KANCHO SULLIVAN &
HANSHI TINO CEBERANO
“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.
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