Aaron Johnston

Date Began Martial Arts: 1993

Aaron Johnstone is a Black Dragon Kai Senior Instructor. He began his martial arts training in 1993. Aaron has always been heavily focused on skills related to personal security, military close combat, and integration of traditional arts to enhance combat resilience. Aaron has had a long military career including deployments to East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is a former member of the 2nd Commando Regiment and a qualified Special Forces Close Quarter Fighting Supervisor. Currently Aaron is the Australian Army Combative Sergeant Major of the 7th Combat Brigade Combative Centre. He holds additional ADF roles as the Vice President of the ADF Martial Arts Association and President of the Integrated Combat Club Brisbane.

Martial Arts Ranks

  • Red/White Belt - Combative Sergeant Major ACP/KEF IC
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Freestyle Martial Arts
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Kwon Bop Do (Taekwondo)
  • 1st Degree Black Belt -  Jissen Budo
  • Black Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Instructor and Coaching Levels

  • Special Forces Close Quarter Fighting Supervisor
  • Army Combative Program Level 1, 2, 3 Instructor
  • Level 2 NCAS Australian Jujitsu Federation Coaching Course
  • KEF IC Instructor Course



  • Diploma of Leadership (Army)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Working with Children Blue Card



  • Silver Kai



  • President of Integrated Combat Club (Army)
  • Australian Defence Force Martial Arts Association
  • Veteran Grappling Instructor


Instructor at

Australian Army Combative Centre - 7th Brigade