Who would have thought that an Australian Martial Artist would be conducting seminars in the birthplace and home of martial arts China?
Dr Richard Bradford 8th Dan master of Karate is doing just that!
For the past 6 years, Richard has been the international coaching director of the national Chinese karate team in Shanghai where its team members have produced a world gold medallist a world silver medallist and a world bronze medallist at the WKF championships.
This is a remarkable feat for China and Richard has been working with the national Chinese coach Mr Guan and International coach Antonio Oliva.
Richard decided to look for other venues and countries to coach after being national coach of Australia from 1977 to 1993. He was most disappointed after the treatment he received from the National Karate body after producing 3 world champions and 1 silver medallist and felt he was being ignored.
Up to this date from his success in 1992 he has never been asked to conduct a seminar or mentor any national coach, so naturally he took his coaching talents elsewhere.
Now he loves coaching in China and will shortly be conducting motivational seminars forthe Chinese National Olympic Taekwondo team in Beijing as well as karate.
His friend Mr Guan, previously the National Karate coach is now in charge of all the Taekwondo coaches and coaching programmes in China.
Richard is 70 years of age and still takes over 10 classes per week and has been doing so for the past 51 years or so.
Just recently Richard and a large group returned from China where they visited all the fantastic sights China has to offer as well as the new National Karate team headquarters in Beijing.
Richard is now planning to take Taekwondo, Wushu and Karate groups to China to train at the respective training centres with the national team coaches and team members of China.
By Dr Richard Bradford