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 πŸ™‚

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:Β  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paris-Hapkido/253694731335653

And their web site:Β 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.

Interview series by Scott Wetherell – Part 2 – Master Matt Geister

Part two 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 the first 30 minutes of a 90 minute interview. The camera man is Dean Stather. The interview was recorded around 2006. Master Geister shares a lot of his experience and wisdom in this interview – an inspiration for all students of Hapkido.

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

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 budding Hapkido students from the Hunter Region. Congratulations.

Welcome to the Australian Hapkido Association web site

53947166_nThe AHA started in Sydney in 1980 and now has clubs throughout Sydney, Melbourne, the Central Coast, Hunter Region, Mid North Coast and Northern NSW.

We are a progressive not-for profit organisation led by Master Brown a 7th degree black belt with over 30 years experience in Hapkido. Master Brown is shown in the photo receiving an award from the AHA Founder Grandmaster Matthew Sung Su Kim.

On this web site you will find the latest news, articles, our syllabus and heaps of photos and videos. If you are interested in trying Hapkido take a look at the Club Directory to see if there is a club near you.

Video of Hapkido in Nepal

Annette Marie is Hapkido in Nepal 2over in Nepal during September to teach women at-risk in Kathmandu self-defence classes, women’s health classes and Chilean doll making classes. Last week Annette completed the first round of self defence classes over 5 days – 2hours per day.

These women have all been victims of violence and have never been shown how to defend themselves. They were very interested in the techniques and knowledge taught to them by Annette.

Hapkido in Nepal 1Annette is a student of Matthew Kim Sung Su and learnt Hapkido in the City Gym back in th 80’s and 90’s. What Annette taught was based on Hapkido, and focussed on techniques a women would have a chance of doing against a stronger attacker. Common attacks covered in the course were wrist grabs (maybe not common for men – but certainly something women may be faced with), chokes, hair grabs, bear hugs, ground attacks.

The use of multiple grabbing really helped the women gain confidence in facing an attacker and having the solve the problem by whatever means possible.

The girls were fantastic students and learnt everything so quickly. They normally only had to be shown a technique one or two times and could then repeat it, even the cat roll! They did not have much equipment so they often had to make do with cushions or balls for target practice. As you can see in the video – the girls became very good very quickly.

Emma and Josh helped Annette to deliver the course and having a strong attacker certainly challenged the women at first, but once they understood the techniques and could see how to apply them. The women all showed they were capable of defending themselves.

All the women greatly improved their confidence and felt empowered with the new knowledge they now have. Well done to Annette, Emma and Josh and well done to the women for being such good students during the 5 days.