Our Instructors

Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the art of Taekwondo and other martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.

Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff have attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students. Master Ridvan boasts helping 1800 of his students achieve the honourable rank of black belt, by offering programs that continue to challenge even some of the most trainned and dedicated students. This is exemplified in the large number of students that AMA has who continue training and improving at The Academy after far after achieving that black belt rank. Here are a few of Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy instructors and other staff members who can get you on that black belt path and way of life too!


Ridvan Manav (Master) 

 Master Ridvan Manav is a 8th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. His awesome speed and incredible flexibility have given him and his Academy's the reputation as the "Speed & Flexibility Specialists."

Master Ridvan Manav established Australian Martial Arts and Fitness Academy in Marrickville in Feb 1982. Since then he has opened Centres in Casula, Auburn, Eastlakes and Bonnyrigg. Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy has produced champions in life and as well as in the martial arts.

Master Ridvan was 10 years old when he started Judo in Newtown Police Boys Club. He trained for two years and then took up Boxing at Redfern Police Boys Club. He was 13 years old when he saw his first Bruce Lee movie. From that point on, he became fanatical about Martial Arts. As a kid he also learnt Karate. Although that initial drive has taken Ridvan to the farthest limits of combative excellence, his mastery extends beyond fighting and into the realm of life.

Master Ridvan Manav in the 1980's won Numerous state, National and International competitions. In the 1990's Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy was the Number One Demonstration team. The Australian Demo Team X-treme Performed at the Opera house, Super Dome, Fox Studios and Bondi Beach to name a few. Master Ridvan was selected to coach the Australian National Team at the World Taekwondo Championships.

Master Ridvan Manav has travelled the world training in different styles of Martial Arts with other masters, seeking to learn and teach the best and most effective Martial Arts to his students. Master Ridvan Manav has trained in the following Martial Arts styles: Hapkido, Compliance Direction Takedown, Grappling, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Thai Boxing, Kick Boxing, Pressure Points, Weapons, Karate, Ultimate Fighting Challenge, Judo, Extreme Martial Arts



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Hakan Manav ( Head Instructor) 

 Hakan is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a World Martial Arts Champion. He has been training in the Martial Arts for Over 20 years. Hakan is 2 time NASKA World Champion. He was a former member of the Australian Taekwondo Team who travelled the World Competing and is a 3 time National Taekwondo Sparring Champion. Hakan was invited to the USA to complete a 5 Volume Martial Arts Instructional DVD Series titled “Modern & Creative Kicks” produced by Century Martial Arts (The Worlds Largest Martial Arts Supply Company) . In 2011 Hakan was inducted into the ISKA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as the Sportsman of the Year. In the same year he was awarded the “Most Inspiring Instructor Award’ by EFC  Black Belt Schools. Hakan is in high demand for Seminars and Live performances around the world.

He is the founder of the X-Treme Karate Kidz” which is a Performance based Martial Arts team that have reached the finals of Australias Got Talent (Channel 7), Performed on other TV Programs such as the; Morningshow with Kerri-Anne (Channel 9) on two separate occasions, Saturday Disney(Channel 7) , Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7). Hakan has also Performed on The X-Factor (Channel 7).

Hakan conducts Seminars, Camps and Private Tuition. Hakan is a University graduate with a Degree in a Bachelorof Commerce double majoring in Finance and Management, from the University of Sydney. Upon finishing his HSC (Higher School Certificate) Hakan received a score of 99.25

Hakan is a popular and well-respected instructor who brings out the best in his students. His extensive knowledge, experience and achievements in the Martial Arts industry gives him the ability to teach at any level.

Please Visit his website for more Details: www.hakanmanav.com



Sarah Perkins (Head Instructor) 

Sarah is a Taekwondo 4th Degree Black Belt with 20 years experience in the industry. She has won numerous NSW and Australian chamionships. Sarah's collection of gold medals is impressive with a gold medal achieved at the following international events; Korean Open, Malaysian Open, Chung Do Kwan Asia Pacific Championships and South Pacific Championships (sparring). Sarah is an advocate for great health and positivity as our in-house Dietitian and Exercise Scientist.

Sarah's has been fundamental in developing the specialty children's programs of the Lil' Dragons and Dragons classes. She loves the challenge of teaching Taekwondo to all different age groups including her young students, mums, dads and everyone in between. Sarah is an Exercise Scientist and Dietitian, whose expertise is valued by club members. With her high achievements here in Australia and around the world, Sarah brings out the best in her students. Her knowledge and experience are invaluable.

Click here for information about Eat Play Live Sarah's Dietetic and Exercise Scientist services which are run in at Marrickville Location.


Busra Manav (Head Instructor)

Busra is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She has been training in Taekwondo for 16 years. She is an instructor for all of our programs and plays a major role in the Australian Demo Team, Xtreme. Busra has won numerous state titles making her one of the most experienced martial artists in Australia. Busra is available to answer any questions you might have & to help new students settle in.

Not only is Busra a great instructor but she is also ouroffice manager. Busra holds a Masters in Education and is able to use these education skills to help others build confidence & understand how they can learn best.



  Mark Loughran

Mark is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. He has been training in martial arts for over 7 years and taught for over 4 years. He specialises in breaking down techniques to help students of all ages and experience levels reach their goals.

Mark oversees all of his classes to make sure all students are happy & achieving their best results. He oversees over 40 classes a week and is program director of The Kick Boxing and Tai Chi programs. Mark is certified to teach all ages from 18 months to adults and is trained in childhood milestones and postural corrections. Mark is a preschool and school sports specialist, running many of our school and preschool sports sessions weekly.

He holds certification in the Tai Chi for Health series, as well as the Tai Chi for Fall Prevention program. Mark aims to develop programs that are well suited to all ges and people with many chronic diseases after he himself has attributed his recovery from chronic fatigue to martial arts and a healthy mindset, diet and lifestyle.







Catherine Petrakis

Catherine has been practicing Taekwondo since she was 4 and has won numerous titles. She has won the Australian Martial Arts Championships 6 years in a row. She is a thirdfdegree black belt and is one of our youngest assistant instructors. She is the captain of the Black Belt Demonstration Team, performing all over the country. She always acts with a maturity beyond her years which makes her an ideal role model for her students.


Maddie Haul-brook 

Maddie is a Second Dan Black Belt who has the best manner about her and who the kids adore with her ability to make learning fun. Maddie makes class a blast, all while making sure each one of her students learns something new. Maddie has a background in trapeze which helps with many agility moves.


Richard Yuwono 

Richard has been instructing adults and children for over 4 years with Australian Martial Arts. Richard has been training in martial arts for more than 8 years. He specliaises in breaking down techniques for people of all ages and making classes lots of fun.


Instructor Team








Casula, Bonnyrigg and Eastlakes Instructors


Ercan Kocak

Ercan has been training Taekwondo for the past 20 years. He is one of the earliest students of the Australian Martial Arts Academy, earning his spot as the head of the Australian Martial Arts Demo team X-treme. Ercan also represented the Australian Taekwondo tournament team for over 10 years. He has been teaching for over 8 years at our eastlakes branch and has thus trained many state and national champions.


Erkan Aydin (Head Instructor)

Erkan Aydin (Head Instructor)

Erkan is a 5th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo with over 20 years industry experience. Erkan has won Championships in numerous competitions including the Asian pacific championships and has been involved with many training/coaching programs in both Asia and Europe. Erkan has developed members to championships at state, national, university (UNSW) and international open levels. His numerous professional sporting background gives him the edge as one of the finest Instructors.



Emrah Aydin 

Emrah is a 4th Dan Black Belt with 20 years experience. He is the Program coordinator for all junior programs at our Casula Branch. Emrah is passionate about teaching and provides additional programs for members with learning difficulties. His vast experience within the sport enables him to deliver programs in a fun and interactive environment.  


Irma Alic 

Irma specialises with the Little Dragons program at the Casula Branch. She is a Gold medallist in both State and National level.

For more information about the Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy - BE THE NEXT KARATE KID staff or training programs, please contact us at +61 2 95916614 or by clicking here