AHA Annual Tournament Results – August 2015

Club of the Tournament

1st Northern Beaches (462 points)
2nd Central Coast (312 points)
3rd Pittwater (255 points)

Man of the Tournament

1st Lee McDonald Pittwater (36 points)
2nd Cory Mills Northern Beaches (29 points)
3rd Steven Mansfield Northern Beaches (28 points)
3rd Mikael Svanstrom Pittwater (28 points)

Woman of the Tournament

1st Stephanie Biviano Central Coast (34 points)
2nd Kim Ansems Northern Beaches (22 points)
3rd Gentleiss Westmore Sutherland (18 points)

Boy of the Tournament

1st Tim Cho Northern Beaches (34 points)
2nd Muurruunyandahl Leha Central Coast (32 points)
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Interview series by Scott Wetherell – Part 6 – Master Scott Wetherell

Part six 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. The interview with Scott himself was recorded around 2006.

Sadly Scott passed away before he finished, but his ideas and passion for Hapkido live on in his students and peers.

Interview series by Scott Wetherell – Part 3 – Master Steve Tamanini

Part three 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 30 minutes selected from a 60 minute interview. The camera man is Dean Stather. The interview was recorded around 2006. Master Tamanini provides an insight into his attitude to training, respect and continually striving to improve yourself through hard training.

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

Grading at Redhead with Master Brown

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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:


Yellow Tip

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

Green Tip

  • Hugh Dillon


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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