Students and Parents Beware

When deciding to join any martial arts organisation, you should first look to find out who your instructor trains with and the governing affiliations they are accredited by.

Throughout the Martial Arts industry, there are unfortunately many unaccredited instructors, alot of which may win a few tournaments or train a few months/years and then claim they are qualified coaches and trainers. By training with such people, you are not only risking the development of bad techniques and habits but you also risk being injured and mentally scarred.

Many organisations may claim to be "Internationally Affiliated" with a larger organisation of their style eg. for Hapkido, The Korea Hapkido Federation. Verify this by asking to view their certifications. Ensure to contact the governing organisation to verify the school's membership, use an interpreter if need be.

Fortunately, in Australia we have peak bodies such as listed below, some of which are recognised by the Australian Sports Commission ensuring their coaches are properly trained, insured, first aid qualified and working with children checked.


Do your homework and ensure your Instructor is Accredited!

GIANT Affiliations

Martial Arts College International (MACI)

An International association led by Grandmaster Ryoo, Young Seol to unite various Martial Art styles. Current martial arts certified through MACI are Hapkido, Taekwondo, Haedong Gumdo & Danta. MACI currently has links to schools in South Korea, Australia and the USA.

www.martialartscollege.org

Korea Hapkido Federation (KHF)

Formed in 1965 in South Korea, MACI is a current member, therefore when a GIANT student completes their black belt grading, their certification is internationally recognised and delivered direct from South Korea. This is the largest Hapkido federation in the world and recognised by the South Korean government. Current president is Grandmaster Oh, Se Lim.

www.khf.or.kr

Australian Jujitsu Federation (AJF)

Governing body for "soft art" submission styles such as Aikijujitsu, Aikido, Japanese Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo Jujitsu and Hapkido. Also recognised by the Australian Sports Commission. The AJF was structured in Australia in the 1950's, making the federation one of the longest standing government recognised peak body in Australia.

www.jujitsu.com.au

Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA)

One of the peak bodies for Martial Arts in Australia. Its mission is to support industry self-regulation through better education. Current President is Mr Walt Missingham.

www.maia.com.au

Martial Arts Australia (MAA)

MAA specialises in national accreditation courses and industry insurance. A reputable Martial Arts governing body formed in the mid 1980's by Master Graham Slater.

www.martialartsaustralia.com.au

International Gongkwon Yusul Association (IGKYSA)

The only governing body for Gongkwon Yusul (Combat Hapkido) throughout the world. IGKYSA appoints representatives in each country (currently 12), however all certifications much be a direction from the IGKYSA. GIANT Instructor Giorgio was selected as the Australian representative, a position which he held from 2012-2015. Current President is Grandmaster Kang Jun.

www.gongkwon.com

Korea Hae Dong Gumdo Federation (HGF)

International affiliate Sword and traditional Weaponry organisation. Both GIANT Instructors Giorgio & Anthony graded for their 1st degree black belts in 2009 and were are certified through this organisation. Current president is Grandmaster Kim, Jeong Ho.

www.hdgd.org

Floro Fighting Systems (FFS)

GIANT Instructor Anthony Repice has been a loyal private student to Raymond Floro since 2015 and continues to train with him weekly. So far he has certified in the weapon systems of Knife, Long Staff and Baton (short stick). He is currently learning more weapon systems.

www.rayfloro.net

International Taekwondo Federation (ITF)

GIANT Instructors Giorgio and Anthony Repice first met Master Jim Sheedy in 2012 when they were invited to do a Gongkwon Yusul and Hapkido seminar for his students. Anthony, being very keen on learning Taekwondo was impressed by Jim and his students and is currently training with Master Sheedy on a weekly basis. Master Sheedy began his training in traditional ITF Taekwondo in 1975 and is a highly respected technical teacher.

www.jamessheedy.com.au

Friendship Associations

Australian Hapkido Association (AHA)

Australian friendship organisation. Instructor Giorgio first met Master Daniel Marie (AHA Vice President) back in 2007 and have since been good friends and training buddies. We constantly share ideas and training through workshops, seminars and hold a regular AHA vs GIANT Sparring day. President is Master Kevin Brown, 7th Degree.

www.hapkidoaustralia.com

Black Dragon Kai Queensland (BDK)

Led by Master Geordie Lavers McBain who is an outstanding martial artist and coach with over 35 year's experience. He has led many fighters to success in all styles of martial art combat systems including Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate and MMA. The friendship began via a common interest in Gongkwon Yusul, Instructor Giorgio graded Master Geordie to 1st Degree in August 2014.

www.blackdragonkai.com.au

Sesung Kwan Hapkido

Korean Sistership organisation. Also a member of the Korea Hapkido Federation. Sistership signed with MACI in November 2007 to share ideas and training through specialised overseas programs. GIANT Instructor Anthony aways seeks to train with friends in the SSK when travelling to South Korea. Current headmaster is Park, Jong Kwan 8th Degree.

www.daehanhapkido.org

Korea Ki Do Association (KKA)

Formed in 1963 in South Korea. This association was formed by Hapkido founder Choi, Yong Sul to unify Korean Martial arts post world war II. Currently there are over 30 martial arts styles within this association including Hapkido. Grandmaster Ryoo holds a 7th Degree in Hapkido with this organisation. Current president is Master Park-Gae, Hong.

www.kidohae.or.kr

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