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).
- 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
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!
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.
Robert Lengyel of Brisbane has put his thoughts and impressions down in our forum under Introductions – click here to see what he said.
Greg hopes to continue the good work started originally be Brett Butterworth and then by Charles Pace. Charles intends to pop in every now and then for training. Campbelltown has always been a strong club with very keen students. So thanks to Charles for all his hard work and good luck to Greg with his new role. Continue reading
We have produced a short video of Pattern 1 to 5 and 8. This video was filmed around 1986 at the City Gym in Oxford St. This was the headquarters of the association at the time. Hope you enjoy the video and the sights and sound of the old city gym – this may bring back memories for many of you.
The video is available here.
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
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
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.
Barrie Restall (Hapkido instructor from Teven in Northern NSW) has
provided an article written by a friend of his – Bruce Sims, a
Hapkidoist from the USA. For those interested in more details this
article makes for very interesting reading.
To read the article go here (or click on the Articles button above).
Punch Defence for Yellow Tips
Defence against double hands for Yellow Tips
Pattern videos are on the way (recorded some of them but just processing the videos at the moment – taking out the bloopers!!). Continue reading
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
We have just broken the 100,000 page hits barrier!! I think that is good? Anyway sounds like a lot.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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!!
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