What a year 2021 has been! This year has definitely been a year of learning and growth through some unprecedented challenges. We also welcomed new members and instructors, said ‘see you later’ to some, but most of all, we have come out stronger. Our last post for 2021 will cover:
RDA Christmas Party
As the year comes to a close, we had our annual Christmas do…and boy, what a turn out!
Nothing beats a RDA family get-together. Besides stuffing our faces with yummy food catered by Roar Bar and Grill, we also had awards and surprise presents for our two gym owners, the team effort to keep it under wraps was definitely half the fun!
Our young BJJ members have been busy yet again, sneaking in some competitive rolls before the silly season!
Congratulations to all competitors, as always, RDA is honoured to have you representing our pride! Oss!
We encourage any of our members who are interested in competing to speak with their instructors so that we are aware and can support you through the process.
Levelled up Kali
Guro Rod Hutchins has been awarded a Master degree rank of Lakan Apat 4th Degree Black Belt in Kali Silat under Grand Master Aycocho of AMAC Kali Silat in the philippines. RDA is incredibly lucky to have a highly experienced and passionate instructor like Guro Rod. If you would like to explore this empty hand and weapons-based martial arts (as seen in the Bourne Identity and its sequels), please send us an email or speak with Rod. Classes currently run on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7-8pm.
RDA 2021 Awards
This time of the year, we are privileged to be able to recognise some of our members. Instructors of each specialty and program award Student of the Year and Most Improved members within their discipline. Additionally, two Hapkido members were awarded the Hapkido Australia Award.
Student of the Year Award
Lil Ninjas BJJ – Lucas Geodhart
Lil Ninjas Hapkido – Bailey Otway
Kids BJJ – Angela Kaewprom
Kids Hapkido – Brock Mitchell
Boxing – Vanessa Afonso
BJJ – Sean Golding
Hapkido- Min Westbrook
Kali- Scott Elliott
Muay Thai- Luke Howell
Most Improved Award
Lil Ninjas BJJ – Brock Derbyshire
Lil Ninjas Hapkido – Finn Mclean
Kids BJJ – Kade Burger
Kids Hapkido – Jordan Fernandez
Boxing- Mathurin Dubost -Carron
BJJ – Lorenzo Macri
Hapkido – Lara Lambrucchi
Kali- Mathurin Dubost – Carron
Muay Thai – Emma Cain
Hapkido Australia Award
Kids Hapkido – Stella West
Hapkido – Korina Drogan
Tuesday, 4th and Thursday, 6th- Lil’ Ninjas Hapkido tip testing and grading
Tuesday, 25th, Thursday, 27th, and Saturday, 29th- Hapkido tip testing (Kids and Adults)
Wednesday, 26th- Australia Day Public Holiday, GYM CLOSED
Saturday 29th- Hapkido catch up grading for Kids and Adults (Please ensure that you have completed your registration for grading by Monday 24th January 2022)
Final word from Darryl and Kane
2021 was a year of big challenges and growth for us. We had some lows with the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions – the instability and uncertainty were daunting, but we pulled through together. When life returned to normal in our WA bubble, we had many of our members compete, performing really well and earning placement on the podium.
2021 was also a year of making connections, with other local gyms around the Perth metropolitan area, to regional areas such as Yallingup. In addition, we made connections with other martial artists around the world, including the Philippines and Japan
We are blown away by the amount of talent and dedication of our members and instructors. We would like to take this moment to thank our instructors and put the spotlight on them. Their dedication to their art(s) and continuous education with eagerness and hunger is hugely admired. We also would like to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to teaching and mentoring, this is evident in the increased standard and quality of member experience. As always, we are always open for improvements, so send suggestions our way.
Thank you everyone for being part of the RDA family. We appreciate and are deeply privileged to have your trust in your training here with us. Thank you for supporting a local family-owned business! From the team here at RDA, we wish you a very merry Christmas and happy new year! We look forward to seeing you on the other side of this festive season in 2022! Onward and upwards for this lion pride!