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Who are our BJMA Hierarchy? And how do you know their rank?

Soke Bob Jones - founder of Zen Do Kai

He holds the rank of Ninth Degree, and is one of the highest ranked martial artists in Australia. In 1997 was awarded the prestigious Blitz Martial Arts Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has a number of highly successful business interests as well as being a grand father and family man.

Bob Jones continues to take an active interest in the ongoing development of Zen Do Kai, with many highly qualified instructors to assist him, conducting training sessions and seminars throughout the country.


In the photo you will notice Bob Jones wearing a white Zen Do Kai gi. These are worn by 4th Degree black belts and above. You will notice he is wearing a red belt with a black line in the middle - this indicates his ranking - 9th Degree.

In the photo you will notice Bob Jones wearing a white Zen Do Kai gi. These are worn by 4th Degree black belts and above. You will notice he is wearing a red belt with a black line in the middle - this indicates his ranking - 9th Degree.

Soke Richard Norton

Richard Norton (THE MOVIE STAR) is considered to be Australia’s most successful Martial Arts export with over 45 years training in the Martial Arts and a movie career spanning some 30 years. Trained in many aspects of the Martial Arts including Judo, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Muay-Thai Kick Boxing and various Japanese weapons systems.

He holds a

  • 9th degree in Zen Do Kai Karate presented by longtime Master, friend and training partner, Soke Bob Jones

  • 5th degree Shihan ranking in International Goju Ryu Karate, personally presented to him by Hanshi Tino Ceberano

  • 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under world renowned coach, Jean Jacques Machado.

  • 5th Degree Master ranking in Chun Kuk Do, personally awarded and presented to him by the legendary Chuck Norris.

Norton is in constant demand for seminars all over the world, covering such topics as real life street defense, martial arts weapons drills and speed training complexes. He has trained extensively in the U.S with such Martial Arts legends as Benny’ The Jet’ Urquidez, Fumio Demura, Bill Wallace, Pete ‘Sugar Foot’ Cunningham, Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado and of course his old friend, Chuck Norris.

Notice Soke Richard has the same colour belt as Soke Bob - 9th Degree. Also, Soke Bob Jones standing behind Jaye, and Kyoshi Brad standing behind Soke Richard waiting to congratulate Sensei Jaye on his achievement.

Kyoshi Jim Friis - BJMA Queensland - State Head

Kyoshi Jim Friis is the Queensland State Head for Bob Jones Martial Arts, Heading 20 Martial Arts Academies in the area.

Kyoshi Brad Ross - BJMA East Coast


BJMA Qualifications

  • BJMA Member

  • WKA Member

  • 9th Degree Black Belt Zen Do Kai

  • 7th Degree BJC Muay Thai

  • 5th Degree PKM Krav Maga

  • Brown Belt Peter DeBeen Gracie Jiu Jitsu

  • WKA Judge

  • B.Ed PE Specialist


Kyoshi Brad Ross is the Owner of Brotherhood Martial Arts and the Chief Instructor for Bob Jones Martial Arts East Coast. Brad has been involved with the martial arts for 30 years and prior to that spent his youth boxing under Dennis Welbeloved at the Maryborough Boxing Club.


He says..."Our group is made up of unique individuals with one goal – to change the world one student at a time. We believe it’s not the style that makes it unique it’s the people. People like YOU and ME, people that want to improve their body, mind and spirit."

Reference from

Kyoshi Bruce Maile



  • BJMA Member

  • WKA Member

  • 7th Degree Black Belt Zen Do Kai

  • 6th Degree BJC Muay Thai

  • Blue Belt Peter DeBeen Gracie Jiu Jitsu

  • Crossfit Level One Certified Coach

  • WKA Judge


Bruce is the Manager for BJMA EAST COAST and co-owner of Maryborough Martial Arts Academy with Hanshi Brad Ross . Bruce has been training in Zen Do Kai and Muay Thai for over 25 years.


One of Bruce’s passions is Muay Thai, he has travelled to Thailand to train at the prestigious Sityodtong Camp and has fought many times with no losses.

Kyoshi Kyl Reber - Chikara Martial Arts

Currently Kyl holds the rank of

  • 7th Degree Black Belt Kyoshi in Zen Do Kai Freestyle Martial Arts

  • 7th Degree Trainer (Kru) in BJC Muay Thai.

  • Black Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Head of the Brisbane De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Brisbane Academy

  • level 1 Certification with The QLD Weightlifting Federation

  • CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.


2017 will see Kyl’s 23rd year of teaching and spreading the philosophies of Zen Do Kai.  Currently Kyl teaches Zen Do Kai, BJC Muay Thai, BJC Kidz Karate, Chikara Kidz Jiu Jitsu, BJC Kidz Thaiboxing, BJMA Krav Maga, and Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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