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QUEENSLAND

KANCHO SULLIVAN &
HANSHI TINO CEBERANO

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“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”

It’s not often you get to meet someone with an Order of Australia. A man who they say has pioneered martial arts in this country, teaching more than 10,000 students over the past 53 years. A man, who also happens to be the father of iconic Australian singer Kate Ceberano.

On a warm October afternoon, 100 GKR karate-ka squeezed into a regional Brisbane dojo for a very special treat. Hanshi Tino Ceberano joined our very own Kancho Robert Sullivan to present a 3 hour workshop and Q&A to the eager students.

These gracious men took us through a little of their life and philosophies, as well as plenty of hands on drills, kata and basics. No one had a bigger smile than Hanshi Tino himself and despite suffering a few physical challenges showed us a very fit and energetic 78 year old.

Hanshi Tino, originally from Hawaii, arrived in Australia in the 1960s. Involved in judo, boxing and then karate from a very early age, he followed this passion for fitness by becoming a Physical Education teacher in Victoria. This was the perfect compliment to own martial arts training and his growing following of karate-ka.

In 2019, Hanshi was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his contributions to karate, only three years after his daughter Kate received the same honour for her contribution to music.

Hanshi Tino Ceberano
Kancho Robert Sullivan

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