Gone But Not Forgotten – Richard Bridge

Richard is not forgotten by his students, friends or family. His memory lives on with those whose lives he touched. We keep expecting to see his smiling face at the door of the dojang.

Richard established the club in mid 1981.

Back Row Left to Right: Steve Hughes, Matt Patterson, Richard Bridge, Ric McClure
Fornt Row: Paul Doyle (at left) and Steve Dougherty (at right).

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Senior Black Belt Grading – results are in!!

  • Trish Butterworth from Miranda achieved 4th Degree
  • Mark Fendley from Murwillumbah achieved 3rd Degree
  • Ben Dargie from Teven achieved 3rd Degree
  • Brett Clark from Miranda achieved 2nd Degree
  • Michael Collins from Central Coast achieved 2nd Degree
  • Andrew Brownrigg from Melbourne achieved 1st Degree
  • Anne Sutton from Central Coast achieved 1st Degree
  • Erik Knudsen from Central Coast achieved 1st Degree
  • Geoff Hadden achieved 1st Degree
  • Gordon Holfter from Central Coast achieved 1st Degree
  • Mary White from Central Coast achieved 1st Degree

The
grading was conducted by Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim and Master
Kevin Brown with the assistance of a panel of 4th Degrees.
Congratulations to all of you – great effort and great results!

Some
photos have arrived from Barrie Restall (Teven) and Vincent Bacon
(Melbourne). Anyone else got any photos or video from the event?? Check
out the photos in our photo gallery.

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We have a winner! 100th member to register on our site!


Yeehaa!! – we have a winner!!

Ronald
trains at the Redhead dojang in Newcastle and is currently a yellow
tip. Ronald first wanted to train in Jujitsu, but the instructor only
did adult classes over 18 years, then he wanted to do Tae Kwon Do, but
then he heard about Hapkido. So he looked it up on the internet and it
said Hapkido is a good mixture of Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, aikido and then
some, so the day after, he joined hapkido.

Ronald the T-Shirt is on its way. Hope you wear it with pride.

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Black Belt Grading at Muwillumbah – report from Master Brown

Presiding over the grading were Master Brown 5th Degree, Barrie Restall 4th
Degree, Shirsha Marie 4th Degree, Phil Eizenberg 4th Degree and Mark Fendley 3rd
Degree.
Dominic Spreckley 2nd Degree conducted the grading.

Before the grading each student were sent before us in a closed room for an
interview and were asked various questions relevant for them to proceed in their
advancement. We were impressed with their meaningful answers and their pursuit
to carry on the learning past this point.

They were graded on the previous Black Tip syllabus but with aspects of the
new syllabus thrown in. During their interview I mentioned certain things that I
would be looking at during the grading. I must say that they performed to my
expectations especially through their self defence where off balancing and
execution of technique is important they also demonstrated reflex action,
co-ordination, smooth transition of techniques and control of one’s emotions(ie:
frustration, nervousness, anger etc).

John displayed a great deal of confidence during the multiple self defence
for someone so young and performed well through the kicking combinations with
his flexibility. He has a great future in Hapkido.

Claire took on the might of the male Black Belts that attacked her during
multiple self defence and succeeded in warding them off with a fine display of
self defence as Digger can vouch for. I was also impressed with Claire’s
sparring.

Terry and Graham, both 48yrs old, showed a great deal of focus to endure
the grading. Their self defence was sharp and effective and they controlled the
situation. I was also very happy with both their Komdo display.
I’d like to add that I was happy to see a good turn out of Black Belts that
helped out during the grading. I’m sure the participants appreciated the support
you gave and hopefully they will return the same when it’s required.
Also, I’d like to thank Barrie, Shirsha, Phil, Mark and Dominic for their
help. I enjoyed catching up with you all and congratulate you with the standard
of Hapkido I’m seeing.
Master Brown

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Updated Interim Syllabus Insert for Student Handbook V4 Apr 06

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO SYLLABUS FOR ALL INSTRUCTORS AND STUDENTS We have received much ffedback and suggestions. Here is V4. We intend this to be version that will go into the Student Handbook. Any changes from this syllabus will be saved up and implement when the syllabus is next reviewed (early 2007).
The Australian Hapkido Association launched this new syllabus in January 2006. The current student handbooks (4th Edition) do not contain this new syllabus. This insert is provided as an interim measure for our students until the new student handbooks are produced. Due to the likelihood of having to refine … Continue reading

Hapkido Times Newletter is out for Northern NSW Hapkido!!

What’s in the Hapkido Times??
– WELCOME
– 3rd Dan Grading, Sutherland Dojang, 8th April 2006
– Black Belt Grading at Murwillumbah, Saturday 22nd April 2006.
– Sunday Training 23rd April 2006
– Visit to Korea, October 2006
– Hapkido World Championships on the Gold Coast 28th July 2006
– Senior’s Training at Teven Dojang
– Editor Contact Details

Here is a photo of Digger taking a break during his recent grading.

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Hey – where are the photos from the Black Belt Grading?

Hey!! Last weekend we had a black belt grading at Miranda. Heaps of
people there had digital cameras and they were snapping away like
crazy. After the grading I asked if anyone with photos to please send
them to my email adress dmarie@optusnet.com.au.
You
are all probably thinking ‘I won’t bother because someone else already
has’. Well guess what? No-one else did either. Any photos would be
greatly appreciated.

Did you know how easy it is to add a story to this site?

The story below with the picture of the cup took me 5 minutes to compose and put up on the web. It is so easy!!
Do
you have any info you want to share with your fellow Hapkidoists then
all you have to do is click on the SUBMIT NEWS button at the top of the
page. Just type in your content, preview your story and then post the
story – that is it!!

The webmaster then gets notification
that the story is waiting for review – they view the story and then if
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