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Sensei Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham is our head instructor at Ryoku Martial Arts Academy.
He began in 1994 studying Karate under Robert Sullivan. Mark achieved a black belt in Karate & studied it for over ten years. During this time he also developed an interest in Jiu-Jitsu. He sought out an instructor & found Peter Schuller, a German migrant thought to be one of the first people to teach Jiu-Jitsu in South Australia. He studied under him for three years before training under Anthony Hockley in Koshindo Jiu-Jitsu. Mark spent nine years studying this style & currently holds a 2nd degree black belt in this discipline. Again whilst studying one art, Mark developed an interest in another, this time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu commonly known as BJJ. Mark attended some of the first BJJ seminars held in Adelaide by John Will, widely regarded as one of the world’s finest exponents of BJJ. Mark trains under John Will & has trained with renowned BJJ experts including Rigan Machado, Elvis Sinosic & Anthony Perosh.
Mark is an instructor who promotes a friendly, open & respectful atmosphere where all club members are encouraged to assist each other in their learning.





Sensei Peter Raggatt

Peter has extensive experience in martial arts beginning his interest with Karate in which he now holds a black belt. His interest expanded & he found Jiu Jitsu which became his passion. Peter has studied various forms of Jiu Jitsu to expand his knowledge & currently holds several rankings in various forms of the art. They include a 3rd degree black belt in Koshindo Jiu Jitsu, a black belt in Renzoku Jiu Jitsu in which he was one of the first people in Australia to achieve this and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under John Will.Peter also holds belts in Kenpo, Judo, Kali & Silat. Peter now lives in Victoria but he is still a big part of the Ryoku family.

Sensei Linden Gibson

Linden Gibson is an assistant instructor at Ryoku Martial Arts Academy.He has over 20 years of martial arts experience combative arts. Linden currently holds a 2nd degree black belt in Koshindo Jiu Jitsu, 1st Dan black belt in Renzoku Jiu Jitsu, a purple belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate & is a Level 3 Practioner in Krav Maga.He also has experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 10th Planet JJ & boxing. Linden regularly attends seminars to improve his knowledge & skills & has trained with well known martial artists including John Will, Ray Floro, Itay Gill & Frank Barca. He likes to focus his training on the self defence side of martial arts looking to offer practical solutions to common real life situations.


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