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As written by Josh CallinanMarch 25, 2015, 8:25 p.m. for the Maitland Mercury
Bill Johnson has trained military personnel in hand-to-hand combat around the world.
He has a fifth dan in ninjutsu in Japan and a sixth dan in jujitsu.
And for more than two decades he has operated as a personal trainer in Maitland.
But next month the Ashtonfield man will add another accolade to his sporting mantelpiece when he becomes the first Australian inducted into the Philippines Martial Arts Hall Of Fame and is named International Master Instructor of the Year.
“The Philippines have quite a long and proud history in martial arts,” Johnson said.
“To be recognised like this is quite special.”
Johnson said the hall of fame concept is relatively new in the Philippines, but the martial arts are not.
According to Johnson, techniques in the Philippines are quite different to those used in other countries and more recently have helped native Manny Pacquiao develop into one of the best boxers in the world.
“Most western countries use boxing, jujitsu or other hand-to-hand combat techniques first, but in the Philippines they actually start with weapons – and they are normally longer weapons like sticks or knifes,” he said.
“The techniques have exploded quite a lot around the world in the last 10 years.”
The ceremony will take place on April 17 and Johnson will be presented with a tribal carving and a plaque.
He will then stay on to both conduct and take part in classes.
Johnson will then bring a Philippines grand master back in July for an Australian tour.