Interview series by Scott Wetherell – Part 2 – Master Matt Geister

Part two of a series of interviews recorded by Scott Wetherell as part of a project he was undertaking to document the Australian Hapkido Association, its history and what it meant to him. This is the first 30 minutes of a 90 minute interview. The camera man is Dean Stather. The interview was recorded around 2006. Master Geister shares a lot of his experience and wisdom in this interview – an inspiration for all students of Hapkido.

Sadly Scott passed away before he finished, but here is the one of those interviews – more to follow.

Grading at Redhead with Master Brown

Here is a group photo taken at the end of a recent grading conducted by Master Brown at the Redhead Hapkido Dojang. Redhead is located near Newcastle and is run by Mick Collins and his trusty black belts. The club was founded by Tup Moekaa who is currently living in Northern NSW.

Grading Sep 14What a great turn-out – looks like a very popular club with a large number of students and senior members to provide great tuition to … Continue reading

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.

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Video of Hapkido in Nepal

Annette Marie is Hapkido in Nepal 2over in Nepal during September to teach women at-risk in Kathmandu self-defence classes, women’s health classes and Chilean doll making classes. Last week Annette completed the first round of self defence classes over 5 days – 2hours per day.

These women have all been victims of violence and have never been shown how to defend themselves. They were very interested in the techniques and knowledge taught to them by Annette.

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New Readiness Assessment checklist for Black Belts

DSC_0169Are you thinking of going for your next Black Belt grading this year – or maybe next year?

Not sure if you are ready?

Want a structured aproach for working out where you need to work harder and to make sure that on your grading you are the best you can be?

Well the 5th degree masters of the AHA and Master Brown have put all their knowledge and experience together and produced a Black Belt Readiness Assessment checklist. … Continue reading

Grading Results – Brookvale – April 2014

Congratulations to the following Students who demonstrated that they were ready to move to their next belt level at our Northern Beaches Hapkido Grading Mon 7th April.

Kids Class (click here to see the photos)

  • Yellow Tip
    • James Deep
    • Anthony Schiro
  • Yellow Belt
    • Jack Barraclough
    • Angus Woollett
    • Gabrielle Lobb
  • Green Tip
    • Inan Asif
    • Matthew Van Brugge
    • Nathan Johnston
  • Green Belt
    • Ryan Donovan
    • Sophia Wall
    • Connor Callard
    • Bryn Callard
  • Blue Tip
    • Louis Wall
  • Blue Belt

Kids Hapkido Grading at Stanwell Park

On Thursday 27th March we had a successful & exciting KIDS Grading at Coalcliff  Community hall. 13 students graded to various levels ranging from 1st timers going for Yellow-Tip up to Blue belt. We had 2 successful board breaks, 1 with Stepping Side kick & the other with a Turning Back kick.

Results are:

YELLOW TIP

  • Ben Agnew
  • Owen Pederson
  • Marley Scott
  • Max Pedemont
  • Zach Pedemont

YELLOW BELT

  • Oliver Hausner
  • Eamonn Gardner
  • Jayden Harris

GREEN TIP

  • Matty Brown
  • Callan Scott

GREEN BELT

  • Sam Horton

BLUE TIP

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Photos from today’s Sydney Black Belt Class

Today’s Black Belt Class at Brookvale was well attended. Master Brown also introduced the new Black Belt Attendance Card that will record attendance to key AHA events like Black Belt Classes, Camps, Tournaments, Senior Gradings, etc.

Remember, the training does not stop once you reach Black Belt, it is not enough to know, you must understand, it is not enough to talk you must do, it is not enough to wear your uniform, you must sweat. Use every class to create a stronger, wiser, healthier version of yourself.

Click on the album below to see what fun we had today….

Good video of Danny Turner’s 4th Degree Grading

Here is a video from Danny Turner’s 4th Degree Grading from 2013. There are some great moments in there – good sparring moments and an all-round good display of skill – well done. Danny Turner is the instructor at the Eastern Suburbs dojang in Sydney if anyone is interested.

Glebe Grading Results – 26 Nov 13

The following students successfully graded on 26 Nov 2013 at Glebe Public School.

  • Shyamala Jayagopal – Yellow Belt
  • Andrew Hedges – Green Belt
  • Michael Clulee – Green Belt
  • Andrew Rumble – Red Tip
  • Ben Janiszweski- Red Tip
  • Silvia Cupik – Red Belt

Thanks to Master Brown braving the city traffic once again to examine our progress and Congratulations to all who graded successfully.  Certificates will be distributed once we are back from our break. 

Thanks, Gana

Inaugural Northern Beaches Hapkido Awards

Congratulations to our worthy recipients of our Inaugural Northern Beaches Hapkido Award.

This award is given to a student who has put in a fantastic effort throughout the year, has shown commitment in attendance at class, true Martial Arts spirit and focus in their training and most of all demonstrated that they are following a humble and respectful path on their Hapkido journey.

Adults Classes: Kim Ansems
Teenagers Classes:  Tim Cho
Kids Classes:  Luke O’Donnell

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Grading results from 2013 Senior Black Belt Gradings

The following students were successful in their 2013 Black Belt gradings:

1st Degree Black Belt

  • Jaxson Wilson – Byron bay
  • Michael Patterson – Byron Bay
  • Aloura Coombs – Byron bay
  • Martha Turner – Murwillumbah
  • Karla Zuluaga – Central Coast
  • Aaron Wark – Central Coast
  • Paul Mystakidis – Sutherland

2nd Degree Black Belt

  • Andrew Dunn – Brookvale
  • Russel Grierson – Castle Hill
  • Matthew Dunne – Castle Hill
  • Justine Lobb – Pittwater
  • Quintin Blackwell – Kempsey
  • Shane Cutland – Central Coast
  • Miguel Mesiti – Bondi
  • Garry Graham – Port Macquarie

3rd Degree Black Belt

A Night to Remember

Saturday the 2nd of November 2013 will go down as an important date in the history of the Australian Hapkido Association. After a grading that saw many graders tested to their limit, the annual award night saw an event that brought many old Hapkido practitioners out of retirement to witness Master Kevin Brown awarded his 7th Dan and Grandmaster Matthew Kim awarded his 8th Dan.

These promotions recognise the roles, past and present, these leaders have and do play in the development of our Art in Australia. They also demonstrate the growth and potential of the Hapkido Association which continues … Continue reading

Special groundwork workshop at Redhead Dojang – report from Craig Reay

This report was provided by Craig Reay on behalf of the Redhead Dojang Instructor – Mick Collins.

8Recently at our dojang in Redhead (near Newcastle), we ran a series of three groundwork seminars. These seminars were run by Jessica Malone and her father and former trainer Reg Malone. Both of our guest instructors are black belts in judo and Jessica is a former Olympian.  

7For our seminars to be a success, Jess … Continue reading