Hanshi John Taylor
Vice president, International Karate Organization – Matsushima
A name well known worldwide in martial arts circles is Kyokushin Karate’s Hanshi John Taylor. Commencing his martial arts career in 1963, John Taylor, now (Hanshi) 9th dan (one of the world most highly ranked Kyokushin martial artists) has forged a reputation as a strong yet fair leader to many thousands of Kyokushin Karate devotees. Shihan Taylor’s reputation as a leader is one that has been forged from over 40 years of tough personal training and exemplary teaching. His methods of Leadership could be described no other than “iron fist with a velvet glove”.
Acknowledgements for his efforts have come from areas well outside the field of his art reflecting the community respect he is able to pride himself in. Acknowledgements include the “2000 Australian Sports Medal” for achievement in sports and a nomination for “Australian of the Year” in 2004.