Jonathan Gleeson

Jonathan Gleeson

Coaching Category:

Specialization/s: Martial arts coach,

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


Jonathan Gleeson is a 5th Dan Black belt in Karate.

Renshi Jonathon has been training in the martial arts since 1991 and has dedicated his practice to Kaizen (freestyle) Karate which originated in Maitland NSW.

Jonathan has also achieved 1st Dan ranks in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Kai, and in Doce Pares Arnis, Eskrima & Kali.

Seeking to further his knowledge and broaden his experience, Jonathan has also trained in the following martial art styles -

Muay Thai at the Phuket Muay Thai Camp in Thailand
Kung Fu at the Bu Bi Zhen International Kung Fu School on the banks of the Li River in Yangshuo China
Aikido at the Aikikai Hombu Tokyo Japan under the instructions of Doshu Ueshiba
Goju-Ryu Karate at the Doushikan Hombu in Kyoto Japan under the instruction of Bokuhara Gen Sensei (8th Dan JKF) and Bokuhara Michiyo (5th Dan JKF)
Kendo in Kyoto Japan, with Shibagaki Haruo Sensei 7th Dan K.S.K
Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in which he has received instruction from Royler Gracie

Renshi Jonathan is a passionate about martial arts and in particular the benefits that his particular form of karate brings to students both young and old. Johnathon believes that learning karate not just strengthens the body, it also tempers the soul and forges an indominable spirit that reflects into all aspects of a persons life.

Jonathan competes and referees at ISKA tournaments where he holds the position of Head Referee and Arbitrator, and was presented with the award for Referee of the year in 2006.

In 2009 Jonathan was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Martial Arts Instructor of the Year.

In July 2019 Jonathan acted as the Head Coach for the Australian Team to the US Open World Martial Arts Championships the largest Martial Arts tournament held annually. At this event Jonathan and his team of 30 athletes were so successful that every team member returned home with at least a first place from one of their events, with no one placing lower then 5th in any event.

Jonathan is an accredited instructor with both the Martial Arts Industry Association and the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and holds a Martial Arts prohibited weapons permit from the NSW Police Commissioner.

Jonathan is passionate about teaching the martial arts. It is his pleasure to pass on what he has learned to anyone who is willing.

Awards & Certifications

5th dan Black belt - Kaizen Ryu | 2017-08-09

1st Degree - Ryu Kyu Kobudo Kai (Traditional weapons) | 2012-08-09

1st Degree - Dloce Paras Escrima | 2011-05-08

Competition referee ISKA | 2017-08-09

Martial Arts Industry Hall of Fame | 2009-08-09

Head Coach - Australia Karate Team to the USA | 2019-09-09

Work Experience

Sydney Karate Club | Manager / Head Instructor

ISKA / NSKA | General Manager / Managing Director

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Ultimo, NSW, Australia Australia

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