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Aussie in an Akhara: John B. Will recounts his travels through India

March 02, 2015

    John Will began his martial arts training with a basic grounding in amateur wrestling, Goju Kai Karate and Taekwondo. In 1982, he won gold at the World Silat Championships in Jakarta, becoming the first non-Indonesian to do so. In the late 80’s he also started BLITZ magazine, the first periodical of its kind in Australia.  He was awarded the rank of black belt by Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado in 1998; making him one of the ‘BJJ Dirty Dozen’, the first twelve non-Brazilian BJJ black belts in the world. In the mid 80’s, he came to India for the first time to train in South Asia’s indigenous arts.   FK: When and for how long were you in...

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