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WELCOME TO CANBERRA MARTIAL ARTS
Our facility is unlike any gym you’ve been to before. We pride ourselves in not only providing world class training but we also believe in creating a motivating, dynamic environment filled with like-minded people of all ages and body types, who are committed to working hard and achieving lasting fitness results. If you’re serious about your health, learning fitness skills that cross over into Martial Arts than you should start with the Foundation Program and join our Martial Arts Fit Classes each week.
SUCCESS STORIES FROM MEMBERS
I began training at Canberra Martial Arts (formerly Hapkido Canberra) in late September 2016, after a decade long hiatus from any form of Martial Arts training. After just one trial lesson I immediately fell in love with Hapkido and signed up right there and then – the start of my Hapkido journey. Since then I have acquired new and exciting skills and job-specific crowd control/arrest techniques, participated in several gradings/tests through which I have obtained my Blue 3 stripe belt (4th Gup) currently and will be attempting to grade/test for my Red Belt (3rd Gup) at the end of the year. I also plan to obtain my 1st Dan Black Belt in 2018. Through my time at Canberra Martial Arts, I have met and continue to meet an amazing, diverse group of likeminded people and am developing long-lasting, close friendships. I have begun to see my confidence grow every day and gain a better understanding of myself and what I can achieve if I put the effort in. I am looking forward to the challenges, experiences, and opportunities that lay ahead on my Hapkido path with the new friends and colleagues that I have made here at Canberra Martial Arts.
When I first started Hapkido in Oct 2015, the idea of attaining a black belt was daunting.
People from various areas of my life had stacked reasons against me:
– I’m too small/not athletically built.
– My joints won’t be able to handle the strain.
– I’m so busy with work and my Masters degree, I can’t commit the hours needed for martial arts success.
– I’m female so I will always lose against my male counterparts.
In short, there were plenty of non-martial artists telling me “NO!”.
Where people have told me “No”, I’ve told myself “Hell, why not?” and now I can say:
– Being small can be advantageous. Just gotta learn how to work it.
– Stronger muscles means better supported joints. My wrists, elbows, knees and back don’t hurt anywhere near as they did before.
– I get 24 hours in a day like everyone else. I make time for things I love or find important.
– Being female means I will be underestimated (but we all know better ). Good luck to any male (or female) that underestimates me!
Fast forward 2 years, I am so close to going for 1st Dan. Actually, I’m determined to get it in 2018.
Around 8 yrs old, decided on my own to start training, my parents didn’t make me go ever. One of my distant friends was training, along with lots of people I recognized in my community. They all left through the years and I decided to stay, despite changeovers in instructors 4 times as well. I think that’s success for a kid/teenager. As a result, I got the long term benefits mentally, physically and I gained the disciple to train hard at home all my life. I reached my peak at 16 but was told I was too old for a junior black belt and too young for a senior black belt so I waited. Just the next year I quickly learned life started to get more complicated and therefore harder to focus: college, uni, work, having a family. I’ve been training on and off for the last 10 years but never was able to peak like that again. Being older I also started noticing flaws in the organization, stayed loyal and determined as previously but those flaws started becoming unfair which made it hard to excel. Also, after having my first born I felt like I lost most of my identity and needed to reconnect with my old self, it was a success for me not to give up and stop forever despite obstacles and that I found this club and supportive team at 27. Taekwondo is also my happy place. I’m looking forward to the future!