4th Degree Black Belt
Nathan McDonald – Regional Head Instructor
Nathan has been training in Hapkido since 1999 and has been teaching since 2002. One of his passions is seeing the growth in all students and the energy and effort everyone puts in. Working closely with the local community, he also runs a business based on Martial Arts Principles for corporates. Black Belt Business helps Business Owners earn their black belt in business and Resolution Education works closely with employees to keep them safe in the workplace.
Nathan knows how to get the most of each student, is tough and fair and emphasises that fitness is the key not just to Martial Arts but life in general. We have a friendly safe training environment and do not tolerate negativity in our schools. We are looking forward to seeing you on the mats soon.
1st Degree Black Belt
Steven Marks – Instructor
Steve’s Martial Arts Journey started in 1983 when he was 14 years of age. He joined a local Taekwondo School and progressed to Black Belt in July 1989.
He continued in Taekwondo for another 4 years before starting in Karate 1993.
After obtaining his Black Belt in Karate he decided to join the Corporate World whilst still being active in his Martial Arts.
He found a local Hapkido dojang in 2003 and realized he has found his niche! After 5 years of training, he received his Black belt in 2007. Unfortunately, this local Club closed down and Steve joined Bayside Hapkido in 2013 which then became his Martial Arts Home.
At Bayside Hapkido he is now a dedicated Instructor who received his Kwan Nyom Hapkido Black Belt in Feb 2019. Steve enjoys training the Hawks and Falcons and is an encouraging mentor for all students.
Chad Currie – Kids Instructor/Student Co-Ordinator
Chad is a hardworking and dedicated student at Bayside Hapkido who has been working very closely with the development of the kid’s program. Through his experience from working with youth detention programs, community events for kids and coaching rugby league, Chad knows how best to relate to the kids not only on their level but help them appreciate their martial arts journey in understanding that best fits their personality.
Chad has a strong family, cultural and community beliefs and provides those same beliefs to the training floor. He believes that working together to obtain personal goals will make you a more competent martial artist and a more humble and helpful student.
9th Degree Black Belt
Grand Master Geoff Booth – Chief Instructor
Grand Master Booth has set a personal mission to pass on the traditional teachings of Hapkido with its emphasis on the overall development of each students mind, body and spirit. Having committed over 20 years of his life to the study and refinement of the martial arts, Grand Master Booth has achieved the rank of 9th degree black belt in Hapkido, as well as recognition as one of the foremost practitioners of Hapkido in Australia being a world hall of fame inductee as well as the 1996 & 1998 World Cup’s Self Defence Champion. It is the teaching method and structure of training that separates Booth’s Hapkido from other martial arts schools. The training program emphasizes quality and the experience of technique. We maintain a strong commitment to high quality, professional instruction and guarantee our results.