The Australian Battodo Association and its members endeavor to encourage, foster, preserve and promote
 the Japanese sword art of Nakamura Ryu Battodo (Nakamura ryu Batto-do Happo-giri To-ho) in Australia.

Australian Battodo Association
Black Belt (Dan) Registry

Listed below all active & inactive holders of  Dan-certificates awarded by the Australian Battodo Association for 2006-2019.
Names in bold are financial & active Australian Battodo Association black-belts.

Hachi-dan (8th dan black belt)
Hans Fricke
- 2002 Kyoshi 2002

Yon-dan (4th-dan black belt)
Ben Chow
- 2016; Sei-Do-Kan Instructor 2015

Ni-dan (2nd dan black belt)
Paul Marlow - 2009
David Cottle - 2009
Greg McEwan - 2013
Gavin Volpato 2012
John Volpato - 2013
Abraham Sie - 2017

Sho-dan (1st dan black belt)
Mat Rous - 2006
Gemma Cuneo - 2008
Alex Ward - 2009
Philip Pulle - 2009
Jonathan Lim - 2012
Peter Stewart-Jones - 2015

Michael Tang - 2012
Carol Hoh - 2016
Peter Hun Mead - 2016

Calvin Chiu - 2018
Vito Trentadue - 2018


Executive Committee 2019- 2020
Updated 7 September 2019
Founder & President for Life - Hans Fricke,  AMAHOF & WKUHOF 2010 Inductee
Vice President - Gavin Volpato
Secretary - Abraham Sie
Treasurer - Ben Chow,
Executive Members - John Volpato - Carol Hoh - Peter (Hun) Mead - Vito Trentadue

KEN KON Spirit of the Sword
Calligraphy by the late Soke Nakamura Taizaburo, Hanshi 10th-dan Batto-do

Updated 29 November 2019

ABA Technical Board & Dan Grading Panel
Updated 28 November 2018

Hans Fricke         Chairman & Chief Examiner
Benjamin Chow     ABA Instructor
John Volpato        Member
Gavin Volpato       Member
Abraham Sie         ABA Assistant Instructor

In Memory of
Nakamura Taizaburo

Soke Nakamura Ryu Battodo Happo Giri To-ho
Hanshi 10th dan Battodo


Order of the Rising Sun
8 th class
for distinguished achievements:
Japanese culture.* 

Order of the Sacred Treasure
7th class
in rcognition for services
in promoting the
martial arts. *

* Source: Wikipedia; Kenshinkan

Honorary Life-time members
Paul Marlow 2015

 Australia's only Nakamura Ryu Battodo Dojo
established 2001 in 'direct line' by Nakamura Taizaburo
Soke & Hanshi 10th dan Battodo

SO-JUTSU  (Nakamura-ha) performed by Ben Chow at his yon-dan grading 2016 with Hans Fricke sensei .

The ABA Australian Battodo Association Inc. is fully  independent and as such not affiliated to any other organization.