GIANT Affiliations

Students and Parents Take Note

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 some unaccredited instructors, alot of which may win a few tournaments or train a short time and then claim they are qualified coaches and trainers. By training with such people, you are not only at higher risk of developing bad technique & habits but you also at higher risk of being injured.

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!

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.

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, funded and recognised by the South Korean government. Current president is Grandmaster Oh, Se Lim.


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. Current president is Master Roger Quick. GIANT instructors Giorgio & Anthony gained accreditation with the AJF in 2017.

Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts

Headed by coach Anthony Perosh who has trained GIANT instructors Giorgio & Anthony in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA since 2015.

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.

Floro Fighting Systems (FFS)

GIANT Instructor Anthony Repice has been a loyal private student to Raymond Floro since 2015. Both Anthony and Giorgio are certified FFS weapons coaches and they both continue to train with Ray regularly.

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. GIANT instructors Giorgio & Anthony gained accreditation with the MAIA in 2009.

During Covid-19 in early 2020, the MAIA along with the Australian Coaching Council created a Covid Safe course which over 30 Instructors and student leaders from GIANT completed to keep training safe from the disease.

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.

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.

Black Dragon Kai (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, Taekwondo, Karate and MMA. The friendship began via a common interest in Gongkwon Yusul, Instructor Giorgio graded Master Geordie to 1st Degree in August 2014.

Since then, Instructors Anthony and Giorgio are learning Master Geordie's systems and have graded in Muay Thai and Taekwondo.

Freestyle Taekwondo

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 was impressed by Jim and his students and began regular training with Master Sheedy and has achieved the rank of Brown Belt in his Taekwondo system. Master Sheedy began his training in Taekwondo in 1975 and is a highly respected technical teacher.

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.

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 always seeks to train with friends in the SSK when travelling to South Korea. Current headmaster is Park, Jong Kwan 8th Degree.

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.

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