Rick Burton is a Renshi Shihan 5th Dan and is the current NSW Branch Chief and Chief Instructor for IKGA, also NCGK President and Director. Rick is also the head Instructor of the Woolgoolga Dojo.
Born 21st December 1959, Rick commenced training January 1980 at age 20, under Helmut Moldners Sensei (then Sandan) in the Bacon Street dojo, Grafton, NSW.
Rick has trained in Goju Kai Karate-do continually since 1980, within the I.K.G.A. (International Karate-do Goju Kai Association). The International Chief Instructors were Grand Master Gogen Yamaguchi Hanshi; followed by his son, Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi.
Rick has done most training in NSW, Australia; under Helmut Moldners Shihan, until his retirement in 2003.
Attending many training seminars and training camps in Australia, and overseas, under the guidance of Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi, Shihan Gohei Yamaguchi, Ingo de Jong Hanshi, Paul Starling Shihan, Brian Mackie Shihan, Hiroshi Fujimoto Shihan, Iwan Pranatio Shihan, Tino Ceberano Shihan, Tom Curtis Shihan, Greg Gunns Shihan, Mark Burton Shihan, and Sandie Starling Shihan.
Training abroad has taken Rick to Japan, Europe, America, Indonesia and New Zealand.
Rick is sincerely grateful for the time and care shown by Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi and all the Shihan Masters and Sensei's who openly share their gift of knowledge. It is also important to acknowledge every student who enters the dojo, as they are all on their own journey and also share their individual personality and quest for knowledge.
Rick has successfully competed in many tournaments, local, state, national and international.
Rick's other qualifications include:
- Registered Coach under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme.
- Current Senior First Aid Certificate.
- Appointed spokesperson of NCGK in 2005.
- Elected as the first official President of NCGK in 2006.
- Appointed as Director and Chief Instructor of IKGA New South Wales in 2014
- Awarded Shodan 1983