports Karate Association, in the areas of weaponry, free forms, and full contact fighting.
Carlo Giampietro is a 4th Dan in ITF Taekwondo. Carlo owns and operates Elite Taekwon-Do an ITF Taekwon-Do club and and manages a team of dedicated and proficient black belt teachers. Carlo is a well known name withing Australian Taekwondo circles with a club now celebrating over 18 years of service in the local community. Carlo also teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and operates his academy under the Team Norton BJJ Academy. Carlo Giampietro is dedicated to the positive development of his students in a physical and mental sense. Carlo believes in the power of improving lives through martial arts and has a mission to provide the best training possible to students under his banner, in his local area of Beverly Hills in Sydney and beyond. on BJJ.
Father Dave Smith is best known for his work with at-risk youth, especially in his use of boxing for those suffering from substance abuse problems and anger management issues. He is also a 6th degree black belt and a professional boxer. His progression into martial arts and boxing happened while he was attempting to raise funds for the community in Dulwich Hill, where he is the parish priest. Father Dave has been twice awarded Marrickville Citizen of the Year award and was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2004 and 2009. In 2012, he broke the world record for the most continuous rounds of boxing. Born in Newtown, Sydney, in 1962, he completed an arts degree with honours in philosophy in 1984 before beginning studying theology at Moore College in 1985. He completed two degrees in theology in 1988 and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia in 1989. After ordination, Smith spent two years in the parish of Miranda (in Sydney’s south) before being appointed to Dulwich Hill (in Sydney’s inner-west) in December 1990. He has continued as parish priest at Holy Trinity since then. When Smith became the parish priest in Dulwich Hill it was known as an area that was rife with drugs. In 1991, he began to focus on working with young people with drug problems in the area and opened the church hall as an area where local youth could do fitness and martial arts training. In 1993, he founded the Order of the Fighting Fathers as a way of encouraging other priests and religious people to use the fighting arts to help young people overcome their addictions and lead fuller lives. Smith's work in the community led him to twice be awarded the Marrickville Citizen of the Year award, in 1997 and 2009. In 2005 and 2009 he was also nominated for Australian of the Year, particularly for his work with young people battling substance abuse. In 2001, a short film was made about Smith, which is titled The Good Fight. In 2011, Smith began training to break the world record for the longest period of continuous boxing. On 1 April 2012, he boxed continuously for eight hours - against 66 opponents over 120 three-minute rounds. He succeeded in breaking the world record and received extensive media coverage, including from Fox Sports. The previous world record before this attempt was 26 rounds. On 19 February 2016, Smith returned to professional boxing to raise money for youth programs and became Australia's oldest ever professional boxer.
Maria Rich is a 5th Dan in Karate and World champion Karate fighter. The first World Champion Australia was to produce. She has been training in Karate since she was eight years old and by the age of twelve was training five nights per week while other children were playing. Even as a child she took her karate seriously, traveling regularly on weeknights as far as Geelong to train from Moonee Ponds where she grew up. As a teenager she often defeated the boys in semi-contact championships and won numerous non-contact divisions until reaching the legal age for full contact fighting. At fifteen years of age she became one of the youngest people to gain a Kyokushin Black Belt completing all of the forty fights at the end of a grueling five-hour grading. Maria debuted into full contact placing second in the South Australian State Championships and followed that with a second place in the National championships. She then went on to win the interstate championships in '92 and fought undefeated through'93 with wins in the Victorian, South Australian and New South Wales championships and finished the year by defeating the National Champion to win the Australian Kyokushin Full Contact Championships. She remains undefeated in Australia having won five National Championships since then plus the New Zealand International Tournament of 1996. In 1996 Maria traveled to New York to compete in the First Women's World Tournament where she was penalized for an alleged face punch and finished in 6th place. The following year she fought in the World weight Category tournament in Tokyo Japan and was crowned World Champion. Maria added to her long list of successes by dropping the weight to win in the middle weight division at the 1999 Nationals. Maria is a founding partner of the Fighting Arts Fitness Centre where she teaches other successful fighters . The Gibilisco name is well known throughout the Martial Arts community with her and her sister both continuously taking the trophies. Maria's teaching ability and knowledge of both Karate and Self Defense techniques has lead her to become a role model to both men and women who are striving to achieve a dream of only half of what Maria has already achieved. As well as being ranked number one in the world after winning the ‘97 world tournament she has been decorated with prestigious awards such as the Blitz hall of fame award '95 and '97. Maria has appeared in magazines and newspapers such as Blitz magazine and Inside Sport, as well as radio, pay TV and television performing feats of strength and technique such as breaking a baseball bat with her shin. A feat she incredibly performs with both lower and upper roundhouse kicks and doubled to break two at a time with a single kick
Anne Pang – Is a Sifu (master instructor and performer) in Wing Chun Kung Fu Anne Pang is an Australasian Kung Fu Champion and one of the most accomplished female Wing Chun practitioners in the world. Anne first began training in 1974 in the art of Wing Chun, the only martial art invented by a female and one of the most efficient and effective styles of self-defence. She tested her skills in many open-style tournaments, frequently winning in both the forms and fighting categories. Most notably she became an Australasian Kung Fu Champion (Full contact, open styles). As a fully qualified martial arts instructor, she developed and began conducting her Women’s Self Defence course in 1990, going on teach self-defence at numerous educational institutions from primary level through to university, plus many government and corporate bodies. In 1998 she received the Tribute Award for Women’s Self Defence Instructor, from Blitz Magazine. Sifu Anne’s Self Defence Course was focusses on practical and effective techniques, along with prevention strategies through early detection. Many corporate and community organisations have used the program to help various cohorts, not only are her strategies sound and efficient, Sifu Anne is recognised as a role model for all women and her influence and fan base is vast. The Anne Pang program offers dynamic, easy to learn self-defence skills, and because of the technique acquisition, it will give the student more confidence to deal with adversity and other life challenges. Learning respect for self and others is one of the greater qualities that anyone can learn, and the Anne Pang Self Defence Course will not only help acquire these skills, it will also provide a network of likeminded friends for whom you can keep in touch with, long after the course has finished. What you get: Self-awareness – What to do in dangerous situations Physical techniques – Basics that do not rely on physical strength and become a reflex Application of basic techniques – Partner work, including dealing with grappling situations Automatic reaction – Applying a range of striking and kicking techniques Watch Anne’s kung fu demonstration videos Wing Chun Bil Jee Form Kung Fu stage performance