White Tiger classes on hold for the immediate future

February 20, 2013 by kristen

*Note: Classes will be on hold due to Senior Instructor Kristen’s university commitments. Private classes are still available, primarily for students committed to attaining their black belt in the next two years.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions regarding Taekwondo, Haidong Gumdo, or alternate training venues in the Sydney region, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Classes update: Term 3 and 4 2012

June 23, 2012 by kristen

As of 16/07/2012 classes will be on hold until January 2013 due to Senior Instructor Kristen’s research commitments. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thankyou for your understanding. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Term 1 and Easter Break

April 5, 2012 by kristen

Congratulations to all students who successfully passed their gradings this weekend (which, word is, was all White Tiger students). This was a massive effort, and included some very high grades. Each of you pushed very hard to get to this grading. Keep setting those goals and training hard to achieve them!
I can’t wait to see how far you have all come when I return. I am very proud to have so many dedicated, enthusiastic and determined students as part of this club.
Congratulations to all students on their efforts and training this term!
Happy Easter everyone! Classes return on April 24. Have a safe and fantastic holiday.
Reminder: there are no classes this Saturday (Easter Saturday – 7th), but there ARE classes this Thursday.

‘Bring a Friend’ Promotion

January 22, 2012 by kristen

During Term 4 2011 and the first half of 2012, any student who brings a friend to class will receive two raffle tickets to win free Taekwondo or Haidong Gumdo equipment.

First prize will be a $50 equipment voucher, second prize $30, third prize will be a free hand-held kicking paddle (valued at $20).

In addition, any student whose friend signs up for at least one term of Taekwondo classes will receive 50% off their class fees for the next term! Their friend will also receive 50% off their first term of class fees.*

Raffle will be drawn in June!


*PLEASE NOTE: Raffle entry tickets are unlimited – for every friend a student brings they will receive an extra set of raffle tickets.

However, should a student bring more than one friend to class over the promotion period, they will only be able to claim up to 2 terms of half-price fees.

Vouchers will be for either Shogun Martial Arts Supplies, or Sports Master Australia, depending on the winning ticket holder’s choice and needs.

Haidong Gumdo Australia manual now available

January 22, 2012 by kristen

The first OFFICIAL Australian Haidong Gumdo Manual is available for order now! 

The manual covers from basics to Ssansoo Gumbup 8 in accordance to the new curriculum for the 1st Dan.

It’s $55 and is in black and white, including fully instructional photos.

Orders have to be back to the NSW technical director by Feb 3 – there will hopefully be another print run in about 3-4 months if you miss this one. Payment will need to be via cheque before the delivery of orders (c. Feb 20 – Feb 24). For more information please contact your instructors.

A sneak peak is available from the Haidong Gumdo Australia facebook page:




Term 1 News

January 22, 2012 by kristen

Congrats to everyone for making 2011 such a great year for White Tiger – Year of the Tiger has finished, bring on the Year of the Dragon! 

2012 has begun, and already it’s looking to be a great year for training. This year promises to be a big one, with many events on the cards, including the Haidong Gumdo World Titles!

For January, we have some fantastic holiday classes planned.

White Tiger Korean Martial Arts will be hosting two FREE summer beach trainingsessions, courtesy of Instructor Nausicaa. These are open to both TKD and HaidongGumdo students.

Balmoral Beach (When arriving at the beach we will meet onthe left hand side near the Surf Club). 

Training runs from 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Will include soft sand running, solid tkd warm up and poomsae sessions. This promises to be a fun hour of dynamic and invigorating training!
Haidong Gumdo students are also invited, and are more than welcome to practice their sword patterns as a group while Taekwondo students work on their poomsae.

If the weather gets dodgy, we will email the group to cancel and post a message on the facebook event page
Full contact details are on the website if you have any questions.

A third training session is also available for all Haidong Gumdo students – a technicalseminar (including cutting skills) offered by the NSW techical team. These instructors arefantastic, and are National champions across all of their divisions. This is an invaluableopportunity to hone your skills. See attached for full info.

Date: Sunday 22nd Jan

Time: 9.30am – 12 noon

Cost: $15

Term 1’s classes officially return on Jan 31st.

All Taekwondo students:

Due to our continued low injury rate Master Andrew would like to reward all students, by offering an “Early Bird” discount of $5 off their 2012 insurance fee, if you return the insurance form & fee by the 07.02.12.

All student Registration and insurance policies are due as from the 1st of February 2012.

Term 3 news

October 26, 2011 by kristen

Wow, what a massive Term this has been!

A big congratulations to all students who graded at the end of Term 3 in front of Master Andrew and/or Master Oh. A special mention must be made for our two new 3rd Dans – Alejo Rivas and Instructor Nausicaa Joannes! Both candidates were part of an exceptionally strong group of four students who attempted this significant grade. Both Nausicaa and Alejo passed with flying colours! Well done!

This term was also incredibly hectic for tournaments and other events. Senior Instructor Kristen participated in the 2011 TA Nationals in Canberra, and the Australian Uni Games in Brisbane this term, scoring a bronze in the first and a silver in the second.

This year’s Haidong Gumdo nationals saw a very strong group of students sit for 1st Dan right through to 6th Dan before Australian HG President Master Oh and World HG Vice President Master Lee. This group included our very own Emily Cullen, who sat for 1st Dan. Congratulations to Emily on her massive efforts at the Grading and in all her training leading up to this weekend.

As part of the NSW Team, White Tiger/Element’s students Penny and Instructor Mark Underwood put on an outstanding performance, with Penny scoring Bronze in patterns and silver in paper cutting, and Mark scoring bronze in both live blade paper cutting and bamboo cutting. Senior Instructor Kristen also came away with a gold medal in female black belt (18-38yrs) patterns as well.

Overall we had 19 competitors, competing in 40 events/divisions: 34 medals! 14 GOLD, 13 SILVER, 5 BRONZE. And we can’t forget the BEST MASTER AWARD for NSW President, Master Andrew. Hills District Haidong Gumdo, who were also part of the NSW team, also came away with a swag of medals as well. NSW did exceptionally well, with some very tight competition. We can’t forget our incredible cheer squad, led by the indefatigable Megan Williamson!

Congratulations to everyone on their massive efforts and achievements this year!

Congratulations Mark!

July 24, 2011 by kristen

At the end of Term 2, White Tiger Haidong Gumdo’s Mark Underwood successfully completed his Instructor’s training under Master Jung Il Oh.

The course is quite gruelling, and a great challenge – very well done to Mark for passing with flying colours!

Mark will now be opening a new Haidong Gumdo school in Sydney, as part of Element Martial Arts.

Term 2

May 18, 2011 by kristen

Welcome back to Term 2!

A massive congratulations to all Haidong Gumdo and Taekwondo students who successfully passed their gradings last term. Very well done to all students!

We now have our sports taekwondo clas up and running at our Redfern venue on Saturday afternoons – which is great, as Term 2 sees the Taekwondo tournament season get into full swing across NSW.

This term promises to be quite challenging, as we have several students looking for dan grades in Taekwondo and Haidong Gumdo over the next 6 months. Get ready to watch the standard across our classes lift as our dan grade candidates start pushing their training!

We also have our new website up and running, although several sections are still being worked on with photos expected to be uploaded soon! Have an explore around the information, and if you have any responses, please don’t hesitate to pass them on.

Happy training everybody!

Archived News

May 18, 2011 by kristen


28th February 2011

Welcome to 2011 everyone – this year is set to be exciting and challenging!

Some important events for term 1:

– March 5. Wolves Inter-club tournament. This is a friendly club-based tournament offered to all students of Mountain Wolves, Hawkesbury Wolves, Nepean Wolves and White Tiger KMA. This event is suitable for all graded students, beginners to experienced fighters. All students are matched according to grade, weight and previous tournament experience. Contact your instructor for more details.

– March 20. Taekwondo Challenge camp. This is an awesome day of solid and advanced martial arts training available for all Taekwondo students graded Blue Belt and up. Contact your instructor for more details.

– March 27. NSW State Taekwondo tournament. All students and family members are welcome to come along to this tournament to support the combined Wolves and White Tiger teams. Any students who are curious about joining in our sports taekwondo class, or competing in poomsae are encouraged to come along and see what it is all about.

– April 2. Haidong Gumdo grading and training seminar with Master Oh. Any students who have passed their pre-grading are encouraged to grade. All students are invited to the challenging training seminar – a great opportunity to train under the tutelage of Australian President Master Jung Il Oh.

– April 3. Taekwondo grading. All students who have passed their pre-grading are encouraged to grade to the next level.

– April 8. End of Term 1.

– April 10. NSW state training. This is essential for all students who wish to compete in Taekwondo sparring at a state and national level. Contact your instructor for more details.

Holiday Classes: 12th, 19th and 26th of April. These classes are FREE classes offered for any student who missed classes during term 1.


DECEMBER 21st 2010

Congratulations all White Tiger students who competed at the Australian National Championships – excellent performance by all!

White Tiger entered 3 competitors, and came away with 2 gold, and 2 bronze. Excellent work!

Well done to the NSW team over all for an absolutely splendid performance in all categories!


SEPTEMBER 28th 2010

As many of you are aware, I unfortunately have to undergo surgery in October. All classes will still be operating as usual in Term 3, under the supervision of our highly trained instructor Nausicaa (Taekwondo), and Lightning Force’s Instructor Peter Cook (Haidong Gumdo Classes). I will be unable to teach for two months following the surgery, and unable to train for 12 weeks. I would like to thank all students for their patience over the last weeks since my injury, and wish you all a happy holiday!



SEPTEMBER 12th 2010


The 2010 Australian Haidong Gumdo Nationals tournament will be held in Brisbane on 20-21 November. The nationals tournament is sponsored by the Australian Haidong Gumdo Association headquartered here in Brisbane under the guidance of Master Jung Il Oh. There will be competitors from Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and also New Zealand.

The competition consists of sword pattern, sparring choreography, paper cutting and bamboo cutting and also features a demonstration. We are also looking forward to seeing Grand Master Lee here again. Master Lee is from the World Haidong Gumdo Federation Headquarters in South Korea and it is always a great honour to have him attend our Nationals tournament.

Is running every Saturday morning from 9am until 10.30am in the Blue Mountains. All White Tiger Students are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.
Location: Winmalee Public School (off Whitecross Rd).
Cost: $5 per session. Each session is run by the NSW Technical Team at an advanced level.

For NSW team students located outside the Blue Mountains region, the minimum requirement to compete in Nationals this year is to have attended one state training session a month as well as training consistently and specifically with your own instructor.

Students not competing in the nationals are more than welcome to attend the State sessions if they are looking for a challenge or to train at an advanced level.


AUGUST 16th 2010

NSW Haidong Gumdo Poomsae Seminar:

The NSW Technical Team will be conducting a poomse seminar for the benefit of all NSW HG practitioners, with the details as follows:

· Date: Saturday 28th August
· Time: 9.00 to 10.30am for Coloured Belts (Blackbelts start at 8.30am)
· Location: Springwood Public School grassed area (oval)
· Theme: Poomse and technique
· Dress: Full uniform
· Cost: $5.00 per student


AUGUST 3rd 2010

Congratulations to everyone who represented Australia in the 5th Haidong Gumdo World Titles in Korea last weekend. Everyone held their own against strong competition from all over the world, and most importantly, were outstanding in terms of spirit, attitude and discipline.

The Aussie team as a whole did incredibly well, obtaining several silver and bronze medals, as well as the phenomenal achievement of being the first non-Korean association to take out the “Best Association” award. Very Well done!

From NSW we had Jacob (from Mountain Wolves) who made it through to the semi finals, coming second place in the foreign coloured-belt junior patterns division (the rest of the world competes separately to the Koreans throughout the prelims: first place then competes against the top three Koreans in the final round). Two NSW teams also made it to the semi-finals for sparring: Master Andrew and myself placed 3rd, while Rodney (Mountain Wolves) and Luke (Nepean Wolves) placed 4th out of around 30 sparring teams from all over the world.

A big thankyou to everyone who made this possible, and to all those who supported the Australian team and helped things run fluidly over there.

Awesome achievement Aussies!


JULY 5th 2010

Term 3 starts on August 3rd, due to World Titles in Korea, with our new Taekwondo class kicking into action at 7pm that night!

Goodluck to all members of the Australian team competing in Korea at the end of July!


JULY 5th 2010

Congrats to all students who participated in the demonstration Grading on June 19 – feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. You guys were exceptionally strong, and all passed with flying colours! Congrats on such a tight performance, and on all the hard work that went into it.

Well done!


MAY 29th 2010


Taekwondo Grading: Blackbelts Sat 26th June; White and Coloured belts Sun 27th June. Senior Grading is at 3.00pm at Winmalee High School. All students who have pssed their pre-grading are encouraged to attend.

NSW Haidong Gumdo Grading and Seminar is coming up on Saturday June 19, at Winmalee High School. 2pm – 3.30pm.

The grading will be preceded by a seminar with Master Oh, which shall start at 11am and run through until 1pm. This is a valuable opportunity to train with the president of Haidong Gumdo Australia.

The grading is a demonstration grading, meaning that it is open to the general public and will consist of several dynamic displays from different Haidong Gumdo classes across NSW.

Each demonstration will run for approximately 5 to 10 minutes, and consist of students showcasing their skills and abilities in order to attain their next grade.

It will be an exciting demonstration of Haidong Gumdo across all grade groups, including a demonstration from players representing Australia at the World Titles in Korea in July – anyone who is interested in watching such a martial arts display is more than welcome to attend!


APRIL 9th 2010

In 2010 the World Haidong Gumdo Championship are being held in Korea
23 July – 31st July.

Australia is sending over a very strong team this year, with approximately 12 competitors entering from NSW for the first time!

Goodluck to all Australian competitors!

Elite training in NSW is currently running on Saturday mornings in the Blue Mountains, all students interested in training at an elite level are welcome. Contact Kristen for further details.


MARCH 30th 2010

The first Haidong Grading of the year occurred this Sunday, with Master Oh expressing his admiration at the quality of students currently training in the Sydney region.

Congratulations to all White Tiger students who attended the seminar and grading. Many instructors commented on the standard of your techniques – well done!


MARCH 30th 2010

Congratulations to all students who attended the NSW State Tryouts – the standard was incredibly strong! A big congratulations to the 12 students from NSW who qualified to be part of the team!

State Training is available to all students who are interested in training at an elite level, not just for the NSW State team. It is also compulsory for any student who has qualified to represent Australia at the World Titles in Korea this year.

If anyone is interested in attending the State Training sessions (Saturdays, 9am in the Blue Mountains), please contact Senior Instructor Kristen.


OCTOBER 31st 2009
Congratulations to the NSW State team on attending their first Australion Haidong Gumdo Nationals tournament in 2009!!

The whole team competed incredibly well, with several silver and bronze medals being attained for sparring and patterns, and a gold medal achieved by Paul and Nicholas Verstagen for sparring.

The competition was incredibly tough, with several world medal holders and high elite standards put forward. Well done NSW for achieving so much in our very first Nationals!