Our Instructors

Our Instructors have devoted many years to Karate and other martial arts and have attained a  level of expertise.  Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our Instructors have attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skills to students.

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Richard Norton, Soke

(Ambassador for BKJ Martial Arts)

Soke Richard Norton has trained in many aspects of the martial arts well over 50 years of training, including Judo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Thai Boxing and several Japanese weapons systems.  He currently holds the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai.  He also has a 6th Degree Black Belt in Ukidokan Kickboxing under Sensei Benny Urquidez, 5th Degree Shihan title in Goju Ryu under Hanshi Tino Ceberano, 5th Degree Masters rank in Chun Kuk Do under Chuck Norris and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado (he was the first to obtain this rank in Australia).  He has also extensively trained with other Martial Arts legends such as Tadashi Yamashita, Fumio Demura, Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace and Pete ‘Sugarfoot’ Cunningham.

Soke Norton regularly conducts seminars all over the world, covering such topics as street defence, martial arts weapons drills, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. His 15 years experience as a Personal Body Guard for some of Rock and Roll’s greats finds Richard in particular demand for teaching the realities of real life street defence, focusing on aspects such as adrenal dump, stress control and preemptive strikes.

Since his return to Australia, after 30 years living in the USA, he has been closely aligned with BKJ Martial Arts by providing comprehensive training and consultation in Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Reality Based Defence.  Most people know Richard Norton from his film work appearing in over 80 feature movies, including former bodyguard to James Taylor, Abba, Linda Ronstandt, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger.  Click pic to play movie reel.

Dr George Adams, Hanshi (Chief Instructor)

Tournament History

Hanshi George Adams has an 8th Degree Black Belt in Karate-Jitsu and a Brown Belt in BJJ with over 40 years experience.  He is dedicated to his organisation and students, and will continue to do so for a very long time.

“I started martial arts training in 1974 and I have been teaching for over 35 years. I have helped many persons to use the discipline of the martial arts to conquer their fears and transfer that power to all areas of their lives. No other activity can better this! The martial arts have literally saved my life. Not just defending myself but the challenges of surviving two near fatal incidents; the mental and physical abilities achieved through my martial arts is why I am still alive and training today.”
– Dr George Adams

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Victor Matos, Renshi (Black Belt 4th Dan)

Mr Victor Matos has been training in the martial arts for over 20 years. He commenced his training, in Karate, as a youngster in Portugal. He continued his training when he moved to Australia, in the early ’80’s, in the art of Hapkido and then took up Budoshinkai Karate-Jitsu.

Victor is married with two children, Daniel and Anthony. Daniel is also a Black Belt in Karate with his younger brother following his footsteps.

“I am dedicated to the martial arts and teaching my skills. I have a great friendship with many of the people associated with Budoshinkai Karate and I am very grateful for Dr Adams’s time and dedication to my training and development.”
– Victor Matos

John Ellis, Renshi (Black Belt 5th Dan)

John, alongside his brother, Tim, has commenced training at the age of 15 years old. John regularly trains and teaches a minimum of 3 lessons a week.

John has competed in some of the toughest Karate tournaments in the country including NSW and National Kyokyushin Karate Knockdown Championships.

“I have been with Budoshinkai Karate since the day I started training and I have seen many progressive changes in the system including BJJ, MMA and Reality Street Self Defence. Many other school Instructors always look up to Hanshi George Adams.”
– John Ellis

Timothy Ellis, Renshi (Black Belt 5th Dan)

Timothy, alongside his brother, John, has commenced training at the age of 15 years old.  Timothy has never missed a martial arts lesson and currently trains and teaches a minimum of 10 lessons a week. Timothy has also competed in some of the toughest Karate tournaments in the country including NSW and National Kyokyushin Karate Knockdown Championships.

” Like my brother, John, I have been with Budoshinkai Karate since the day I started training and I love the introduction of BJJ & MMA training within our classes. Hanshi George Adams is highly respected and is a great ambassador in the martial arts.”
– Timothy Ellis

Jonathan Adams (Black Belt 3rd Dan)

Jonathan started the age of 6 years old and was awarded his junior Black Belt at the age of 11 years old. He has won numerous Karate tournaments in his early years and now continues to train in the martial arts and is dedicated to teaching the Little Dragon’s class at West Pennant Hills, as well as, senior classes. Jonathan is regarded as one of the most respected Instructors in Budoshinkai, who has a vibrant personality. Jonathan has been recently awarded a Degree in Laws Honours Class 1, including the University’s medal, and a Degree in Criminology with Distinction, including the Dean’s medal, and is the former President of the Young Law Society.

“I have attained many achievements in the martial arts. The discipline and the mental ability I have developed has given me the opportunity to take on challenges in the professional world. I remember what my Sensei (and father) had told me, ‘the mental skills from your martial arts training will help you take on the challenges in your profession.'”
– Jonathan Adams

Darren Grieve (Black Belt 3rd Dan)

Darren lives, trains and teaches at Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay. He also has a number of police officers training with him particularly in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. The Chief Instructor, Dr George Adams, visits his schools for seminars and gradings annually.

“I became involved with Martial Arts when I took my two young children along to the local school in Tin Can Bay and was encouraged by the Instructor to take part in classes. After 10 years of training I attained the rank of 3rd Dan and I am now an Instructor of that school. I also commenced a school at Rainbow Beach which is proving to be very popular in a small community. Being a police officer I have found that my training and development in Martial Arts in particular BJJ has given me new found confidence to handle the hazards associated with modern policing. I have to thank Hanshi George Adams and his Sydney instructors for the support and encouragement they have provided me along the way.”
– Darren Grieve

Mark Szalajko (Black Belt 4th Dan)

Sensei Mark Szalajko is the Chief Instructor of the full time Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre in Smeaton Grange. He has had a successful martial arts career including a victorious history in competion (see below). Mark has travelled widely and trained with martial arts legends such as; Grand Master Kiichi Nakamoto, Grand Master Toddy, Soke Richard Norton, Hanshi George Adams, and World Champion Kickboxer, Sensei Benny Urquidez.

“For me, martial arts is a way of life that I share with my family and students.
Recently, I moved back to Sydney. This caused me to rethink my future path.
For me to continue progressing with my martial arts, I had to find the best teacher I could. After a lot of research and training, the choice was easy, Budoshinkai Karate Jitsu. Hanshi George Adams is one of the few living legends in the Australian Martial Arts World.”

MARK’S TOURNAMENT HISTORY
1st Place

2012 ISKA Australasian Titles – Self Defence
2012 ISKA Singleton Country Championships – Showmanship
2012 Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament – Self Defence
2012 Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament – Showmanship
2012 ISKA NSW State Titles – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2012 ISKA NSW State Titles – Self Defence
2012 ISKA NSW State Titles – Sword Combat
2012 ISKA All Time Classic International – Weapons Kata
2012 ISKA All Time Classic International – Sword Combat
2012 ISKA All Time Classic International – Self Defence
2010 Australasian Championships – Self Defence
2010 Australian Open Martial Arts Championships – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2010 Australian Open Martial Arts Championships – Point Sparring
2010 Australian Open Martial Arts Championships – Koshiki
2010 Tamworth Country Championships – Traditional Forms
2010 Tamworth Country Championships – Self Defence
2010 Winter Nationals – Koshiki
2010 Winter Nationals – Continuous Sparring
2010 Winter Nationals – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2010 Winter Nationals – Self Defence
2010 Winter Nationals – Showmanship
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Koshiki
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Continuous Sparring
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Points Sparring
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Self Defence
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Showmanship
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Sword Combat
2010 NSW Open – Koshiki
2010 NSW Open – Self Defence
2009 Australian Championship – Continuous Sparring
2009 Australian Championship – Self Defence
2009 Australian Open – Koshiki
2009 Australian Open – Continuous Sparring
2009 Winter Nationals – Continuous Sparring
2009 Winter Nationals – Self Defence
2009 Country Championships – Continuous Sparring
2009 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2008 Winter Nationals – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2008 Best of the Best National Titles – Traditional Forms (Kata)

2nd Place

2012 ISKA Australasian Titles – Showmanship
2012 ISKA Australasian Titles – Sword Combat
2012 ISKA Australian Open – Self Defence
2012 ISKA Australian Open – Sword Combat
2012 valley open martial arts tournament – traditional forms (kata)
2012 Valley Open Martial Arts Tournament – Traditional Weapons
2012 ISKA All Time Classic International – Showmanship
2010 Australian Open Martial Arts Championships – Self Defence
2010 Tamworth Country Championships – Point Sparring
2010 Winter Nationals – Point Sparring
2010 Winter Nationals – Traditional Weapons
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2010 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Traditional Weapons
2010 NSW Open – Showmanship
2010 NSW Open – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2010 NSW Open – Point Sparring
2010 NSW Open – Continuous Sparring
2009 Australian Championship – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2009 Australian Championship – Point Sparring
2009 Australian Open – Self Defence
2009 Winter Nationals – Sword Combat
2009 Country Championships – Point Sparring
2009 Country Championships – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2009 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Showmanship
2009 All Time Classic Martial Arts Championship – Continuous Sparring
2009 NSW Open – Continuous Sparring
2008 Winter Nationals – Point Sparring
2008 15th World Cup Martial Arts Championship – Point Sparring

3rd Place

2012 ISKA Australian Open – Showmanship
2012 ISKA NSW State Titles – Showmanship
2010 Australasian Championship – Sword Combat
2010 Tamworth Country Championships – Showmanship
2010 Tamworth Country Championships – Traditional Weapons
2009 Australian Championship – Showmanship
2009 Australian Open – Showmanship
2009 Australian Open – Point Sparring
2009 Australian Open – Sword Combat
2009 Winter Nationals – Showmanship
2009 Winter Nationals – Traditional Forms (Kata)
2009 Country Championships – Showmanship
2009 Country Championships – Self Defence
2009 NSW Open – Points Sparring
2008 15th World Cup Martial Arts Championship – Traditional Forms (Kata)

Franc Boey (Black Belt 3rd Dan)

Franc Boey commenced training with Budoshinkai in 2003 with his two brothers who is the only one to achieve Black Belt. He has an interest in all aspects of martial arts, in particular, Kickboxing and Reality Based Defence.

“Martial arts is more than just self defence, it is a way of life. It has taught me that if you focus on your goals anything is possible. I sincerely thank the Instructors of Budoshinkai for believing in their students. Martial arts has not only given me the necessary skills to defend myself, but also provided me the discipline and mindset to achieve much more.”
– Franc Boey