KJR KOBUDO INSTRUCTORS
KJR Chief Instructor Profile
John R. BEAR shihan, has been Kokusai Jujutsu Ryu Australian Chief Instructor since 1979. He holds KJR Menkyo Kaiden (senior teaching licence), KJR jujutsu 9th dan, KJR kobudo 7th dan and KKJ Kuatsu Semmonka (specialist degree).
He has long standing sports qualifications as a nationally accredited jujutsu, iaido, jodo, and strength & conditioning coach, sports trainer and first-aider. John also holds black belt ranks in AKR Iaido (Japanese sword) 3rd dan, AKR Jodo (Japanese short staff) 3rd dan, Shotokan karate 3rd dan, with ranks in other martial arts.
A recipient of 2000 Australian Sports Medal from the Australian Government for services to sport in Canberra, he was also inducted into the 2006 Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame (AMAHOF). He is Director, Kokusai Jujutsu Ryu-International Jujutsu Institute, Vice President, ACT Kendo Renmei and has been teaching and participating in martial arts in the Australian Capital Territory and region since 1968.
KJR KOBUDO Senior Instructor Profile
Radek REKAS holds KJR 4th dan jujutsu black belt and KJR kobudo 3rd dan black belt. Radek also holds ranks in AKR Iaido (Japanese sword) 2nd dan and AKR Jodo (Japanese short staff) 2nd dan and has been participating in martial arts training in the Australian Capital Territory and region since 1999.
KJR KOBUDO Assistant Instructor Profiles
Australian Capital Territory
Edward SCHARRER holds KJR kobudo 1st dan black belt. He also holds high ranks in other martial arts and is a nationally accredited coach.
Tony MILLS holds KJR kobudo 1st dan black belt. He also holds an Aikido 1st dan black belt. He has been training in KJR Kobudo since 2009 and teaches Kobudo at the Aikiho-centre 44 Lynch Street Hawthorn, Melbourne. (He is currently working in the US)
Michael STORY holds KJR kobudo 1st Kyu brown belt. He also holds an Aikido 1st dan black belt. He has been training in KJR Kobudo since 2009.
Catherine SCHNELL Aiki-Centre owner/operator, Catherine is a highly credentialed professional coach of Aikido (5th dan), boxing and personal protection. She first introduced KJR Kobudo training to the Aiki-Centre in 2006 and holds a KJR kobudo 4th kyu rank.
Melbourne Details: Aiki-Centre Website
New South Wales (Macquarie University Jujutsu Club, Sydney)
Rishni RATNAM Holds KJR 3rd dan jujutsu black belt and KJR kobudo 2nd dan black belt. Rishni also holds ranks in AKR Iaido (Japanese sword) 1dan dan and AKR Jodo (Japanese short staff) 1 dan and has been participating in martial arts training in the Australian Capital Territory since 2006 and commenced teaching in Sydney in 2012.
New South Wales Details: Macquarie UNI Website