What does ‘Challenging Life’ mean to you?
Our slogan was created in the midst of a discussion between 3 men who came together to co-create something spectacular. We all had our own unique ideas and for the most part of our conversations there was more butting heads than actual creating being done, but in that madness this slogan came to me, “Challenge Life”…… Life was challenging me at these moments to truly make sure I really wanted this, and it does so in everything we set out to achieve, to push us into breaking points, to bring us down to our bare naked essence, and in some cases lying in a puddle of our own blood sweat and tears asking ourselves why we began to do it in the first place.
Wanting to shed a few extra kilos?
Getting ready for beach season?
or has the holiday season been TOO generous?
Whatever your reasons, Group & Personal fitness classes will get your heart pumping and those callories burning!
The beauty of yoga is each individual is working on things that are most important to them for example building core strength, rehabilitation, increasing flexibility, mental relaxation & stress management.
Shindo Kan Jiu Jitsu Australia
7th Degree Shihan Jordan is the Victorian representative for the World Jiu Jitsu Federation Australia.
His unique style of Shindo Kan Jiu Jitsu is a street form of self defence, which consists of defence from unarmed or armed attackers.
This specific form teaches defence in both standing and ground combat.
GMA Fitness Academy is a family run center offering the highest standards in Martial Arts, Self Defense, Fitness, and General Well being.
With a collective knowledge spanning over 100 years our instructors are second to none.
We host a variety of classes from; Taekwondo, Ju-Jitsu, Yoga, Kung-Fu & Group Fitness classes. Whether your looking to get in shape, increase your flexibility, gain confidence or simply learn a fun activity or skill, we have what you need.
Our instructors are dedicated to teaching the true essence of their respective fields, from the Traditional Values of Martial Arts to the Spiritual practices of Yoga & Meditation. Martial arts is a way of life, it is an art form and must be practiced diligently for many years in order to gain clarity and focus, this is why martial arts has stood the test of time and is still practiced to this day. Unfortunately, the true aspects of martial arts are becoming lost in the fast-paced world we live in. Learning to protect yourself effectively is one of the main reasons people wish to learn or wish for their children to learn, but this is only one small aspect of what true martial arts offers.
Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control & an Indomitable Spirit are the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo. These tenets are guidelines all students must adhere to in order to develop themselves in life as good human beings and not just another bully on the streets who has been taught how to fight. Every martial art has deeply rooted philosophies and techniques that help students develop not only their physical skills, but their mental aspects and their character.
Our instructors are all blessed with a combined total of 100 years of experience in their respective arts which all have deep roots in their traditional values but also incorporated new philosophies and teachings to continuously evolve and better themselves with time. This is what it means to be a martial artist, someone who is forever a student and continuously learning and developing whilst those who follow them strive to keep up as they learn from their masters.
Master Peter began studying Taekwondo at the age of 5 with his younger sister Lily who chased her brother everywhere even if she was only 3. Under the watchful eye of Grand Master Young Youl Oh and his Father Stefan the three together trained and studied under Grand Master Young Youl Oh for 15+ years, competing in many club championships, events and demonstrations, then obtaining their black belts in the year 2000. Shortly after Master Stefan received his 4th Dan, Grand Master Oh flew to South korea where he would hold a seat on the board of the World Taekwondo Federation and began the standardisation of taekwondo for all clubs in the world to follow. In the middle of the year Global Taekwondo was then born with Master Stefan as the head instructor and both Master Peter and younger sister Lily began helping and teaching the art of Taekwondo in a school gymnasium located in Taylors Lakes. As the club began to grow, we began to branch out obtaining knowledge from many other arts and disciplines while along the way still competing in tournaments and developing our knowledge in our own art. As our club grew we moved into other suburbs in the local area to give our students a larger variety of days to train as we could only rent out halls on specific times and availabilities. In the year 2007 Master Peter began teaching in Kealba Gymnasium before moving back into Taylors Lakes where he began teaching his own club in conjunct with Master Stefan who began teaching in Keilor Downs and Caroline Springs.
In 2014 we closed down our other clubs and consolidated them in St Albans before we finally moved into our new premises in Caroline Springs in late November of 2014.
GMA Fitness Academy was born. Our goal was simple, to create a space where people of all ages could come and learn different styles of martial arts under the one roof.
Inviting many instructors of different styles we continued to teach our classes and grew our family over the years. In 2015 Master Peter completed his Bachelors Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and one year later we opened our Permanent residence in Caroline Springs where we now teach over 250 members in the arts of Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, Yoga, Silat, Iaido and Kung Fu. Master Peter also treats many patients and his students with his skills in chinese medicine and acupuncture which have come in handy for treating our students whenever they have injured themselves in training or at competitions.
Every person on this planet is different from their neighbour, and so we all gravitate to different likes and dislikes. i have taught many students over the years and one thing is certain, everyone should know some form of martial art but no one martial art is suitable for every person. If a student wanted to learn a martial art, but suffered from a disability which rendered his/her legs immobile, how could this student master the high intensity kicks of taekwondo? they couldnt! However they could still learn how to use their arms and torso to avoid danger, and so a martial art with high emphasis of upper body would be more suitable. This is but one example of why every martial art has value and that no One art is better or worse than another, they are simply different. It is therefore our goal to spread these teachings to everyone, for martial arts is more than just learning to defend yourself, it is a way of life.
Our doors are always open to everyone who wishes to learn, or simply wish to be healthier.
GMA Fitness Academy
Dr Peter Gorgievski. B.S Director of GMA Fitness Academy, 5th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt & Master Instructor, Dr of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (Acupuncture), 1st Dan Black Belt in Kyusho Jitsu
Master Stefan Gorgievski 7th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt & Master Instructor, 5th Dan Black Belt in Kyusho Jitsu
Shihan Jordan Duzelovski 7th Dan Jiu Jitsu Black Belt & Founder of Shindo Kan Jiu Jitsu Australia, 2nd Dan Judo Black belt, 1st Dan Black Belt Taekwondo
Donna Thompson Qualified Hatha & Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Bowen Therapy & Massage Therapy Practitioner
Sensei Michael Tujarov 3rd Dan Black Belt in Toyama Ryu Iaido, 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo
Dr Steven Booth Qualified Instructor of the World Taiji Boxing Association. Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture)