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- Gary began martial arts training in 1964 at the Ballarat Judo Club in Victoria, Australia. He progressed rapidly and achieved 1st Kyu twice as junior ranks were not allowed to grade to Shodan at that time. He began teaching judo at the age of 13 and won the Ballarat Junior Judo Championship in 1968.
In 1969 he began formal training in a Shotokan ryuha under the guidance of Barry Govan. He attained Shodan in 1973 and followed Sensei Barry Packham into the Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito under Soken O Sensei, reaching Nidan in 1975. He has remained loyal to Kise Dai Sensei ever since the establishment of the Kenshin Kan and was graded to Godan in 1995.
Gary has visited Okinawa and Japan on several occasions and enjoyed the hospitality and teaching of both Grand Master Kise and Kaicho Isao. He also trains in Iaido and Kendo and holds the rank of Yondan in Iaido. He is President of Australia’s largest State Kendo Association – the Victorian Kendo Renmei, and still competes nationally and internationally, coming third in his division at the Australian Kendo Championships in 2005.
Currently he teaches Karate to a few students at Gordon and at Carisbrook where he lives. He is highly sought in Ballarat and Melbourne for his Martial Arts demonstrations at both primary and secondary schools. He is Principal of the Gordon Primary School and holds a Masters Degree in Education.