6 Dan (Rokudan)
Shodan (1st Dan) – Hirokaza Kanazawa SKI 1987
Nidan (2nd Dan) – Hirokaza Kanazawa SKI 1989
Sandan (3rd Dan) – Hitoshi Kasuya WSKF 1999
Yondan (4th Dan) – Hitoshi Kasuya WSKF 2006
Godan (5th Dan) – Hitoshi Kasuya WSKF 2012
Rokudan (6th Dan) – Hitoshi Kasuya WSKF 2019
2019 – Bronze Medal – Veterans Kata 60+ years – WSKF World Championships
1989 – Bronze Medal – Men’s Team Kata Open – SKIA National Championships Sydney
WSKF World Championships 2007/2009/2013/2015/2017/2019 Judge, Japan (Representing Australia).
NCAS Level 1 Coach
Blackbelt training with senior students and instructors.
Grant’s checkered history . . .
Grant grew up in and around a small town called Lincoln south of Christchurch, New Zealand, where he went to their Primary and High school before going to Canturbury University to Studied Art and Design.
He then moved to Western Australia where he ran a successful advertising and marketing business in Perth, for more than 20 years catering to clients in a wide variety of industries.
Karate-do has always been the best way to de-stress . . .
During this time, working in his own business Grant did Karate as a hobby to keep fit and sharp mentally, but mainly to de-stress from the pressures that advertising and marketing put on him while running a business.
Since changing career to full-time Karate in 2010, Grant’s club has grown to 5 clubs in Perth mainly due to word-of-mouth from recommendations from friends and families of his students.
He feels he is very fortunate as many of his students have grown with him over the years and are now valued instructors themselves (some pictured above).
What do I do each week?
Grant is the principle instructor of GSK and WSKF Australia. Most of his week is spent traveling between his clubs teaching karate-do to all ages from 4 years to 70+ years.
Why do you enjoy teaching karate?
I love the challenge of tackling each age group. How you teach 4-year-olds, 10-year-olds, teens, young adults, and mature adults are all completely different. The underlying structure of what you teach is the same but the approach to each age group is very different. I find you can have fun and train hard with all age groups.
I really love to see people being successful at what they do. Seeing a child’s dream of accomplishing a belt actually becomes reality.
What have I learned from karate?
I have learned that to become confident you just have to set yourself “small achievable goals” first. Once you have achieved your first goal, your next goal should be “bigger and similar” so you can safely achieve it and help guarantee your next goal’s success. Before you know it, you are in a much better place than you thought you would be and achieved more than you thought you ever would.
I have learned from Karate-do that the ‘hard way’ to do things, is actually the easy way! And, that the ‘easy way’ (or the sort cut) is actually the harder way to get where you want to be. With karate the harder you train the quicker you get to your goal.
Why would I recommend other people to do karate?
I believe there is no better sport than Karate. (Of course, I’m a little biased!) But here’s why. Most other sports offer fitness, agility, strength, flexibility, focus, friendships, teamwork, self-awareness, awareness of others, timing, strategies, and more.
What Karate adds to your life, is unshakeable respect for yourself, for parents and elderly, for your community, and for those people that have come before us (our ancestors). You discover the great knowledge, wisdom, and understanding – way more than we give them credit for! Few other sports focus on these areas, to the same degree as Karate.
Karate focuses on having a strong moral compass with strong principles such as being honest, showing modesty, and humility, traits that are becoming very rare these days!
Karate is steeped in tradition, but at the same time, is needed by our children of the future. Because Karate-do teaches us to separate our emotions from what we would “like” to happen, and what “needs” to happen. Karate is very much about efficiency of movement and common sense. What works and what doesn’t. It teaches you “how to fight” so you “don’t need to fight”.
Lastly, Karate-do is infused with the Japanese culture, where it was originated. This means there is a great enthuses on self-perfection, very high standards, in all aspects of your life and at the same time putting others first and making others feel more important.
In short, if you want your life to improve by 200% – Do Karate!