GIANT Martial Arts Instructors

Master Young Seol Ryoo

  • 8th Degree Hapkido Master
  • President of the Martial Arts College International
  • 4th Degree Gumdo (Sword)
  • 4th Degree Taekwondo
  • 2nd Degree Gongkwon Yusul
  • Sports Massage Practitioner
  • 2000 Olympic Games demonstration team
  • Started training in 1975

Master Ryoo originates from South Korea and began training martial arts in the mid 1970's, well over 40 years of studying and teaching various martial arts, predominantly here to read more...

Coach Anthony Perosh

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Black Prajied in Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • Black Belt in Kempo Karate
  • UFC Light Heavyweight Veteran
  • BJJ World Champion
  • Started training in 1994

Anthony Perosh is a pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts in Australia, a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Light Heavyweight veteran, Muay Thai Kickboxing coach and 4th Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Black here to read more...

Coach Ray Floro

  • Creator of Floro Fighting Edged Weapon Systems
  • Most senior ranked Kalis Ilustrisimo representative in Australia today
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Lameco Eskrima
  • Black Belt in Sagasa (Filipino Kickboxing)
  • NSW State Fencing Champion
  • Started training in 1972
Raymond Floro has instructed the US Special Forces, Korean Special Forces, various SWAT teams, New Zealand Police, and does formal presentations for various Tactical Response Groups and Victorian Police. He specialises in Filipino Boxing, Impact, Flexible and Edged Weapons, Control & Restraint and Survival here to read more...

Master Geordie Lavers-McBain

  • 6th Degree, ABK Muay Thai Kickboxing Ajarn
  • 6th Degree Freestyle Taekwondo Master Instructor
  • 5th Degree, Zen Do Kai Karate Shihan
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Sport Mixed Martial Arts
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Shoot Wrestling
  • 2nd Degree Arnis/Eskrama/Kali
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Gongkwon Yusul
  • Competed in Karate, BJJ, Judo and Open Styles
  • Started training in 1985

Geordie is a 6th Degree Master in Taekwondo aswell as achieving a BJJ Black Belt, Muay Thai Ajarn, General Director for Wrestling Australia, MMA coach to multiple world champions and combat contractor to the Australian Army just to name a few on a long list of achievements.

Master Geordie Lavers-McBain is a full-time martial arts instructor and founder of Black Dragon Kai Combat Systems with clubs located across Queensland click here to read more.

Instructor Anthony Repice

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Black Belt in Gumdo (Sword)
  • Level 9 Coach in Weapon Systems
  • Muay Thai Kickboxing - Grey/Black Armband
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Level 4 Delta in Kinetic Army Combatives (KEF-IC)
  • Certificate III Gym Fitness Trainer
  • Experience in Krav Maga
  • Started training in 2004

Anthony is a full time instructor at GIANT Martial Arts. He began his  training with brother Giorgio in August 2004, joining.... click here to read more.


Instructor Giorgio Repice

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Black Belt in Gumdo (Sword)
  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Muay Thai Kickboxing - Grey/Black Armband
  • Level 9 Coach in Weapon Systems
  • Level 5 Echo in Kinetic Army Combatives (KEF-IC)
  • Certificate IV in Personal Training
  • Started training in 1989

Giorgio first trained in Karate under Master McGill at Canterbury Boys High School in 1989. After a couple.... click here to read more.

Assistant Instructor Bill Wannous

Bill began studying Hapkido at GIANT in 2016, he took to the learning environment quite quickly and progressed to a student leader in late 2017. As a university student with a flexible schedule he began part time employment with GIANT and is the friendly face you will see behind the desk and always on the mat lending a helping hand.

He has high Martial Art career goals and is an asset to the students at GIANT.

  • Hapkido 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Kickboxing Brown Armband
  • BJJ White Belt 3rd Stripe
  • Weapons Level 4
  • Demo Team Yellow Armband
  • Nationally accredited coach with the Australian Jujitsu Association (AJF)
  • First Aid Qualified

Student Leadership Team

*Note: Student Leaders are not Instructors, they are students who have demonstrated good values and qualities to be invited to the Student Leader Program (internship) to become future instructors.

This program is broken up into three levels known as the:

SWAT (Special Winning Attitude Team)

STORM (Special Team of Role Models)

and the MENTOR level.

Each level is broken up into stages that the student must complete to enhance their leadership skills that will one day make them a great instructor and community leader.

Whilst on the internship they assist the classes under the guidance of the Instructors.

Mentor Level Leaders

Antonia Gregoriou

Antonia was driven by her brother's motivation for martial arts (specifically karate at the time) and was influenced to continue her journey learning martial arts at GIANT in 2016. As siblings they forged a strong bond and friendship through their mutual love for the arts.

She has accomplished:

  • Hapkido Provisional Black Belt
  • Nationally accredited coach with the Australian Sports Commission
  • Competed in various ISKA tournaments which developed a love for sparring
  • First Aid Qualified

Justin Selems

Justin started training Hapkido in 2011 with Instructor Giorgio. He has superb technique and is always ready to learn more, being adaptable to new ways of training.

He has also been in the GIANT Demonstration team, displaying great skill on stage in front of schools, local festivals and a big part of our team that won the AHF National Championship at the Australian Institute of Sports in 2018.

Being so passionate and inspiring to the younger kids, he began the Student Leader Program in mid 2016 and achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt alongside team mate Joshua Chaar in 2018.

  • Hapkido 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Nationally accredited coach with the Australian Sports Commision
  • Demo Team Red Armband
  • BJJ White Belt
  • Weapons Level 2

S.T.O.R.M Level Leaders

Joshua Chaar

Joshua started training in Hapkido in 2011 with Instructor Giorgio, he has always been a consistent and committed student and began the Student Leader Program in mid 2016.

He is a great inspiration to the junior students, always humble, respectful and smiling, knowing how to have fun.

He achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt level in early 2018 and is now on his journey towards 2nd Degree as well as enhancing his instructor knowledge.

Jasmine Vasilevski

Jasmine began studying Hapkido at GIANT in 2016, she joined the student leader program when she achieved her Blue Belt in late 2017.

Although a young teenager, Jasmine is a very mature and astute young lady, She has high expectations as a keen achiever and is always looking to lend a hand and help out a student where possible.

Look out for this girl, she is on her way to great heights!

S.W.A.T Level Leaders

Dimitri Apostolidis
Fotini Apostolidis
Christopher Attieh
Anthony  Baladi
George Braithwaite
Raneem El-iaaly
Ethan Giardullo
Kara Giardullo
Anna Glinatsis
Rosemary Goncalves
Chris Gregoriou
Karim  Hijazi
Johnny Hoang
Roger Hoang
Nikolas Howley
Anthony Keremelevski
Anastasia Kittos
Kelly Liu
Nicholas  Michailou
Nomiki Michailou
Kamal Mourad
Lamar Mourad
Lucy Savignano
Marco Savignano
Nadia Savignano
Dimitri Stavropoulos
Tracy Yao

Black Belt Students

Adrian Ga

Adrian has a wealth of experience in Martial Arts. He started training in South Korea in 2000 in Taekwondo and the South Korean Special Forces military art known as Teukgong Musul. He served in the special forces as a shield man, sniper and squad leader. In addition, Instructor Giorgio graded Adrian to Black Belt in Gongkwon Yusul (Combat Hapkido) in 2014. His humble and friendly nature make him a joy to train with and he is highly respected at GIANT.

He is accredited currently with:

  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Teukgong Musul (South Korean Special Forces)
  • 1st Degree in Gongkwon Yusul
  • 1st Degree in Taekwondo


Eve Andersson

Eve is the first female at GIANT to achieve a Black Belt! She inspires all women to stand up and break through!

She began her Hapkido training in 2010 and achieved her 1st Degree Black Belt from Grandmaster Ryoo in 2016. Eve also holds a Blue Belt in Taekwondo. She is very kind and respectful yet she can still put you in a nasty joint lock.

Her attitude to training is always open minded, humble and wanting to learn new things. She is very approachable and always keen to help on and off the mat.

She also currently trains in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Boxing.

Nils Blichfeldt-Pedersen

Nils has had years of training in the Martial Arts starting with Kung Fu when he was young. His training extended to learning the art of Viet Vo Dao (Vietnamese Martial Arts) for many years and has experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Barra).

Along with all this experience he also started training in Hapkido in 2009 and over the years has helped teach alongside Instructor Giorgio at the Marrickville location between 2012-2014. He trained very hard, was consistently attending 5 classes per week and together with his previous experience was one of the quickest students of Grandmaster Ryoo to receive his Hapkido 1st Degree Black Belt in 2012 (just under 4 years).

Nils is very motivating to train with as his wealth of knowledge and friendly manner rubs off. We are lucky to have him helping out the beginner students at GIANT.

Pavle Cajic

Pavle is the real GIANT, being the tallest student to ever reach Black Belt. He stands at an amazing 200cm tall. 

As shown in the photo many of the students look up to him!

However, he really is a gentle GIANT and has always shown respect and patience when learning and teaching. He began his training in 2009 with Instructor Giorgio together with his brother Misha and received his 1st Degree black belt in 2016.

Pavle is also a music teacher and has a strong passion for the Piano, Instructor Anthony is one of his students in music.

Misha Cajic

Misha alongside his brother started Hapkido training 2009. Although not as tall, Misha is quick and nimble and has always enjoyed learning new techniques.

Misha received his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2016 alongside his brother and Instructor Giorgio who was going for his 3rd degree. It was a great event where Instructor and student graded together, pictured below.

Along with success in their training, brothers Misha & Pavle are astute academic achievers, both achieving high 90 scores in the High School Certificate.

Misha is a keen high flyer and is on his way to becoming a professional pilot.

Brothers in training - Black Belt Grading April 2016!!!

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