Get in before Sunday 14th October for your early bird tickets and a free Fight For Life T-shirt valued at $25. T shirt only available in conjunction with early bird ticket purchase. ... See MoreSee Less
Put aside the 11th of November 2018 to attend the Fight for Life Main Event. We have an amazing lineup of instructors donating their time to help raise money for Cancer Research. You will have the opportunity to train with seven instructors of your choice. A few of the featured instructors are:Richa...
FIGHT FOR LIFE 2018 Instructor profile: Paul Marston (Kapap)
Paul has been involved in the arts since the age of 10. Paul Sensei, founded his own school The Sozokan Academy in March 1997. The school name reflects the ethos of striving to do your best irrespective of natural ability or position in society and is linked to Samurai legend.. Expanding from 2 to almost 80 classes a week in a few short years. Sozokan Academy is unique in Australia in it’s seven day a week approach and diversity of styles. With over 45 years of experience Paul Sensei continues to practice, travel and review the syllabi taught. his own journey encompassing karate, judo, aikido, jujitsu, BJJ, taijitsu, boxing, traditional weapons, kung fu, S.E. Asian arts, arnis and silat and now the reality based systems of America and Israel.
Paul’s specialties are practical combatives, edged weapons training and self-defence for women, children and the elderly.
Paul has trained with many of the worlds finest traditional masters, modern innovators, and MMA/UFC legends alike. Amongst these, Rigan Machado, John Will, Xande Ribiero, Royce Gracie, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Randy Couture, Dan Inosanto, Maurice Smith, Kryzstof Soszynski, Anthony Perosh, Elvis Sinosic, Maj Avi Nadia, Hock Hockheim, AMOK! founder Tom Sotis, Knife Maestro Raymond Floro, Aikido Sensei’s Joe Thambu and Jack Sato and world head Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba, Maestro Greg Henderson, Kyoshi David Montebello, Master Ray Lawrence, Grandmaster William Cheung, Shihan’s Sugano, Tanemura, Igareshi, De Jong, Hanshi Peter Chek and Shihan Barry Bradshaw and others. The last decade has seen Paul up skilling in the modern combative KAPAP, Krav Maga, ISR Matrix and SFC . One of the state’s most senior CQB instructors Paul is the WA director for KAPAP IKF of the Israeli Special Forces and in 2015 was promoted to the position of CQB Level 3 national representative for civilian instruction in Australia. He is considered amongst the top 5 reality based instructors in Australia. ... See MoreSee Less
FIGHT FOR LIFE 2018 Instructor profile Kurt Trancredi ( Jujustu)
Kurt Tancredi has been training in martial arts for about 25 years. His primary focus has been Jujutsu and Judo where he earned the ranks of 4th Dan Jujutsu and 1st Dan Judo. Kurt’s journey has seen him train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and American Kenpo Karate. Kurt is now also training in Jodo (Japanese short wooden staff).
Kurt is a certified member of the prestigious Japanese organisation Dai Nippon Butoku Kai based in Kyoto Japan where he was promoted to 4th Dan Renshi Jujutsu and 1st Dan Judo.
Kurt has attended seminars and trained in Germany, France and Japan. Major career highlights have been:
1. Being awarded the Shogo Title of Renshi from the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai 2. Being a member of the Australian team that demonstrated Jujutsu to the Japanese Princess Akiko at the Butokuden in Kyoto Japan. 3. Demonstrating Jujutsu and Judo to the DNBK Japanese Honbu Sensei at a Taikai in France. 4. Being selected to assist Yves Raemackers, Hanshi 8th Dan Judo to demonstrate Judo at the Taikai in France
Kurt is an instructor at the Craigieburn Martial Arts Centre ... See MoreSee Less
FIGHT FOR LIFE 2018 Instructor profile Tony Ball ( Bo) 29/10/1970 – Commenced training in Fudoshin Ryu Judo under Sensei Robert Lawrence. Essex, England.
03/05/1973 – Yudansha (Black Belt) Fudoshin Ryu Judo 1973 Jujutsu and restraint methods to Essex Police Force
01/05/1976 – 1st Dan Judo (BFA & Society of Black Belts UK) Sep, 1982 Brought Fudoshin Ryu to Australia. Commenced teaching within 3 weeks.
Feb, 1983 – Opened first Dojo at local school (Monterey Primary)
01/01/1985 – 3rd Dan Fudoshin Ryu (studies Judo, Jujutsu and Weaponry)
01/05/1989 – 4th Dan Fudoshin Ryu Weapons (Weapons Master certificate)
01/05/1989 – 4th Dan Fudoshin Ryu Judo
Feb, 1992 – Martial Arts and Sports Medicine seminar (Dr. Peter Lewis)
01/10/1992 – Godan (Fudoshin Ryu) awarded by Robert Lawrence, through AMA.
Mar, 1995 – Taught in Dojo in the Czech Republic. Soke taught police and SWAT teams at specialised workshop whilst there.
1996 – Received Blitz Martial Arts Hall of Fame Award. Category Weaponry
10/10/1996 – 6hour mat grading for Rokudan with founder of Fudoshin Ryu, Robert Lawrence. Soke passed with merit. Studies included Judo, Jujutsu, Karate, Aikido, Kenjutsu, Bojutsu, Jojutsu and other weapons.
01/11/1996 – Fudoshin Master’s Certificate This certificate is the highest award/honour and rank achievable in the Fudoshin Ryu and was awarded by the founder, Robert Lawrence, Judan.
01/11/1996 – Rokudan (BFA & AMA) from Robert Lawrence
Oct, 2002 – Participated in the WASO (World All Styles Organisation) Masters Showcase
27/07/2003 – Taught at the Aikibudo Australia Cross Training Seminar
25/10/2005 – Cert. IV in Sports Coaching (Martial Arts) International College of Kenshusei
09/06/2006 – 7th Dan Fudoshin Ryu (AMA)
Oct, 2006 – USA/Australia International Martial Arts Exchange (IMA Graham Slater)
26/02/2007 – Certified Community Coach AASC (Active After School Communities). Australian Government certified incentive program for engaging children in after school programs.
April, 2008 – Sho Rei Sho award (DNBK, Kyoto) for Jujutsu
06/12/2008 – Taught at the Idokan Australia Open Seminar
30/05/2010 – Taught at the Bushido Instructors Association Open Seminar.
02/09/2010 – 8th Dan award, International Board of Black Belts (World Black Belt Council 1964)
02/10/2010 – Awarded 8th Dan Hanshi International Martial Arts Association
02/10/2010 – Awarded 8th Dan recognition Seibushin Kai
02/10/2010 – Budo/Bugei Kokusai Renmei. Hachidan award
11/09/2011 – Taught at the Idokan Australia Open Seminar
20/01/2012 – Lead instructor (and instructor mentor) for the MAT (Martial Arts Therapy). Program which specialises in delivering Martial Arts based life skills programs to children in Primary and Secondary education.
01/05/2012 – Received 10th Dan Hanshi award from Hanshi Kai (Bruce Haynes)
Oct, 2013 – Received the WOMA (World Organiser of Martial Arts) Grand Master’s Cup.
20/02/2014 – Supported and taught at the annual Winter Camp (Kan Geiko Gasshuku) Yamagawa Dojo
Oct, 2014 – Presented at the World Budokan Festival of Martial Arts and Culture Salisbury, South Australia.
20/10/2014 – Supported Fight for Life (Kyoshi Kevin Walsh). Martial Artists raising awareness and support for Cancer.
22/08/2015 – Inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame (Inc), Lifetime Achievement Award.
Various and ongoing
Taught/teaching many students and instructors of other styles, mostly in Fudoshin Ryu Weaponry and Jujutsu. Actively involved in teaching and supporting students within the Disability and Challenged Abilities sector. Returned to England for seminars and workshops. Acts as a senior advisor to many styles, students and instructors. Has Dojo in South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Hold position of ‘Soke’ within the Fudoshin Ryu for Australia. Currently writing three books. ‘Fudoshin training philosophy’, ‘Fudoshin: My Way of Life’, and ‘Fudoshin Ryu: an Introduction’. ... See MoreSee Less
FIGHT FOR LIFE 2018 Instructor profile Grant Bannister ( Nunchaku) In 1958 at the age of 15, Grant got into an altercation with another young man and after this incident he decided to start training in Judo under the guidance of a very experienced instructor, Wally Strauss. This was at Heidelberg Technical College but only lasted for one year as Wally was unable to come back and teach the following year.
Grant always wanted to get involved in the martial arts again and In 1974 a friend came to Grant bubbling with excitement, it was about a new Australian style called San Chi Kai (SCK). Grant decided to go along for a trial lesson. After a few lessons, he was totally hooked and trained four to five times a week for the next ten years. His young family slowly got precedence over Karate, so he slowed his training to three times a week. Of course, these were a minimum of two hour sessions. The training was very hard and a little out of control. (Grant had every finger and toes and a couple of ribs broken during this time.)
Grant feels indebted to his first instructors, Mick Deridisi, Stewart Lomax and Tony Abela for showing that there is a better way to train in the Martial Arts.
Malcolm Lomax returned from South Australia to Melbourne in 1974 and soon took over San Chi Kai. Grant was always amazed by the incredible skills of Soke Mal and was privileged to work closely with him over the next ten years to build up San Chi Kai.
Soke Malcolm and team did a lot of security work and it was during a special social event that he met up with Olivia Newton John, who offered him the opportunity of being security for the opening of her movie Xanadu, first in Sydney then in Melbourne. Grant and Malcolm stayed by her side for the whole week including her being presented with the keys of the city of Melbourne in front of 1,000s of bystanders. He also did security for the Boomtown rats and Icehouse.
There were not too many security courses back then but working with amazing streetwise instructors like Sensei Phil Davies made it a lot easier. This was the start of a three-year security stint with several celebrities including Bob Galdoph of the Boomtown Rats who incidentally came to our Dojo in Ringwood to see a second-degree grading. One of the biggest things I have learned from Martial Arts was to stay calm when under physical threat or verbal abuse. Being self-assured helped me to stay calm in aggressive or violent situations, but at the same time I was ready for a spontaneous attack. I was also fortune enough to increase my knowledge and train with Chuck Norris (while he was in Melbourne for the Bob Jones Supershows, with Mal and completed seminars with Benny the Jet, Tony Ball and many others. (Grant did nunchaku demos for Bob Jones at the Melbourne Town Hall Supers shows.)
In 1986 when Malcolm moved to Queensland, Grant along with another Sensei, Des White started training by themselves in a garage at Croydon. Unfortunately, at about the same time Grant and Helen’s 14-year-old son was hit by a car and was in the Intensive care unit for six weeks and was in a coma for over three months.
Grant decided to throw all his Martial Arts knowledge in to helping his son recover. It took many hours to get Phillip to crawl let alone walk, but after months of punishing exercises every day, Phillip started to improve. Months turned into years, but through absolute commitment on behalf of Helen and Grant and Phillips total faith in his parents, he eventually became independent. Grant is convinced that the belief “never give up” of the Martial Arts and the positive thinking people he was surrounded by were the main factors contributing to Phillips recovery. Phillip has acquired a brain injury but not enough to stop him living a normal life. He is married and leading a very happy independent life. He has been advised not to do any sport where contact to the head maybe a possibility.
That same year (1986) Des White and Grant purchased the Doncaster Gym, so it certainly turned out to be a very busy year. Late 1986, the small group of people were still training very hard with no intention of starting a different style. In this same year Sensei Rod Peterson from Traralgon joined us with his group of 50 sensational students.
Des White kept the group going as Grant was only making training about once a week. Grant finally decided to call the group “Bukido Karate.” A word made up from “Budo” with “ki” as the centre. During the late 70’s up to the mid 80’s he travelled many time to Tasmania to run weapons seminars. His specialty has always been the nunchaku.
Over the last thirty years, Grant has taught thousands of students and has had the pleasure of helping students win Australian and even world titles (Sensei Crystal ISKA world Black belt kumite 2008). He has written four goal setting books for ages three years up to fourteen years. There is another goal setting/grading book he has written for fourteen years and on. (Senior reference and grading book.)
As a qualified trainer, he has also taught hundreds of students achieve their Level Two Senior First Aid. He has run fund raising events for Red Cross, Melbourne City Mission and the local animal shelter called Coldstream Animal Aid.
Even though Grant is 73 years of age, he has no intention of slowing down or even stepping down as head of his full-time Dojo in Lilydale Victoria. His last grading was with San Chi Kai under Malcolm Lomax in 1986. Grant is addressed as “Shidoshi” meaning guiding principle. ... See MoreSee Less
Free FFL T-Shirt for bookings BEFORE Monday 15th October The seminars will go from 9:00pm-5:30pm and will feature 18 instructors covering different martial arts. This is your chance to show your support to Cancer Research plus you get to train with some of the most respected martial arts instructors...
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