Graham Slater Training History
Graham Slater started his martial arts training in England in 1973 inspired by Bruce Lee and the need to defend against the ever increasing violence by gang warfare on the streets of Liverpool. He started by learning from books and soon tracked down a Goju Karate school to train at.
After emigrating to Australia in 1975 he commenced training in Kyokushinkai Karate, Ken Shin Kan and Kickboxing until 1979. He then started training in Shotokan / Shotokai (Harada sensei's style ) until 1982 when he change to mainstream Japanese Shotokai Karate directly under Sensei Yasuo Ikeda.
Graham made another change in his training around 12 years later when his Japanese teacher died. He had already dabbled in several other arts but now made a concerted effort to become a mixed stylist incorporating Aikido, Jujitsu, Shintaido, Tai Chi and Qi Qong. In 2006 Graham became a consultant to the Shaolin Temple - China and opened a Martial Arts College under the guidance of the Temple where he coordinates the teaching of the Shaolin Kung Fu Monks to the general public.
Not being content with the training in Australia Graham sort to move out of his comfort zone and travel extensively around the globe learning from many teachers. From 1982 to present day Graham has trained and taught in England, Europe, India, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Pacific Islands and nearly a dozens times in Japan.
Now a 6th dan with his own style Reikijitsu (founded in 1998) he spends his time working with many instructors from around the world exchanging ideas and developing the IMA. He presently communicates with over 1200 instructors every month (via email, phone and by physical meetings). This does not leave much time to teach general students hence the closure of his commercial schools. He is now fully enaged in his role as Chairman of the International Martial Arts Alliance.
Graham's duties are extensive and varied working with many school owners, private companies and government to help protect and grow the martial art industry.
The most important role for Graham has been to garner more recognistion for the martial arts industry. The majority of the general public see martial arts as just another sport (football/cricket) competing for their participation. His strategy has been to help improve the image, qualifications and professionlism of instructors so the general public will have a very positive expereince when they first walk into a martial art school, thus choosing it over other activities. Over the past 8 years Graham has been negotiating with many large companies and has obtained special group discounts for a number of products and services. With his work many instructors enjoy lower prices on insurance, travel, merchant card rates, loans, dvds, software,
He also assists in the direction and production of a series of DVDs and a popular magazine developed by the IMA called 'Interactive Martial Arts" a video magazine also called the IMA Emag. This has now developed into a TV Show that has become very popular.
Graham is always taking on new projects that will help the industry one being to development and faciliate new programs that help instructors to become more qualified in the eyes of the government. By working with Regestered Training Orginisations the IMA has been able to offer nationally recognised qualifications such as Sports Coaching (specialization martial arts). Graham as a qualified Senior Sports Coach and Trainer / Assessor has been helping deliver these programs all around Australia.
The IMA working together with RTOs have made it possible for school students to obtain a government funded traineeship program to learn martial arts and gain a nationally recognised qualification.