In 1951, at the age of ten, William Cheuk Hing Cheung started his training in Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grandmaster Yip Man. From 1954 to 1958 Cheung was a live-in student of Grandmaster Yip Man. It was during this time that he mastered the complete system of Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu. Between 1957 and 1958 Cheung won the Kung Fu elimination contests in Hong Kong, defeating opponents with many more years' experience. In early 1954 Cheung introduced Bruce Lee to Grandmaster Yip Man, and became Lee’s trainer. Throughout the four and a half years the two men developed a very close friendship, and Cheung passed on to Bruce Lee most of his techniques and helped developed his overall confidence and experience in fights. In later years he was to use these techniques in competitions, and also in his movies. Sifu William Cheung was Chief Instructor for the US 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, and in 2012 was awarded the Distinguished Law Enforcement Community Impact and Life Achievement Award by Chapter 38 of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association in Delaware, USA. Grandmaster Cheung is a 1st generation master of the Wing Chun system of Ip Man, he is recognised in all parts of the world for his talents as a martial artist and has trained many people including dignitaries, celebrities, movie stars and every day citizens from all corners of the globe. Its fair to say that Grandmaster William Cheung is one of the true originals of martial arts, one who will go down in history as one of the worlds best.
Robert Frost is an 8th Dan Black Belt (Grandmaster) in Taekwondo. Grand Master Frost was born at Gosford on the Central Coast of New South Wales and spent his early years growing up at Morisset on the western side of Lake Macquarie. Grandmaster Frost has trained in a variety of martial art styles including Jeet Kune Do, Goju Ryu Karate and Kyokushin Karate but his love of Taekwondo was the style that won him over. In about 1982, Grand Master Frost partnered with Rhee Taekwondo Newcastle/Hunter. Through his martial arts shop he not only manufactured martial arts uniforms and the diversity of his outlet also provided security dog equipment to international clients including Papua New Guinea. A busy period, as he was teaching Taekwondo 4 plus times per week, and overseeing 10 Dojangs. In the 80’s Grand Master Frost (as a silent partner) with his friend, well-known karate instructor and writer Glen Levick promoted the ‘Hunter Valley Challenge’ a series of full-contact martial arts tournaments in Newcastle. The tournaments were a great success drawing competitors from NSW, QLD and Victoria. Grand Master Frost also made several visits to Hong Kong and Taiwan during this time (on buying trips for his martial arts shop) and took the opportunity to try several Kung Fu styles and refresh some of the lost knowledge from his childhood training days. Throughout the ’80s Grand Master was also involved in theatre and attended numerous courses and workshops in acting, voice production, stage fighting and stunt work, clowning and circus skills and Peking Opera. He also learned about building sets, operating lights and sound and choreographing fight scenes. Grand Master acted in a number of productions but preferred to design and build the sets and operate the lights. Choreographing the fight scenes and forging replica swords and knives (utilising some of the skills learned from his Grandfather) were his favourite tasks. Around 1994 Grand Master Frost presented a weekly series on Self Defence on NBN Television’s ‘This Morning’ program. In 1995 Grand Master Frost walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea for the first time. Grandmaster Frost owns and operates the Toogee Martial Arts Academy, and directs a team of committed coaches.
Terry Lim is a martial arts leader with a lifelong history of training in multiple martial arts systems. Kancho Terry Lim as he is known "colloquially" amongst his peers is know as a man dedicated to the development and welfare of his students which are spread amongst the suburbs of Melbourne Australia. Kancho Terry began his training in Malasia in 1956 in combat Judo (Ju jitsu) and followed this experience with training in Aikido and Shaolin Kung Fu. After moving to Australia in 1962 Kancho Terry continued his training in Karate and Kali (Filipino Stick Fighting). Kancho Terry Lim has a reputation of being a caring and dedicated martial artist who has a strong concern for his many students, making him one of Melbournes most popular martial art school operators. As a tournament operator and promoter Kancho Terry has proven his success and ability to draw large numbers of competitors and spectators. Kancho Terry is respected and acknowledged by his industry peers and has been presented with many honours including the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame AMAHOF.
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.
David Jacobs is a 6th Dan in Karate Shihan Dave Jacobs is a dojo operator and well known figure in the world of full conatct karate. Most of Shihan jacobs' adult life has been dedicated to the betterment of his community through the delivery of quality martial arts. Shihan David is also the Secretary of the Australian Branch of the WKO (Shinkyokushin) Karate organisation, one of the worlds most respected factions of full contact karate. A lifetime of dedication to his art, has seen many thousands of students benefit from his programs and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Tiffiny Hall is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and celebrity and media fitness coach. Tiffiny is a popular coach amongst her students in Taekwondo and an ambassador in the benefits of fitness through martial arts training. Tiffiny Hall graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) majoring in creative writing and print journalism, and a Diploma in Modern Languages (French). Tiffiny is also a qualified personal trainer with a Certificate III & IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Sport Coaching with a specialisation in martial arts. As a writer of several successful fitness books, winning coach on “the Biggest Loser” and guest celebrity fitness coach, she has made a significant presence in the fitness community.