Graham Slater as the Teacher

Shihan Graham Slater is mainly a teacher of teachers however you will find him taking classes for general students at the Impact Fitness Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.

Graham believes in keeping his' foot in' so to speak by teaching locally and visiting schools around the world to look at new and innovative ways of running schools.
He has been fortunate enough to experience and learn many arts over the past four decades teacheing a blend of elements from karate, aikido, ju jutsu and shaolin kung fu in general classes and in specialised seminars.

Most requested topics to teach in no particular order:
Shotokai Karate
Aikido elements
Shintaido elements
Ju Jutsu / Defence Tactics elements
Speed & Flexibility drills
Ki and Sensory drills for health and combat
Kata Bunkai / Applications
Bag work and Sparring drills
These are all combined in his unique style of martial arts called Reikijitsu Kai an art from he created in 1998.

Pictured on the right is one of the most influential masters to instruct Graham, Sensei Yasuo Ikeda - Shotokai Karate

Graham Slater's Training History
Graham 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 2000 instructors every month (via email, phone and by physical meetings). This does not leave much time to teach general students hence his reduction to just working out of one school. 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 TV Shows having cut his teeth on a popular DVD 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.

Pictured on the right are Chris (jump kick) and Phil Berry who operate the Liverpool UK branches of Grahm's Shotokai Karate style.

Australian school where Graham teaches:
Got to the main website: Impact Fitness


TV / DVD Production Credits

Martial Arts & Natural Therapies - TV Show 1998
Presenter
Co Producer
Headspin Productions

Maylasian Action Tour - Documentory 2001
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Instructional DVD Series 2001
Reikijitsu
Graham Slater featured
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Legends Lunch - Industry Meet DVD 2005
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Exteme Tournament DVD 2006
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

K-Star Kung Fu Star TV Series - Australia / China 2006
Documentory - Free to Air, Pay TV & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Shenzen TV, AC Media & Deeper Insight Productions

Shaolin Stage Show - 2007
Free to Air, Pay TV & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
AC Media & Deeper Insight Productions

Lion Bushido Karate Tournament DVD 2007
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Taste of the Arts DVD 2007
Graham Slater featured
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Instructional DVD 2007
Featuring Shaolin Monks Po & Piao
Co Producer
AC Media & Deeper Insight Productions

Interactive Martial Arts TV Series (1) 2007
Free to Air & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Australian Kyokushin Karate Nationals DVD 2009
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

World Martial Arts Games DVD 2009
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Interactive Martial Arts TV Series (2) 2009
Free to Air & DVD
Presenter

Instructional DVD 2009
Featuring Shin Jun Shaolin Monk
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Brisbane Martial Arts Expo Documentory 2010
Free to Air & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions

Karate Kid 'Behind the Scenes' Documentory 2010
Free to Air & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Sony Pictures & Deeper Insight Productions

Thailand Discovered Documentory 2010
Free to Air, Pay TV & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Sony Pictures & Deeper Insight Productions

Interactive Martial Arts TV Series (3) 2010
Free to Air & DVD
Presenter
Co Producer
Deeper Insight Productions