Graham has brokered insurance for 20+ years to help Martial Arts Clubs better understand their risks and to get the best deals.
Graham has produced numerous tv programs as a host presenting multiple guests over the years on free to air, digital and on DVD.
Graham has run numerous schools over a 30+ year period, he now helps instructors become more successful.
Brief History of Graham Slater’s Martial Arts Training, Notable Achievements and his commercial experience.
PART 1 - Graham started his martial arts training in England in 1973 inspired by Bruce Lee and the need to defend against the ever increasing, violence by gang warfare on the streets of Liverpool, UK. He started by learning from books and soon tracked down a local Goju Karate school to train at.
In 1975 he immigrated to Australia with his family and quickly found a Kyokushin Karate club to train at for the next 4 years. During that time, he also trained at a Kickboxing Gym, Ken Shin Kai Karate and in Ju Jitsu with a friend.
The Kyokushin club closed in 1979 and Graham moved to another club, Shotokai Karate (UK Harada Sensei style), where he achieved his black belt in 1981. He ended up taking over this school and operating two branches teaching five days a week, whilst working full-time at a food distribution warehouse.
In 1982 Graham he quit his day job to become an aerobics and gym instructor at a local gym. He moved his local club to the gym and was now operating full-time. This was a unique time for Graham because the training in anatomy, physiology, sales and marketing were exceptional through the gym chain. Through this, he was able to build a large member following and train himself up to six hours per day.
As Graham was now running the Melbourne Shotokai on his own, he needed to keep developing his skills. Purely by chance, he connected with a Japanese Shotokai Karate group in country Victoria. From this relationship he was invited to join the Australian team to visit Japan in 1983. He returned with his 2nd Dan under Sensei Yasuo Ikeda. Training in Japan was nothing like he had experienced before, but fortunately he had been preparing for 6 months in the lead up. His preparation included running up to 7 classes of aerobics and karate each day, along with his own gym workouts. In Japan training was one pace, flat out until you drop, then get up again until you drop again and so on. Normal training was once per day, but Graham was instructed by Sensei Ikeda, to attend all three sessions each day. This was beneficial in building his relationship with the club and quickly developing his skills.
Graham started returning to Japan nearly every year or so until 1995. During that time, he also brought out Senseis to Australia from Japan and UK in between his trips.
Graham achieved his 3rd Dan in 1986 and didn’t get another opportunity to grade under Ikeda Sensei as he passed away in the early 90s. Over the coming decade Graham took on a number of roles as Australian coach and Australian Chief Instructor working with some 15 branches in Australia and clubs in UK. He also supported his travels by working three jobs in sales management, security assignments and teaching karate.
Craving a break from the intense pace he stepped out of full-time teaching in 1990 to a sales / marketing job for the next five years but was still teaching three nights per week. In 1995 he returned to full-time teaching, but in a different capacity. He worked in the corporate sector running specialty seminars on fitness and self defence. As this type of teaching gave Graham more free time, he partnered up in a construction company for the next six years, installing commercial windows in shopfronts, factories and high-rise apartments. Through his success in this area financially, he was able to invest more into his association and build it up.
READ MORE ABOUT GRAHAM'S TRAINING HISTORY DOWN THIS PAGE ....
Here are some quick links to more information media coverage, achievements, gradings, seminars, projects and much more via photo / video galleries and general content.
LOCAL NEWSPAPER: ACTICLES PAGE 1 - ACTICLES PAGE 2 - ACTICLES PAGE 3
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE: ACTICLES PAGE 1 - ACTICLES PAGE 2 - ACTICLES PAGE 3
PUBLISHED ARTICLES IN TEXT: ACTICLES PAGE 1 - ACTICLES PAGE 2 - ACTICLES PAGE 3 - ARTICLES PAGE 4
Teachers: Yasuo Ikdea Shotokai & Stan Schmidt JKA Shotokan
PHOTOS: WHO'S WHO PAGE 1 - WHO'S WHO PAGE 2
TV / VIDEO CREDITS - PROJECTS: PAGE 1
LINKEDIN NETWORK PROFILE / LINK PAGES - FACEBOOK POSTS / LINK PAGE
GRAHAM'S TECHNIQUE: PAGES 1 PAGES 2
GRAHAM'S INTERVIEWS WITH MASTERS: VIDEO PAGE 1
KAPOW TV WITH HOST RICHARD NORTON: VIDEO PAGE 1
MASTER CLASS PACKAGES: Content Per Video - Per Bundle PPV - All Video Membership - Full Curriculum
Graham started training in 1973 in UK and his first grades were in Kyokushin then Shotokai reaching his black belt in 1981.
As Graham expanded his teaching he was noticed by the community for his contributions appearing in many publications.
Graham has worked on many media projects from magazines to instructional videos and tv programs.
Graham's first network was created in 1993 as the International Karate Alliance, he now has over 8000 businesses throughout several networks.
As an Insurance Broker, Graham has been instrumental in creating the first and biggest martial arts industry scheme back in 2000.
Some of the articles featured in the following publications: IMAPCT, BLITZ, TRADITIONAL KARATE, KARATE LIFE, BUJUTSU INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALASIAN FIGHTING ARTS, NAMBAN FORCE, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALING FIGHTING ARTS, MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS & HEALTH - Featuring stories on Graham Slater, International Karate & Martial Arts Alliances and Martial Arts Australia. Read over Graham's journey through several pages of articles starting with the link to Page 1
The newspaper articles were featured in local, national and international papers (UK) covering him under many stories. He was known as a 'Sports Star' Karate Teacher and Self Defence Instructor to the local community often giving his time for free to help at schools, disadvantage people, women's groups and local businesses.
Graham's training partners and examiners reads like a Who's Who of the Martial Arts World spanning several decades. We have put together a few photo and video albums of Graham training, working, networking and teaching
Graham has been involved in many martial arts and media projects over the years and one of the highest profile ones has been co-ordinating the Arnold Schwarzenegger Australian Martial Arts Festival. He has also helped produce three Action Star TV Programs in the search to find the action heroes. Behind the scenes of the industry he works on ways that martial arts can gain greater recognition with the public and government.
Graham has continually trained none stop since 1973 and had numerous gradings by various teachers and authorities in Australia and Japan.
1981 – Shodan 1st Dan –
Australia (Shotokai Honbu) George Trench
1983 – Nidan 2nd Dan –
Japan (Soyu Juku) Yasuo Ikeda
1986 – Sandan 3rd Dan –
Japan (Soyo Juku) Yasuo Ikeda
1992 – Sandan 3rd Dan –
Japan (Shotokai Honbu) - Motonobu Hironishi
1994 – Yondan 4th Dan –
Australia (Japanese Sensei visiting) Kazunobu Maekawa
1997 – Godan 5th Dan -
Australia (IMA Industry Panel)
2002 – Rokudan 6th Dan –
Australia - Anthony Jackson
2014 – Nanadan – 7th Dan –
Australia & International Panel Stan Schmidt
Graham continues to train and teach as he develops his art by working with others.
Over the next 14 years Graham has continued to travel around the globe training with various masters and capture many experiences on video.
Over his career in martial arts Graham has visited the following countries:
Australia, England, USA, Netherlands, Vanuatu, Fiji, China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Dubai, France and several of them numerous times.
He has been distributing this content through the magazines and tv shows he produces, from 1998 to the present.
PROJECT ACTION STAR - KSTAR
This actually started in 2006 working with the Shenzen TV and the Shaolin Temple in China.
The instalments didn't eventuate until Graham partnered with Glenn Coxon and Peter Mylonas in 2016 to re-launch Action Star the TV Series to find the next action heroes.
They then did it again in 2017 making it even bigger and better with the winner flying off to Hollywood.
ARTICLES / STORIES / AWARDS
Awards - Graham has been the subject of over 80 newspaper and magazines articles and has appeared on such show as:
Wide World of Sport, Ridgy Didge Show, Interactive Martial Arts, Kapow TV and Action Star TV.
# 1982 & 1983 - Knox Leader Newspaper – Nominated as a Sports Star
# 2014 - Action Martial Arts Magazine USA – Hall of Honors - Media Achievement Award
# 2014 - 7th Degree Black Belt under Sensei Stan Schmidt 2014
# 2014 - Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Martial Artist of the Year – Karate
# 2014 - World Karate Union Hall of Fame - Martial Artist of the Year – Karate
# 2016 - Guinness Book of records (participant in the most boards broken simultaneously in one location
# 2018 - Australian Board of Kanchos – Lifetime Achievement Award
In 2018 Graham was asked to be the martial arts co-ordinator for 2019 Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sports Festival (Arnold Classic) in Australia. It all went off well adding new activities to the show such as Master Class Seminars and more Demonstrations and Expo Stands.
He also filmed the event covering numerous highlights that really showcase this event which has been growing in attendance to over 70,000 people as foot traffic through the door.
Through this success he was asked to do it again for 2020 and managed to triple the size of this year's event but unfortuately due to the Corona Virus (COVI(-19) the event was cancelled last minute.
He is now working on his own Master Class Video Series to help more instructors on the technical side of training over and above his business coaching resources.
Graham has also opened up his Production Studio to help other instructors create their own professional instructional videos.
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