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 Shihan (then a Sandan Sensei) 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 Kaiso; followed by his son, Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi.
Rick has done most of his training in NSW, under the Founder of the North Coast Dojo's Helmut Moldners Shihan, (until his retirement in 2003). Unfortunately Helmut Shihan passed away in 2013 - RIP Helmut.
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 Hanshi, Brian Mackie Hanshi, Hiroshi Fujimoto Hanshi, 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 (teachers) who openly share their gift of knowledge. He believes it is also important to acknowledge every student who enters the dojo (training area), as they are all on their own journey and also share their individual personality and quest for knowledge.
Rick has successfully competed in local, state, national and international tournaments.
- Awarded Shodan 1983
- Awarded Nidan 1986
- Awarded Sandan 1991
- Awarded Yondan 1995
- Elected as the first official President of NCGK 2006.
- Awarded Godan 2013
- Appointed Director and Chief Instructor of IKGA New South Wales 2014
- Received the title of Renshi Shihan 2016