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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Last Classes for 2017 and First Classes for 2018 at your local club


Club Last Class 2017 First Class 2018 Brookvale EOY Party and Grading 11 Dec
Kids and Teens – Wed 13 Dec
Adults – Wed 20 Dec Kids and Teens – Wed 31 Jan
Adults – Wed 10 Jan Byron Bay Kids – Thu 14 Dec
Adults – Thu 14 Dec Kids – Tue 6 Feb
Adults – Tue 16 Jan Coopernook Tue 19 Dec Tue 16 Jan Diamond Beach Mon 18 Dec Mon 29 Jan Dural Thu 21 Dec  Tue 23 Jan  Glebe Wed 20 Dec Mon 15 Jan Hornsby Heights Wed 20 Dec … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

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Hapkido Road Trip 2017

Our 3rd annual Hapkido road trip is on again.

Tup and I will hit the road on Monday the 20th of November and train all the way down the east coast until we get to Sydney for the Black Belt grading on the 25th of November.

This year we will be joined by a number of AHA Black Belts along the way including:

  • Master Matt Geister
  • Dominic Spreckley
  • Matt Beyer
  • Helen O’Carroll
  • Craig Elliot
  • Stewart Dwelly
  • Chad Geister

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End of Year Party and Dinner – Sat 25 Nov 2017

Once again there will be an end of year celebration and AHA Dinner after the Black Belt grading in November in Sydney.

Here are the details:

  • Terry Hills Tavern from 6:30pm Saturday 25 November 2017
  • $35 per head – includes dinner
  • If you have special dietary requirements or want to buy your own dinner – just pay $10 entry and order your food separately.
    (see venue website for menu)
  • RSVP by Nov 13th

Please pay and register with your own Club Instructor.

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 … Continue reading

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.

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New series of Sydney Black Belt Classes starting from June 2017

Dear Black Belts (and Black Tips)

Master Brown has a very full schedule for 2017 and has asked the 5th and 6th Degrees to step up and take the black  belt classes.

There will be 6 black belt classes for the remainder of 2017. If attendance is good the format will continue for 2018.

The instructors will be Master Geister, Master Marie, Master Rees, Master Wetherell, Master Ansley and who knows, maybe even Master Tamanini.

All Sydney Black Belt Classes will be at the … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Hapkido Road Trip 2016 – it is on again!!

Once again, ou14494806_551803718363215_2397498203237028293_nr fabulous northern brothers in Hapkido, Tup and Eli, are getting into their Hapkidomobiles in Byron Bay and undertaking their annual Hapkido pilgrimage that culminates with the Black Belt Grading  in Sydney and a big party afterwards. Along the way they will experience many Hapkido adventures, visiting Hapkido clubs and beautiful training spots along the way, training and sharing their huge pool of knowledge.

Master Geister is going to join in on the way down for the last few … Continue reading

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.

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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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading