Some of the Team of kung fu instructors of GBMAI to Help you on the Road to martial Arts & martial arts instructors
Master Geoff Bennett
Master Geoff Bennett who has been teaching martial arts for the past 45 years.
Geoff’s interest in martial arts began as a child watching his favourite TV shows, The Samurai (starring Shintaro, the master swordsman) and Phantom Agents (another popular Japanese TV series in the 1960s). His exposure to gymnastics at an early age contributed to his remarkable agility and flexibility that you see today.
Although he was only eleven years old when he was first introduced to judo, it was only in 1973 when he first started taking formal lessons under Merve Okley at GoJu-Kai. In the meantime, he was checking out every other martial school in Sydney. It was a year later when he decided to train under Master Ho Soon Cheng and soon became an Assistant Instructor, teaching at the University of New South Wales for The Chinese Youth Society. In 1980, he became the head instructor of the University of NSW Martial Arts Club.
Master Chris J Paulin
Instructor Profile: Master Chris Paulin ‘A journey of Feast or Famine’
Master Chris Paulin (Geoff Bennett Martial Arts International) journey through the Martial Arts has been an extreme of either ‘Feast or Famine’. Chris born and bred in Sydney, was very interested in the Martial Arts from a very early age and leaned Judo for 18 months as an adolescent. High school and university studies hindered his engagement in the martial arts, however Chris kept active participating in football, squash, tennis and running during these famine years.
Some fifteen years after the end of his association with Judo, Chris by then having completed his training in phycology. Chris was reintroduced to martial arts in the early 80’s by a friend, visiting a class conducted by Master Geoff Bennett, Chris was bedazzled by the feats that were performed and signed up for a journey of a lifetime, the feast had well and truly begun! Twenty-three years later, Chris now, amazes those who come to see a class conducted by him. In May 2002, Chris was graded to Master Level 1 and again in 2005 to Master level 2 by Master Bennett (Level 4) and Again in 2014 to (Master Level 3) to become the most senior instructor in Progressive Protection System taught by Master Bennett.
Chris with his background in psychology was keen to add this dimension to PPS. Long before Tony Blauer and Paul Vunak made psychology a trendy part of a combat training, Chris had made this an important part of the PPS curriculum.
Over the years Chris has developed a close friendship with his Master and with his encouragement trained with Masters in other systems. This odyssey to research the breadth and depth of other arts is a requirement for senior instructors to grade further. The aim is to add richness to the Progressive Protection Systems and facilitate perpetual improvement. This process had led to Chris research the arts of the South East Asian archipelago, with particular emphasis on empty hand and weapon arts of Indonesian Silat and Filipino Arnis.
Chris was quick to test his expertise in this new system. Together with Master Bennett, Chris empirically tested his expertise in the South East Asian Arts, quickly finding out what worked and what didn’t. ‘If it works on Geoff, it will work on anyone”, Chris exclaims. Painstakingly breaking down the components of these systems they refined techniques, using the PPS principle such as simultaneous attack and defence, quick twitch power generation and economy of movement, together with beat attack theory. They blended the weapons systems with Chinese stick and pole fighting principle to improve on an already imposing system.
Towards the end of this odyssey, a severe back injury unrelated to his martial arts training, threatened to return the famine…..permanently! However with a lot of personal support and perseverance, Chris embarked on a rigorous rehabilitation program composing of physiotherapy, Chiropractic care and a closely supervised strengthening and stretching program developed by Master Bennett. With the support and from Master Bennett and the whole GBMAI family, Chris has made a full recovery and continues to bedazzle those who attend his classes.
Chris’s aim is to further research the Martial Arts to aid in the evolution of PPS and growth of GBMAI. Chris is hungry as ever to pass on his knowledge and it appears the “Feast” will continue long into the future.
Master Chris Paulin who has been Training and teaching martial arts for the past 35 years
Christ interest in martial arts began as a child watching his favourite TV shows, The Samurai (starring Shintaro, the master swordsman) and Phantom Agents (another popular Japanese TV series in the 1960s).
He also had some formal training in Judo and an intermediate Latin Dance enthusiast
Senior Instructor Henry Fong
Instructor Michael Valenzuela
Instructor Alvin Kan
Senior Instructor Julius Juarez
Instructor Ian Wing
Instructor Stephen Diakatos
Instructor Harry Bouhoutsos
1992 UNSW Budokan Karate - Learnt about basic MA philosophy and techniques. It was great as exercise and a confidence booster. The rank system appealed at the time and it was nice to exercise indoors as opposed to cold winter nights on the soccer field.I had attended some karate classes in primary school and was hooked on Bruce Lee films from a young age. Karate was on campus and close to home so it was convenient. A friend from my course asked me to attend and then it just became a habit.
My instructor was good man with solid values and always had a smile on his face. I met many people during those years as people would begin and some would stay on.
2000 Brown Budo Ryu Kempo Jusutsu -Training London with a diverse crowd was an interesting cultural experience. Learn about locks, holds and ground work with close quarter combat techniques. This brought to light many of the techniques hidden in the karate kata that I had practised for years
2002 GBMAI - Know your enemy and yourself and you will win all battles a great philosopher once said. To learn how to use your body is the 50% of the equation and can only be taught by someone who has been through the rigours of such practice themselves. To then learn how to interact with the world around you is the second half of the journey. The more I improved in the first area, the more I improved in the other; like the ying yang in the ying yang of the GBMAI symbol, each half builds upon and becomes part of the other.
Instructor Peter Chivers
1978 Karate -
Instructor Ray Kan
Instructor Jon Gerakios