Barry Johnston

Shihan Barry Johnston

6th Dan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Shihan Barry Johnston has been practicing martial arts since 1972 and teaching in his own full time schools since 1985. In 2008 he became an Executive Member of the World Kumite Organisation as well as being inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame (AMAHOF) for his lifelong dedication to martial arts teaching. He was also awarded the Karate Instructor of the year for Victoria in the same ceremony.

Shihan Johnston has received a variety of awards for his work in martial arts and in particular his work in pioneering martial arts instructor education. Shihan Johnston is responsible for martial arts being accepted under the National Qualifications Framework as a formal government recognised qualification.

Shihan Johnston is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching for Martial Arts.

Coach Richie Ivory

Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Richie Ivory is an Irish national that is following in the footsteps of Connor McGregor, or that is what most of his friends and colleagues think. Richie is actually incredibly humble and polite and loves to help people achieve their own personal goals through martial arts. Coach Richie likes to practice what he preaches when it comes to martial arts, he is a seasoned MMA fighter and formidable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach that is well at the top of his game in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Richie’s reputation for technical ability and physical prowess is only surpassed by his commitment to the development of his students. Richie is a truly full time martial artist who has trained and led many students to national level. Coach Richie is also a patient and dedicated coach to his many beginners who flock to has classes each week.

Coach Richie Ivory is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Development for Martial Arts.

Richie Ivory
Peter Tyack

Sensei Peter Tyack

4th Dan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sensei Tyack is a well recognised sporting identity in Central Victoria for both Australian Football and Cricket. Sensei Tyack is an important senior coach at Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Sensei coaches senior day time classes and is responsible for coordinating our Vocational Education and Training (VET) classes for secondary schools in Bendigo and surrounding districts. A senior martial arts coach and educator, Sensei Tyack has developed important relationships with secondary schools and is held in high esteem among the secondary and primary schools sector.

Sensei Tyack is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching for Martial Arts.

Shihan Frank McKinley

5th Dan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Shihan Frank McKinley is a popular and dedicated martial artists who has coacheda long list of students through to black belt under his own personal guidance. Shihan Mckinley has a deep and impressive understanding of karate, why wouldn’t he? Shihan McKinley also holds black belts in Shotokan Karate, Goju Kai Karate and Te Shin Kai Karate (Kyokushinkaikan.)

Shihan Frank’s dedication to his students has seen them go on to win National titles in Kata and Kumite. His dedication to all students is what makes him a true martial arts leader.

Shihan Frank is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching for Martial Arts.

Frank McKinley
Tamara Thompson

Sempai Tamara Thompson

2nd Dan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sempai Tamara is a champion kata and kumite competitor who has earned the respect of all who know her. Sempai Tamara is a popular coach as she has the reputation for helping all students take their own martial arts game to the next level. Sempai has been training martial arts most of her adult life and is a role model to all karate students at the Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

Sempai Tamara Thompson is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching for Martial Arts.

Sempai Isabella Johnston

2nd Dan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sempai Johnston is program Director at the Bendigo Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Sempai Bella as she is affectionately referred to has been studying martial arts since she was only 3 years old. Being born into a martial arts family sometimes leave one with few choice’s, right? Fortunately for her father, Bella loves the industry and in particular loves meeting and greeting new students into the academy and ensuring that their experience’s and attendances are monitored and the student’s progress is kept on track.

Sempai Isabella Johnston is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Coaching for Martial Arts.

Bella Johnston
Sarah Richardson

SenseiSarah Richardson

3rdDan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sensei Sarahis a Karate Kumite Champion who has earned the reputation of being a valuable technical coach for the karate school. Sensei Sarah is well-respected by all of her peers and her ability to adapt her teaching methodologies to assist beginners to achieve more complex routines has earned her the reputation of being a knowledgeable and approachable coach. Student are in good hands when Sensei leads the class.

Sempai Sarah Richardson is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Level III in Martial Arts Coaching.

Sempai NatahshaBrohersen

1stDan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sempai Natahsha is a well-respected martial artist amongst her peers due to her strong training ethic and dedication to her martial arts. Sempai Natashsa is a fine leader of young people, she leads by example and therefore has become endeared as a great role model by parents of the children that she has the responsibility of teaching each week. Sempai Natashsa is a well-rounded martial artist and also teaches senior karate, kickboxing and cage fitness.

Sempai NatahshaBrohersen is “Coach Check” registered and holds a Diploma in Sports Development Martial Arts.

Natashsa Broersen
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Sempai Ian Matthews

1stDan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sempai Ian is a well-rounded martial artist with extensive full contact karate experience. Sempai Ian helps run our lunch time classes and has a quality of guiding new students through to achieve their goals.

Sempai Ian Matthews is “Coach Check” registered and is currently studying his Diploma in Sports Development Martial Arts.

Sempai Amelia Irwin

1stDan Te Shin Kai Karate-do (Kyokushinkaikan)

Sempai Amelia is a well-respected teacher in our junior Karate classes as well as proficient Cage Fitness instructor. Her endearing and friendly manner makes her popular among children and parents alike.

Sempai Amelia Irwin is “Coach Check” registered and is currently studying her Diploma in Sports Development Martial Arts.

Amelia Irwin