Barry Johnston

Barry Johnston

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Specialization/s: Martial arts coach,

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


Barry Johnston is the founder and President (Kancho) of the International Sabaki Karate-Do Teshinkai Organization and recognised as Grandmaster of the system.

Kancho Barry Johnston directs the world wide expansion of his style and has a mission to bring Teshinkai to all countries of the world, to help spread the benefits of the art to communities everywhere. Hi mission statement is "to bring the benefits of a well structured martial arts system to all people regardless of religion, race creed, or socio economic background.

positive community values and personal achievement to communities regardless of race, religion, or socio economic background.

Kancho Johnston is also founder and chief of the Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy, one of Australia's most well renown dojo's. Kancho Johnston has been teaching karate on a full-time basis now for over 45 years. Many thousands of students have trained under his tutelage and many hundreds have gone on to achieve black belt and earn competition recognition.

As a competitor Johnston competed in various State titles at the time which led him to eventually compete in the Kyokushinkaikan International Kurjurnas Brawijaya Cup held in Indonesia in 1981. Upon returning from this tournament Kancho Johnston established his school and started his journey of a lifetime in martial arts.

Kancho Johnston knows too well the changes and opportunities that martial arts provided him and so he wanted to share these same opportunities with others. Martial arts to Kancho Johnston are what forged a happy and worthwhile life for him, so why would not you want to share this with others.

Kancho Barry Johnston holds a unique position in the martial arts industry. Firstly, it was he who assisted the Department of Sport and Recreation Australia to develop the tenets for worlds first martial arts industry qualifications. More than 14,000 martial arts industry qualifications were issued over a 15 years period injecting over $40 Million into the industry over this period. Other achievements included the “Skills for Life” program (a martial arts based Vocational training Program for Secondary Schools) with many thousands of students enrolling in the program.

Kancho Barry Johnston's relationship with martial arts has helped change and improve the lives of all people, not just in the physical sense but in the development of character and respect in our young and the physical and mental health of a community’s older practitioners.

Kancho Barry Johnston has a mission to bring the benefits of martial arts training to the general public, and in time provide a significant contribution to the communities he serves and leave a legacy that will be recognized for years to come.

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

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  • 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
  • It has been my pleasure to work with Barry Johnston since 2001. In 2003 Barry and I introduced the concept of Government Recognised Qualifications for the martial arts industry that he had a few years earlier written for the education department. It was through his Registered Training Organisation (called the "International College of Kenshusei") that the qualifications were delivered and ther is no doubt that this initiative changed the face of the industry for the better forever! Formal qualifications could now be realised for anyone training in martial arts and to this day there is nothing that equals this initiative. I will continue to work with Barry Johnston into the future with similar projects. As a business person and as a karate instructor Barry Johnston is a man of principles and integrity. I recommend Barry Johnston as a coach and as a human being.

  • I have known Barry as a dear friend and fellow Martial Artist since the early 70's. I honestly do not know someone who has been more tirelessly dedicated to the betterment of our martial arts community. His desire to create a totally safe and professional learning environment to all who wish to engage in and benefit from martial arts training is truly inspirational. To me, Barry's mission statement says it all. 'To bring benefits of a well structured martial arts system to all people, regardless of religion, race, creed or socio-economic background'. Barry's integrity, honesty and dedication to the arts we love so much is second to none. I cannot recommend Barry more highly as a coach and leader in our MA community.

    Richard Norton on Oct:2021

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Bendigo, VIC, Australia

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