Instructor: Duncan Mitchell
Born: Western Australia, 1971
Began Martial Arts Training: 1984
Trained in Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing and Eskrima at the “Korean Martial Arts Academy” with Australian martial arts pioneer Frank Clark.
Joined the Bujinkan: 1988
Trained at Bujinkan Perth Dojo under Stewart Jarvis, James Mcloy and Steve Revnac
Lived in Japan: Dec. 1990 to April 1995
Trained twice weekly with Hatsumi-sensei at the Tokyo Budokan (Ayase).
Became a student of the Shiraishi Dojo in Kasukabe and Kashiwa from 1993
Also regularly trained at the dojo of Noguchi-sensei
Opened Bujinkan Dojo in Western Australia: 1995 to 1997
On returning to Perth opened dojo in South Lakes (near Fremantle) in W.A. On moving to Queensland this dojo was absorbed by Bujinkan Perth.
Received Shidoshi (Instructor) Rank: 1995
Opened Bujinkan Dojo Brisbane: 1997 to Present
Has continuously run this dojo helping training many students including those who have gone on to open their own dojos. Has run many training camps and seminars in Queensland. Still returns to Japan yearly for training.
Awarded with the Bujinkan Gold Medal: 2001
Received the highest rank issued in the Bujinkan: 2009
Received “Shin Gi Tai Bufu Ikkan Menkyo”: 2011
Was the first Australian Bujinkan member to receive this certificate.
Member of the Bujinkan Shidoshi-kai (Instructors Association)
Member of the University of Queensland Judo Club: 2007 - Present.
Took up judo on the suggestion of a Japanese Bujinkan Shihan and has trained and competed at the UQ Judo Club since 2007 where he also served as a board member for several years.