Kancho Gary

Kancho Gary – 8th Dan Black Belt

Kancho Gary

Gary MacRae began his adult life serving in the army as an infantry soldier. While in the army, he was first introduced to Martial Arts and immediately excelled. After leaving the Army in 1981, Gary opened his first Karate school where he taught various forms of Martial Arts including Kickboxing, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Iaido and other Budo skills. From those humble beginnings, things began to grow quickly, and The Golden Knights soon opened clubs across South Australia.

Early in 1985 Gary was involved in a serious accident when he was knocked off his motorcycle. The accident left him with a broken neck and a severely broken arm. These injuries threatened his continued participation in martial arts. But Gary fought his way back to full fitness, and successfully achieved his 5th Dan grading in December, 1985. Throughout his rehabilitation and recovery from the accident, Gary never lost sight of his aspiration to pursue, develop and sustain a contemporary, self defence-oriented Karate system with a foundation firmly based around classic Martial Arts beliefs of personal development.

Now an 8th Dan Black Belt with the title of Kancho, Gary MacRae is one of the most celebrated and highest-ranked Martial Arts Instructors in Australia.

Kancho Gary MacRae

Nationally Recognised Qualifications

Advanced Diploma:  Community Services—Management

Diploma: Counselling & Group Work

Diploma: Volunteer Management

Diploma: Community Services—Youth Work

Certificate IV: Coordination of Volunteers

Certificate IV: Training & Assessment

Certificate III: Community Recreation—Instructor, Martial Arts

Official Awards

Australian Service Medal: South East Asia Clasp

National Emergency Medal: 2019-20 Bushfires Clasp

Australian Sports Medal (Karate)*

Australian National Medal: 10 Year Clasp

Australian Defence Medal (Army)

SA Country Fire Service Medal: 20 Year Clasp

Ministers Commendation (Fire Service)

United Nations Volunteer Medal (Fire Service)


* In 2000 Gary was awarded the Australian Sports Medal, which acknowledges Australians of high commitment contribute in various ways to the nation’s sporting success. The citation for the Award says: “For dedication, commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm in the promotion of the Martial Arts in South Australia.”