Kyoshi Liz Mahler - Training and Careers History
TRAINING AND CAREER HISTORY
Liz completed her nursing and midwifery training after finishing school but did not find personal satisfaction in that field. After several years at university studying everything from Descartes to dao, from sports science to statistics, Liz left uni to pursue a career that had been staring her in the face for years – fulltime martial arts.
Liz started karate in 1980 in Sydney with Richard Bradford’s Goshin Ryu Karate. After obtaining 2nd degree black belt Liz moved on to train with Shotokan Karate International with Sensei Frank Novak in Sydney and later with Budokan Karate under Richard Chew and James Chong
In 1997 Liz, a 4th dan, left Budokan with a clear vision of where she wanted to go in her martial arts career. She closed down 15 martial arts classes across the Central Coast that she operated out of school halls and opened her first fulltime school under the name Black Belt Karate Studios. This was 250 sq mts with 100 students that came from the closed schools.
4 years and 3 different locations later with the help of her partner Lliam and 3 staff the Wyoming school reached 500 students.
In 2006 BBMA opened its second school and 6 months later the 3rd school opened. In 2010 BBMA has a student population of nearly 600 students which includes an active number of 60 black belt ranked students - a rare thing in Australian martial arts schools where the norm is to stop training after reaching black belt.
Liz is also a Rock and Water advanced trainer. Rock and Water is a life skills program, based on sound principles of martail arts, specifically designed to help boys develop into fine young men. Liz travels extensively throughout Australia presenting this program to school teachers and associated professions for the University of Newcastle.
COMPETITION AND COACHING HISTORY
Liz was one of those martial arts competition junkies who lived to compete, she estimates over her career to have had about 300 fights and to have performed as many kata in the competiton arena.
After only 2yrs of training Liz was selected in the NSW Karate Federation state team. This began 10 years of competition focus for Liz, which included:
NSW State Champion from 1982 - 1992 across kata, kumite, team kata and team kumite.
1982 – 1992 5 x Australian Champion – across kumite, team kumite and team kata. Multiple silver and bronze medalist across kumite, kata and teams.
1984 Australian Karate kumite team middleweight div., WUKO World Championships, Holland
1986 Australian Karate kumite team lightweight div., WUKO World Championships, Sydney.
1989 First ever Women’s only WKF World Cup Fukoka, Japan – Bronze Medalist lightweight div. kumite.
1989 WKF Asian Pacific Games, Sydney - Bronze Medalist lightweight div.kumite.
1990 WKF Asian Pacific Games, New Zealand – Australian rep. kata
1990 Shotokan World Cup Malaysia, Gold Medalist lightweight div.kumite.
1994 – 1996 NSW State Kumite Coach
1999- 2001 National Juniors Coach.
2010 - Regional NSW Kumite and Kata coach
Coached from her own school from 1990 to 2009
First junior world kata champion, 50 plus State champions, 20 plus National champions, Oceania gold, silver and bronze medalists, Junior world gold, silver and bronze medalists, 5 senior international gold medalists.