Martial arts man boasts black belt
MARYBOROUGH man Brad Ross has a new belt to wear – not one you can buy from the shops.
You have to earn a 7th degree black belt in Zen Do Kai Martial Arts.
Ross was also awarded his purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu along with fellow club mates Brian and Eddie Nielson.
“These awards mean that I am one of the highest ranked on the Fraser Coast,” Ross said.
“Receiving such accreditations is a very humbling experience.”
A state instructor, Ross has been training and coaching Zen Do Kai Martial Arts for 25 years.
“I initially started out as a boxer when I was seven.
“But then I discovered karate and I loved it.
“My coach left his club to me when I was 17 and I’ve been coaching and training ever since.”
Ross explained that although Zen Do Kai was seen as a fighter sport, its motto means quite the contrary.
“Zen Do Kai is the art of perfecting and improving one’s inner self and not about harming others. I have had worse injuries from playing soccer.”
Zen Do Kai Martial Arts classes provide cutting edge self-defence principles with state of the art fitness training to provide an atmosphere where people can improve themselves both physically and mentally.
After turning out more than 100 black belt students since 1988, Ross said he was excited to have new members as part of his club.
During the next 12 months Ross will be working on designing a website which will offer online training and a revised black belt training program for the public.