O'Kaicho Malcoms History
training in 1971 at the Honbu or headquarters of Bob Jones Karate. It was then known as
the Goju Rebels and was situated in the heart of
had been the first black belt graded in
There were two martial artists running the school who were both 1st dans, Bob Jones and Richard Norton - a brilliant Martial Artist who later became a well known Martial Artist Actor.
was obviously based on the Goju style, very traditional. The whole class was taught in
Japanese which could only be described as Spartan workouts, with very realistic sparring
by the best and hardest street fighters & bouncers in
and Paul Flemming were the first black belts graded in the system. After 18 months myself
and Billy Manne (still known as a martial arts machine) graded to black belt people
thought that was quick to achieve black belt. The average student trained twice a week. I
trained 6 days a week, a lunch time class and classes on Saturday and on Sunday would go
to Bob Jones house and train with him.
So in 18mths
I did the equivalent of four to five years personal training which is known as uchi deshi I became Dai Sempai or disciple to Richard Norton
and he taught me his hidden secrets on lightning speed and explosive impact.
I worked my
way through 2nd and 3rd degree at the same time, working my way up
the ladder of what was now known as Zen Do Kai, in the era which is known as underbelly.
At the age of 22 I was bouncing 4 nights a week in some of the most notorious nightclubs
opening arrived in QLD to run the organisation, which had a school in the heart of
The original black belts some still train now- James Reid, Tony Quinn, Rod Stroud, Ken Fleming, and Will Fehres.
As a new
alpha in the area, I put most in hospital from the brutual sparring sessions to prove
superiority. All I can say about that now, being more mature, is that that was the way it
was done in that era.
One of the
best martial artist I have ever met, Kaicho Noel Hatwell, also followed me from
With these great people we started sub clans that virtually ran individual areas. This is what exploded the QLD state to a massive 120 schools.
Roberts, a very good friend and still a martial arts powerhouse did and still does run the
As you will
be aware I have continually mentioned the fighting background of the foundation members. I
feel that this is very relevant because as well as being a very traditional style, we are
also a combat style - which means as well as our theories and principles our style is very
effective in the art of self defence.
Many years later a second generation of masters have been produced that now are helping to forge the style they include Kaichos Branko Rusan, Louise Rusan, Marty Scroggins, Craig Singleton and Pat Kiely. All the masters run very powerful sub clans. And have generations of black belts under there control.
At a certain
time Zen Do Kai QLD separated from the rest of Zen Do Kai. This was a very complex period;
there has been many therioes about why this happened. Many years later there is still
lively debate and I do not want to re-open that can of worms. I will merely leave that up
to the cyber masters to debate that one.
So now we
are our own style Anderson Bushi Kai which translated means
Many of the
upper masters are now studying and practising physic readings, healing and advanced
meditation and higher levels of consciousness, becoming shamans and sages.
So after nearly forty years I feel that our style is very respected within the martial arts community and more importantly we have an unbreakable bond of brotherhood & sisterhood which has been tested under battle and held rock strong.
- Malcolm Anderson 2009
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