Meet The Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness Team
The team at CMA&F pride ourselves in providing world class fitness & martial arts training AND also creating the type of supportive training community that keeps people motivated to train week-in-week-out. From your first class you’ll realise that the members are different to an ordinary club – we greet each other, get to know each other’s names and offer no judgment towards anyone – and that shows in each-and-every class.
Founder and Master Instructor Hapkido
Tom started Hapkido as a way to regain confidence, he started the club in a way to share the skills he had learned and the joy of learning martial arts.
TOM'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Typical for Tom is loud, full of jokes, lots of encouragement but strict where it's needed. He loves teaching and learning any topics.
ONE THING ABOUT TOM
Tom is a massive history buff, he loves to learn about anything before the 19th century (partly because of a schooling focused on 20th century history only, partly out of massive curiosity for knowledge).
Senior Instructor Taekwondo Instructor Kummooyeh Kumdo
Tam believes that martial arts is a fantastic space for children and adults to build confidence and learn life skills. She thinks our community is the key to getting the most out of training.
TAM'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Tam always has a smile on her face and aims for her classes to be both fun and challenging.
ONE THING ABOUT TAM
Tam started martial arts training as an adult spurred on by the idea she could learn to fight like Black Widow.
Senior Instructor Kummooyeh Kumdo Senior Instructor Taekwondo
What motivates Steven is the idea that martial arts are for more people than those people might think. It's a personal journey, so no matter your ability it's about personal improvement.
STEVEN'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
A fun class which mixes the specific aspects of technique with a practical application. Steven says if you're not having fun, that's his fault. It's a space where you can ask questions and improve with all students helping each other achieve.
ONE THING ABOUT STEVEN
Possibly due to a slight coffee addiction, Steven always has a smile on his face. It means he's sometimes referred to as the smiling assassin when holding a sword.
Senior Instructor Brazilian Jiujitsu
Danny played Rugby league and AFL for a few years after school, then he started boxing on and off for 8 years. In 2002, Danny discovered BJJ and he progressed through the ranks to achieve his 2nd Degree Black Belt in late 2019. Danny is always looking for ways to improve his own skills as well as those of his students.
DANNY'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Danny has a relaxed style and simply incredible depth of knowledge whether it be Gi or No Gi BJJ. He is able to adapt his teaching to suit all ability levels and his years of teaching experience ensures that he always delivers engaging classes.
ONE THING ABOUT DANNY
Danny has coached BJJ for nearly 20 years and he created his own school Epic BJJ, which joined Canberra Martial Arts & Fitness in 2019. He is the State Head of Will-Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the АСТ.
Group Fitness Instructor
Brett believes fitness should be fun and accessible to anyone regardless of age, physical ability or any other factors that might limit someone. Brett believes in getting the best out you by helping you achieve your goals.
BRETT'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Brett strives to provide an intense workout with out the intense atmosphere. Expect to sweat but expect to laugh and have fun as well.
ONE THING ABOUT BRETT
Brett started in the fitness industry in 2014 and has loved his job. If Brett is not in the club, you will probably find him on his mountain bike or on the golf course.
Instructor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Jez played rugby for over 20 years and was looking for something that still included a lot of physical contact and competition. He loves to see students progress and gain the confidence and ability to achieve things they never thought possible. Jez believes that knowing a martial art that has real world applications is important.
JEZ'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
A school teacher with over 25 years teaching in both Primary and High School, Jez utilises his experience to deliver fun, safe, challenging and inclusive lessons.
ONE THING ABOUT JEZ
Jez has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since the end of 2007. Jez also does a lot of emcee work including stand-up comedy, weddings, emceeing numerous muay thai, kickboxing, boxing and MMA shows as well as field hockey and ice hockey.
Nidhal makes sure that his classes must be first of all fun, challenging in different aspects and mainly safe.
NIDHAL'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
You are going to be pushed and challenged for sure but you will enjoy the reward and the results.
ONE THING ABOUT NIDHAL
Don't mind his counting.
Instructor Taekyun Instructor Hapkido
For Cat, martial arts is a great pathway for selfempowerment and personal development. Also, she'd take breakfalling like a stuntwoman over running any day.
CAT'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Cat is a perpetual cheer leader who encourages others to do their best while having fun and training safely. Her mission is to turn fears into opportunities.
ONE THING ABOUT CAT
Cat learned how to read Korean so that she could Google translate martial arts techniques.
Instructor Taekyun Instructor Hapkido
Martial arts is a fantastic path to self discovery, whether it's finding you can do something that you previously couldn't, or discovering a new way to see or approach something. Martial arts challenges you physically and mentally in a fun and exciting way.
LONG'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Long is a firm believer of giving something a go even when you think it's too hard or not possible (unless it actually is a physical impossibility). He will encourage you to look at problems and challenges with different perspectives and break things down to help you achieve your goals.
ONE THING ABOUT LONG
Long broke a knee, tore 4 ligaments, did rehab for 9 months and got back into martial arts to eventually become a black belt in Hapkido and Taekyun. When life give you lemons...squeeze the juice in the naysayers' eyes and get a black belt!
Senior Taekwondo Instructor
Cassandra is a strong believer that martial arts is a great sport to learn balance, co-ordination and selfdefence. It's a great atmosphere to meet new people from all ages and backgrounds.
CASSANDRA'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Cassandra always finds news ways to push her students to get the most out of each class and try new things.
ONE THING ABOUT CASSANDRA
Cassandra took of up marital arts when she was eleven and has never looked back. Taekwondo has alway played a large role in her life and continues to be a source of fun and learning.
Junior Instructor Brazilian Jiujitsu
Riley believes that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an important and vital part of self defence, particularly among those more vulnerable as Jiu Jitsu is not about your strength or size.
RILEY'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Riley is always ordered and has a set lesson plan in motion from the moment you step on the mat. She aims to teach Jiu jitsu in a fun but safe way to ensure the maximum amount of learning and enjoyment.
ONE THING ABOUT RILEY
Riley started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when she was 12 but soon found herself without a suitable kids class, so joined adults class and has continued through her her teens into adulthood.
Riley is a massive fan of learning in a community space. With the assistance of other students, not only is learning more effective, it is also more fun.
RILEY'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Riley teaches his classes with the goal of everyone having fun. He also likes to make sure everyone is engaging well with the activities.
ONE THING ABOUT RILEY
Riley has been training in Taekwondo for over half his life, starting back in 2012 under Instructor Tamara & Steven.
Marie believes Martial Arts is a place where you not only learn how to defend yourself and build your physical fitness, but to also develop and boost confidence and self-esteem.
MARIE'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Marie always aims for her classes to be fun and engaging so people may learn with a smile on their face.
ONE THING ABOUT MARIE
She started her Martial Arts training in the kids classes with my little brother and later on) her father. She has been training for around 6 years now.
Jake approaches martial arts as a way to exercise, practice discipline, and most importantly engage with the community that comes with training. Over the years, coming to Taekwondo classes in particular has become his "happy place".
JAKE'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Jake will make you work hard and run. A lot. He always tries to make classes as fun as possible and teach something new.
ONE THING ABOUT JAKE
Jake first experienced martial arts on his fifth birthday. He started officially training at age seven and has never looked back.
GIADA LA PENNA
Martial arts is an excellent sport to learn at any age as it covers fighting, defence but also fitness and the ability to meet like minded people.
GIADA'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Giada likes to encourage every student to try the best they can in every class but to also challenge themselves.
ONE THING ABOUT GIADA
Her favourite martial arts anime is Baki! Although it being incredibly unrealistic, it keeps her motivated to do martial arts.
Zoe believes that personal growth can come from both challenging yourself and having uplifting experiences within the martial arts community.
ZOE'S CLASSES - WHAT TO EXPECT
Zoe aims for her classes to always be exciting and motivating with a variety of activities.
ONE THING ABOUT ZOE
Zoe broke her first wooden board when she was a white belt and has loved doing kicks since.
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