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.

Sydney Black Belt Grading for 2016 – Pittwater Dojang – 1pm Sat 26 Nov 2015

This year’s Sydney Black Belt Grading will be held at the Pittwater Sports Centre on Saturday 26 Nov 2016 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.

Korea Goodwill Hapkido Trip in 2017 – with Malaysian Hapkido Master Julian Lim


We have found out on the Hapkido grapevine that Master Julian Lim, a Hapkido teacher from Malaysia is organising a Korea Goodwill Trip for Hapkido students. There is an opportunity for Hapkido students from the AHA to join in.

Hapkidoists from around the world are going: Malaysia; Canada (GM Ooi HL); UK (GM Adrian); Bahrain (KJN Hassan); Singapore (GM Sunny Tan and KJN Roy); Indonesia (YTM Irad and KJN Iskandar); China (GM William); Australia (MST Nigel); UAE (BSN Tamim).

Here is a summary of the training schedule (subject to change):

Fri 24 Mar 2017

  • Arrive Seoul
  • Visit MooSoolSa and KSD MA Stores.
  • Hotel Check In

Sat 25 Mar 2017

  • Take train to Korea HapKiDo Federation HQ dojang. Training from 1030am to 4pm.
  • Morning session is 2 hours of Self Defence; afternoon session will be 2 hours of TaekKyon.
  • Training Officer will be GM JU Ung-Seo. Head officer is GM BAE, Sung-Bok.

Sun 26 Mar 2017

  • Korea DaeHan KiDoHwe (Koreas’ Oldest Martial Art Association)
  • Morning session is 2 hours of Self Defence; afternoon session will be 2 hours of GumDo.
  • Conducted by SEC-GEN GM Samu Chong Jang-Nim HWANG Young-Jin.
  • Dinner with GM HWANG

Mon 27 Mar 2017

  • Korea GongKwon YuSul (HKD) under GM KANG JUN 9 Dan
  • ITF HQ Korea with MST Sean Yu, Vice Sec-Gen.

Tue 28 Mar 2017

  • GM CHOI, Suk-Hwan, 9 Dan CKA HapKiDo, previous Head of the KHF Demo Team.  
  • GM Choi is a very gifted and impressive HKD master, and a technical wizard)
  • Dinner with GM CHOI 7pm to 9pm.

Wed 29 Mar 2017

  • Korea HapKiDo Union
  • Conducted by GM KIM NAM-JAE
  • GM KIM is a true gentleman and technician extraordinaire, formerly one the most senior KHF GMs.

Thu 30 Mar 2017

  • Korea World TukKong MooSool (ROK Army Special Forces)
  • Army pick up from Hotel; training session with ROK Army Special Warfare Command instructors
  • Dinner with GM COL LIM WOONG-HWAN

Fri 31 Mar 2017

  • Morning Poomse training with photo shoot with GM SHIM of CDK from 1030am to 1pm in the KKW (tentative or alternative).
  • Afternoon military CQC session with GM KIM Yong-Ho of CDK 2pm to 430pm.
  • Presentation of Certificates by KukKiWon President Dr OH Hyun-Deuk (tentative).
  • End of trip dinner at 8pm.

Sat 1 Apr 2017

  • Free time – shopping

Sun 2 Apr 2017

  • Fly back home.

Approximate Costs (may be different for Hapkido students from outside Malaysia – need to check with organisers):

  • Flights and airport transfer – not included.
  • Hotel Accommodation (twin share) includes Breakfast – approx US$700 per room. Triple share rooms also available.
  • Training Fees – approx US$800
  • Organisers require 50% of hotel fee by 10 Nov 2016 and the remainder 50% by 30 Dec 2016 (or arrange your own accommodation).
  • Organisers also require 50% of the training fee by 3 Jan 2017 and the remainder in cash in Korea (USD).

Contact for more informationjlim@jlim.net +60123003636

Information Document from Organisers – click Download Button



This trip is not being organised by the AHA – Master Julian Lim has kindly offered the opportunity for AHA Members to attend (if there is space). This information is indicative only – anyone interested in going will need to confirm details with the organiser (contact details above). Master Julian Lim is based in Malaysia and has organised many Korea Trips. He says this will probably be the last one he organises for a large group.

Sparring Session – Hapkido vs Hapkido vs Taekwondo – 2 hours of fun and learning – 3pm to 5pm – Sat 5 Nov 2016 – Bexley

We are having a combined sparring session for AHA students and Giant Martial Arts students and James Sheedy’s Taekwondo students. Giant Martial Arts have a fantastic fully equipped gym in Bexley. Anthony and Giorgio Repice have kindly offered their gym for this event.

We thought it would be good to do something on the ‘south side’ of Sydney to make it more accessible to students from Glebe, Sutherland and Stanwell Park. Of course students from any of our clubs are welcomed – Brookvale, Pittwater, Castle Hill, Hornsby Heights, Central Coast, Redhead, Taree, Port Macquarie, Northern NSW, Melbourne – come on down!!

The aim of the session is to provide advanced students the opportunity to spar safely against someone they are not used to sparring in a co-operative environment.

The session will be mainly about giving you time ‘in the ring’ – time to try and get the simple things right – timing and distance.

Here is how it will work:

  • Open to Blue Belt and above (or experienced in sparring – ask your instructor) members from Australian Hapkido Association or members from Giant Martial Arts.
  • Women and teenagers welcome.
  • No uniforms – T-shirt or rashie with shorts or track-pants.
  • 16oz boxing gloves, shin guards, groin guard and mouth guard compulsory – headgear recommended.
  • 2 min rounds with 1 min break. 
  • Change partner after 2-3 rounds.
  • We will try to match partners by size regardless of grade.
  • Can go to ground (keep gloves on) – when on ground can tap and resume standup sparring anytime – if you both want to keep rolling stay on the ground.
  • Take into account injuries or preferences of your partner (eg. limited ground-work due to neck or shoulder injuries – or no leg kicks due to knee or leg injuries).
  • No techniques that can’t be pulled or controlled.
  • No referees – you have to look after each other – co-operative sparring – light contact – there is no ‘winner’ just ‘learners’!
  •  Tell your partner if they are hitting too hard – talk to you partner during sparring.
  • Can stop anytime for a break – can resume anytime (no-one is judging).
  • If anyone loses their cool they will be told to go home.
  • Everyone should finish the day with no injuries and a bit better at real sparring.

Location: Giant Martial Arts – 170 Stoney Creek Rd, Bexley NSW 2207

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Cost per participant $20.

Reservations: Daniel Marie – TXT to 0411 612 904

Booked in Attendees

  1. Daniel Marie – AHA
  2. Mitchell Wetherell – Sutherland AHA
  3. Anthony Repice – Giant MA
  4. Giorgio Repice – Giant MA
  5. Sam Morgan – Sutherland AHA 
  6. Christoph Beck – Sutherland AHA
  7. Gana Muniandi – Glebe AHA
  8. Edwin Clatworthy – Sutherland AHA
  9. Kenny Foo – Sutherland AHA
  10. Steve Winkelmeier – Sutherland AHA
  11. Sean Laginikoro – Glebe AHA
  12. Reno Leuc – Sutherland AHA
  13. Liz Brown – Sutherland AHA
  14. Anna Pomroy – Glebe AHA
  15. Your name? TXT 0411 612 904 to book – easy!

Results from the 2016 AHA Hapkido Tournament

Here are the results!!


Club champions




No of Entrants

Average points per entrant







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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.

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

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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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.