Master Steve Tamanini
My Martial arts journey began in 1986 training in Ju jitsu under Richard Morgan. I trained there for approx 2 years reaching the level of Brown Belt, shortly after this the club closed down.
In late 1987 I began looking at other Martial arts and came across Hap Ki Do in a community hall at Mona Vale. It was a Wednesday night when I walked in too watch a class and see what it was all about. When the class finished I knew it was for me, I signed up that night and was training there the following evening.
HKD was exactly what I was looking for.
I started Martial arts like many others wanting to learn how to defend myself but gain knowledge far beyond that . The learnings of Hap Ki Do has kept me going all these years. The discipline, respect and etiquette which becomes a way of life inside and outside of the art itself. Many of the principles and philosophies of HKD have helped me shape my path through life.
My instructor Master Kevin Brown, has ability and knowledge in HKD in this country that is second to none. I can truly say that I have gained so mush knowledge and continue to do so by a Master very passionate about our art not only in techniques but in humility, discipline and respect.
I have also been fortunate to have trained with so many talented and experienced martial artists, Grand Master and Founder of the Australian Hap Ki Do Association Matthew Kim, whose knowledge, philosophy and spirit put all of us on the right path of HKD. Master Matt Geister who now runs the NBHKD club at which I instruct on a Wednesday night, our friendship began training together and has continued outside HKD with our families. Masters Daniel Marie, Mitch and Scott Wetherell, Ron Rees to name a few. Black Belts Tup Moeka, Domonic Salsiccia, Mark Fendley, Eli Dutton, Dom Spreckley Sonya Featherstone, Elizabeth Brown, Sam Morgan the list goes on .
A few of my HKD highlights have been….
Study Tour Of Korea
Traveling to Korea in 1995 and again in 2012, the experience from these trips have been amazing seeing the roots of HKD and the ability of the students and instructors is inspiring to say the least. I have learnt so much from all the Grandmasters, Masters and Students ( to many to name ). I have so much more to learn.
The friendships, memories and fun times that were forged on these trips is something that I will remember fondly.
Organizing two 24hr HKDthons was a big undertaking in which students from all our clubs came together to train and raise money for charities. While extremely tough to ask students to train for 24hours the discipline of our art helped us push through those early hours of the morning to continue and resulted in raising over $40,000 dollars, which for the 1st one went to Bear cottage and the 2nd to the Star Light foundation.
Achieving my Black Belt
1st degree in 1991
2nd degree in 1993
3rd degree in 1996
4th degree in 2001
Finally my 5th degree in 2012 along with Mitch Wetherell and Ron Rees
Outside of HKD, I am a Fire Fighter with NSW Fire and Rescue, and own and run a Strata Cleaning Company (SCL Strata Maintenance), along with my 2 jobs, night shifts with NSW Fire and Rescue and the amount of time I have spent away from home training (4 – 5 nights per week) I would not have been able to achieve what I have in HKD without the support of my family. My wife Simonne, has always encouraged and supported me in my passion. My 16 year old son Luke started HKD when he was young and has excelled in his sporting fields of Rugby and Basketball. My 13 year old daughter Bianca has recently returned to training and is a yellow belt and is giving me a few lessons in kicking and sparring.
Thank you to my family
I would like to believe that with good health and staying fit I can continue my journey in HKD for another 25 years and beyond, and pass on the knowledge to students that I have been privileged to receive from my instructors and fellow students,
Thank you to all for the blood, sweat and tears, but more importantly the friendships and memories I will cherish.