Master Joe Ingrati

Director and School Owner, Master Joe Ingrati has been involved with martial arts since 1970. Inspired by martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Master Ingrati learnt judo and boxing at Burwood Police Citizen Youth Club in Sydney.

Later on, Master Ingrati was drawn to Taekwondo due to its spectacular arsenal of kicking techniques. Since then, he has moved into other areas such as:

  • Kenpo
  • Hapkido
  • Arnis
  • Kung Fu
  • Jiu-Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Tai Chi
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Silat
  • Wing Chun Kung Fu
  • White Crane Kung Fu
  • Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu
  • Pak Mei Kung Fu
  • Kanzen Jitsu
  • Muay Thai

JAI Highlights and Achievements

During the late 1980's and early 1990's, the JAI Demo Team was a selection of skilled individuals who would show off their skills while representing the club. The JAI Demo Team featured costumes, music, weapons and choreographed fight scenes to music. The team performed at festivals and fetes alongside the likes of Johnny Young and the Young Talent Time, Bill "Super Foot" Wallace, Tadashi Yamashita, Ernie Reyes Snr and Jnr and Cynthia Rothrock.

In the early 90's, the JAI Demo Team would come to a close as another chapter in the club's life begun. In 1993, the club became increasingly involved with competition and sent six students to Singapore for the "Singapore Annual Championships". Although being the clubs first major overseas tournament, the students were successful, with all students winning either Gold or Silver. This created a hunger for winning in sport Taekwondo. Over the years the club has continued its success in sporting endeavors, some accomplishments include:

  • 2001 - ACT Open Cup
  • 2000-2001 - NSW Best Overall Medal Tally Club
  • 1999-2002 - Best Overall Taekwondo Club in NSW
  • 1999 - NSW President Cup Winners
  • 1996 - University of New South Wales club of the year

Student Achievements include:

  • Selected to represent Australia in International Championships - Taekwondo and Muay Thai
  • Selected to represent Australia at the WAKO Junior World Championships
  • ACT Champions
  • State Champions - NSW
  • National Champions
  • Selected to participate in the Olympic Athlete Program (OAP)

Personal Highlights and Achievements

The JAI Demo Team didn’t only feature students, Master Ingrati would often participate in the shows, showcasing his individual talents and skills. With the ending of the JAI Demo Team, Master Ingrati then turned his attention to coaching. Since then, the clubs name has become a regular at Taekwondo tournaments throughout NSW. Master Ingrati's coaching success has led to many personal achievements, some of them include:

  • REGIONAL DIRECTOR for Kenpo Karate (first given outside of America) under the International Kenpo Karate Federation.
  • 2013: Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame: 'Outstanding Martial Artist'
  • Front Cover and Feature Article titled 'Excellence in Training' in Australiasian Taekwondo Magazine
  • 2012-2015 - Best Taekwondo School at the Taekwondo All Schools Tournament
  • 2001-2002 - Best Coach in NSW
  • 2001 - Australasia Hall of Fame: Taekwondo Instructor of the Year
  • 2001 - Australian Team Trainer at the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Jordan
  • 1998-1999 - Trainer of the Olympic Taekwondo "B Team" Athletes
  • 1998 - Coach of the Taekwondo Junior Championships in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1998 - Coach of the Australian Team training in Korea
  • 1998 - Coach of the NSW Team at the Commonwealth Taekwondo Games in Perth
  • 1997-1998 - NSW Taekwondo Australia State Coach
  • 1997 - Coach of the Australian Team at the US Taekwondo Open
  • 1996-2000 - NSW State Councilor for Taekwondo Australia
  • 1995 - Best Kenpo Club in Australia (Received 5 Star Rating from the United Kenpo Karate Association, New York)


Other achievements include:

  • 8th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt 
  • 8th Degree Kenpo Karate Black Belt - United Kenpo Karate Association, USA
  • Master Instructor, Master Examiner, Kyoshi - Kenpo Karate
  • 4th Dan Hapkido Black Belt - World Kido Association, Korea
  • Arjarn in Muay Thai under Master Toddy and the Muay Thai International Association (MTIA)
  • Kanzen Jitsu Black Belt
  • Certificate IV in assessment and workplace training
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in sport coaching: Martial arts
  • Level 1: National Coaching Accreditation Scheme - Australian Coaching Council
  • First Aid - St. John Ambulance
  • Awarded citation by World Taekwondo Federation President - Un Yong Kim for "Service and Contribution"
  • Awarded citation by Taekwondo Jidokwan President - Sung Wan Lee for "Promoting Taekwondo Overseas"

Martial Arts Training

Over the years, Master Ingrati has been trained in many styles by his peers. Some of them include:

  • Master Chang Seong Dong (Taekwondo)
  • Master Chong Won Lee (Taekwondo)
  • Master Chi Kwan Yun (Taekwondo)
  • Guru Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kune Do)
  • Guru Richard Bustillo (Grappling, Arnis, Thai Boxing, Jeet Kune Do)
  • Sifu Larry Hartsell (Grappling)
  • Mr Bill Wallace (Kicking)
  • Master Tadashi Yamashita (Karate)
  • Master Homer Alenadaf (Karate and Kanzen Jitsu)
  • Master Chai Sirasute (Thai Boxing)
  • Master Toddy (Muay Thai)
  • Master Wally Jay (Jiu-Jitsu)
  • Master Sam Gervasi (Jiu-Jitsu)
  • Master Jay T. Will (Kenpo)
  • Master Andrew Harris (Kenpo)
  • Master Dennis Conaster (Kenpo)
  • Sifu Xie Shouda (Thai Chi/Chi Kung)
  • Sifu Gary Lim (Kung Fu)