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Shibucho Paul Cale

Australian Branch Chief

Paul was the first Australian to be graded to the rank of Black Belt in the Japanese martial art of Kudo Daido Juku. He was presented his black belt by Kudo founder and President of the Kudo International Federation, Jukucho Azuma Takashi. Paul now heads the International Kudo Federation – Australia as the national Branch Chief.

After being involved in martial arts for almost 40 years, Paul holds 8 black belts, with a total of 14 Dan grades. In addition to Kudo Daido Juku and the two Olympic sports of Judo and Tae Kwon Do, he has attained black belt ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Kyokushin Karate, Gyokushin Ryu Aiki Budo, as well as Tomiki and Yoshinkan Aikido. 

Paul co-founded the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) Combat Centre and maintains a position within the leadership team as a specialist consultant. He has competed in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition, opened several dojos and gyms while overseeing several others as the head instructor. He was also appointed Head Coach for the Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association (ADFMAA). 

Outside of martial arts, Paul is a retired Australian Army Commando Sergeant, seeing multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, and was recognised within the media as “Australia’s toughest man” after his actions on the battlefield were made public. After his service, he founded Kinetic Fighting where he is the CEO. Kinetic Fighting the preferred contractor to the ADF for tactical and skills enhancement training and is being utilised by Defence for pre-deployment training as well as to completely re-write the unarmed combat doctrine, now known as the Army Combatives Program (ACP), replacing Military Self Defence (MSD). 

Shibucho Ian Bone

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QLD Branch Chief

Ian Bone is an Australian army veteran and a mixed martial arts veteran of 21 fights.  Ian has also fought boxing, Thai boxing and Jiu jitsu.  A student of Australian Branch Chief Paul Cale, he graded to 2nd Dan in International Kyokushin Budokaikan and holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

He has fought the national Russian Kudo champion and the former Japanese national Kudo champion. Ian was also one of the first Australians to compete in the world championships making it through to the quarter finals. 

Ian graded to Shodan (1st Dan) in Japan, under the watchful eye of Jukucho Azuma Takashi in 2014.

“Kudo joins the dots in many ways for my martial arts training, it is for me the closest thing to ‘real fighting’, allowed in a tournament format.”