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, Northern NSW and Western Australia.

We are a 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.

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Next Sydney Black Belt Class – Sunday 27 May 2018 – Brookvale

This is the material to be covered during the Syllabus section of each Black Belt Class.
Sun 30 Jan

Core Techniques 1 to 15 – Master Brown and Daniel Marie

– 1st Degree – single attacker – static single hand grab – 50% resistance
– 2nd Degree – single attacker – dynamic single hand grab – 75% resistance
– 3rd Degree – two attackers (one at a time) – dynamic lapel grab – 75% resistance
– 4th Degree- two attackers (one at a time) – dynamic grabbing or punching – 100% resistance

Elective – Komdo – Daniel Marie
Elective – Haedong Komdo – Rob Prescott

Sun 27 Feb

Core Techniques – combining them together – Master Brown and Daniel Marie
– 1st Degree – 2 up (5)
– 2nd Degree – 3 up (5)
– 3rd Degree – 4 up (5)
– 4th Degree – 5 up (5)
Elective – Knife fighting/defence – Tup Moekaa and Daniel Marie

Sun 27 Mar

Sword (Kom) Patterns 1, 2 & 3 – Daniel Marie and Matt Geister
– 1st Degree – standing – Matt Geister
– 2nd Degree – kneeling – Daniel Marie

3rd Degree – Poong Ryu Kom – Mitchell Wetherell and Steve Tamanini

4th Degree – Defence against Sword (Kom) – Master Brown and Daniel Marie

Sun 1 May

1st Degree – Sparring Techniques 1-5 – Master Brown

Pole (Jangbon)
– 1st Degree pattern #1 – Danny Turner and Samantha Sese
– 2nd Degree – pattern # 2 – Master Brown and Paul Janiszewski

4th Degree – Self-defence with the Belt (Po Bak Sul) – Master Brown, Matt Geister

Sun 5 Jun

Short stick (Danbon) Self Defence – Master Brown 
– 1st Degree – with a partner – David Beneke
– 2nd Degree – multiple grabbing – Tup Moekaa
– 3rd Degree – defence against Sword (Kom) – 8 Strikes – Daniel Marie
2nd Degree – Pole (Jangbon) 1-step sparring – Mitchell Wetherell and Danny Turner
3rd Degree – Double short swords (Dan Kom) – Ron Rees and David Beneke
4th Degree – Self-defence with the Fan (Bu Chae Sul) – Daniel Marie and Matt Geister

Sun 10 July

1st Degree – Advanced Wrist Techniques (10) – Matt Geister

2nd Degree – Arresting Techniques (10) – Mitchell Wetherell

Sun 31 Jul

One-step sparring lockup – Master Brown
– 1st Degree – against grabs
– 2nd Degree – against jab/cross

2nd Degree – Sparring against 2 opponents – Mitchell Wetherell and Sam Morgan

3rd Degree – Walking cane (Ji Pang Yee) – Matt Geister and Marc McDonald

3rd Degree – Self Defence against Self Defence – Daniel Marie and Paul Janiszewski

 
Sun 28 Aug

1st Degree – Defence Against Throwing – Daniel Marie and Mitchell Wetherell

Momentum Self Defence – Master Brown

Sun 18 Sep – Date changed to allow for Northern NSW Spring Camp on 23-25 Sep

Breaking Techniques – Master Brown
– 1st Degree – Double front kick or Turning kick off a wall
– 2nd Degree – Jumping Back Kick (2 boards) or Scissor Kick (2 boards)
– 3rd Degree – drop board punch and stepping side kick.


Sun 30 Oct

Groundwork/Grappling – Ron Rees with other students who have studied BJJ or Judo
Syllabus Revision – time to ask seniors for specific assistance in areas you find difficult.


Sun 04 Dec (Nov date changed due to Black Belt Grading)

Special surprise training with Korean Guest Instructorsm – Master Ryoo and Master Kim from the Hapkido College of Australia.

These monthly Black Belt Class are critical to your progression – if you attend each of the sessions you will be taught everything you need to know for your next grading by some of the most knowledgable senior Black Belts in our association.

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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

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

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

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

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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Interview with Grandmaster Ji Han Jae by David Middleton

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

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

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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

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.

Results from the 2016 AHA Hapkido Tournament

Results from the 2016 AHA Hapkido Tournament

Here are the results!!

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Club champions

Placing

Club

Points

No of Entrants

Average points per entrant

1

Pittwater

383

24

15.96

2

Northern Beaches

327

23

14.21

3

Central Coast

266

14

19

3

Stanwell Park

96

6

16

5

Sutherland

89

5

17.8

6

Redhead

81

8

10.125

7

Glebe

18

1

18

Trophies

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

Hapkido in Vanuatu – report from Arna Baartz

Hapkido in Vanuatu – report  from Arna Baartz

Yesterday I met Rex the instructor at Vanuatu Hapkido 

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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 … Continue reading

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

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