When making a decision to join any martial arts organisation, you should first look to find out the governing affiliations for accreditation.
Throughout the Martial Arts industry, there are unfortunately, many unaccredited instructors. 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 the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA), they are a non-profit, government funded organisation who supervise the industry and trace international affiliations for verification. The MAIA has formed regulations and guidelines that all instructors must adhere to for remaining status with the MAIA.
Do your homework and ensure your Instructor is Accredited!
|Martial Arts Industry Association
The peak body for Martial Arts in Australia. Its mission is to support industry self regulation through better education. HCA is a current member; therefore a student of HCA will always train in the presence of an accredited instructor. Current President is Mr Walt Missingham.
|Korea Hapkido Federation
Formed in 1965 in South Korea, HCA is a current member, therefore when a student completes their black belt grading, their certification is internationally recognised delivered direct from South Korea. This is the single only Hapkido federation recognised by the South Korean government. Certified HCA Master Kim to 6th Degree Hapkido accreditation. Current president is Mr Oh, Se Lim.
|Korea Hae Dong Shim Gumdo Association
International affiliate Sword and traditional Weaponry organisation. Certified HCA Master Kim to 4th Degree Gumdo. Current president is Jeong-Ho Kim.
International friendship organisation. Founded by Kim Yun Sang who was one of only four students granted 9th Dan by Hapkido Dojunim Yong Sul Choi. He is also the only 9th Degree student of Choi who continued to train with Dojunim until his death in 1986. HCA shares ideas and training through workshops and seminars.
|Australian Hapkido Association
Australian friendship organisation. HCA shares ideas and training through workshops and seminars. President is Master Kevin Brown 6th Dan.