I was bullied as a child and it effected me deeply…martial arts saved me. It gave me the confidence and inner peace to be able to handle conflict. I have spent the last 30 years making an art form of conflict resolution. My vision is to be able to share my humble skills with as many men, women and children as possible so you too may have the warrior skills to empower every aspect of your life, becoming a better person, a better friend,a better partner and a better member of your community.
Andy Dickinson is one of the Martial Arts highest achievers. He has been studying martial arts and fitness for more than half his life. He has a 4th Degree Black belt in Taekwondo (WTF) and is the only non- Japanese to be trained and graded to Black belt by Japanese Masters in Japan in 2 of the most famous styles of Ju Jutsu; Daito Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu and Tenjin Shin Yo Ryu Ju Jutsu. He has been a member of the elite Daito Ryu Shinbukan Dojo in Japan for 20 years and is one of only a handful of non Japanese students world wide to be graded to 2nd Black Belt by Daito Ryu Master Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei.
In 2009 Andy was awarded a 2nd Dan Black Belt by Aso Sensei, founder of Submission Arts in Japan, Andy has spent many years travelling and studying many methods of martial arts world wide.
He has lived and studied Ju Jitsu and Judo in Japan, Taekwondo in Korea, stick and knife fighting in the Philippines, Thai boxing in Thailand, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu in America. He has also made in depth studies of kick boxing, boxing and wrestling. In more recent times Andy has has been training in the Russian Martial Art of Systema under Chief Instructor Vladimir Vasiliev in Canada and Alex Kostic from Serbia.
Andy is the Australian Director and one of the founding members of the International Sports Ju Jitsu Association and on 2009 was elected as President of the International Budo-Ju Jitsu Federation based in Tokyo Japan.
Andy Dickinson now devotes his time to expanding his training methods and philosophies at Northstar . The essence of his teaching is correct martial arts training is a great method of personal growth. It can be studied on the surface to get fit and learn self-defense and it can also lead to incredible changes in self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline and self knowledge. Students can use their training as a metaphor to break through barriers and achieve outstanding results mentally, physically and spiritually in everything they do.
Andy oversees Northstar which caters for over 1000 members. He is involved in every aspect of Northstar from answering phones and teaching children to training and grading students up to Black Belt and beyond.
In class, the motivation and energy of Andy is infectious. He can keep a group totally motivated and focused for the entire session, ensuring that you enjoy every minute of the work out. Andy Dickinson has helped thousands of students enjoy a better life through regular martial arts training.