Welcome to the Australian Hapkido Association web site

53947166_nThe AHA started in Sydney in 1980 and now has clubs throughout Sydney, Melbourne, the Central Coast, Hunter Region, Mid North Coast and Northern NSW.

We are a progressive not-for profit organisation led by Master Brown a 7th degree black belt with over 30 years experience in Hapkido.

On this web site you will find the latest news, articles, our syllabus and heaps of photos and videos. If you are interested in trying Hapkido take a look at the Club Directory to see if there is a club near you.

Results from the 2016 AHA Hapkido Tournament

Here are the results!!

Club champions




No of Entrants

Average points per entrant







Northern Beaches





Central Coast





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Black belt of the Tournament

  • Chris Currey  26pts – Stanwell Park
  • {2nd Shane Cutland  19pts – Central Coast}
  • {3rd Kristine Kjaer  17pts – Pittwater}
  • {3rd Luke Anglicas  17pts- Pittwater }

Woman of the Tournament

  • Stephanie Biviano  36pts – Central Coast
  • {2nd Melissa Windass  22pts – Northern Beaches}
  • {3rd Kim Ansems  19pts – Northern Beaches}

Man of the Tournament

  • Reno Leuc  27pts – Sutherland
  • {2nd Travers Hunt  24pts – Central Coast }
  • {2nd Jason Kingma  24pts – Central Coast }
  • {2nd Thomas Williams  24pts – Northern Beaches}
  • {3rd Lewis Pink  21pts – Redhead}

Girls of the Tournament

  • Jade & Jasmine O’Kane  34pts – Pittwater
  • {2nd India Hamblin  28pts – Northern Beaches}
  • {3rd Emily Parker  26pts – Pittwater}

Boy of the Tournament

  • Muuruun Leha  34pts – Central Coast
  • {Joel Van Duyl  28pts – Northern Beaches}
  • {Filip Novakovic 26pts – Northern Beaches}

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Hapkido on TV – Mel Thomas – Kyup Project – one amazing step towards ending domestic violence

Here is a heartwarming and inspirational story about Mel Thomas one of our AHA Blackbelts. She runs a Program named the Kyup Project aimed at exposing and helping stamp out Domestic Violence.

Mel has taken the lessons of Hapkido and her own life experience to truly improve the lives of so many girls and women. What are you doing with your Hapkido knowledge and skills to make the world a better place?

Mel started training Hapkido some 20 years ago with Greg Blandy and Dominic Salissicia in Glebe, then in Bondi. After a lengthy break having her children and focusing on her family, Mel has made her comeback to Hapkido and currently trains at Northern Beaches Hapkido under Master Matt Geister, and AHA Blackbelt training under AHA President Master Kevin Brown.

Go Mel!. Best of luck in your journey.

Check out our AHA Facebook page to see the video – click on the picture to see the Kyup web site.

Benny the Jet is coming to Australia in Oct 2016

BtJ2016Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez is not just a master of the ring, 5 times undefeated world champion and world renowned martial artist, he is a mentor to those who have had the privilege to know him.

His fight experience and skill set is second to his lessons on life, emotions and strength.

The following highly recommended seminars are available in Oct 2016.


Photos from recent seminar at Sutherland with Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim – AHA Founder

A fabulous treat for the AHA students to have our founder, Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim conduct a wonderful seminar. His wealth of knowledge and explanation of techniques were greatly appreciated by all who attended.


Hapkido in Vanuatu – report from Arna Baartz

Yesterday Ross and I met Rex the instructor at Vanuatu Hapkido 


It was great to play and train and simply be in the company of such a beautiful, humble soul. They have been training primarily ground grappling but were really excited to see and train the white belt release techniques, it was wonderful to watch!
Although yesterday there was only the smiling, appreciative Max and Michel at class Rex has approx 17 students. They have been training for about a year on the Korman sports ground just outside Port Vila,  as they haven’t yet sourced a permanent sheltered venue.
Rex’s earned his blackbelt in Fiji, from his master who had been invited from korea to train Fijian troups. 
He asked us to send his regards to the Hapkido family in Australia and said we all were welcome to train here any time. Ross and I will definitely be back! I have attached some photos if you would like to see/share on the website. 
Lots of love 
Arna – northern NSW Hapkido 

Sparring Seminar held last Sep by Master Mitchell Wetherell

A video has just emerged from a sparring seminar conducted by Master Mitchell Wetherell last September in Sydney, Australia (thanks to Ryan Tarran a black belt from Sutherland Hapkido).

In case you were not there you can view this video and see what great concepts and sparring drills Master Wetherell shared with the students on that day and practice them with your training partners.

Also when Master Wetherell has another seminar you will know it is definitely worth making the effort to attend.

Grading Results – Tuggerah – Sat 2 Apr 2016

P1010357 (2)Here are the results of a recent grading held at Tuggerah Dojang:

  • Stephanie Biviano – Black Tip
  • Muurruun Leha – Red Belt
  • Travers Scala – Blue Belt
  • Alex Knowles – Blue Belt
  • Imogen Scala – Blue Tip
  • Krystal Maloney- Green Tip
  • Alex Cha – Yellow belt

Master Ron Rees – Central Coast Hapkido

Rest in Peace – Keith Collins – student of Central Coast Hapkido

Keith CollinsYou may have seen news last week about a shocking murder that occurred in a restaurant at Hornsby in Sydney. Click here to see news item.

The victim was Keith Collins – a Hapkido student from the Central Coast. 

It has been some time since Keith trained with us at Central Coast Hapkido, but his bright outgoing personality and easy friendly manner has not been forgotten. The lives of many of the Club members both present and past have been touched by Keith. His senseless death is a blow to us all.

We will always remember his love for his children and the encouragement he gave to them in Hapkido as well as football and all aspects of their lives. Our thoughts go out to his surviving family members.

Master Ron Rees – Central Coast Hapkido

AHA Autumn Training Camp – 29 April -1 May 2016 – Myuna Bay

The camp is a great mix of training and fun that will allow you make a huge leap in your understanding of Hapkido and at the same time meet other like-minded martial artists. In this environment you get to meet and train with other students and instructors – including our 5th-dan masters and direct training under Master Brown – all of whom will provide new challenges and assistance– this sometimes includes ‘Aquakido’, where Hapkido meets the swimming pool!

DEADLINE for Registration – 8 April 2016. 


Full Camp

  • Adult (18 years of age and over) – training and non-training – $220
  • Non-training parent/guardian supervising one or more training child/ren – $165
  • Child (5 to 17 years) – training and non-training – $165
  • Preschooler (2 to 4 years) – nil

Day Only (includes lunch)

  • Saturday – $75
  • Sunday – $55
  • Non-training parent/guardian supervising 1 or more training child – Please ring Melissa


Myuna Bay Sports and Recreation Centre is located 1 hour drive north of Sydney or 40 minutes drive south of Newcastle. 


The full camp price includes all meals and accommodation from Friday evening till Sunday after lunch. Note the last training session of the camp is Sunday morning 9am to 12 noon, followed by lunch and tidy up of the lodges. Most people depart by 2pm, although we have access to the site until 4pm. 

Accommodation is in lodges, each of which is divided into a number of rooms with bunk beds and each of which has a large common area, covered outdoor seating area and common kitchen. This year we are using the large McGregor Lodge (where each room sleeps 6 people) and smaller The Vines Lodge (where each room sleeps 4 people). The lodges have heating and airconditioning and each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, fan and storage shelving.  Bring a pillow case (mandatory – camp rules) and either (1) a sleeping bag or (2) sheets and a doona, also toiletries. (Pillows are supplied). A suggested packing list will be provided closer to the camp weekend. 


To reserve your place at the camp you need to do the following by 8 April 2016:

  1. fill in the registration form* (click here to download AHA Camp Form 2016 ) and send in the completed form before the close date

  2. complete the Dept of Sport and Recreation’s online Medical and Consent form. The information that Sport and Recreation needs about you includes medical conditions, food related allergies (because our program is catered), special diets (because our program is catered), medication, emergency contact details and media consent.
    The Medical and Consent Form is available online and is easy to complete – a separate form is required for each attendee. Once you submit the form the information is sent to the Centre so the staff can prepare for your visit. Please complete the Medical and Consent Form at https://sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/facilities/medicalandconsentform
    When you complete that form please enter the following details: 
    – Booking Number:        468455
    – Booking Start Date:     29/04/2016
    – Booking Venue:          Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre

  3. make your payment (internet banking,, direct deposit cheque or money order) – please do NOT give your money to your instructor – it must be paid directly to the AHA.

  4. notify your instructor of your intention to attend, so that your name can be added to his/her master list.


  • Cheque/money order – make cheque payable to the Australian Hapkido Association and send to:
       Australian Hapkido Association
       PO Box 3469
       Tuggerah  NSW  2259
  • Internet Banking – transfer funds to the AHA:
       BSB: 062190,
       Account Number: 10101231
    and email or post completed form and payment receipt to the address above (please put “camp – <your name>” in the deposit description).

  • Direct Deposit – Deposits can be made to the Australian Hapkido Association at any Commonwealth Bank: 
       BSB: 062190
       Account Number: 10101231
    and email or post completed form and payment receipt to the address above (please put “camp – <your name>” in the deposit description).


If you have any further questions please contact Melissa Rees by email: melissa_rees63@yahoo.com.au or on 0403 814 347 (anytime weekends but please not between 9.00am and 5pm weekdays).

Congratulations to Master Kevin Brown – 20 years at the helm

12313639_1467076976644155_4397650027446035289_nFor those of you who could not be with us at the AHA end of year Dinner and Presentation Night, there was an important award presented worthy of mentioning again.

Congratulations to our Master Kevin Brown. This year commemorates 20 Years for Master Brown taking over the reins of the AHA from Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim. In his capacity of President and Technical Director of the AHA, Master Brown has continued to inspire us all and strive to maintain the high standards of Hapkidoists within our Association.

Another milestone for Master Brown is the fact that this year is his 30th year of teaching Hapkido on the Northern Beaches. 30 years ago he arranged for Grandmaster Kim to come across and help him establish a Hapkido club in Curl Curl.

Master Brown went on to open many clubs along the beaches , before consolidating them all in the one full time Dojang in Pittwater Rd , Brookvale. His duties with the AHA took him away to take on a national role with the AHA.

Today, he runs another successful Hapkido school at Pittwater Sports Centre and continues his leadership and journey with the AHA. Congratulations and thanks from the AHA and on behalf of all its members.

Sydney Black Belt Grading – Saturday 21 Nov 2015 at Pittwater Dojang

The annual black belt grading was held on the Sat 21 Nov 2015. Congratulations to all those who graded.

Here are the results:


  • Lee McDonald – Pittwater
  • Mikael Svanstrom – Pittwater
  • Silvia Cupik – Glebe
  • Peter Buckworth – Central Coast
  • Adam Stayfer – Melbourne
  • Paul Maxwell – Melbourne


  • Michael Heterick – Redhead
  • Jason Sellers – Sutherland


  • Michael Sladden – Northern Beaches


  • Master John Ansley – Pittwater

Long awaited grading for Ryan at Sutherland Hapkido

Ryan Tarran started training at Sutherland Hapkido under Master Scott Wetherell 23 years ago. He now trains under Master Mitchell Wetherell and had been a red belt for close to 20 years! In Oct 2015 the stars lined up and Ryan finally had his very own black belt grading.

Due to Ryan’s busy work schedule this was his only opportunity to prevent another year from going by wearing his red belt! He passed! Congratulations to Ryan, his instructor Master Mitchell Wetherell and all his training partners who helped Ryan prepare and put him through his paces on the day.

Northern NSW Hapkido – Workshop Weekend – Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep 2015

The Northern NSW Hapkido clubs hosted a weekend of Hapkido Workshops on the last weekend of September 2015. The workshops were held in Murwillumbah. The guest instructor was Daniel Marie from Sydney. Hapkido students from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Stokers Siding participated in this series of workshops. This weekend was an opportunity for students to revise the basic principles of Hapkido that underpin all techniques and to learn loads of new stuff. This is what was covered in the series of workshops over the weekend.

Sat 26 Sep 2015

  • 9-10am – Warm-up – clinch, underhooks, arm drag, single leg takedowns, whizzer and then putting all that together.
  • 10-11am – Ground rounds – basic knowledge then lots of grappling – guard, half guard, side control, mount defence, butterfly guard, spider guard.
  • 11-12 – Patterns – program those fine motor skills
  • 1-2pm – Gloves Galore – drills to help develop a solid defence on an agile platform
  • 3-5pm – Drills and kicks

Sun 27 Sep 2015

  • 9-10am – Knife defence – tapi tapi, pass, stop and then against wall
  • 10-11 – Sparring – how to develop confidence and skills – mixing up kicks, punches, takedowns and groundwork.
  • 11-12 – Multiple grabbing – the 5 mortal sins

Thanks also to Master Geister from Sydney for attending on Saturday and helping out.

Norther NSW Workshops Sep 2015

Daniel Marie presented a series of workshops to the students of Northern NSW Hapkido clubs


Photos from the recent AHA Annual Tournament

Congratulations once again to all who participated in the 2015 AHA Tournament.

Thank you to Ron and Melissa from Central Coast Hapkido who worked tirelessly to make the day a success.

Some more photos of the day have been made available thanks to Bruce England and Diana Lloyd, parents of Northern Beaches students.

The full selection of these pics can be viewed on the links below.

Photos provided by Bruce England: http://nbhapkido.com.au/gallery-aha-tournament-2015/

Photos provided by Diana Lloyd: http://nbhapkido.com.au/gallery-aha-tournament-2105-thanks-diana-lloyd/

AHA Annual Tournament Results – August 2015

Club of the Tournament

1st Northern Beaches (462 points)
2nd Central Coast (312 points)
3rd Pittwater (255 points)

Man of the Tournament

1st Lee McDonald Pittwater (36 points)
2nd Cory Mills Northern Beaches (29 points)
3rd Steven Mansfield Northern Beaches (28 points)
3rd Mikael Svanstrom Pittwater (28 points)

Woman of the Tournament

1st Stephanie Biviano Central Coast (34 points)
2nd Kim Ansems Northern Beaches (22 points)
3rd Gentleiss Westmore Sutherland (18 points)

Boy of the Tournament

1st Tim Cho Northern Beaches (34 points)
2nd Muurruunyandahl Leha Central Coast (32 points)
3rd Nikola Hajdukovic/Chad Geister Northern Beaches (30 points)

Girls of the Tournament

1st Jasmine O’Kane/Emily Parker Pittwater (34 points)
2nd Josie Lloyd Northern Beaches (25 points)
3rd Freya Svanstrom Pittwater (24 points)

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Sydney Black Belt Grading for 2015 – 21 Nov 2015

This year’s Sydney Black Belt Grading will be held at the Pittwater Sports Centre on Saturday 21 Nov 2015 starting at 1pm.

There will be our usual annual Hapkido dinner after the grading, the location is yet to be decided.

For remote clubs, don’t forget clubs can claim assistance from the AHA for costs associated with attending Sydney events – so don’t be afraid to ask. Plan ahead.

New video to help promote our Hapkido

Master Kevin Brown has completed a huge project to develop a promotional video to explain to the world what our Hapkido is about. It is a fantastic video that may look simple but has been several years in the making. Thanks also to Sam Dunworth (budding film maker) and the instructors and students who helped with the video for all the time and effort to produce this video.

Take a look – you will probably see yourself somewhere in the video. Share it with your friends and family so they know why you are away a couple of times a week, every week, all year around. Hopefully this video will explain your passion.