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Insurance Broker

Graham has brokered insurance for 20+ years to help Martial Arts Clubs better understand their risks and to get the best deals.

TV Host - Producer

Graham has produced numerous tv programs as a host presenting multiple guests over the years on free to air, digital and on DVD.

Martial Arts Teacher

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 1ACTICLES PAGE 2ACTICLES PAGE 3
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE:  ACTICLES PAGE 1ACTICLES PAGE 2ACTICLES PAGE 3
PUBLISHED ARTICLES IN TEXTACTICLES PAGE 1ACTICLES PAGE 2ACTICLES 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

MASTERS & BLACK BELTS

Graham started training in 1973 in UK and his first grades were in Kyokushin then Shotokai reaching his black belt in 1981.

MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS

As Graham expanded his teaching he was noticed by the community for his contributions appearing in many publications.

MAKING TV PROGRAMS

Graham has worked on many media projects from magazines to instructional videos and tv programs.

CLUB SUPPORT NETWORK

Graham's first network was created in 1993 as the International Karate Alliance, he now has over 8000 businesses throughout several networks.

REDUCE BUSINESS RISK

As an Insurance Broker, Graham has been instrumental in creating the first and biggest martial arts industry scheme back in 2000.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WITH ME

Graham still loves to share his knowledge not just with business coaching but with martial arts for instructors in his master classes- starting soon

Martial Arts Magazine Media Coverage

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

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Newspaper Articles from 1981

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.

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Whos Who in Martial Arts

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

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Major Martial Arts Industry Projects

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.

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TRAIN WITH GRAHAM

Virtual Online Classes & Personal Training

GRADINGS OBTAINED
 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.

 

COUNTRIES VISITED
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.
www.ActionStar.tv 

 

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


 

MAJOR PROJECTS
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.
CHECK OUT THESE PROMO VIDEOS! 
LET US HELP YOU CREATE YOUR OWN MASTER PIECE

PART 2 
One of Graham's most memorable occasion in 1992 saw him experience the privilege and honour of being graded by the Shotokai Karate Japanese Honbu with Motonobu Hironishi (1st Generation under Gichin Funakoshi - renowned Founder of Modern Day Karate), who was chairing the panel. Graham had to train in numerous senior classes as well as with the old senior master classes, before testing. This gave Graham the unique status of becoming a 2nd Generation lineage of Master Gichin Funakoshi through Hironishi Sensei and the third generation through Ikeda Sensei (Shigeru Egami lineage).

Whilst Graham was on this Japan trip, he also attended the Shintaido International Gasshuku under the direction of Senseis Aoki, Okada, Ito and Haniki. He also trained with Ikeda Sensei’s most senior student Kazonobu Maekawa Sensei.

Since Graham’s Japanese Sensei had passed away, he found himself training with colleagues from many other styles. Through this he was able to continually develop his art and validate his knowledge amongst other styles. He formalised these instructor training sessions as the ‘Circle of Knowledge’ and then to International Karate Alliance in 1993. At the same time opened up to members in Japan, UK, Russia and Germany. Later that year he travelled to England teaching at his student’s clubs in Liverpool and other clubs around the country.

Graham became very popular on the seminar circuit around Australia and overseas with his unique style of Shotokai / Aikido / Shintaido / Defensive Tactics.

In 1996 Graham changed the name of the ‘Alliance’ to Martial Arts so it would fully incorporate the diversity of the group that was developing beyond karate. In just three short years the newly named International Martial Arts Alliance had grown to have representatives in all states of Australia and in 15 countries.

In 1998 Graham combined all of his skills and knowledge into his unique style of martial arts called Reikijitsu Kai an art from he created in 1998. The name represents – respect, natural energy, technique application and formulates the elements of Graham’s training and philosophy. The style has a natural healing method of training drawing from Chi Kung,
Reiki, Shiatsu, Meditation along with the external combat techniques of karate, aikido, ju jutsu and kung fu.

In 2000 it seemed like there needed to be another evolution in the association to Martial Arts Australia, focusing on the needs of local instructors. One of the most important things Graham introduced at this time was a national insurance scheme available to all schools. Within a few of years he was arranging insurance for hundreds of clubs and thousands over the next couple of decades.

LINKS TO:
LOCAL NEWSPAPER: 
ACTICLES PAGE 1ACTICLES PAGE 2ACTICLES PAGE 3

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE: 
ACTICLES PAGE 1ACTICLES PAGE 2ACTICLES PAGE 3

PUBLISHED ARTICLES IN TEXT: 
ACTICLES PAGE 1ACTICLES PAGE 2  
ACTICLES PAGE 3ARTICLES PAGE 4

GRAHAM'S TECHNIQUE:
PAGES 1   PAGES 2
GRAHAM'S INTERVIEWS WITH MASTERS: VIDEO PAGE 1
KAPOW TV WITH HOST RICHARD NORTON:  VIDEO PAGE 1

PART 3
The next milestone was in 2004 when he started working with a registered training organisation. Together they created a unique government funded Traineeship Program, for martial arts students (form age 15 years). Graham was trained in Sports Coaching and Training & Assessing so he was able to lecture the courses to the students. In a short time, he was traveling interstate to help other clubs run the program and trained instructors to obtain their Cert IV in Coaching & TAE. Over the years Graham has worked with several RTOs and with help from the industry created the Australian Martial Arts Coaching System (AMACS), that he still runs today.
www.amacsaustralia.com

Graham has always had an interest in static and moving pictures and started creating training videos from as early as 1981. He created his first doco style tv show in 1998 whilst training in Malaysia. From here he went on to create numerous short videos, tv programs (Martial Arts TV – Kapow TV) and magazines.

He was the pioneer of a martial arts digital magazines creating ‘Interactive Martial Arts’ on CD (html then PDF) in 2006, with embedded video stories. He ran the magazines until 2009 when it evolved in to a weekly tv series on a local tv network and was also distributed on DVD.

The same year of his first magazine (2006) he was commissioned to run a competition and tv program which was to find the next action star as in Jackie Chan, called KSTAR. This was a co-production between Shenzen TV, CCTV (China) and Graham was co-producer in the Australia leg and part of finals in China. Due to the success of the project Graham was asked by the Shaolin Temple, to be a consultant for them. He was then asked to open up an official Shaolin Kung Fu School in Australia, with resident Warrior Monks the following year.

Everything changed in 2006 as Graham had found a new Sensei, Stan Schmidt as well as the opportunity to train in Shaolin Kung Fu and manage Warrior Monks at his own school.

The most important role for Graham has been to garner more recognition for the martial arts industry. The majority of the general public see martial arts as just another sport (football/cricket) competing for their participation. His strategy has been to help improve the image, qualifications and professionalism of instructors so the general public will have a very positive experience when they first walk into a martial art school, thus choosing it over other activities.

Over the past 27 years Graham has been negotiating with many large companies and has obtained special group discounts for a number of products and services. With his work many instructors now enjoy lower prices on insurance, software, billing services, websites, courses, video production, business coaching and much more. 

LINKS TO -
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
# MASTER CLASS PACKAGES

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