Photos from recent seminar at Sutherland with Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim – AHA Founder

A fabulous treat for the AHA students to have our founder, Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim conduct a wonderful seminar. His wealth of knowledge and explanation of techniques were greatly appreciated by all who attended.

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Hapkido in Vanuatu – report from Arna Baartz

Yesterday I met Rex the instructor at Vanuatu Hapkido 

https://www.facebook.com/VanuatuHapkidoCombatClub/

It was great to play and train and simply be in the company of such a beautiful, humble soul. They have been training primarily ground grappling but were really excited to see and train the white belt release techniques, it was wonderful to watch!
 
Although yesterday there was only the smiling, appreciative Max and Michel at class Rex has approx 17 students. They have been training for about a year on the Korman sports ground just outside Port Vila,  as they haven’t yet sourced a permanent sheltered venue.
 
Rex’s earned his blackbelt in Fiji, from his master who had been invited from korea to train Fijian troups. 
He asked us to send his regards to the Hapkido family in Australia and said we all were welcome to train here any time.  I will definitely be back! I have attached some photos if you would like to see/share on the website. 
 
Lots of love 
Arna – northern NSW Hapkido 

Sparring Seminar held last Sep by Master Mitchell Wetherell

A video has just emerged from a sparring seminar conducted by Master Mitchell Wetherell last September in Sydney, Australia (thanks to Ryan Tarran a black belt from Sutherland Hapkido).

In case you were not there you can view this video and see what great concepts and sparring drills Master Wetherell shared with the students on that day and practice them with your training partners.

Also when Master Wetherell has another seminar you will know it is definitely worth making the effort to attend.

Grading Results – Tuggerah – Sat 2 Apr 2016

P1010357 (2)Here are the results of a recent grading held at Tuggerah Dojang:

  • Stephanie Biviano – Black Tip
  • Muurruun Leha – Red Belt
  • Travers Scala – Blue Belt
  • Alex Knowles – Blue Belt
  • Imogen Scala – Blue Tip
  • Krystal Maloney- Green Tip
  • Alex Cha – Yellow belt

Master Ron Rees – Central Coast Hapkido

Rest in Peace – Keith Collins – student of Central Coast Hapkido

Keith CollinsYou may have seen news last week about a shocking murder that occurred in a restaurant at Hornsby in Sydney. Click here to see news item.

The victim was Keith Collins – a Hapkido student from the Central Coast. 

It has been some time since Keith trained with us at Central Coast Hapkido, but his bright outgoing personality and easy friendly manner has not been forgotten. The lives of many of the Club members both present and past have been touched by Keith. His senseless death is a blow to us all.

We will always remember his love for his children and the encouragement he gave to them in Hapkido as well as football and all aspects of their lives. Our thoughts go out to his surviving family members.

Master Ron Rees – Central Coast Hapkido

Congratulations to Master Kevin Brown – 20 years at the helm

12313639_1467076976644155_4397650027446035289_nFor those of you who could not be with us at the AHA end of year Dinner and Presentation Night, there was an important award presented worthy of mentioning again.

Congratulations to our Master Kevin Brown. This year commemorates 20 Years for Master Brown taking over the reins of the AHA from Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim. In his capacity of President and Technical Director of the AHA, Master Brown has continued to inspire us all and strive to maintain the high standards of Hapkidoists within our Association.

Another milestone for Master Brown is the fact that this year is his 30th year of teaching Hapkido on the Northern Beaches. 30 years ago he arranged for Grandmaster Kim to come across and help him establish a Hapkido club in Curl Curl.

Master Brown went on to open many clubs along the beaches , before consolidating them all in the one full time Dojang in Pittwater Rd , Brookvale. His duties with the AHA took him away to take on a national role with the AHA.

Today, he runs another successful Hapkido school at Pittwater Sports Centre and continues his leadership and journey with the AHA. Congratulations and thanks from the AHA and on behalf of all its members.

Sydney Black Belt Grading – Saturday 21 Nov 2015 at Pittwater Dojang

The annual black belt grading was held on the Sat 21 Nov 2015. Congratulations to all those who graded.

Here are the results:

1ST DEGREE

  • Lee McDonald – Pittwater
  • Mikael Svanstrom – Pittwater
  • Silvia Cupik – Glebe
  • Peter Buckworth – Central Coast
  • Adam Stayfer – Melbourne
  • Paul Maxwell – Melbourne

2ND DEGREE

  • Michael Heterick – Redhead
  • Jason Sellers – Sutherland

3RD DEGREE

  • Michael Sladden – Northern Beaches

5TH DEGREE

  • Master John Ansley – Pittwater

Long awaited grading for Ryan at Sutherland Hapkido

Ryan Tarran started training at Sutherland Hapkido under Master Scott Wetherell 23 years ago. He now trains under Master Mitchell Wetherell and had been a red belt for close to 20 years! In Oct 2015 the stars lined up and Ryan finally had his very own black belt grading.

Due to Ryan’s busy work schedule this was his only opportunity to prevent another year from going by wearing his red belt! He passed! Congratulations to Ryan, his instructor Master Mitchell Wetherell and all his training partners who helped Ryan prepare and put him through his paces on the day.

Northern NSW Hapkido – Workshop Weekend – Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep 2015

The Northern NSW Hapkido clubs hosted a weekend of Hapkido Workshops on the last weekend of September 2015. The workshops were held in Murwillumbah. The guest instructor was Daniel Marie from Sydney. Hapkido students from Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Stokers Siding participated in this series of workshops. This weekend was an opportunity for students to revise the basic principles of Hapkido that underpin all techniques and to learn loads of new stuff. This is what was covered in the series of workshops over the weekend.

Sat 26 Sep 2015

  • 9-10am – Warm-up – clinch, underhooks, arm drag, single leg takedowns, whizzer and then putting all that together.
  • 10-11am – Ground rounds – basic knowledge then lots of grappling – guard, half guard, side control, mount defence, butterfly guard, spider guard.
  • 11-12 – Patterns – program those fine motor skills
  • 1-2pm – Gloves Galore – drills to help develop a solid defence on an agile platform
  • 3-5pm – Drills and kicks

Sun 27 Sep 2015

  • 9-10am – Knife defence – tapi tapi, pass, stop and then against wall
  • 10-11 – Sparring – how to develop confidence and skills – mixing up kicks, punches, takedowns and groundwork.
  • 11-12 – Multiple grabbing – the 5 mortal sins

Thanks also to Master Geister from Sydney for attending on Saturday and helping out.

Norther NSW Workshops Sep 2015

Daniel Marie presented a series of workshops to the students of Northern NSW Hapkido clubs
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Photos from the recent AHA Annual Tournament

Congratulations once again to all who participated in the 2015 AHA Tournament.

Thank you to Ron and Melissa from Central Coast Hapkido who worked tirelessly to make the day a success.

Some more photos of the day have been made available thanks to Bruce England and Diana Lloyd, parents of Northern Beaches students.

The full selection of these pics can be viewed on the links below.

Photos provided by Bruce England: http://nbhapkido.com.au/gallery-aha-tournament-2015/

Photos provided by Diana Lloyd: http://nbhapkido.com.au/gallery-aha-tournament-2105-thanks-diana-lloyd/

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)
3rd Nikola Hajdukovic/Chad Geister Northern Beaches (30 points)

Girls of the Tournament

1st Jasmine O’Kane/Emily Parker Pittwater (34 points)
2nd Josie Lloyd Northern Beaches (25 points)
3rd Freya Svanstrom Pittwater (24 points)

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New video to help promote our Hapkido

Master Kevin Brown has completed a huge project to develop a promotional video to explain to the world what our Hapkido is about. It is a fantastic video that may look simple but has been several years in the making. Thanks also to Sam Dunworth (budding film maker) and the instructors and students who helped with the video for all the time and effort to produce this video.

Take a look – you will probably see yourself somewhere in the video. Share it with your friends and family so they know why you are away a couple of times a week, every week, all year around. Hopefully this video will explain your passion.

Arna Baartz drops in on Paris Hapkido

photo 3Recently Arna Baartz visited Paris Hapkido (in Paris, France) and found a a wonderful dojang, really big and bright and great mats, which was lucky since she spent a lot of time being thrown around on them!

They don’t do ANY patterns at all, they were interested to see a pattern from Arna so she chose her best (most current at the time) red belt pattern to perform.

During her visit Arna studied mostly outer wrist locks on the night she was there, and she was reminded again of the importance of circles, large and small. There was emphasis on getting nice and close to employ the wrist lock..ouch.

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Eric is the name of the instructor and although there was a language barrier with words, everything else translated beautifully 🙂

Arna took some AHA key rings donated by the AHA and it definitely broke the ice and created a firmer bridge between the our clubs.

They were surprised and delighted that we would think to bring presents. They welcome us back to train anytime and many of the students expressed interest in visiting if they ever came to Australia.

photo 2Here is their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paris-Hapkido/253694731335653

And their web site: www.parishapkido.fr

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 5 – Master Kevin Brown

Part five 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 31 minutes selected from a 60 minute interview.

The interview was recorded around 2006. Master Kevin Brown shares his story – why he started, how he trained and what he considers important for all Hapkido students.

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

Interview series by Scott Wetherell – Part 4 – Karl Bascomb

Part four 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 32 minutes selected from a 45 minute interview.

The interview was recorded around 2006. Karl Bascomb tells a great story of what it was like to train in Oxford St in the early days with the Kim brothers and tell many personal stories of his time with Matthew Sung Su Kim.

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

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.