Kyl has been involved in Zen Do Kai Martial Arts and BJC Muay Thai since 1994.  Currently he holds the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt Kyoshi in Zen Do Kai Freestyle Martial Arts, 7th Degree Trainer (Kru) in BJC Muay Thai, and 1st Degree Instructor in BJMA Krav Maga. Kyl is also a Black Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 5th Degree Black Belt Peter de Been, and is the head of the Brisbane De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Brisbane Academy.

Beginning his martial arts career nearly 25 years ago in another style, Kyl sought to find a style that based its teaching principles on real-life self defence and practical solutions to confrontations in today’s society and so made the switch to Zen Do Kai under the tutelage of 9th Degree Black Belt Hanshi Brad Ross. Kyl still retains Brad as his original Zen Do Kai and BJC Muay Thai instructor.  During this progression Kyl has had the assistance of best friend and 7th Degree Black Belt, Kyoshi Bruce Maile.

2018 will see Kyl’s 24th year of teaching and spreading the philosophies of Zen Do Kai.  Currently Kyl teaches Zen Do Kai, BJC Muay Thai, BJC Kidz Karate, De Been Kidz Jiu Jitsu, BJC Kidz Thaiboxing, BJMA Krav Maga, and De Been Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

In the last 16 years Kyl has developed a love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and was drawn to the art in an effort to become a ‘complete’ martial artist and be comfortable with and competent in defending himself both standing up and on the ground, which is statistically where the greater majority of street orientated encounters end up.  Under the expert instruction of Gracie BJJ Black Belts Darren McKean and Peter de Been, Kyl has been able to form a very solid foundation of techniques which he passes on in his BJJ classes.  Kyl was awarded his Black Belt in BJJ in July 2013, and communicates regularly with Pete to keep up to date with the latest techniques and concepts.

Through his years with Zen Do Kai, Kyl has had the opportunity to train with such prominent martial artists as Soke Bob Jones (Zen Do Kai Founder), Richard Norton (martial arts movie star, 9th Degree Black Belt Zen Do Kai), Peter De Been (Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Head Coach of Gracie Barra Australia), Systema expert Alex Kostic, and Billy Manne (9th Degree Zen Do Kai Black Belt and BJJ Black Belt).

Kyl has also attended seminars and hosted seminars by UFC champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk, BJJ legends Pedro Sauer and Jean Jacques Machado, and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira.  Further to this, CMA has hosted such champions as UFC legend Bas Rutten, UFC Champion Nate Diaz, and International GojuRyu Instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt Sensei Simon Golland.

Kyl travels extensively to Melbourne, New Zealand, and Thailand to teach seminars and also learn new techniques to pass on to the now 200+ students that train under him at CMA.

Kyl also brings to the floor the wealth of knowledge and experience he gained from working in the security and crowd control industry for nearly 19 years, during which time he ran the security teams at many popular Brisbane nightclubs and hotels, and also operated in a supervisory role at many of the major concerts and festivals in Brisbane and northern New South Wales, providing protective security to some of the most popular bands in Australia and the world.  This knowledge of real world tried and tested self defence is something that Kyl is particularly passionate about, and passes this knowledge onto his students in an effort to prepare them for any street orientated encounter they may face.

Kyl also has a very deep passion for health and fitness, and passes this onto all his students, from the adults right down to the kids. This helps to develop a positive mentality and teach them to treat their bodies with respect and give them the fuel that they need to achieve the goals and create the engines that will take them there.  Kyl currently holds a level 1 Certification with The QLD Weightlifting Federation, and a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate.

Kyl has a firm belief that everyone is capable of learning and benefiting from martial arts and everything it can give you no matter what your age. Turning the ripe old age of 43 this year, Kyl works tirelessly to send a message to all ages and demographics that martial arts can be the answer to finding something that may have been missing in your life, and that learning to defend yourself is just one of the things martial arts can give you and your loved ones.

Kyl is available for personal training in all styles, and can be contacted on kyl@chikaramartialarts.com.au