Shihancho, Gary Viccars is 7th Dan in Kyokushin Karate Shihancho (leader of Shihan's) Gary Viccars is a well respected martial artist internationally and a Branch Chief for the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association. Shihancho 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! Shihancho Gary Viccars is committed to the development of the AKKA via his Branch the "Victorian Kyokushin Karate Association" (VKKA) and its members.
Warren Hansen is a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. Warren is a former Australian Champion and also represented Australia representative in the 2000 Olympic games. As a competitor Warren demonstrated his superiority building an impressive list of titles making him one of Australia's most well known Taekwondo success stories. Over 30 years of experience in his beloved sport has seen him develop a huge list of students who want to learn what it takes to be a champion. Warren is know for his family oriented approach to training and has helped many thousands of students achieve their won goals.
Peter Volke is a 7th Dan Black Belt Shihan Peter Volke is an iconic figure in the world of full contact karate. As a champion fighter himself he has proven time and time again that hea has the formula to train champions and set anone on the right path in life. As the Director of the Australian Branch of the Shinkyokushin Organisation, Shihan Volke is responsible for the growth of the organisation and the direction of its members. As a lifelong and committed martial artist Shihan Volke is dedicated to improving the lives of all students who attend his organisations Karate classes, through a traditional, no fuss, grounded but caring approach to training.
Sinn Chew is a 6th Dan in Karate Sensei Sinn commenced his martial arts journey in 1973. He trained in Shotokan Karate, KungFu and Kickboxing, only switching to GojuRyu in1990. In 2004, he commenced training in Judo and BJJ. Sinn Chew is an educator and martial arts instructor, held in high regard by all who know him. As the Chief instructor of the University of Queensland (UQ Karate Club), his influence and mentorship, has served many hundreds of students. His devotion to deepen his understanding in GojuRyu is matched only with a long-standing commitment to demonstrate the essence of the style, and to bring about the very best in each and every student. His teaching style undoubtedly optimises the body, strengthen the mind and encourage the fighting spirit. He is truly an inspiration to his students, or to any new or senior student interested and passionate about learning Karate, and keeping fit and conditioned, with self defense skills in mind. The mindset for developing Karate and life skills is parallel. Sinn is unique in that he continually tries to de-mystify the ancient martial arts, and to demonstrate the relationship between the traditional basics and modern fighting methodologies.
Mr. Joseph Walker has always been known as Joey Walker is the Grandmaster of the Kifaru Karate Jitsu organization. Grandmaster Joey Walker is a retired Police Lieutenant from the Reno Police Department and he has served with distinction as Watch Commander, Detective Sergeant in Internal Affairs, Instructor to Defensive Tactics Instructors, Honor Guard and DARE officer. He has served in the Dignitary Protection unit, providing sole responsibility for the safety of President Gerald Ford, Merle Evers-Williams, Bernice King and Martin Luther King III. Mr. Walker has received numerous advanced law enforcement credentials from the FBI, LAPD, Los Angeles Sheriff, and developed, with FBI approval, the Washoe County School District’s School Violence Preparedness program. Master Joey Walker has extensive martial arts training and holds two World Championship Karate titles. He has served as an expert witness in Martial Arts and Use of Force cases in both Civil and Criminal cases. Mr. Walker provides outstanding instruction in the martial arts, with a unique perspective on the true practical applications in the use of force. Joey Walker’s interest in the Martial Arts began from watching the television series The Green Hornet starring Bruce Lee whose fighting style captured his interest. Joey started training in Shotokan Karate and Tae Kwon Do in December of 1970. In 1971, Joey Walker met and began training with Alexander Archie who taught classes in a friend’s living room and at that time taught under the banner of Shudo-Kan Karate. From that time forward, Joey became a loyal and consistent student of that discipline. It was Archie’s belief that students should have the opportunity to incorporate any practical movement from any system. Alexander Archie frequently took his top students to other schools and disciplines to measure their skills and abilities and to see what if anything those other disciplines had to offer. Joey Walker quickly rose through the ranks and by 1974 attained his 3rd Kyu Brown Belt. It was at that time that Joey was introduced to Master Byong Yu of the Moo Duk Kwon Tae Kwon Do system. All of the advanced belts directly under Alexander Archie began periodic training under Master Yu. Joey also met a musician and martial artist named Chip Steen (then a student of Steve Sanders of the B.K.F.) who instructed Joey when Chip’s band “The Checkmates” came to the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. By June of 1975, Joey achieved his first degree Blackbelt in Shudo-Kan Kifaru Karate. Having heard of the reputation of the Black Karate Federation from Chip Steen as well as watching their tournament Karate champions, Joey Walker was very anxious to train with members of the system. In July of 1975, Joey travelled to Los Angeles, California to train with the founders of the B.K.F., Steve Sanders and Donnie Williams. In May of 1977, Joey attained his first degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and Chinese Kenpo from Master Donnie Williams. To this date, Joey maintains a close and personal relationship with Master Steve (Sanders) Muhammad and Master-Pastor Donnie Williams. Joey Walker began his tournament career on a less than consistent winning record. From principles learned from Alexander Archie, Stanford McNeal, Steve Sanders and Donnie Williams, Joey has won numerous State, National, and World Karate Championships competing against and beating Tournament champions and personalities: Alvin Prouder, Billy Blanks, Johnny Gyro, Mel Cherry, Mark Foster, Luther Secrease, Tony (Satch) Williams, George Chung, and Danny Bonaduchi. Joey has written his newest book, Shots Fired under the name Joseph B. Walker. This survival guidebook delivers techniques and tactics that will help you survive an active shooting.
Kancho (Founder of School) Ino Maquirang is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Karate with over 45 years of international experience in the martial arts. Kancho specialises in developing his students over many years - he has started teaching children as young as 4 years old and mentored them even after their university studies. He has successfully competed in over 250 tournaments all over the world and has developed and coached students of all ages to compete at the highest levels. He has instructed and participated in demonstrations and seminars in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, England, Italy, South Africa, Hong Kong/China and throughout the United States, and has appeared in several instructional videos and books. In 1997, he was inducted into the Blitz Magazine Hall of Fame as the Outstanding Kata Competitor of the Year. He received his Masters from New York University (1994) and his Bachelors from Georgetown University (1987). Kancho Ino founded Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do after teaching and observing many students, refining his teaching approaches, and further developing his personal philosophy of karate-do. Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do represents his personal experiences and journey in karate which he and his family now wish to share with others.