Students who attended represented Stokers Siding, Murwillumbah, Tyalgum, Mooball, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay Dojangs.
The grading was run by Phil Eizenberg (4th Degree) from Stockers Siding who incorporated Hapkido technique and philosophy into the 3 hour session.
Within the course of the grading the audience saw White belts through to Blue belts display a high level of Hapkido ability.
The room was captivated as we saw Blue Belts break boards and under 8 junior belts from Tyalgum/Mooball Dojang demonstrate how it is technique, not size, that matters, with high cat rolls over crouching students.
Finesse and inspiration was also prevalent throughout the morning as all students including Black belts from all Dojang’s displayed agility, athleticism, focus and courage and all things that make Hapkido exciting.
Thank you to all the students who graded and to the Grading panel for their challenges and guidance throughout.
Thank you also to those Black Belts who assisted and to students who did not grade, but who came to support their fellow students, and a special thank you to Mark Fendley for hosting the grading and to Warwick Ford for his sharing of Hapkido History.
Warwick Ford – one of Matthew Kim’s first students from the City Gym!
Click on the image above to see Warwick in full action (from around 1980).
Australian Hapkido Association – Northern NSW
Our Terry Turner (Black Belt from Northern NSW Hapkido) participated in the Relay for Life to raise money for the Cancer Council. The event was held on the 10-11th March 2012. Terry’s team (Far North Coast Rural Fire Service) had to have one member walking at all times during the event.
The Tweed Valley effort raised
$58,000.00. The RFS Team (Terry’s team) raised $3,507.00 (some money to be registered
Terry (pictured below in uniform) won the award for the most
enthusiastic walker. Terry walked the most and looked the “prettiest”.
Terry personally raised
Liz Brown, 4th Degree from the Sutherland Club has introduced her children to Hapkido classes at the Stanwell Park Dojang run by Chris Currey.
Elise Brown (8) and Matthew Brown (5) are enjoying their training at the kids class at Stanwell Park.
Is there room in the AHA for another Master Brown? Well there had better be room for 3 more!
There is a new web site for Master Kang’s Gong Kwon Yusul dojangs in Australia and it looks really swish:
It has only just opened and for now lists the clubs throughout Australia. If you have any feedback or want to know more contact them through the Facebook link on the web site.
Saturday afternoon was a 4-hour seminar covering Knife Defense and Groundwork Games.
Sunday morning was a revision of Knife Defence and Hapkido techniques.
Sunday afternoon was a Gongkwon Yusul class and more Hapkido.
Some of the highlights of the weekend were:
- multiple grabbing with Tup in the middle
- grappling with some skilled students
- everyone being able to throw Daniel with Whip Throw (most students normally fail this test).
- massage warmup on Sunday morning
- a Gongkwon Yusul lesson with GKYS Instructor Andrew Mendlik
- Master Yun Sae Gwan techniques – so simple and yet so painful.
The standard in Melbourne was good – so thanks to Andrew Brownrigg and John Ansley for their excellent leadership.
Thanks also to Paul Mystakidis who came all the way from the Sutherland dojang in Sydney (at his own cost) to help out with the workshops.
I am walking in this event in our area on the 10th March to the 11th March 2012.
Our team, (Far North Coast Rural Fire Service) must have one member walking at all times during the event.
If I can get $1,000 in sponsorship I will make every effort to walk as much of the 24Hrs as I can.
I have $400 in sponsorship so far, so how about helping out? It is a great cause.
Here is the link: http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2012/tweed_valley_2012/Far-North-Coast-Rural-Fire-Service/285234
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Last Thursday 1st March 2012, STANWELL PARK HAPKIDO Wollongong, celebrated its 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
We had a great turn out & enjoyed our training in both the Kids & Adults Classes. Not to mention WE HAD CAKE!
Big thanks to all the students of Stanwell Park Dojang for a great year. Lets hope it’s the first of many.
Special thanks to Liz Brown for coming down.
Chris Currey – Instructor
The next AHA camp is being held on the 27-29 April 2012 at Myuna Bay Sports and Recreation Centre.
The camp is a great mix of training and fun that will allow you make a huge leap in your understanding of Hapkido and at the same time meet other like-minded martial artists. In this environment you get to meet and train with other students and instructors, who are able to help and provide new challenges – including Aquakido, where Hapkido meets the swimming pool!
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The enterprising students of Pittwater Hapkido in Sydney have launched a new web site for their club.
Click here to visit this new site. It looks great – modern – stylish and very informative for new and prospective students. Good work Rob, Sammy and Sydney!
This new web site is also a good platform to showcase the talents of Master Brown who is normally very quiet on the web front.
Pittwater Hapkido would like to announce the next Adults/Kids Colour Belt Grading to be conducted by Master Kevin Brown:
- Saturday, 31 March 2012 from 9.00am to 11.00am
- Pittwater Sports Centre, 1525 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen
This grading witll be for Pittwater Hapkido Members & AHA Members who are intending to grade to next level or simply want to participate. Friends and family are more than welcome to watch.
Please contact Pittwater Hapkido Administration if you are intending to grade. Mobile: 0413 645 754 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Master Ryoo from the Hapkido College of Australia in Croydon has started teaching Gong Kwon Yusul every Monday and Thursday at 6:50pm. Anyone who is interested in learning Gong Kwon Yusul can contact HCA on (02) 9747 0822 or email email@example.com For more information refer to the HCA web site.
Black belt Gradings in 2012
- Saturday September 20th at the AHA Spring Camp – Northern NSW
- Saturday November 17th at the AHA Black Belt Grading – Pittwater Sydney
Pregrading Requirements and format
All Black Belts intending to grade for 2nd Degree or above must do a Pre-Grading to demonstrate to the grading panel your commitment to training seriously towards your next grade.
Last year we found that mixing pre-Graders with Graders at the Black Belt Gradings confusing and made it difficult to focus on the Graders. To address this, pregradings will now be conducted at AHA … Continue reading
Over 60 photos from the Hapkido in Australia from the early 80s have been uploaded on the web site.
Joseph Kim doing a jumping turning kick – who is that person sitting down?
Click here to see the photos.
Last weekend the 2011 Instructor Course was held at Pittwater in Sydney. The course lasted all day and took participants through the colour belt syllabus and how to be good, effective and safe Hapkido Instructors. Many of the participants were re-certifying, but there were also many new faces showing that the next generation of Hapkido masters are starting out on their journey.The course was delivered by Master Kevin Brown and Daniel Marie. The following people are now certified Level 1 AHA Hapkido Instructors (subject to having a valid First Aid Certiciate), this certification is valid for three years:
1. Alex Blias – Hunter Hapkido
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