Robert Frost is an 8th Dan Black Belt (Grandmaster) in Taekwondo. Grand Master Frost was born at Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales and spent his early years growing up at Morisset on the western side of Lake Macquarie. Grandmaster Frost has trained in a variety of martial art styles including Jeet Kune Do, Goju Ryu Karate and Kyokushin Karate but his love of Taekwondo was the style that won him over. In about 1982, Grand Master Frost partnered with Rhee Taekwondo Newcastle/Hunter. Through his martial arts shop he not only manufactured martial arts uniforms and the diversity of his outlet also provided security dog equipment to international clients including Papua New Guinea. A busy period, as he was teaching Taekwondo 4 plus times per week, and overseeing 10 Dojangs. In the 80’s Grand Master Frost (as a silent partner) with his friend, well-known karate instructor and writer Glen Levick promoted the ‘Hunter Valley Challenge’ a series of full-contact martial arts tournaments in Newcastle. The tournaments were a great success drawing competitors from NSW, QLD and Victoria. Grand Master Frost also made several visits to Hong Kong and Taiwan during this time (on buying trips for his martial arts shop) and took the opportunity to try several Kung Fu styles and refresh some of the lost knowledge from his childhood training days. Throughout the ’80s Grand Master was also involved in theatre and attended numerous courses and workshops in acting, voice production, stage fighting and stunt work, clowning and circus skills and Peking Opera. He also learned about building sets, operating lights and sound and choreographing fight scenes. Grand Master acted in a number of productions but preferred to design and build the sets and operate the lights. Choreographing the fight scenes and forging replica swords and knives (utilising some of the skills learned from his Grandfather) were his favourite tasks. Around 1994 Grand Master Frost presented a weekly series on Self Defence on NBN Television’s ‘This Morning’ program. In 1995 Grand Master Frost walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea for the first time. Grandmaster Frost owns and operates the Toogee Martial Arts Academy, and directs a team of committed coaches.
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.
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.
Carlo is an Internationally certified 6th Dan Kukkiwon Black belt and has had one of the most successful careers in the history of taekwondo in Australia. During his time as a professional athlete, Carlo was fortunate enough to work alongside many great organisations including the Victorian Institute of Sport and the national suicide prevention charity Life's a Ball. Carlo was also a sought after public speaker and motivator drawing on his experiences as an Olympian. He regularly conducted sessions at Melbourne secondary schools teaching students life-skills and self defence. After the Athens Olympics, Carlo made the decision to retire from competitive sport and focus on fulfilling his dream of opening up his own taekwondo centre. Today Team Carlo Taekwondo is one of the fastest growing schools in Australia.
Frank McKinley is a 6th Dan Black belt in Karate. Shihan Frank has practiced traditional karate for 35 years. In a career that started in the 80's Shihan Frank has studied Goju Karate, Shotokan Karate and Teshinkai (Kyokushinkaikan) Karate, earning black belts in Shotokan and Teshinkai and brown belt in Goju. As an Instructor of more than 30 years, Shihan Frank is a much valued and loved martial arts leader who always leads by example and is well known for his committment to help others achieve their personal best. Shihan Frank believes he is a conduit providing opportunities, particularly to juniors, to make the right choices in life from a home and community perspective. He has the ability to connect with junior students who may be challenged by various internal and external issues in life. He strongly believes in allowing them to feel they are being treated and challenged equally. Shihan Frank has a passion for allowing teenage and adult students to find their own pathway in their journey in Karate. He has a deep understanding that this journey has more significant personal outcomes for many students. Shihan Frank has a Diploma for Sport (Coaching) Specialising in Martial Arts, Diploma of Sports (Development), Level 2 First Aid and holds a current Working With Children Check. Shihan Frank, now retired, worked in the rural water industry for over 40 years and has vast knowledge of water storages management. In his latter years he worked in the Dam Safety Unit developing Australia's most comprehensive suite of operation and maintenance manuals for all Goulburn Murray Water dams in Victoria. Shihan Frank has formal certificates in Water Operations, Occupational Health and Safety, Supervision, Training Needs Analysis, Assessment and Workplace Training and Contract Administration and Supervision. He has also completed courses in Fraud and Conflict Awareness, Conflict Management Awareness, Co-ordinating Occupation Violence and Aggression, Information Security in the Workplace and Privacy and Data Protection. He has also undertaken study for Applied Science and Conservation Resource Development.
Sempai Sharelle Iversen began training in 1995 and has returned some 20 years later to gain her black belt and commit to a life of teaching others. Sempai Sharelle has gained great respect from her peers and is a very popular and accomplished member of the Teshinkai karate team. Sempai Sharelle now operates regular classes and has become a favoured instructor to many students that call her their teacher.