Brian Mackie - 8th Dan Kyoshi Shihan


Australian Chief instructor and Director I.K.G.A Oceania, Brian is the Principal of the Karate Academy of Japan. Brian was taught and trained by Japan's top masters and was awarded his Master Instructor's Certificate (Shihan) and rank of 8th Dan Black Belt from Grandmaster Yamaguchi.

The Karate Academy of Japan was first established in 1967 under the instruction of Yasunobu Nagai Sensei. Nagai Sensei was a 5th dan, instructor, from the Goju-kai hombu dojo in Tokyo who set a high standard of technical excellence. His style of training was intense physically and has had a lasting affect on Brian.

Brian was one of Nagai Sensei’s first students, displaying his dedication and attention to detail from the start. He committed his time to perfecting every technique that Nagai Sensei taught to him and constantly sought to increase his knowledge. Brian became the chief instructor of the Academy after Nagai Sensei returned to Japan in 1970.

With the pursuit of excellence at the forefront of his mind, Brian went to Japan in 1971 to train with Japan’s top Goju-ryu exponents, including Gonnohyoe Yamamoto Sensei.  It was there at the legendary Japan Karate College that Brian was first introduced to Kaiso Gogen Yamaguchi, and he was instantly in awe of the famous karate master known as, ” The Cat”. Brian was as impressed by Yamaguchi’s charismatic and gracious nature as he was by his brilliant karate prowess.

Brian Mackie has continued to visit Japan every few years in order to further his knowledge of Goju-ryu karate so that he may pass it onto his students. His instructor, Ben Mettam, has travelled with him as part of three training visits to Japan since 1993.

In competition Brian was the first West Australian to win the Australian All-Styles Karate Championship, he was also the first Australian to win the prestigious Asian-Pacific Championship. Brian has assisted many people to succeed at the highest levels of national and international competition. With his competition background, teaching skills and attention to detail, Brian Mackie Shihan is ideally positioned as Director of Australia I.K.G.A.

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