2013 Australian National All Styles Champion

1982 – Only the 7th Australian to be awarded a Black Belt in Hapkido by the Australian Hapkido Association

With Grandmaster Ernesto Presas in the Philippines in the early 80’s

Competing on the Goshin Ryu circuit in the 80’s

With Chuck Norris 2007

A win at the Coffs Harbour Open in the 1980’s

Fundraising for the Heart Foundation

Success!

Training at Arjuken Headquarters in the Philippines

With Bill “Superfoot” Wallace 200

With Martial Arts Super Show Director Fari Salievski.

2010 Australian Martial Arts Industry Award with Sonia Leonardi and Liz Mahler

RICHARD MARLIN

Karate Master And 7th Degree Black Belt

Richard Marlin is the Founder and Master Teacher at Success Martial Arts Black Belt Academy.

In his heyday Richard Marlin showed the type of skills and mastery of karate that made him one of Australia’s most recognized and successful martial arts competitors. Clearly lending credence to the notion that age is just a number, in his late 50’s, he made an improbable and very successful, return to active karate competition, winning numerous veterans titles in karate and national all-styles and winning the 2015 black belt lightweight NAS title.
But for “Master” Richard (as he is referred to by his students) or “Kyoshi” (Japanese for Master Teacher), competition is only a part of the story. He has foregone other vocational pursuits to commit his life and career to an unknown quantity – a career as a professional teacher of the martial arts.

As long back as 1983, when he was awarded Arjuken Karate Association of Australia Instructor of the Year, Richard Marlin has long been recognized as one of Australia’s martial arts pioneers in teaching and coaching. He has been credited with making a significant contribution to the sport’s development as a sustainable and cohesive profession that adds true value to the lives of individual and family participants, and to the community.

THE COMPETITOR

It was at the World Karate Championships at Homebush Sports Centre in Sydney back in 1986, as a spectator at the event, where Richard’s desire to become a participant on the world stage, to represent his country at the highest level, was ignited. Already an established karate teacher in Lismore, Richard had the tools and knowledge to launch into professional martial arts, and it would take years of hard work, determination, and constant practice to become one of the best.

Fast forward to 1992, the first year he was ranked Australia’s number one Australian Karate Federation lightweight competitor. The years of hard work were starting to pay off, and the string of podium finishes (first and second places) in renowned national and regional tournaments such as the Summerland Open, NSW Koshiki State Contact Titles, National Karate Championships, Australian Open Karate Championships, Tasman Cup, and many others, would culminate in Richard achieving and retaining the number one spot for five years.

During that five year stretch, he bagged three Australian titles and three Oceania titles on a worldwide karate journey that included the Empire State Nationals in New York City, the Asian and Pacific Karate Championships in New Zealand, three Oceania Championships in Sydney, Tahiti, and New Caledonia, and culminating with a dream come true, and an unforgettable win against his younger-by-20-years Italian opponent at the World Championships in Sun City, South Africa in 1996.

THE TEACHER

All the recognition and awards didn’t take away from Master Richard’s inner drive, the desire to be better, to contribute and to impart his knowledge to willing students. For him, the journey to Black Belt and the opportunity to be tested at the highest levels is nothing more than an opportunity to learn powerful skills for success in all aspects of life.

During his stretch as national champion, Richard continued teaching karate at his school in Lismore, from where he developed Australia’s most successful club team of the 90’s, including some of the nation’s “super” champions such as Dean Marshall, Todd Usher, Matthew Walker, and Marcus Duroux. His school was named “Success,” apt for the great competitors and level of success it had produced. In recognition of these exploits, he was awarded the prestigious title of Queensland Karate Club Coach of the Year in 2001.

“I believe strongly in leading by example and I’m committed to showing others how to believe in themselves, how to be fit and healthy, how to understand that striving to be your best is far more important than winning or losing, how to have a life of purpose, how to be champions, to be leaders and not followers, and how to be successful not only in karate, but also in whatever else they want to achieve in life, no matter what their age. That’s what this school is all about.”

COACHING AND HONOURS

Year Coaching and Honours
1983 Arjuken Karate Association of Australia, Instructor of The Year
1989 Lismore City Australia Day Sports award, Sports award
1994 Australian Karate team, Oceania Championships, Tahiti, Captain/Coach
1995 Australian Karate team, Oceania Karate Championships, New Caledonia, Team Captain
1999 Inducted as Rainbow Region Living Karate Legend
2001 State Karate Club Coach of the Year
2007 Kids in Community Award for Mentoring Youth
2010 “Significant Contribution to Promotion of Martial Arts”, Australian Martial Arts Industry Award

COMPETITION RECORD INTERNATIONAL

Year Coaching and Honours
1989 Tasman Cup, New Zealand, 2nd Place Men’s Lightweight Division
1989 Empire State Nationals, New York City, Men’s Lightweight Division
1991 Asian and Pacific Championships, Auckland, New Zealand, Australian Rep, Men’s Lightweight Division
1992 Oceania Karate Championships, Sydney, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division, Gold Medalist Men’s Teams Event
1994 Oceania Championships Tahiti, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1995 Oceania Karate Championships, New Caledonia, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1996 World Karate Championships, Sun City, South Africa, National Rep, Men’s Lightweight Division

COMPETITION RECORD NATIONAL

Year Coaching and Honours
1988 National Karate Championships, Melbourne, State Rep Men’s 60-65kg Division
1989 Australia Cup Open Karate Championships, Sydney, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division
1989 National Karate Championships, Adelaide, State Rep Men’s 60-65kg Division
1990 National Martial Arts League Australian Titles, Brisbane, Runner Up Men’s Lightweight Division
1991 USDA Open National Challenge, First Place Men’s Black Belt Lightweight Contact Division
1991 National Karate Championships, Perth, >Bronze Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1992 Australia Cup Karate Championships, Sydney, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division/td>
1992 Oceania Selection Tournament, Sydney, Second Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1993 Australian Open Karate Championships, Brisbane, Bronze Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1994 Australian Open Karate Championships, Brisbane, Silver Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1994 National Karate Championships, Brisbane, Bronze Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1995 Australian Open Karate Championships, Perth, Silver Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1995 National Karate Championships, Perth, >Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division, Bronze Medalist Men’s Teams Event
1996 Australian Open Karate Championships, Sydney, Silver Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1996 National Karate Championships, Sydney, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
2012 National All Styles Australian Titles Melbourne, Third Place Mens Black Belt Lightweight Division
2013 Queensland State Championships, Super Vets Kumite Champion
2013 National All Styles Australian Titles Sydney, Veterans (over 40 years) Champion, Third Place Mens Black Belt Lightweight Division
2014 Queensland Summer Invitational Karate Championships, First Place Super Vets Kumite
2014 Queensland State Karate Championships, Super Vets Kumite Champion
2015 National All Styles Australian Titles Gold Coast, First Place Mens Black Belt Lightweight Division

COMPETITION RECORD STATE

Year Coaching and Honours
1989 NSW Koshiki State Contact Karate Titles, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division
1991 National Martial Arts League Queensland Titles, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division
1991 Queensland State Karate Championships, Gold Medalist Men’s Over 35 Years Black Belt Division
1992 NSW State Karate Championships, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1992 Queensland State Karate Championships, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
1993 Queensland Karate League, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division First Place Men’s Over 35 Years Division Most Spirited Male Competitor Award
1995 Queensland State Karate Championships, Gold Medalist Men’s Lightweight Division
2012 Queensland State Championships, Super Vets Kumite Champion
2012 Queensland National All Styles, First Place Veterans Point Sparring

COMPETITION RECORD REGIONAL

Year Coaching and Honours
1986 Queensland Southern Districts Open Martial Arts Championships, First Place Men’s Open Division
1987 Queensland Southern Districts Open Martial Arts Championships, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1987 Coffs Harbour Open Martial Arts Championships, First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1987 Summerland Open Karate Tournament, First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1988 Far North Coast Open Karate Championships, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1988 Summerland Open Karate Tournament, First Place Men’s Open Division
1989 Summerland Open Karate Tournament, First Place Men’s Open Division
1989 Far North Coast Open Karate Championships, First Place Men’s Lightweight Division First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1989 Coffs Harbour Open Martial Arts Championships, First Place Men’s Open Weight Division
1989 East Coast Karate League, 2nd Place Men’s Lightweight Division
1990 Summerland Open Karate Tournament, First Place Men’s Black Belt Division First Place Men’s Open Division