Phu Khong

Shifu Phu is a 5th Degree Red Sash (Master rank) in Yi Quan Kung Fu. He has been training in the Martial Arts for over 15 years in various styles, but Kung Fu has been his biggest passion and focus. He is deeply passionate about teaching students of all ages and takes great pride in seeing them grow with confidence and skills.

Inspired to take up Martial Arts after watching classic Kung Fu movies starring famous Martial Artist such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Donnie Yen. Wanting to become just like his idol, Shifu Phu learnt that Martial Arts is more than just being able to throw awesome kicks and punches, but it teaches one to become discipline, focus and using your skills and knowledge to help others.

Shifu Phu has been the recipient of the Nai Xin Award in 2012, 2014 and 2017. This prestigious award recognises the exemplary display and embodiment of the 5 highly regarded virtues in Yi Quan Kung Fu; Patience, Perseverance, Kindness, Understanding and Humility.

He has also competed in many state and national tournament circuits in Australia, such as ISKA and AMAC. His greatest achievement was placing 1st in the NSW state title for Showmanship in 2015 for both AMAC & ISKA circuit. He loves to perform and demonstrate the style of Yi Quan, being the leader of the Kung Fu Demonstration Team for many years. His love of performing has led him on to feature on a reality tv show called ‘reality action star’, and also have been on Saturday Disney showcasing Kung Fu for the youth.

When not teaching and training, his other interest includes soccer, basketball, watching classic Kung Fu movies and outdoor activities such as obstacle course challenges, motorbike riding and hiking.
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BUSRA MANAV

BUSRA MANAV

Busra is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. She has been training for over 15 years. She is an instructor for all of our programs and plays a major role in the administration and program director roles at the Academy.

In accordance to her behind the scenes roles, Ms Busra overlooks the operations of our Little Dragons Program. She has won numerous state titles in Taekwondo Competition. 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 also holds a Masters in Education in which she applies her learnings into continually developing and updating our curriculums to provide best practice to our members.

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Mark Loughran

Mark Loughran

Mark is a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, a trained kick boxing instructor, tai chi leaders and Lil Dragons ambassador. He has been training in martial arts for over 15 years. With his background in medicine Mark specialises in breaking down techniques and utilising different teaching strategies to help students of all ages and experience levels reach their goals.

Mark is passionate in every session to make sure all students are happy & achieving their best results. He oversees over 40 classes per 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. Mark is so passionate about the benefits martial arts has on self improvement and confidence that he donates his time to running sessions for the lower-socioeconomic, drug affected and underprivileged individuals through multiple charity organisations.

Mark 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 ages 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.

Mark is passionate about making martial arts accessible to everyone and in making martial arts the medium for members to build confidence to set goals and achieve them.

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Sarah Seargeant

Sarah Seargeant

Sarah is a Taekwondo 4th Dan Black Belt with over 20 years of experience.

Her wealth of knowledge is vast due to her background of sparring on the Australian Team, her education and professional practice as a dietitian and exercise scientist and her development of Mini Dragon, Lil dragons and Dragon curriculums. Sarah understands how to create curriculums which target the needs of children of all ages and their parents. She transcends martial arts from kicking and punching to a medium which encourage kids to develop confidence, communication skills, build friendships, educate on how to take care of their body and all while making it a “whole heap of fun”.

Sarah’s collection of gold medals is impressive with a gold medal achieved at these international events; Korean Open, Malaysian Open, Chung Do Kwan Asia Pacific Championships and South Pacific Championships in contact sparring.

Sarah loves the challenge of teaching Taekwondo to 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. Sarah’s goal is to make exercise fun, positive and accessible for the whole family.

Sarah’s Diet and Exercise services are available at the Marrickville Headquarters – Eat Play Live. Members love that they can go to the one place to make sure that their exercise, diet and lifestyle are all in line with reaching their goals.

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Hakan Manav

Hakan Manav

Hakan is a 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a multiple time World Martial Arts Champion. He has been training in the Martial Arts for Over 25 years. 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). Hakan is an inductee into the ISKA Martial Arts Hall Of Fame.

He is a Master Instructor/Managing Director at the Australian Martial Arts Academy which was founded by his father Ridvan Manav in 1982. The Academy has won the Global Top Single Martial Arts School in the World Award by the EFC for the Fourth Consecutive year. Hakan conducts Seminars, Camps and Private Tuition. Hakan is a University graduate with a Degree in a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Finance and Management, from the University of Sydney. Upon finishing his HSC (Higher School Certificate) Hakan received an ATAR score of 99.25.

Hakan is a Martial Artist, Instructor, Studio Manager and Lead Performer/Choreographer of the X-Treme Team. After his Role in the Film Dying Ice (New York City International Film Festival/ HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood) and success on the hit TV series Australias Got Talent, Hakan has gone on to take part in a number of Film, TV, Commercial, Corporate and Modelling Productions. Playing the role of a Gladiator in the multi million dollar stadium sized production Ben Hur, narrated by Russell Crowe. Hakan has also Performed in a Live Stage Production in Dubai Performing Multiple shows spanning over 5 weeks. He is trained under the Meisner Acting Technique.

He is the founder of the “X-Treme Team” 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; Morning show with Kerri-Anne (Channel 9) on two separate occasions, Saturday Disney (Channel 7) also on two occasions, Weekend Sunrise (Channel 7). The team have also been invited to perform exclusively in Abu Dhabi for the Sheikh. Hakan has also Performed on The X-Factor (Channel 7).

Hakan’s focus is to continually innovate the systems and teaching methods at AMA in order to provide world class Martial Arts tuition to its members. Travelling the world, training in different styles, Hakan brings a wealth of knowledge to the AMA Instructing team.

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Grandmaster Ridvan

Grandmaster Ridvan

Grand Master (GM) Ridvan established the Australian Martial Arts Academy in Marrickville, Sydney in February 1982. Since

then the Academy has grown and expanded its reach through locations such as; Auburn, Casula, Concord, and Mascot. Grand Master Ridvan Manav is a 9th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a 9th Degree in Hapkido. He was recently inducted into the World Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Throughout his tenure at the Australian Martial Arts Academy as Master, GM Ridvan has seen multiple state, national and international champions develop and succeed in both martial arts and life.

GM Ridvan was 10 years old when he started Judo which was soon followed by boxing. He was 13 years old when he saw his first Bruce Lee movie. From that point on, he became fanatical about Martial Arts, training and travelling the world developing his knowledge through various styles of martial arts.

In the 1980’s GM Ridvan won Numerous state, National and International competitions receiving a gold medal at the World Martial Arts Games. Although that initial drive has taken GM Ridvan to the farthest limits of combative excellence, his mastery extends beyond fighting and into the realm of life.

The Australian Martial Arts & Fitness Academy is home to the X-Treme Team established by GM Ridvan. The X-Treme Team have a long Histo

ry originating from the foundation of the Australian Martial Arts Academy in 1982. Since then the team has evolved and performed in thousands of locations both in Australia and Around the world. They are an X-Treme Martial Arts Performance Team combining elements from all styles of Traditional Martial Arts with Exciting Choreography, Acrobatics and Weapons. Their credentials include reaching the finals of “ Australias Got Talent” (Channel 7), Performed on shows such as the “Morning show with Kerri-Anne” (Channel 9), “Saturday Disney” (Channel 7), “Sunrise” (Channel 7) Shopping Centres, Festivals all around Australia. Master

GM Ridvan was selected to coach the Australian National Team at the World Taekwondo Championships and has been a VIP Guest at every Olympic Games since Sydney 2000.

GM Ridvan 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. GM Ridvan has trained in the following Martial

Arts styles: Hapkido, Compliance Direction Takedown, Grappling, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, Thai Boxing, Kick Boxing, Pressure Points, Weapons, Karate, Judo, and Extreme Martial Arts.  Due to this training and philosophy, classes at the Australian Martial Arts Academy incorporate elements of these skills into all our sessions. GM Ridvan’s focus is provide strategy and direction for AMA as well as Mentoring and guiding the team of instructors in order to achieve AMA’s Mission and Vision.

This commitment to making martial arts accessible and fun for everyone has led to over 150 classes being taught at his schools every week, and the Australian Martial Arts Academy being recognised as the number 1 school (EFC) in the world for educational excellence and teaching.

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