Ben Mettam - Renshi 6th Dan Shihan

Ben Mettam Shihan

Ben commenced training in the martial arts via Judo in 1979 under the late, Andrew Flemming (Formerly the patron of Judo in Australia). In 1980, as a junior, Ben won the State Championship in Judo and went on to represent WA at the National Titles.

Commencing his Karate training in 1988, under the instruction of Brian Mackie, 7th Dan and Chief Instructor of Australia IKGA, Ben trained a minimum of six Karate sessions a week

for the initial four years of his training. Since that time he has continued to train a minimum of four times per week. Due to Ben's hard work, dedication and persistence he has developed an excellent base of knowledge that is continually being built upon. In 2006 Grandmaster Goshi Yamaguchi awarded Ben his 5th Dan, Shihan (master teacher) rank. Ben currently teaches twelve sessions of karate per week at his North Beach and Warwick dojo.

At the forefront of Ben's mind is the desire to continually strive for improvement. Winning four state titles in kumite (sparring) and representing Australia, as either a competitor or coach, since 1993; Ben is an I.K.G.A Asian‑Pacific champion (1999) and has also won two silver medals at I.K.G.A World Championships (1997, 2001). Ben's passion for Karate is fuelled by his desire to pass on the benefits he has gained from practicing this dynamic art. He is a highly qualified Individual, holding a Bachelor's degree in Education, Master's degree in Theology, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessing.

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