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Never Under Estimate Determination & A Strong Willing Heart...

Thank you to Shane Mellross for sharing this with us - it is so powerful in the message (and so great to watch) that we thought we would blog it this week!

The strength of a willing heart and the amount of determination shown cannot be measured!

No matter what your age, I think we can all relate to this video, you never give up tyrying until you achieve your set goal!

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The Journey of Hapkido ~ How Long Will It Take Me to get My Black Belt?

We are frequently asked, “How many belts are there before I get my Black Belt?” Although the colour of your belt is extremely important, it is the training and skills you develop along the way that are really important.  Achieving a Black Belt is a monumental step in your martial arts training, one that is earned every class!

Here is a break down of the belt order, along with the time usually it takes to achieve it (with regular training), and the self defence techniques you will learn with that belt…


White Belt – Starting Beltwhite

Outside Wrist Single Hand, & Double Hands

Grabbing Behind Belt



Yellow 8 – 3 months

Attacking Joints



yellow bstripe


Yellow 7 – 6 months

Inside Wrist



blue belt

Blue 6 – 9 months

Against Punch



blue w

Blue 5 -  12 months

Outside Wrist



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Blue 4 – 15 months

Sleeves, Shoulder, Neck Band Joint Twists



red belt

Red 3 – 18 months

Neckband Single Hand, Double Hands

Grabbing Front Top of Belt & Under

Behind Catching


21wRPER3sPLRed 2 – 21 months

Outside Wrist Double Hand Hittings

Throwing Joint Twist

2 Hands on 1


red blackRed 1 – 2 years

Against Punch & Joint Twists

Catch Whole Body Front & Behind



Bo Dan Black Belt – 2 years 3 months




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1st Dan Black Belt – 2 ½ years (3 month wait)

2nd Dan Black Belt  – 3 ½ years (1 year wait)

3rd Dan Black Belt  – 5 ½ years (2 year wait)

4th Dan Black Belt  – 8 ½ years (3 year wait)

5th Dan Black Belt  – 12 ½ years (4 year wait)

6th Dan  Black Belt  – 17 ½ years (5 year wait)

7th Dan  Black Belt  – 23 ½ years (6 year wait)

8th Dan  Black Belt  – 31 ½ years (8 year wait)

9th Dan  Black Belt  – 40 ½ years (9 year wait) ** Grand Master Sung Soo Lee **


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Bullying Doesn't Just Mean Physical Harm...

At TSDA our motto is "Developing Bully-Proof Confidence For Life", though learning physical self defence techniques to be able to protect yourself.  However, physical harm isn't the only way bullies can target.  At TSDA, we believe every body deserves to live a happy, confident, bully-free life, being the best each of us can be.  We teach our students to use their voice, by shouting when we stricke the bags, displaying confidence in our actions.  But what about "hidden" bullying?

The National Centre Against Bullying lists 4 types of bullying: (

1. Physical - learning self defence skills such as those taught at TSDA, enables you to be able to protect yourself.  Bullies pick on people that they see as weaker than them, but most times once retaliated at they move onto another target.

 2. Verbal - this includes name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks or verbal abuse.  At TSDA, our voices are LOUD.  This is the one place our students can be as loud as they can be.  Learning to use your voice (plus having the physical skills to protect yourself as above) is critical to standing up to people who verbally bully others.  Another trait developed by training at TSDA is your posture.  Developing a strong confident posture displays to bullies you cannot be intimated.

3.  Covert or hidden bullying - this type of bullying is harder to recognise and is usually done behind someones back.  Things such as lying and preading rumours, negative facial or physical gestures, playing nasty jokes to embarress and humiliate, unkindly mimicking, encouraging others to socially exclude someone, damaging someones rep[utation or social acceptance.  This type of bullying Ma'am Jaime experienced during her high school years and is very damaging.  TSDA provides an environment to develop your self confidence and self esteem to be able to stand up and say, "I will not be treated that way".  TSDA is your outlet, and your support to deal with negative, harsh bullies.

4.  Cyberbullying - these days can happen at any time, even in the safety of your own home. It includes abusive, hurtful texts, emails, posts, images or videos but also includes spreading nasty gossip or rumours, deliberately excluding others online and even imitating someone by using their log in.  This is dangerous bullying and can leave the target feeling so alone and helpless as there is no safe place.  This type of bullying even hits in their own bedroom.  TSDA - along with the above techniques already described - help give their students a voice, to be able to either tell someone, ask for help, or even with their improved self confidence, believe in themselves that they do not deserve to be bullied and will stand up and say NO.


Bullying is so destructive and can be life changing.  If you know of anyone being bullied, be their support, and know at TSDA you always have our support and we are here for you.


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Respect In Martial Arts & Life

Respect, discipline and courtesy play a huge role dating back to the ancient martial arts.

At TSDA we bow upon entering through the door of the dojang and also before entering the mat/training area.  We bow to our partner with whom we practice our self defence.  Before you start free sparring, we bow and graciously tap the mitt of our opponent in good sportsmanship.  In tournaments, when a sparring match ends and we win, we don’t jump up and down like we’ve just won an Olympic Gold medal.  Instead, we are respectful and courteous to our opponent.  Winning is celebrated quietly, with humility.  

It is our aim when we teach, to impart lessons of respect and courtesy along with all the physical skills.  All of our instructors use courteous words and behaviors and carry themselves in a respectful manner.  We believe respect is not just given, but it is earned.  We listen intently to questions, show a technique several times until it is understood, and help to motivate each student to try his/her best.  In return, we expect students to pay attention and give 100% effort.  

In TSDA, we have a safe, bully-free, firendly atmosphere, and any forms of disrepect are not tolerated or permitted.  We do however, allow an environment for students to learn  and improve and to have an opportunity to grasp these traits.  We do expect every student to learn from mistakes, as we oursleves continue to learn every day.  Each of us is only human and mistakes in judgements, actions and words are bound to happen.  However, as long as we learn from each experience, we become better people (regardless of age) and better martial artists.

Why is respect and courtesy so important in life?  When you apply respect and courtesy to your actions and reactions, you make small strides toward peace in our world; peace that is currently fractured.  Martial arts training clearly combines respect & courtesy in conjunction with tradition and the result is exemplary.  Respect and courtesy on a small-scale, beginning with your own actions, can help to curb violence and increase peace.  If you ever wonder what kind of positive change you can personally make that will have an effect on the world, you can start with respect and courtesy.  Smile at someone, chances are they will smile back; say hello and most likely you’ll get a response.  You must take the first step.  From now on, each bow you do into TSDA should be a reminder to use respect and courtesy throughout not just class, but life.  As mentioned above, we are only human and there may be bad decisions by accidentally lashing out at someone, or taking people for granted; but, if you learn from it, apologhise, be humble and truthful to yourself, you will become not only a respectful student in martial arts and life, but a respected one at that.

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You Never Know When You'll Need It...

This just highlihgts (unfortunately) the need for everyone to have self defence skills!  Thank goodness this girl knew how to protect herself, and was able to fight her way to safety.

Shown on Nine News 18th May 2015.

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