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

New Video released for Sparring Drills – Level 1

Master Wetherell and Sam Morgan from the Sutherland Dojang have released a fantastic video showing the first basic series of drills designed to improve your sparring skills in Hapkido.These drills are easy to do and will help you develop your posture, core stability, mobility, defence and attack positions without fear of being hurt or injured.

Black belts have been practicing these drills in the black belt classes with Master Wetherell so do not hesitate to ask your instructors to show you these drills, explain them to you in more detail and help you practice them during your next Hapkido class.

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Weekly Black Belt Classes with Master Brown now available at Pittwater Dojang

At Pittwater Dojang, the adult classes are now on Monday and Thursday evenings 7pm and also the Saturday morning 9am. The children classes remain unchanged.

There is also a Black Belt class on Tuesday nights 7pm – bring your weapons and your enthusiasm.

Master Kevin Brown

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Grading Results – Stanwell Park – 15 Aug 2013

Master Kevin Brown visited Stanwell Park Dojang, Wollongong on 15th August for a belt grading. The results are:

KIDS

Yellow Tip

  • Eamonn Gardner
  • Jayden Harris
  • Elliott Shaw
  • Aiden Bywater

Green Tip

  • Hugh Dillon

ADULTS

Yellow Tip

  • Phara Harris

Blue Tip

  • Jayden Currey
  • Josh Bower

 

It was a good grading, with 5 students going for their first grading & an overall improved performance in Self Defence.

Thanks to Master Kevin Brown for once again making the trip down to Wollongong.

Chris Currey, Stanwell Park Dojang

AHA Tournament Results – 25 Aug 2013 – Central Coast

Club Championship

1st – Central Coast
2nd – Stanwell Park
3rd – Sutherland
4th – Pittwater
5th – Eastern Suburbs
6th – Nabiac
7th – Redhead
8th – Glebe

Girl of the Tournament

1st – Joanna White (30pts) – Central Coast
2nd – Camellia Stenning/Stephanie Biviano (25pts) – Central Coast
3rd – Sharlotte Harrison (21pts) – Central Coast

Boy of the Tournament

1st – Dylan Villa (34pts) – Central Coast
2nd – Taylah Currey (32pts) – Stanwell Park
3rd – Josh Smedley (30pts) – Central Coast

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Sparring Workshop at Sutherland – Jim Sheedy – Freestyle Taekwondo Master – 31 July 2013

JSheedy2The Sutherland Hapkido Dojang received a special guest last Wednesday, Master Jim Sheedy – a Taekwondo master who has developed unique and effective methods for teaching sparring skills. Master Sheedy runs the Personal Self Defence Studio in Cronulla.

Master Sheedy’s style is influenced by the legendary Benny the Jet Urquidez along and decades of developing his unique freestyle Taekwondo that goes well beyond the Olympic sport of Taekowndo and incorporates hands, knees, elbows and very effective kicks.

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New batch of Instructors – Central Coast – Sunday 21 July 2013

On Sunday 21 July 2013 at the Tuggerah Hapkido Dojang, the following AHA students attended the Instructor Course and received this Instructor Certification – valid for 3 years:

  • Daniel Marie
  • Brett Davies
  • Brett Simm
  • Melissa Rees
  • Mick Collins
  • Craig Reay
  • Shane Cutland
  • Kelly Feetam
  • Michael Little
  • Aaron Wark
  • Mary White
  • Simon Callaghan
  • Raymond Cotterell
  • Rob Prescott
  • Gavin Mansfield
  • Pete Fam

Thanks also to Master Ron Rees for hosting the course and assisting throughout the course.