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Keep up with all our latest and classic news including Gradings, Tournaments, Special Events, Announcements and more! Check back frequently for weekly updates!

 


 

 2019 Winter Gup Grading

 
Congratulations to all members who participated in the Winter Gup Grading this time around! After three (and a half) days of intensive sessions, over 150 members participated in the Grading and moved on to the next level.

  • 3 to 4yrs - Great improvement and smiles all around!
  • 5 to 6yrs - Excellent Focus and Taekwondo Ability
  • 7 to 9yrs - Excellent Basic Techniques and Sparring
  • 10 to 12yrs - Well done on a strong performance with impressive Poomsae
  • 13 to 16yrs - Fantastic dynamic kicking skills
  • Adults - Great all around performance
Welcome to Black Belt the following members!

  • Jamal Fattah
  • Rachel Honor
  • Poppy Sinodinos
  • Christian-George Farfoud
  • Sera-Marina Farfoud
  • Nak Hieon Kim
Finally, well done to the members who received recognition for performance and improvement in the following areas:

Improvement Award  

  • Navarro Manfre
  • Tom Perrin
  • Luke Simmons
Poomsae Award

  • Sachi Singfield
  • Luca Burgio
  • Ankhita Sekhar
Sparring Award

  • Hunter Napoli
  • Ella Appleroth
  • Yushua Monowar
Breaking Award

  • Danielle Novak
  • Alex Xu
  • Freya Perrin
 


 


 

 June Black Belt Grading

 

Our Black Belt Gradings are truly a great thing to witness. Such a high level of knowledge, skill, respect and culture in one room. The Grading is full of students showing why they deserve their new rank and how much they have improved over the last period of time.

Black Belt students do not grade every few months as colour belts do, they train continually (sometimes for years at a time) in preparation for their next grading, constantly honing their skills and abilities.

The level of Poomsae and Knife Defence was particularly high during this Grading, as was the level of spirit in the room. Congratulations to all members who achieved the next rank, and a special mention to Kern Sharma for achieving his 4th Degree Black Belt after 12 years of training at HDMA!

GRADING STUDENTS

  • Kern Sharma
  • Bradley Howard
  • Harrison Howard
  • Noah Grofski
  • Hazel Finney
  • Margaret Howard
  • Nathan Jenkins
  • Emily Seow
  • Lucy Brown
  • Peta Appleroth
  • Ebony Cardona
  • Joel Holik
  • Adrian Bazina
  • Oscar Strachan

 


 

May Haidong Gumdo Grading

Nine years of Haidong Gumdo Gradings and still performing at an exceptional level. Our Haidong Gumdo group put on a great Grading for Master Sam full of Spirit, Instensity and great technical skill. Master Sam was very impressed with the level of skill of our members and spoke very highly of the skill presented.

A special congratulations to Mr Noah Grofski and Ross Mackay for achieving their 3rd Dan in Haidong Gumdo. This now qualifies both as 3rd Dan Black belt in two Martial Arts, an accomplishment not many can claim! Also to Cynthia Murray who graduated to 2nd Dan after many years of training, grading and competing in Haidong Gumdo both Nationally and Internationally.

Now is a great time to give Haidong Gumdo a go! Talk to Mr Justin for more information.

 

 


 

Taekwondo in the COmmunity 

 
HDMA hosted an exceptional group of young ladies over the weekend for a special Taekwondo session to promote health, fitness and safety in the community. All of these young ladies are involved in their local church community giving back to the kids at St Paul's Castle Hill. It was great to see a group of strong young women who were confident to take on new challenges and give their all in a brand new sport! The session was based around encouraging Safety in the community and building both physical and emotional strength and confidence to deal with adversity and danger.

Well done ladies! 

If your community group or business is interested in organising a Seminar or Small Group session, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!


 


 

 Autumn Gup Grading

 

No better way to start the year that with the Autumn Gup Grading! This was our first ever grading with the new age group classes and was a fantastic experience for all involved! HDMA hosted 7 Gradings over 4 days throughout the Grading Week.

  • 3 to 4yrs - Fantastic first Grading and amazing energy!
  • 5 to 6yrs - Great demonstration of skill for our parents and instructors!
  • 7 to 9yrs - Impressive Breaking skills!
  • 10 to 12yrs - Good performance in Poomsae and Sparring.
  • 13 to 16yrs - Solid basic skills and Poomsae performances.
  • Adult Morning - Amazing energy and skill.
  • Adult Night - Much improved Breaking and Pad Kicking Skills.
Congratulations and WELCOME to Black Belt to the following students!

  • Hannah McEwan
  • Ruby Sandlin
  • Alanah McEwan
  • Isabella Bounassif
  • James Bounassif
  • Zain Cannoth
  • Zishan Cannoth
  • Isabella Lawton
  • Shannon Sandlin
  • Cynthia Lee
  • Diane McEwan
Special Mention to the recipients of the Grading Awards for the Autumn Gup Grading

Improvement Award   Breaking Award     Sparring Award      Poomsae Award 
Piper Johnson

Veer Menon

Rachel Honor

Dylan Kiss

Christian Farfoud

Surya Negi

Ernest Davidson

Ankhita Sekhar

David Goh

Dylan Gray

Johnny Yuan

Jiya Sood

 




 


 


 

 MPOWER Martial Arts Summit

 
Miss Yokk and Mr Justin were very honoured to be invited along to attend the 2019 MPower Martial Arts Business and Education Summit on the Gold Coast. The event was a fantastic experience, full of great information and education on both Martial Arts and Business.

The event was attended by over 300 great martial artists and business owners of varying experience levels. Mr Justin and Miss Yokk both learned a great deal and are looking forward to attending again next year!

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