Started Training 1993.
- 1st Degree 1997 – Master Peter Kim
- 2nd Degree 1999 – Master Mathew Kim
- 3rd Degree 2003 – Master Kevin Brown
- 4th Degree 2007 – Master Kevin Brown
- 5th Degree 2017 – Master Kevin Brown
I originally started in the Chatswood Dojang under the instruction of Brad Ward with occasional tuition from Master Mathew Sung Su Kim.
At the grade of red belt I moved to the Central Coast and came under the instruction of Ron Rees combined with regular training with Master Peter Sung Do Kim. I consider myself very lucky to have trained under two different Korean masters during my coloured belt days.
After attaining my first degree in 1997, I began teaching at the Wyong and Niagra Park Dojangs.
In 2005 after grading to 3rd Degree, I moved back to Sydney and taught at the Brookvale dojang with Master Matt Geister.
After grading the 4th degree in 2007 I started my own club in Hornsby Heights where I have been ever since.
I achieved 5th dgree in Nov 2017 under Master Kevin Brown – my daughter Kate achieved her 1st degree black belt at the same grading!
The main three things that I always try to promote when teaching Hapkido is enhancing confidence, respect for others and having fun!!
David welcomes all students to come along to his class at Hornsby Heights – check out the details in the Club Directory.