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Hans Fricke Lifetime Martial Arts Achievements:
2002 Kyoshi 8th-dan, Nakamura Ryu Battodo
2001 Kyoshi 7th-dan, Toyama Ryu Battodo
2000 5th dan Cho-ken Sports, Chanbarra
2000 International Referee Licence, Sports Chanbarra
1999 International Instructors Licence # 1872, Sports Chanbarra
1999 2nd dan, Zen Ken Ren Iaido
1998 Jiho Kenshuin, Shinkendo
1998 Australian Coaching Council Level 1
1974 Instructors Certificate, Australian T.K.D Federation
Blitz Magazine 1999
1999 Hans Fricke - First Westerner and Australian outside Japan to have received a
Photo: Michelle Fricke AMAHOF 2010
Hans J. Fricke
, a professional engineer and Justice of the Peace, migrated from his native Germany to Australia in '64. Whilst in Perth W.A. he met Master Rhee Chong Chul and became a personal student of his, opening the first Rhee Tae Kwon Do training centers in Sydney in '73.
(Rhee TKD Wikipedia)
see "Under other martial arts".
In the late 70's he immersed himself in kendo and later in various Japanese sword styles and has since attained numerous dan grades and teachers licences in the Japanese sword arts.
In 2001 his dream, to meet Shodai-soke and Hanshi 10th dan Nakamura Taizaburo , became reality when he received a written invitation from Nakamura sensei to come to Japan to train at his Tsurumi dojo in the Military sword art of Toyama Ryu Battodo. After having received Kyoshi nana-dan he returned to Australia to establish Nakamura sensei's Sei Do Kan dojo at Dundas Valley NSW.
Some 18 month later, he again received an invitation to come to Japan and, after extensive training, was granted kyoshi hachi-dan in Nakamura Ryu Battodo. Sadly, the following year Hans had to attend sensei's funeral and has since dedicated himself to the promotion of sensei's sword style in Australia.
Now in his 80's and retired, he still practices on a daily basis and teaches Nakamura Ryu Battodo to a dedicated group of students at his dojos in Sydney, Australia
Beginning & foundation training:
1991 - 1993 Toyama Ryu Battodo & Tameshigiri Aoyama Kenjutsu Kan, Antoni Karasulas 5th-dan.
1978 - 1981 Kendo Willougby Kendo Club, Sydney AKR, Sensei Ron Bennet.
Japanese Swordsmanship - Hans Fricke Curriculum Vitae