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Kando Martial Arts proudly serving Melbourne since 1997

Kando Martial Arts has Classes in Hughesdale, Rowville, Highett, Blackburn South, Knox & Ashburton. Perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults Martial Arts Lessons.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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Paul Veldman
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR - ROWVILLE
rowville@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone. (03) 9763 2220

Kando was established in 1997 by Head Instructor Shihan (Teacher’s Teacher) Paul Veldman.
Shihan Paul holds a 5th degree in karate, and began training at the age of 13 in Freestyle Karate. He later started training in the traditional karate of Shukokai, achieving his black belt in 1995.

Since then Shihan Paul has continued his love of karate, especially the focus, camaraderie, and personal growth it fosters. He has trained in kickboxing and boxing, and is still actively training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Philippine Martial arts and Sword.

Shihan was a member of Victoria Police for 17 years. During his career he spent time as an operational general duties member, as a member of the Force Response Unit, and later as a Police Instructor and “Train the Trainer” in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Conflict Management and Forced Building Entry. As part of these duties he would conduct research and development into Police Tactics and Training.

During his time in Victoria Police, he was also a Siege and Hostage Negotiator, and Close Personal Protection Officer.

Combining his training of martial arts into his knowledge of what will really work on the street has contributed to making the Kando curriculum realistic and effective as well as great fun to train.

Shihan Paul also holds a Diploma of Sport (Coaching), Diploma of Sport (Management), Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, and is a NCAS Level 1 Coach through the Australian Karate Federation (AKF) and Karate Victoria (KV).

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Jesse McInnes
HEAD INSTRUCTOR - HUGHESDALE
info@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone. (03) 9579 7999

Inspired by the Power Rangers, Sensei Jesse began training at Kando at 6 years old.
Now a professional Martial Artist, Instructor and Dojo Manager, he currently holds a 4th degree black-belt in karate and a blue-belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also has experience in traditional Japanese weaponry and extreme kicks and tricks.

Sensei Jesse has been instructing with Kando for 10 years and has contributed a lot in that time. One of Sensei Jesse’s most important contributions is the coordination and running of the instructor training. From the Junior Leadership Team, guiding them to be the leaders of the future, to Senior Instructors, ensuring high quality tuition at all Kando locations.

Having grown up training at Kando, Sensei Jesse understands the impact that martial arts has on people. Leading by example, he strives to be a positive role model and encourage his students to lead healthy active lives. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching martial arts to all is felt in his energetic classes which will have you smiling, sweating, and learning something valuable every time.

Sensei Andy, Kando Martial Arts Melbourne Victoria

Andy Muser
HEAD INSTRUCTOR – KNOX
knox@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone. (03) 9800 5454

Sensei Andy began Martial Arts with Kando at the age of 12 after being bullied by some older children. Over 15 years of training in the junior program and then with the Teen & Adult class, Martial Arts gave him the confidence to grow the person he has now become.

Sensei Andy has been teaching with Kando for over 10 years. In 2015 Sensei Andy switched dojo’s from Kando Hughesdale to Kando Rowville and helped grow the club into the second biggest Kando Club. He is now starting the journey for his own Kando Club in Knox.

Sensei Andy has been planning to open his own dojo for such a long time, he knew that’s what he was going to do since he was 18.

He has studied Exercise and Sports Science from Victoria University and holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University in preparation for the administration side of running his own club.

Sensei Andy is an experienced Martial Artist. He currently holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Kando, as well as a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has also trained in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling for 6 years with Team Takedown and Coach Chris Shen. He has also had experience training in Boxing, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts.

Sensei Andy knows that continuing to train in both Martial Arts and other aspects of life is very important to keep a balanced life and to continue to grow.

Sensei Chris, Kando Martial Arts Melbourne Victoria

Chris Schumacher
HEAD INSTRUCTOR – BLACKBURN SOUTH
blackburnsouth@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone: 0490 607 804

Hi! I’m Sensei Chris 👋

My students learn self-defence, grow in confidence and practise discipline – all whilst having heaps of fun! And I love teaching them!

I started my own training with Kando at the age of 7 and loved martial arts. I was determined to learn, train and progress through the belt levels. Every new belt I earned was a personal victory of mine.

When I look back, I now realise that my training helped shape me to be the person I am today. It has given me confidence and discipline that has helped me in all areas of life.

My journey inspired me to be an instructor. Now, I can share the amazing benefits of martial arts to others.

At 14 years old I started as a voluntary member in the student leadership team. I got satisfaction from giving other students encouragement and helping others with their own training.

Now, I am filled with immense pride to be the head instructor of the Blackburn South school. With our clubs’ students and parents, we have built a family focused community. I am very grateful for the trust that parents have placed in me to help their children achieve their goals.

I’ve seen our students grow in confidence and had parents give fantastic feedback on how their child has improved focus at school since enrolling in our programs. Our students are even able to stand up for themselves!

Our teen & adult students have started to live healthier lifestyles and feel safer too.

I am also continuing to improve as a martial artist and still train at Kando. It’s been 20+ years now! I’ve also explored other martial arts such as Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

As an instructor, I have over 10 years of experience, hold qualifications in Certificates 3 and 4 in Sports Coaching and completed coaching modules approved by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). I also have a Working with Children’s Check and First Aid certificate.

Most importantly, I have a huge passion for helping our students realise and achieve their potential. I understand that I am a role model to the children and hope to lead by example to reinforce family values.

Thanks for taking the time to getting to know me better.

Sensei Justin, Kando Martial Arts Melbourne Victoria

Justin Qubrosi
HEAD INSTRUCTOR – HIGHETT
highett@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone. (03) 9555 1202

Sensei Justin is a skilled Martial Artist and a true Kando student. Having started with Kando at the age of 14 with a brief stop to complete his studies, he has now achieved the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan).

Alongside his current proficiency at Kando, a Martial Artist first and foremost, Sensei Justin is continuing his study into other disciplines: training under Gracie Jui Jitsui, Guro Raymond Floro Fighting Systems, and Kinetic Fighting under Paul Cale; with a keen focus on sharpening his expertise in all things self-defence.

He has a passion for teaching and helping others get the most out of their training. With his natural ability to communicate with all age and experience levels combined with his high technical skills, he is a teacher that Kando is proud of.

With his daughter slowly climbing the ranks from the Little Dragons to the Junior Program, Sensei Justin is all too aware of the positive impact Martial Arts can have on families.

Sempai Evandro, Kando Martial Arts Melbourne Victoria

Evandro Bittarello
HEAD INSTRUCTOR – HIGHETT
highett@kandomartialarts.com.au
Phone. (03) 9555 1202

Sempai Evandro began his Martial Arts journey in Brazil at the age of eight with Judo, learning the basic mechanics until 12, switching to Capoeira where he was titled with the rank of Instructor, teaching kids, adults and kids with special needs.

In between his passion, Evandro also took on further studies to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Having the opportunity to leave Brazil, he moved to Australia and began a new journey in 2005 with Kando, where we saw his enthusiasm quickly shine through and pour a new energy to the club; setting an example for his son Leo, a star in his own right, and a proud Kando Member. Evandro’s knowledge and application of melding Martial Arts styles gives him a perspective and depth of knowledge of movement that can only come with the time he has spent; invaluable to himself and others as he continues to teach.

To honour his past achievements, Evandro was awarded a grey belt, and is now currently a Second Degree (NIDAN) in the Kando Syllabus; all the while giving back to the club and wider community through the teaching of Kids and Junior programs.

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