John Rizzo (2009)

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Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2009
Budoka of the Year – Taekwondo – Victoria

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2009
Budoka of the Year – Taekwondo – Victoria

I began training in martial arts in 1966. This interest resulted in a commitment to training and teaching in various disciplines which continues today.

I opened my first Taekwondo club in Melton with partners in 1977. We took part in various community activities such as annual parades and demonstrations. During this time I held the position of Victorian Treasurer -Australia Taekwondo Association, participating in the day to day operation of the Association and the running of tournaments for the Association.

After obtaining my 5th Dan in Teakwondo in America with Master Hee ll Cho in 1996, and a short break from training, I became even more interested in pursuing my interests in different styles and techniques.

I am presently teaching Taekwondo at my club in Keilor Downs, and have introduced Hapkido and Arnis to my students. I train in the Art of Iaido and participated in a seminar in Iaido in Japan in 2008. I am currently 7th Dan TKD; 5th Dan Arnis; 2nd Dan Iaido; and 3rd Dan Hapkido.

I continue to train in these Martial Arts, and to teach and pass on my experience to my students.

Grades History

Taekwondo: 7th Dan. Date: 31.07.2007 -Cert: 2001090317 Examiner: Grand Master Young Youl Oh

Hapkido: 3rd Dan. Date: 03.01.2007 -Cert: (3B) 55-006 -Examiner: Sung Soo Lee

Iaido: 2nd Dan. Date: 17.02.2008.

Arnis De Mano: 5th Dan. Date: 12.09.2008 -Cert: 08-IPCD0567197 -Examiner: ROGELIO Z. SOLAR