Barry Johnston

Barry Johnston

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Barry Johnston first began training in Kyokushinkaikan Karate at the age of 13 in 1971 and earned his black belt at age 21 in 1979. Johnston went on to compete in the Kyokushinkaikan International Kurjurnas Brawijaya Cup held in Indonesia in 1981. Upon his return from overseas Johnston established his own school and began a full time martial arts teaching career.

Shihan Johnston as he is known now has taught many thousands of students in the Bendigo and Central Victoria region. Over 120 individuals have gained their black belt through his system and is prominent in his area and a significant figure in the Australian martial Arts Industry.

Shihan Johnston assisted the Department of Sprt and Recreation Training Australia in 1999 to develop the industry's first Government Recognised Qualifications for the martial Arts Industry. Through his Registered Training Organisation (Australian College of Sports Development) his team qualified over 14,000 coaches across Australia between 2001 and 2014.

Awards & Certifications

WKO Certification | 2010-03-09

Kyokushinkaikan Shodan | 1981-02-09

Rokudan | 2008-10-30

Teshinkai (Kyokushinkaikan recognised) 7th Dan | 2016-06-23

Work Experience

International College of Kenshusei | CEO

Sport and Recreation Training Australia | Curriculum Development Martial Arts Industry

TAFE Bendigo | Trainer and Assessor

Australian College of Sports Development | CEO

Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy | Owner Manager

American College of Sports Development | CEO

Fit Republic PL | Director

Community Safe Initiatives LTD | Chairman

Kyokushinkaikain Aliied Karate LTD | Executive Director


  • Shihan Barry Johnston is a very highly respected martial arts instructor and has done so much for the community. Also, he has changed the industry by the facilitation of courses resulting in instructors studying and obtaining professional qualifications which has never been done before. He is still a very active martial arts instructor and has about 500 students training under him. He has close connections with some of the most highly respected martial arts masters in the world.

    George Adams on Oct:2020

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Bendigo, VIC, Australia


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