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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Quality of Instruction:Excellent Other aspects:Excellent Recommended:Yes
This Academy Has been nominated ”Best Martial Arts Academy In Australia” 4 Years Running I would highly Advise you Go and Have A Try!
(I have been to 13 different Academies and this is my personal FAVOURITE!)
Quality of Instruction:Excellent Other aspects:Excellent Recommended:Yes
Especially for our children that attend twice a week and the adults a number of great reasons as self-defense, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment.
Kids are enjoying it and looking forward to having fun. Great teachers
Great place for the kids to do their extra curricular activities. Very active program. They teach techniques as well as philosophy such as respect, etc. Very professional and friendly teachers. kids love it there!
Friendly staff. Great programs for all ages even from 18 mths old. Lots of classes to choose from throughout the week, giving you flexibility.
Voted as the best martial arts school in the world.
Our whole family trains here and would highly recommend it to everyone.
The minute I walked in at the AMA I fell in love with this place. The energy in the Academy is amazing! Calm but firm, respectful yet fun! If you have a high energy child that needs some guidance how to direct their energy into a positive outcome, this is IT! The staff is extremely nice and very informative. Classes run often and kids get to show what they have learnt on a day in front of their parents. My daughter loved it from the very first time and couldn’t stop practicing her little routine that she has learnt on her first day. Kids are encouraged to practice and listen so they can achieve the next level belt. Parents can relax with a cup of coffee while waiting for the session to finish. Great place to start and continue this adventure with Martial Arts.
Great place, great attitude!
My son who is normally timid got stuck straight into the class and liked it. I was skeptical at first, of how encouraging the staff all were, but after two visits I’ve had time to evaluate and it’s genuine. You teach in a supportive, encouraging environment and you’ll breed it. Love that the week is flexible. Was dubious as they recommend doing two classes a week but since you aren’t locked into one class you can change and come whenever it suits you that week. Also love it’s not just karate but social and life skills they are learning.
From the moment we got in touch with the academy, they could not have been more helpful and inclusive. My young son lacks concentration but the staff encouraged and guided him in a positive friendly manner. The lessons include not only instruction in martial arts but include social skills such as confidence building, team work and participation as well. the staff are encouraging and always explain why they are doing something as well as how, it was all broken down in a manner that kids just get! The timetable is incredibly flexible and the options they offer suit busy families as we all are! My son came away enthused and vibrant about the class and excited about the next one. I would definitely recommend and will be back!
Brilliantly organised and fantastic instructors
I couldn’t speak more highly of the Academy. Such a wide range of programs for all ages that cater for everyone’s level. The children’s classes my son attends are great, he always has loads of fun whilst learning the techniques of the sport, so he always looks forward to going to his classes. All the teachers are amazing, extremely skilled, with such a consistent teaching style and always of a high standard. The atmosphere at the Academy is so welcoming and encouraging and I highly recommend the Academy to anyone.
My son and I love coming to this place. The organisation and discipline are outstanding and the quality of what is delivered is top class. Well done!
My two kids have been training with AMA for the past 18 months. The experience we have had to date has been absolutely phenomenal. The instructors are always friendly and down to earth when interacting with the students. I really appreciate the motivational speeches by the Master and head instructors – particularly Mr Hakan who strongly emphasises the importance of education and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Apart from the instructors, the venue is also amazing and comforting as it is always safe, family friendly and clean. I have full trust of the academy and have no hesitation when dropping my children off to train.
Overall, I strongly recommend parents to provide their children with the opportunity to train martial arts at some stage in their childhood. The benefits AMA has provided to my children have been priceless. Thank you AMA!
I have been a part of this club for close to 15 years and I am so excited to now see my own children now being a part of it! I can already see an improvement in confidence, understanding and discipline for my little one. Respect is a huge factor and seeing his admiration for instructors lets me know he has already established well grounded role models.
Love that I cannot wipe the smile off his face also before and after class.
Thank you team AMA!
Warm, friendly and helpful staff, always making you feel welcome. A great place to work on fitness and learn self defence.
“it doesn’t matter if you are a white belt or a black belt, everyone is treated equally and with the utmost respect”
The Academy is always so welcoming and encouraging, all the teachers are so friendly. My son loves the classes he attends as he has so much fun whilst learning, which means he always looks forward to going to his classes.
All the teachers are amazing, extremely skilled and have a very consistent and high standard style of teaching. I highly recommend the Academy to anyone of any age and any level.
Thank you for all that you do!
Its not just a Martial Arts Academy, It’s a community. We love it.
Great school, great atmosphere,So keep it up guys great job
I’m loving that martial arts has become a family experience for us. What a great school.
“Every teacher I’ve found is so supportive and challenges you in different ways.
I feel so comfortable walking into this place , all the staff are so wonderful always willing to help out in any way great atmosphere
The most incredible teachers and inspirational people that make you feel like part of this respectful community x
“The Instructors are all an inspiration, the Master in Particular”