Introducing Shihan Frank McKinley, a distinguished figure in the world of traditional karate. With an impressive 35 years of experience, he holds a revered 7th Dan Black belt in Karate. Throughout his career, which began in the 80s, Shihan Frank has dedicated himself to mastering various styles, including Goju Karate, Shotokan Karate, and Teshinkai (Kyokushinkaikan) Karate. He has attained black belts in Shotokan and Teshinkai, as well as a brown belt in Goju.
As an esteemed instructor for over three decades, Shihan Frank exemplifies true leadership and is highly regarded for his commitment to helping others reach their personal best. He leads by example, guiding his students with unwavering support. Shihan Frank considers himself a conduit, offering opportunities for individuals, especially juniors, to make positive choices both within their homes and communities. His ability to connect with young students facing internal and external challenges is exceptional. He believes in treating and challenging each student equally, fostering an environment where they can grow and thrive.
Furthermore, Shihan Frank is passionate about empowering teenage and adult students to discover their unique paths in their karate journey. Recognizing the profound personal growth that comes from this pursuit, he encourages students to explore their potential and embrace the transformative power of martial arts.
Shihan Frank's extensive qualifications and certifications in the martial arts field include a Diploma for Sport (Coaching) specializing in Martial Arts, a Diploma of Sports (Development), Level 2 First Aid certification, and a current Working With Children Check.
In his professional life, Shihan Frank enjoyed a remarkable career spanning over 40 years in the rural water industry. His expertise in water storage management is unparalleled, particularly in the Dam Safety Unit. He played a vital role in developing Australia's most comprehensive suite of operation and maintenance manuals for major dams in northern Victoria. Shihan Frank possesses 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 pursued additional studies in areas such as Fraud and Conflict Awareness, Conflict Management Awareness, Coordinating Occupation Violence and Aggression, Information Security in the Workplace, Privacy, and Data Protection. Furthermore, he has undertaken studies in Applied Science and Conservation Resource Development.
Shihan Frank McKinley's remarkable journey in karate and his extensive expertise in the water industry make him a truly exceptional individual. His dedication to martial arts and his wealth of knowledge contribute to his extraordinary ability to inspire and guide his students towards success.