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. Master Brown is shown in the photo receiving an award from the AHA Founder Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim.

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.

Sparring Session – Hapkido vs Hapkido – 2 hours of fun and learning – 1pm to 3pm – Sat 19 May 2018 – Bexley

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

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 or too aggressive – 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.

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

When: Saturday 19 May 2018 from 1pm to 3pm

Cost per participant $20.

Reservations: Daniel Marie – TXT to 0411 612 904

Booked in Attendees

  1. Daniel Marie – AHA
  2. Anthony Repice – Giant MA
  3. Giorgio Repice – Giant MA
  4. Mitchell Wetherell – Sutherland AHA
  5. Sam Morgan – Sutherland AHA
  6. Dan Draper – Glebe AHA
  7. Steve Winklemeier – Sutherland AHA
  8. Your name? TXT 0411 612 904 to book – easy!

News from the North – Sat 9 Dec 2017 – Best Grading Ever at Stokers Siding Hapkido Dojang!

Submitted by Phil Eizenberg – Instructor at Stokers Siding – Northern NSW

It was congratulations all round to 32 members of the Northern Rivers Australian Hapkido Association who at 9:30 AM on that day started their grading procedures watched over by Master Steve Tamanini from Sydney and instructors from Stokers Siding, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay and Murwillumbah.

It was the first for some time that students from White Belt to Black Tip had gathered in one Dojang for an annual end of year event.

To quote Master Steve Tamanini, “it was the best grading I have ever seen”. Some call from such an experienced martial artist.

The black belt candidates, Arna Baartz and Grace Finardi displayed outstanding performances for their successful completion of the black belt grading. Two women of exceptional skill and fortitude to join the growing ranks of black belts in the Australian Hapkido Association.

Daniel Potts, also successful in achieving his black tip, was another candidate who was pushed to the limits of his physical and mental barriers.

In the 100 year Stokers Siding – Dunbible Memorial Hall, the AHA curriculum was unfolded for all to see. It’s not often that this occurs.

4th dan instructors Phil Eizenberg, Tup Moekaa, Dom Spreckley, and recently graded to 4th dan Eli Dutton, along with 2nd dans Helen O’Carrol and Martha Turner, with Craig Elliot from Newcastle, assisted Master Steve Taminini in the grading process.

Hapkido on display was the order of the day and the standard of all the students was as good as it ever gets. Talented martial artists in the making. All training for a peaceful world and the good of society.

Master Steve Tamanini gave a seminar the following day, Sunday the 10th at the Stokers Dojang which was enthusiastically received by all those who attended.

What a great weekend. Seasons greetings to you all from all of us in the North.

Phil Eizenberg

Northern NSW Hapkido Grading – report from Master Steve Tamanini

Last weekend I had the pleasure of overseeing the Regional grading on Saturday and run a seminar on Sunday, which was held at Stokers Siding, for the Northern NSW clubs.

It was a big grading of 32 students covering every belt from White to Black tip.

I have to congratulate all the instructors / black belts ( that assisted ) at their respective clubs, you are doing a great job which showed through your students who attended.

What an amazing grading, from the first the first minute when Tup was letting the students know how the grading was going to run, to the last punch, 4 hours later, the intensity, focus, spirit and technique didn’t wavier, I have never seen so much discipline and etiquette in a grading. 

A special mention to Daniel ( red belt ), Arna and Grace ( black tips ) who were up being  pushed at every stage. It was a very hot day and even hotter in the hall.

Congratulations to Arna and Grace on receiving their Black Belts.

Dom, Phil, Martha thanks for your support at the grading table. Eli I think you worked as hard as the students demonstrating, well done.

Thanks to Helen for your help with the grading and Craig from Redhead who came up to help and participate in the seminar on Sunday great effort guys.

To Mark and Trish, thanks once again for your hospitality, it was much appreciated, thank you.

To Tup, my personal driver :-)) thank you, had lots of fun and a great time sightseeing.

Thanks all I had a great weekend.


Steven Tamanini

2017 Scott Wetherell Award goes to Tupuna Moekaa

To honour the life and memory of Master Scott Wetherell a special award was created in 2009. This award is called “Keeping the path and continuing the Journey” and is a tribute to what was important to Scott and is awarded each year to a black belt who has been loyal to Hapkido, has applied themselves diligently to their study and practice of Hapkido and who has given something to the ongoing development and growth of Hapkido.

On Saturday 25 Nov 2017 the award of this trophy was conducted by Master Mitchell Wetherell and was awarded to a most deserving recipient, Tupuna Moekaa.

Tup has contributed much to the association and is also an inspirational and dedicated instructor and practitioner. Tup started his Hapkido journey in the Central Coast Dojang and spent many years teaching in the Lake Munmorah Dojang. Currently Tup lives in Northern NSW and makes regular appearances at Mullumbimbi, Murwillumbah and Byron Bay. Tup has developed a lot of his own personal skills and knowledge – particularly in the areas of knife, sparring and grappling. Tup is an awesome Hapkido artist and we look forward to the heights he can take Hapkido to in the future.

Thankyou Tup for the high standard you have set for you and your students, and for the training we have shared with you. We look forward to much more in the future. 


Black Belt Grading Results – Nov 2017

Here are the results from the Black Belt Grading held in Sydney on Saturday 25 Nov 2017:


  • Stephanie Biviano
  • Kate Beneke
  • Adam Thorley
  • Chad Geister
  • Will Hurst
  • Edwin Clatworthy

  • Luke Anglicas
  • Chris Currey
  • Andrew Dunn

  • Eli Dutton

  • David Beneke
  • Trish Butterworth

Master Wetherell visits Byron Bay – special report

We had another fantastic weekend of training up north.

It was great to have Sam Morgan along helping students and instructors with his extensive sparring and self defence knowledge. Also this year Superman Chris Currey was able to train and assist with the seminars.

It was a busy schedule for the weekend, the focus was working simple sparring and movement drills for students coupled with practical self defence. It was great to see the enthusiasm of everyone who attended and the quality of Hapkido is a credit to all the instructors.

I had the opportunity to put the instructors through their paces and they didn’t disappoint.

A big thank you to Eli and Amy for looking after myself and Sam and Helen for putting up with Chris!

Train hard and hope to see you all again next year …..

Master Mitch Wetherell


Click on the links below to see great video of some highlights of what Master Wetherell taught.

AHA Competed in AMAC Newcastle – amazing results

Four Competitors from the Central Coast Hapkido Club attended a AMAC tournament in Newcastle today. Congratulations to Master Ron Rees and the Central Coast Hapkido Dojang.

Muurruun Leha :

  • 2nd Patterns, 
  • 3rd Point score sparring, 
  • 1st Freestyle Sparring, 
  • 1st Contact Pont Sparring, 
  • 1st Freestyle Contact Sparring

Stephanie Biviano : 

  • 1st Traditional Weapons Patterns, 
  • 2nd Demonstration, 
  • 3rd Point Score Sparring, 

Shane Cutland : 

  • 4th Point Score Sparring, 
  • 4 Freestyle Sparring, 
  • 3rd Demonstration, 
  • 3rd Weapons patterns

Charlie Olivieri : 

  • 4th Patterns, 
  • 2nd Freestyle Sparring, 
  • 3rd Pont Sparring, 
  • 2nd Sword Combat.

Interview with Grandmaster Ji Han Jae by David Middleton

The following interview with Grandmaster Ji Han Jae was kindly provided David Middleton 4th Degree from Alstonville. It was conducted in 1996 and is a great read for any who wants to understand Hapkido’s roots from one of the originators of modern Hapkido. 

Recently Grand master Ji Han Jae, 10th Dan and founder of Sin Moo hapkido was in Australia at the invitation of the Australian Hapkido Association. Grandmaster Ji conducted seminars in Sydney, the central coast, Byron Bay and Port Macquarie that were well attended by students of hapkido and tae kwon do.

Whilst on the Far North Coast we had the privilege to conduct an interview with Grandmaster Ji where we asked him about the early years of hapkido and the martial arts journey that resulted in his development of Sin Moo hapkido.

 There are a number of different histories of hapkido from those early turbulent times with little documentation for historians the use. This is Grandmaster Ji’s story in his own words.


I began training under Yong Sul Choi in Taegu when I was a freshman of Taegu Technical High School. He called his art that he had learnt in Japan yawara (aikijujitsu). In 1956 I moved back to my home city of An Dong where I received training from old man Lee who was a Taoist dosanim (wise man). Among his teachings I received instruction in breathing and weapons. In 1957 I moved to the capital city Seoul and began teaching calling the style hapkido. At that time nobody knew what was hapkido, what was yawara, nobody knew. 

I started teaching hapkido then everybody knew hapkido. In 1962, Korea had a coup detat. Before this time Korea and Japan had no import-export between them because they were enemies. Then the gates were opened and Japanese imports began to come into the country.

At that time I saw a Japanese aikido book and noticed that the chinese characters for hapkido and aikido were the same. so I took out the hap from hapkido and I formed the Kido association. Still until now they have the Kido association – Huh Il Wong (8th dan and professor at Myong Ji University) from Kuk Sool Won is associated with it. He is my student. When he was a brown belt he and Kim Byung Chun (8th dan and president of the Korean Hapkido Association) – they formed a school. Later proffessor Huh went to another school – that of In-hyuk Suh. At that time they had Kuk Sool Won hapkido , not Kuk Sool. Right now In-hyuk Suh is a grandmaster of Kuk Sool Won. He learnt yawara from Yong Sul Choi. He is one of my juniors – yawara side he is my junior. At the same time as learning yawara he learnt a style of chinese Kung fu..

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2016 Scott Wetherell Award goes to Gana Muniandy – instructor from Glebe


To honour the life and memory of Master Scott Wetherell a special award was created in 2009. This award is called “Keeping the path and continuing the Journey” and is a tribute to what was important to Scott and is awarded each year to a black belt who has been loyal to Hapkido, has applied themselves diligently to their study and practice of Hapkido and who has given something to the ongoing development and growth of Hapkido.

On Saturday 26 Nov 2016 the award of this trophy was conducted by Master Mitchell Wetherell and was awarded to a most deserving recipient, Gana Muniandy (instructor for Glebe).

Gana has contributed much to the association and is also an inspirational and dedicated instructor in Glebe dojang. As inscribed on the award – Gana has been keeping the path and continuing the Journey.

Thankyou Gana for the high standard you have set for you and your students, and for the training we have shared with you. We look forward to much more in the future. 

Grading Results – end of year Sydney black belt grading – 26 Nov 2016

Congratulation to the following new and improved black belts who were successful in their grading held at Pittwater Sport Centre in Sydney last Saturday 26 Nov 2016.

  • Kenny Foo (Sutherland) – 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Martha Turner (Murwillumbah) – 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Gana Muniandy (Glebe) – 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • Lewis Pink (Redhead) – 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Stewart Dwelly (Melbourne) – 1st Degree Black Belt.


The standard of Hapkido shown was very good with some excellent sparring and multiple self defence. Everyone was well prepared mentally and physically for the grading.

Video from Hapkido Sparring Session – Bexley – Nov 2016

Giant Martial Arts and students from the Sutherland and Glebe AHA dojangs met at Bexley last Saturday 5 Nov for a 2 hour sparring session.

The format was light cooperative sparring to improve our distance and timing while trying to keep it real. The bouts consisted of 3 two minute rounds with the same partner and then we rotated. This simple format was followed for most of the two hours, with a partner stretching round in the middle. At the end we all sat around and talked about what we thought we needed to improve and what had worked well.

Most of all though, everyone was very friendly and respectful and we had no serious injuries. The video below was taken from a camera just sitting in the corner.

Thanks to Anthony and Giorgio Repice from Giant Martial Arts for hosting this session at their fantastic Hapkido gym in Bexley.

Next session will be end of Jan 2017.

Results from the 2016 AHA Hapkido Tournament

Here are the results!!


Club champions




No of Entrants

Average points per entrant







Northern Beaches





Central Coast





Stanwell Park




















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.