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Kingsland Martial Arts Hapkido and Self Defence School in Auckland NZ
Kingsland Martial Arts Hapkido and Self Defence School in Auckland NZ

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A nice little video sampler from some of our Australian cousins.
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Start your Black Belt journey now

It's around this time of year that we all make resolutions about how this time, this year we'll start training and get in shape.

Our challenge to you is to give us 3 months.

Sign up now for a 3 month trial period, and we'll throw in a uniform for free. It's going to be a big year at our club, with several national Hapkido events, gradings and of course, plenty of fun training.
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Dates to lock-in
for your festive fist-fighting

Saturday, December 5th
1st Dan & white belt grading, from midday. Mini-seminar from 2-3pm. Kids and adults welcome to attend both the grading & mini seminar. This will be the last kids class for the year.

Wednesday, December 16th
Final adult class for the year.

Wednesday, January 13th
First adult class for 2016.

Saturday, January 16th
Kingsland Martial Arts AGM. For those of you not aware, KMA is a registered club, and so we need to hold an AGM every year. Any currently paid-up member (or their parent) can attend, and we run through about 15 minutes worth of business before having a general catch-up. There are several suitable bars in Kingsland to choose from, so feel free to suggest your favourite. First round is on us.

Saturday, February 6th
First kids class for 2016.

Saturday, April 9th
First kids grading for 2016
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A bit of a formality for our status as an incorporated club, but also a chance to have a beer and talk about the coming year in an informal environment, how we might grow the club, and our training goals.

Open to all existing club members, partners and kids. Contact James for address details etc.
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A photo of me demonstrating a submission to a few of the guys at my club. Unfortunately, the photo doesn't capture the look on Scott's face. If you're in Auckland and you want to learn some self-defence, Hapkido is a great place to start. Club details are at www.kingslandmartialarts.co.nz

#hapkido #martialarts  
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Fear & bruising in Upper Hutt
A martial odyssey

The morning was a bright crystal shard. My breath billowed in clouds, lungs burning from the shock of cold air. Around me the town was still in bed, a sensible place to be given the conditions, which could be best described as thus: cold, tired and slightly hungover. I was running as well as I could along the frozen paths and bush-clad lanes of Trentham Memorial Park, dodging patches of ice, and clenching my hands to ease the numbness in my fingers. I had a theory that by running hard enough I'd warm up. That didn't happen, as it turns out, but I did manage to earn a rare moment of beauty and solitude on a weekend that was otherwise filled with the organised pain of martial arts and the garish interiors of airports and motels. 

Jogging along the icy banks of the Hutt river, the dark hills looming over me like erie sentinels, I couldn't help but wonder how I'd gotten here. Well, I knew the practical details of course - by plane, car and bus - but the personal and cultural journey had been much longer.

I work in Parnell as a designer – a far cry indeed from the Hutt Valley – but a couple of nights a week I run a martial arts class teaching the Korean art of Hapkido. I was in Upper Hutt to attend a 2-day seminar  at the illustrious headquarters of the NZ Hapkido Federation. Now, Upper Hutt describes itself as a city, but don't believe what you read in the brochure; you'll only be disappointed, (just like the rest of Upper Hutt). Instead of spending a pleasant weekend in warm & sunny Auckland with my family, I'd travelled here, voluntarily, to be beaten up for 6 hours a day by strangers wearing white pyjamas. I am clearly insane.

Let me describe myself to you: I'm a lanky, affable, and well-educated sort of guy – so learning how to break a man's arm, choke him to death or fight with knives is all very abstract. It's a hobby. And although it sounds bloodthirsty, practising it is really more like practising a form of dance (until someone punches you in the face.) The practitioners of most martial arts, in our modern and comparatively safe society, are fantasists. We talk a tough game. We posture, throw each other around, get into what are essentially play-fights for grown ups, and even, quite sweetly, apologise to one another if we cause an injury. I spend a great many hours imagining that I'm some sort of tough, Hollywood-style vigilante who could beat the hell out of anyone, but I'm much more likely to end a fight by running away. 

Hence my early morning exertions. You have to play to your strengths.

We were lucky enough to have a Grand Master teaching at the seminar. He had travelled down from Korea with the aim of imparting his knowledge of a more traditional, pure, form of Hapkido than we were used to. That, and do some sightseeing. 

I, for one, liked him, particularly when we got him drunk at dinner later that night. Martial Arts very easily become personality cults; small, tough little religions of psuedo-Eastern wisdom, flaky homilies and a devotion to the dramatic arc of the life of the founder. But our Grand Master eschewed the normal trappings of mastery. He was mild, funny and almost shy when out of his fighting gear. His name was Scott. He asked that people call him...Scott.

Scott told me he'd been training in Hapkido since the age of three. I wanted to ask him if he'd ever dreamed of doing something else, like accountancy, or quantity surveying. Was it really his wish as a child to become a teacher of ruthlessly efficient killing techniques, or had he wanted to spend a bit more time playing with Lego? But as with most of my own techniques, I missed my opening.

What the hell. I enjoy the esoteric. And although it is unlikely I'll ever face a situation where resorting to an elegant 17-step wrist-lock and hip-throw combination is the right choice, that's not the point. The point is that for a couple of days, a bunch of dorks got to live out a little of their fantasy. And I was literally the biggest dork of all.

#hapkido   #martialarts   #newzealand  
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So, basically, this chick kicks ass, and don't ever attack her in your undies. The techniques are all legit (and yes, we teach almost all of these at my Hapkido club).
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2014 National Hapkido Seminar

The weekend of the 4th & 5th of October the Upper Hutt club (www.hapkido.co.nz) is holding an intensive 2 day seminar with Grand Master Scott Seo (8th Dan) from Korea. At only $50 per day, or $75 for both days (if you register before the end of this month) it's a fantastic deal. I'm thinking of organising an Auckland contingent: if you're interested in coming down send me a message and we'll sort out some accommodation/travel arrangements.
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We're launching our May offer: sign-up for 3 months and get a free uniform worth $85. The first lesson is free anyway, so come along and try us out. www.kingslandmartialarts.co.nz 
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The Comeback Kings

Not been to training this year? Feeling flabby? Scared that Jamie will make you do one-armed plank exercises as punishment if you return? Fear not. May is the month of the Comeback Kings

If you've been unable to get to the club this year but want to get back into training, send us an email (kingslandmartialarts@gmail.com) or Facebook IM, and you'll get a month's free training.

Easy.
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