Martial arts can be looked at many ways but what it comes down to is they are organised systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons. Like the many kinds of martial arts the reasons are just as varied and could be for self-defence, physical, mental, and spiritual development, fitness or socially.
When looking to get into martial arts for yourself or your child the choice is vast and with so many options it can take the fun out of it all.
Grand Master David King is the 2019 Logan City Council Master Sportsperson of the Year and his business KMA Brisbane is based in Tanah Merah with his wife Shantal.
David has been training in many kinds of martial arts over the course of his life and has been teaching since 1989. He has achieved many levels including 7th Dan Kukkiwon Taekwondo, 3rd Dan Hapkido (Korean Hapkido International), Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Sports Trainer Level 2 – Sports Medicine Australia, Club Talent Coach, Poomse Coach & Referee – Australian Taekwondo, Poomse Coach Oceania World Taekwondo, National Referee Australian Taekwondo
KMA covers Hapkido, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing and all ages are catered for from as young as three years old. As each person has different fitness levels and goals, the KMA team start someone new off with a two week trial. They run through many questions to find out what each person wants to achieve and get them into the best class/s that suit their end goal from personal self-defence through to an elite martial arts fighter.
The atmosphere of the KMA premises is that of fun and friendly. While many martial arts centres can seem uninviting, David and Shantal make everyone feel welcome and it doesn’t matter if you have no experience they will help you to enjoy your training.
David said that COVID saw them have to shut down for around three months at the beginning of the year but now they back to training and classes.
“Almost every weekend we are out at events competing, helping the people from our classes or refereeing different events.
“At the start I was doing this because I wanted to do things that others couldn’t but now I am doing it for health and because I enjoy it”.
David and Shantal have also teamed up with Logan City Council as part of the Live Well Logan project and KRANK school holiday programs. This means that children can have a go at different classes from only $3.
No matter what style you like or what your achievements are, KMA Brisbane is Logan City’s premier martial arts club.