Sifu Robert McInnes, the Kancho (Director) of Shorin-Kempo Kaikan and the World Kumite Organisation (WKO) based in Thailand, is a prominent figure in the martial arts community. With his leadership, the World Kumite Organisation (WKO) has become one of the largest martial arts networks globally. Sifu McInnes, an accomplished martial artist, initially trained in Shorin Kempo, one of China's original martial arts systems. His teaching journey began in New Zealand, but he has since made Pattaya, Thailand his home, drawn by its reputation as the fighting capital of the world. Thailand's influence has further shaped Sifu McInnes' development and the reach of the World Kumite Organisation, which now influences martial arts groups worldwide.
Sifu McInnes is known for delivering exceptional and innovative martial arts seminars around the globe. He continuously expands his organization, benefiting all those involved. Renowned as a coach, Sifu McInnes employs rigorous training methodologies to achieve outstanding results. His coaching credits include training world champions such as Peter Aerts (3-time K1 champion), Stan The Man (5-time world champion), Pedro Rizzo (UFC world champion), Yodsanan 3k (WBA 130lbs world boxing champion), Yodumlung (former WBA 122lbs world champion), Daniel Dawson (ISKA world champion and K1 fighter), Albert Klaus (K1 world champion), Chatchai Paiseetong (3-time Lumpinee world champion), The tank (Lort Tung, Sukmongkol Sitchuchork, 5-time world champion), Rambo II (ISS Muay Thai Champion), Nick Kara, Judd Reid (World Kumite Champion), and many more. These are just a few examples of the fighters he has worked with.
Sifu McInnes stands out among martial artists as one of the rare individuals who comprehends and defines the art of fighting using traditional methods, achieving remarkable success. As the founder and chief of the World Kumite Organisation, he has made significant contributions to the promotion of world karate. At a time when the martial arts landscape is experiencing fragmentation, with the passing of original figures and the splintering of organizations, Kancho Sifu McInnes has realized his dream of bringing the industry together by creating a world circuit characterized by friendship and integrity. Today, the WKO provides a platform for martial artists of all styles and backgrounds to come together as friends, embracing the spirit of play and advancing their individual growth.
Sifu McInnes firmly believes that all fighting systems share a common foundation, and success lies in how one evolves from that base. His martial art system, Shorin Kempo, is highly proficient in street combat and full-contact competition. As a person, Robert McInnes has positively impacted the lives of numerous martial artists, providing them with opportunities to establish successful careers of their own.