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Craig started training in 1984 at Brian Mackie’s Karate Academy of  Japan. He achieved senior Shodan (1st Dan) in 1987 and won the first of  13 national All-style titles in 1988. Craig has trained under  Grandmaster Goshi Yamaguchi Saiko Shihan along with many notable  international coaches in Asia and Europe throughout his career.

Craig has achieved unparalleled success in I.K.G.A. competition winning  4 World Titles, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze as well as 6 Asian Pacific Titles.  He has represented Australia in both Kumite (sparring) and Kata (forms)  and is only the second person ever to have won both National Open Kata  and Kumite titles at the one event .

Craig captained the National team  from 1995 to 2005 when he retired form competition after winning his 4th World title.

Craig was awarded his 5th Dan Black Belt in December 2006 where he was  also awarded the title of Shihan (Master) by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan.  Craig is a physiotherapist as well as training students, hoping to develop their skills in competition karate.