Frank McKinley

Frank McKinley

Coaching Category:

Specialization/s: Martial arts coach, Karate,

This coach is approved to work with Children and Vulnerable people.


Frank McKinley is a 7th 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 major dams in northern Victoria.

Shihan Frank has formal qualifications and 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.
Shihan Frank is also fully vaccinated against Coronavirus and has completed online training for training in Covid Infection. Prevention and Control and Covid Safety at Work.

Awards & Certifications

Rokudan | 2008-12-15

Diploma of Sports Coaching | 24/05/2011

Diploma of Sport (Development) | 24/05/2011

Working With Children Check | 12/08/2018

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid | 08/12/2018

Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training | 15/10/2004

5 Day OH&S Managers, Supervisors & Representatives course | 24/10/2004

TAFE Certificate in Supervision | 01/07/1994

Certificate !$ in Water Operations | 31/05/2011

Information Security in the Workplace | 13/07/2015

Privacy and Data Protection Awareness | 04/05/2015

Fraud & Conflice of Interest Awareness | 04/05/2015

Conflict Management | 08/11/2010

Co-ordinating Occupational Violence & Agression | 13/11/2002

Work Experience

Goju karate | 2nd Kyu Grade

Shotokan Karate | Shodan Grade

Teshinkai (Kyokushinkai style) Karate | Shodan Grade

Teshinkai Karate | Nidan Grade

Teshinkai Karate | Sandan grade

Teshinkai Karate | Yondan grade

Teshinkai Karate | Godan (Shihan)

Teshinkai Karate | Rokudan

Goulburn Murray Rural Water Authority | Reservoir Manager - Project Officer Dam Safety Systems

Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts | Covid Infection, Control and Prevention

Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts | Covid Safety in the Workplace

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  • It has been my pleasure to train with Shihan Frank for many years as his student and then assisting as an instructor with his guidance, Frank often offering better ways of explaining techniques. Frank is always happy to impart the knowledge he has obtained training in many different styles on to others. Frank is a true inspiration to all as he is very skilled, along with having very sharp technique, when Frank performs Kata you can really see that he prides himself on being as technically prefect as he can be. I personally would like to thank Frank for helping me achieve what I have both professionally and personally, also for the many hours that Frank has spent with me during class and often hanging back to help in his own time. I have always known Frank to be a true gentleman being very well spoken and it is a testament to how Frank is able to adapt his training methods to students different learning styles to bring out the best in them. Frank is a good role model explaining the difference between right and wrong to all of his students and that Karate is for self-defence. Frank displays integrity, honesty, self-discipline at all times and he would have to be one of the fittest people I know, proving that if you keep training it will keep you young. Frank is one of the most dedicated Martial Artists I know, therefore I cannot recommend Frank highly enough, I am proud to call Frank my friend, coach and a leader of the Martial Arts community.

    Philip Hughes on Oct:2021
  • Shihan Frank McKinley is an exceptional martial arts coach, who has had a major influence on my martial arts career and that of countless others. His unique combination of attributes; highly developed technical proficiency, depth of knowledge, level of passion, ability to create a positive learning environment, and demonstrated success in developing the martial arts capability of others, is valued beyond measure within our martial arts community and well recognised. He is a person of unquestionable integrity and great character who I am proud to call a friend and mentor. I commend Shihan Frank McKinley as a elite martial arts coach.

    Dale Morris on Nov:2021

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Bendigo, VIC, Australia Australia

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