Jodo Godan (2017) - issued by Australian Kendo Renmei
Iaido Godan (2015) - issued by All Japan Kendo Renmei
Aikido Yondan (2014) - issued by International Aikido Federation
Aikido Shodan (1997) - issued by Shodokan (Tomiki Aikido) Hombu
Iaido & Jodo
Damon initially commenced training in Iaido in 1996 briefly under the private guidance of Greg Mapstone in Ipswich, Queensland and then later transitioned to Iaido training in 1999 under the instruction of David Kolb at the Brisbane Aiki Kai. In 2000 he took up the study of Jodo, also under David Kolb.
Through David Kolb, he has advanced his study of All Japan Kendo Renmei Seitei Iaido & Jodo, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido and Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo.
In 2004 he travelled to Japan for the first time where he was fortunate to be able to train in Iaido with Obayashi Tadashi Sensei, 8 Dan Kiyoshi, of the Dai Ken Kyo Iaido club in Osaka, and privately in Jodo with Nagayama Sensei in Sendai. In 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016 he returned to Japan to again train privately with Nagayama Sensei and attend ZNKR Miyagi Prefecture Iaido and Jodo seminars.
Damon commenced training in Aikido in 1991 under the instruction of David Kolb at the Brisbane dojo of Aiki Kai Australia. Due to work changes, he was unable to study at Aikikai so helped the Queensland Tomiki Aikido Association establish a local school where he trained from 1994 – 1999. In 1998 his work changes enabled a return to Aikikai Australia where he trained until he moved to Canberra in 2007. Upon moving to Canberra he commenced training with the Aikido no Kenkyukai group until introducing Aikido to the curriculum at Kuroyamakai in late 2016.
In addition to Aikikai, Kenkyukai and Tomiki styles of Aikido, Damon has had exposure/experience training with other Aikido schools – Yoshinkan Aikido through a series of classes for Police in 1999 by Michiharu Mori Sensei (then 5th Dan), and Iwama Ryu Aikido through Weapons classes with Ipswich Takemusu Aikido in 1998 by Jason Wotherspoon (then 3rd Dan).
Damon’s principal inspiration in Aikido study is Katsuyuki Shimamoto 8th Dan Shihan (and Buddhist Priest) of the Shosenji Dojo in Osaka, David Brown 6th Dan Shihan of Aikikai Australia (Victoria), and William Gleason 7th Dan Shihan of Boston Aikido.
2017 - Certificate IV Sports & Recreation - Australian Sports Academy
2017 - Strength & Condition Coach Level 1 - Australian Strength & Conditioning Association
2016 - Intermediate General Coaching Principles - Australian Institute of Sport
2016 - S.P.E.A.R. Instructor Level 1 - Blauer Tactical Systems
2015 - Personal Defence Readiness Instructor - Blauer Tactical Systems
2009 - Aikido (Kenkyukai) Level 1 Instructor - Martial Arts Industry Association
Official Positions Qualifications
since 2017 - Coaching Development Coordinator - Australian Kendo Renmei
since 2008 - Executive Officer - ACT Kendo Renmei
since 2007 - Dojo-Cho - Kuroyama Budokai
2015-17 - Iaido Board Chairman - Australian Kendo Renmei
2012-15 - Iaido Board member - Australian Kendo Renmei
2012-15 - Jodo Board member - Australian Kendo Renmei
2007 - Founding member (2007) - Kuroyama Budokai (as Kuroyamakai)
2012 Jodo Championships (Sydney) - 2nd place - 3rd Dan / 4th Dan individual kata
2012 Iaido Championships (Sydney) - 1st place - 4th Dan individual kata
2011 Jodo Championships (Melbourne) - 1st place - 3rd Dan / 4th Dan individual kata