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. MAIA has formed regulations and guidelines that all instructors must adhere to for remaining status with MAIA.
Do your homework and ensure your Instructor is Accredited!
We re-certify each of our Instructors annually (including Master himself!) to ensure that the quality of our Instructors remains at a high standard and that we align with the mission of our affiliations. Our current Certified Instructors are: Master Yong Kil Kim (8th Dan) Head Instructor Leo Jeong (4th Dan) Instructor Kervin Antonio (3rd Dan) Intern Instructor Ben Walker (2nd Dan) Intern Instructor Craig Mclauchlan (2nd Dan) Intern Instructor Rhys Ly (1st Dan)