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Hans Fricke Lifetime Martial Arts Achievements:

2010 Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame A.M.A.H.O.F. &
World Karate Union Hall of Fame W.K.U.H.O.F.
Inductee Lifetime Achievement Collective Martial Arts

2002  Kyoshi 8th-dan, Nakamura Ryu Battodo  
            Issued by: Soke Nakamura Taizaburo

2001  Kyoshi 7th-dan, Toyama Ryu Battodo 
Issued by: Nakamura Taizaburo Hanshi 10th-dan Battodo,
                        Zen Nihon Toyama Ryu Battodo Renmei 
                        All Japan Toyama Ryu Battodo Federation

2001  1st dan, Shinto Ryu Iai Batto-jutsu 
         Issued by:Takeshi Mochizuki Hanshi 8th-dan

2000 5th dan Cho-ken Sports, Chanbarra

2000  International Referee Licence, Sports Chanbarra

1999  International Instructors Licence # 1872, Sports Chanbarra
           Issued by: Tanabe Tetsundo, Kaicho Kokusai Sports Chanbara Kyokai

1999  Renshi 5th-dan, Tameshigiri-Iaido
           Issued by:  Tetsundo Tanabe, President Kokusai Goshindo Renmei

1999  2nd dan, Zen Ken Ren Iaido
           Issued by: Michael Payne, President Australian Kendo Renmei

1998  Jiho Kenshuin, Shinkendo 
           Issued by: Obata Toshishiro, Kaicho International Shinkendo Federation

1998  Australian Coaching Council Level 1

1976 2nd dan Rhee International Tae Kwon Do

1974 Instructors Certificate, Australian T.K.D Federation

Blitz Magazine 1999

1999   Hans Fricke - First Westerner and Australian outside Japan to have received a 
RENSHI SHIHAN teacher's license from Tetsundo Tanabe, President of the Kokusai Goshindo Renmei Japan.

Hans Fricke,
Photo: Michelle Fricke AMAHOF 2010

Hans J. Fricke , a professional  engineer and Justice of the Peace, migrated from his native Germany to Australia in '64. Whilst in Perth W.A. he met Master Rhee Chong Chul and became a personal student of his, opening the first Rhee Tae Kwon Do training centers in Sydney in '73. (Rhee TKD Wikipedia)   see "Other Martial Arts".

After he  had settled in Sydney he later qualified as a natural therapist (acupuncture, clinical hypnotherapy, sports medicine, Bowen-therapy) practicing at his Sydney Bowen Therapy Clinic and lecturing at different colleges .

In the late 70's he immersed himself in kendo and later in various Japanese sword styles and has since attained numerous dan grades and teachers licences in the Japanese sword arts.

In 2001 his dream, to meet Shodai-soke and Hanshi 10th dan  Nakamura Taizaburo , became reality when he received a written invitation from Nakamura sensei to come to Japan to train at his Tsurumi dojo in the Military sword art of Toyama Ryu Battodo. After having received Kyoshi nana-dan he returned to Australia to establish Nakamura sensei's Sei Do Kan dojo at Dundas Valley NSW. 

Some 18 month later, he again received an invitation to come to Japan and, after extensive training,  was granted kyoshi hachi-dan in Nakamura Ryu Battodo. Sadly, the following year Hans had to attend sensei's funeral and has since dedicated himself to the promotion of sensei's sword style in Australia.

Now in his 80's and retired, he still practices on a daily basis and teaches Nakamura Ryu Battodo to a dedicated group of students at his dojos in Sydney, Australia

Beginning & foundation training:
1994 - 1996 Sujo Ryu,
Blue Leaf Club Sydney, Dr.Yahiko Kadono Grand-master & Bob Burton sensei 

1991 - 1993 Toyama Ryu Battodo & Tameshigiri Aoyama Kenjutsu Kan, Antoni Karasulas 5th-dan.

1991 - 1993 Komei-Jyuku (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu) , Aoyama Kenjutsu Kan, Antoni Karasulas Kyoshi.

1979 - 1980, 1991 Shinto Muso Ryu Jo, W illougby Jodo Club, Paul Malloney Go-mokuroku.

1978 - 1981  Kendo  Willougby Kendo Club, Sydney AKR, Sensei Ron Bennet.

Japanese Swordsmanship - Hans Fricke  Curriculum Vitae