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).