He’s trained with Vince Vaughn, Michael Jackson’s son Prince, and even sparred with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, but around Shepparton Scott Butler is known as your local real estate agent.
Humble and relatively quiet about his achievements, Butler just returned from an expedition in Okinawa, Japan, which saw the father of three graded with his 5th Dan Black Belt in karate and 4th Dan Black Belt in Kobudo (weaponry).
‘‘It is a huge achievement, it was really a big honour to train with some of the Senseis at the home of karate,’’ Butler said.
‘‘I was given the number one mantle by Senaha Sensei out of all the 65 Australians that were training at the time.’’
Butler has travelled to and from Japan more than five times, however in 2009 the jack of all trades and a near master of three took up his third discipline, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
‘‘I was looking for a ground discipline and I wanted to teach my young boy something and I saw that Grace Jiu-Jitsu had a bully-proof program for kids,’’ Butler said.
‘‘I looked into it a bit more, learnt a bit about it and then I was hooked on that, too.’’
Butler has since graded as Purple Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
‘‘I’m very fortunate to be learning in all three disciplines from either the founders or from the people who have been taught by the founders,’’ Butler said.
The past three decades have seen Butler cross paths with actors, TV stars, sportsmen and celebrities, however they are just like any other person to him.
‘‘You meet a variety of different people along the journey and Vince Vaughn, Ed O’Neill and all the other guys are just like me and you — they are normal people and very good guys,’’ Butler said.
Butler, now an ICP-qualified Gracie instructor, runs Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Shepparton with his wife Elizabeth - and the martial artist now coaches more than 100 students.
‘‘I spend 20 hours training and then probably another 10 hours teaching, my life is pretty full-on having to also run the real estate business,’’ Butler said.
Butler has been participating in karate for 32 years, Kobudo for 19 and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for eight, however it is impossible for him to declare his love for one over another.
‘‘I have been doing karate for the longest amount of time, but to be honest I love them all the same, they are all similar but yet so different in their own right,’’ Butler said.
Asked whether he could continue his incredible feat of managing three disciplines for years to come, Butler was hopeful but also realistic.
‘‘I’d love to, but I am getting a little tired,’’ he said with a laugh.