The College

The foundation of MACI dates back to February 1999 when a motivated master, Young Seol Ryoo began as the head martial art instructor at the Australian College of Sports teaching Taekwondo and Hapkido to college students who were looking to complete a Diploma in Sports Coaching. Later, in early 2000 he opened his first dojang in Surry Hills, Sydney.

He appeared in the national martial arts demonstration team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics featuring channel 7 and 10 appearances. By 2003 Master Ryoo moved forward opening Young's Martial Arts in Homebush, Sydney expanding their foundations and built a strong establishment of students and instructors, some of whom have taken up employment and opened their own dojangs through the MACI Instructor system.

Together through the Korea Hapkido Federation he has designed a practical and authentic self defence curriculum that will help turn a complete beginner into a martial arts master. With his extensive experience in various styles of martial arts and networks in the industry, he also offers access to other styles of Martial Arts such as Taekwondo, Danta and Gumdo. These additional styles offer the opportunity to test your limits and further discovery in the martial arts journey.

Today MACI consists of a solid foundation of students and instructors, strong affiliations, dedicated staff, motivated Black Belt Club and a dynamic Demonstration Team. We look forward to training with you and moving forward to a bright future for Martial Arts in Australia.

All martial arts are created of a philosophy linked to particular techniques. At MACI, philosophy is an important part of the curriculum as success in martial arts is more mental than physical.
These are 5 categories that will help you define philosophy in martial arts:
  • The Arts Purpose
  • Belief System
  • Moral Values
  • Philosophical Principles
  • Technical Principles

MACI affiliations

When making a decision to join any martial arts organisation, you should first look to find out the governing affiliations for accreditation.

Throughout the Martial Arts industry, there are unfortunately, many unaccredited instructors. By training with such people, you are not only risking the development of bad techniques and habits but you also risk being injured and mentally scarred.

Many organisations may claim to be "Internationally Affiliated" with a larger organisation of their style eg. for Hapkido, The Korea Hapkido Federation. Verify this by asking to view their certifications. Ensure to contact the governing organisation to verify the school's membership, use an interpreter if need be.

Fortunately, in Australia we have governing bodies supported by the Australian Sports Commission such as the Australian Jujitsu Federation, they are a non-profit, government funded organisation who supervise the industry and complete working with children checks, first aid and proper coaching cources.


Instructor is Accredited!

Australian Jiu Jitsu Federation

The peak body for Martial Arts in Australia. Its mission is to support industry self regulation through better education. MACI is a current member; therefore a student of MACI will always train in the presence of an accredited instructor.

Korea Hapkido Federation

Formed in 1965 in South Korea, MACI is a current member, therefore when a student completes their black belt grading, their certification is internationally recognised delivered direct from South Korea. This is the single only Hapkido federation recognised by the South Korean government. Certified MACI Headmaster Ryoo to 8th Degree Hapkido accreditation. Current president is Mr Oh, Se Lim.

Korea Hae Dong Shim Gumdo Association

International affiliate Sword and traditional Weaponry organisation. Certified MACI Headmaster Ryoo to 6th Degree Gumdo. Current president is Jeong-Ho Kim.

Giant Martial Arts

GIANT Martial Arts is a progressive martial arts school that respects traditional values. Started by students of Grandmaster Ryoo, Instructors Anthony and Giorgio Repice who are the longest serving students of the Grandmaster.

They are dedicated to teaching excellence in self-defence, fitness, competitive coaching, leadership and well-being to all ages and offer a variety of mixed martial art skilled programs to suit everyone.