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Master Geoff Bennett

Master Geoff Bennett Head of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Master Geoff Bennett

Master Geoff Bennett who has been teaching martial arts for the past 43 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.


  • 1973 Commenced      formal training under Merve Okley Go Ju-Kai.
  • 1974 Begins      training Kung Fu under Master Ho Soon Cheng and becomes Assistant      Instructor.
  • 1975 Commenced      instruction for Master Ho at the University of New South Wales for The      Chinese Youth Society.
  • 1978 Third      Place in the NSW Open Karate Championships .
  • 1980 Commenced      running University of NSW Martial Arts Club as Head Instructor in      Australia .
  • 1981 Started      training with 5th school of Shaolin, Hung Gar, under Baron Tennyson      Yiu.
         Trained under Bill SUPERFOOT Wallace Clinic.
  • 1983 Trained      under Benny THE JET Urquidez Clinic.
         Trained with the TOP MASTERS GROUP, Penang.
  • 1984 Joined      Australian Kung Fu Federation.
  • Second      Place in forms at GOSHIN RYU OPEN.
         Given sole ownership of the University of NSW Martial Arts Club.
  • 1985 Eliminated      at the Hunter Valley Championships due to broken leg.
  • An      Accreditated National Coach since 1985
  • 1990 Chris      Paulin becomes Instructor in Australia.
  • 1991 Kim      Lee becomes Instructor in Malaysia.
  • 2000 Michael      Valenzuela, Alvin Kan, Henry Fong & Ian Wing promoted to Instructor in      Australia.
  • 2001 George      Tefanis becomes Instructor in Greece.
  • 2001 Renamed      School Geoff Bennett Martial Arts      International.    
  • 2005 Chris      Paulin promoted to Master Level 1.
  • 2005 Master      Geoff wins Forms (empty hands and weapons categories) at Martial Arts      Spectacular.
  • 2006 Henry      Fong becomes Senior Instructor in Australia.
  • Master      Chris Paulin promoted to Weapons Master
  • 2007 Julius      Juarez becomes Senior Instructor in Australia
  • 2010 Ray      Kan promoted to Low instructor
  • 2012 Stephen      Diakatos promoted to instructor
  • 2012 Harry      Bouhoutsos promoted to instructor
  • 2014 Master      Chris Paulin promoted to Master Level 3 15th Grade
  • 2014 Holds      40th reunion of The UNSW Martial Arts Club & Geoff Bennett Martial      Arts
  • 2015 Peter      Chivers promoted to instructor
  • 2015 Jon      Gerakios promoted to Low instructor

Master Chris Paulin

Master Chris Paulin of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

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


  • 1982 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 1985 Trained      under Bill SUPERFOOT Wallace Clinic.
  • 1985 Trained      under Benny THE JET Urquidez Clinic.
     
  • 1990 Chris      Paulin becomes Instructor in Australia.
  • 1991
  • 1995
  • 2002 Chris      Paulin promoted to Master Level 1.  
  • 2005 Chris      Paulin promoted to Master Level 2.
  • 2005 Master      Chris wins Forms ( weapons categories) at Martial Arts Spectacular.
  • 2006 Promoted      to Weapons Master
  • 2007
  • 2008      Accredited Level 4 personal Coach
  • 2014 Chris      Paulin promoted to Master Level 3 Grade 15

Henry Fong

Senior Instructor Henry Fong of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Senior Instructor Henry Fong


  • 1987 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 1995 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black.
  • 1998 Promoted      to Instructor Brown/White
  • 1999 Accredited      National Level Coach NCAS.
  • 1999 Assistant      Coach to University of NSW Martial Arts Club.
  • 2000 Studied      under UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association under Chief Instructor Almir Chen      Moralas
  • 2000 Participated      in UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament Leeds London 
  • 2004 Assistant      Instructor GBMAI (formally UNSW Martial Arts Club).
  • 2005 Participated      in Open Karate Tournament wins 1st place same weight division, at Martial      Arts Spectacular.
  • 2005 Participated      in Open Karate Tournament wins 2nd place open division, at Martial Arts      Spectacular.
  • 2006 Promoted      to Senior Instructor at GBMAI.

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Dr Michael Valenzuela

Instructor Michael Valenzuela of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Michael Valenzuela


  • 1985 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 1995 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black.
  • 1998 Promoted      to Instructor Brown/White

Alvin Kan

Instyructor Alvin Kan of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Alvin Kan


  • 1987 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 1994 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black.
  • 1998 Promoted      to Instructor Brown/White

Julius Juarez

Senior Instructor Julius Juarez of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Senior Instructor Julius Juarez


  • 1986 Trained      in Filipino Martial Arts with Master Rey Galang, Bakbakan International,      Sydney. 
  • 1995 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club.
  • 2004 promoted      to Low Level Instructor at GBMAI (formally UNSW Martial Arts club).
  • 2007 Promoted      to Senior Instructor GBMAI.
  • 2007 Accredited      National Level Coach  NCAS.
  • 2007 Instruction      and Training Postdoctoral Scientist and PhD student at Karolinska      Institute Stockholm Sweden.
  • 2011 Trained      in Fencing with FFF Stockholm Sweden

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Ian wing

Instructor Ian Wing of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Ian Wing


  • 1993 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 1995 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black.
  • 1998 Promoted      to Instructor Brown/White

Stephen Diakatos

Instructor Stephen Diakatos of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Stephen Diakatos


  • 1984 Commenced      training at University of NSW Martial Arts Club 
  • 2009 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black.
  • 2010 Promoted      to Instructor Brown/White

Harry Bouhoutsos

Instructor Harry Bouhoutsos of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

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.


  • 2002 Commenced      training at Geoff Bennett Martial arts int. 
  • 2010 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black 10th grade
  • 2012 Promoted      to Instructor  Brown/White 11th grade

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Peter Chivers

 Instructor Peter Chivers  of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Peter Chivers

1978 Karate -


  • 1981 Commenced      training at Geoff Bennett Martial arts int. 
  • 1982 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black 10th grade
  • 1988 Promoted      to Instructor  Brown/White 11th grade

Ray Kan

Instructor Ray Kan of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Ray Kan


  • 1989      - 1991 Rhee Taekwondo under Fred Vanhoe, obtaining Blue Belt
  • 1997      - 2003 GBMAI under Sigong Geoff Bennett, obtaining Level 7 
  • 2005      - 2006 Jeet Kun Do (Dan Inosanto linage) under Sifu Bob Breen      (UK)
  • 2007      - 2011 GBMAI under Sigong Geoff Bennett, obtaining Level 9
  • 2012      - 2013 Muay Thai under Pak Wing Heung (HK)
  • 2013 -      GBMAI under Sigong Geoff Bennett, obtaining Level 10, Low Level Instructor

Jon Gerakios

Instructor Jon Gerakios of Geoff Bennett Martial Arts

  

Instructor Jon Gerakios


  • 2011 Commenced      training at Geoff Bennett Martial arts int. 
  • 2015 Promoted      to low level Instructor Brown/Black 10th grade
  • Currently at Macquarie University