The name of Taekwondo describes the primary weapons that we use in our style. Taekwondo means “The art of how to use the feet and fist to protect yourself”.
The literal translation is as follows: Tae : Foot Kwon : Fist Do : The Way (or) The Art
Therefore Taekwondo is “The Way of the Foot & Fist”!
History of Taekwondo
Archaeological findings in Korea have revealed that primitive forms of Taekwondo were practiced as far back as 2000 years ago. During the long and embattled history of Korea, Taekwondo (originally called Subak and Takyon) evolved from a
Pencak Silat is a full-body fighting form incorporating strikes, grappling and throwing in addition to weaponry. Every part of the body is used and subject to attack. Pencak silat was practiced not only for physical defense but also for psychological ends.
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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)
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GMA Fitness Academy has now installed a complete and operational heating and cooling system for those hot summer days and cold winters.
Thank you to all the support of our students, parent’s friends and family who have followed our journey through the years.
Learn true Martial Arts and Self-defence at GMA Fitness Academy!
We are a Professional full time Martial Arts and Fitness centre operating in the Caroline Springs / Ravenhall Area.
With a combined 100+ years of experience in the field we opened our centre to introduce students of all ages to the world of Martial Arts and the benefits can create in our daily lives.
Weather your searching for Confidence, Discipline, Personal Fitness, Strength and Endurance, Self-defence or flexibility, our instructors are ready and willing to accommodate.
Our centre is open to people of all ages to learn, train and grow in a safe, friendly and fun environment.
Book your Free trial and begin your journey with us today.
All our instructors are equipped with high levels of experience and rank in their respective fields with the necessary accreditations required to instruct their classes, offering the best teaching and guidance to all who wish to attend their classes. Martial Arts is a great way to stay in shape while learning something that can one day save your life if placed in harm’s way.
The classes we teach are Taekwondo, Yoga, Jiu Jitsu, Kung-Fu, Iaido and Group Fitness Classes. For more information about these classes and the times they are held please click HERE
Classes are held daily so come check us out at 31 Katherine Drive Ravenhall
Note: The area we are operating out of is new and so maps to this area are still not updated, please use the images below to assist you in locating us