1st Dan – Kyushin Ryu Jujitsu
NCAS Level 2
Sensei Tarik commenced training martial arts at the age of 11. Initially he began by training Jujutsu at Martial Arts Queensland under Sensei Matthew Cugola. Sensei Tarik quickly established himself as dedicated student with an eye for the details of techniques, leading him to progress through the first few kyu grades at a faster than usual pace. As a teenager, he completed a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (SIS20513) through Martial Arts Queensland and continued as an instructor for two years after completion. During this time he also dabbled in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu for a short period. This included competing in tournaments which produced a strong competition record. After these two years this he commenced his tertiary studies in 2018 which meant less training time. This prompted him to start cross-training with Kyushin Ryu as their timetable was more compatible with his study commitments.
The skills he had acquired through Martial Arts Queensland were strong foundations that he was able to apply, enabling him to adapt to the Kyushin Ryu style. Sensei Tarik remained with Kyushin Ryu primarily during this time, and his previously attained ranks were recognised based on the merit of his ability to apply the techniques of Kyushin Ryu. In 2021 he was awarded the rank of Shodan in Kyushin Ryu. He primarily trains with Kyushin Ryu, however also commits to studying Judo in which he actively competes, currently holding the rank of San Kyu as of 2022. He can be found training at all Dojos.
He is accredited by the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS) as a level 2 coach and holds a Positive Notice Blue Card issued by the Queensland Government.