Our Instructors & Staff Members
Our Instructors have spent many years devoted to training in the martial arts and have attained a certain level of expertise to qualify them as teachers and also mentors.
Through extensive testing, certification and tournament level competition, our staff has attained mastery in this martial art and now enjoy sharing their skill and passing it on to their students.
Michael J Scott (Master Instructor)
Mr Scott starting his early training in boxing but in his teenage years tried a number of martial arts before discovering Hapkido, which was known as a mixed martial art (MMA) due to the extensive variety offered by the style. Mr Scott is still training and teaching Hapkido 32 years later. In 1996 Mr Scott started training in Will Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continues to do so today.
One of Mr Scott’s passions his helping his students become the best that they can be. This is achieved not only through martial arts training but also through his coaching and mentoring program, which has taken many students from shy to confident. The program is well regarded in the community and has helped many students attend their high school of choice. Adults and kids alike can learn to become more goal orientated, better communicators and self confident. read more...
Leanne Coffey (Head Instructor Adults)
Leanne is a 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido and has her purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Leanne has had the opportunity to train with many world-class instructors and is always looking at ways to better herself in life and martial arts.
Leanne always wanted to learn martial arts, particularly after the Karate Kid movies. In 1993 at age 13 she was introduced to the art of Hapkido and was instantly hooked; Martial Arts has been a part of her life ever since.
Whilst Leanne has been teaching Hapkido in some way or another since the age of 15, she did not really discover her passion for teaching until the last 6 years.
Leanne is currently the head instructor of the adults Hapkido Program at CMA. It is a role she is very passionate about and she loves to challenge and bring the best out of her students. Leanne also teaches the fitness programs at CMA and the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. As such Leanne enjoys the variety of teaching different programs to many different age groups and abilities.
Leanne's other credentials & achievements in martial arts include:
- 1st degree Black Belt 1998
- 2nd degree Black Belt 2007
- NCAS Level 2 Coach in Hapkido
- Senior First Aide Certificate
- Registered Personal Trainer specialising in functional training and women's fitness
- Kettle Bell Level 1 and 2 qualifications
When Leanne is not teaching or training she is busy being a wife and mum to her family, who are all part of CMA.
Stephen Fellenberg (Head Instructor Junior Falcons Program)
Stephen is a 4th degree Hapkido Black Belt, a Blue Belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and still actively trains and instructs in both disciplines.
Steve has been practicing Martial Arts for over 43 years – starting his training in 1972 at just 10 years old. He first tried Judo, training with his mates, doing jumps, flips & throws on old mattresses until they found an actual Judo class, where he progressed as far as Yellow Belt.
In high school he trained in gymnastics, which helped him gain flexibility, strength, and discipline. In 3rd form he won a scholarship to a years free training in Tae Kwon Do, where he feels his Martial Arts training really began. The following years entailed training in Tae Kwon Do, Ken Sei Kan Karate Do and even Hapkido in Parramatta for a while, but it was in March 1994 that he first started training with Mr Michael Scott.
To Master Scott's credit, Stephen achieved his 1st degree Black Belt in 1999, after many 2 hour classes, training 3, 4 and even 5 days a week. At Black Belt he feels his training started all over again - reviewing all the colour belts techniques so he could apply them "as a Black Belt" and delving deeper into the techniques to understand the very fundamentals of each one.
Stephen says he feels privileged to be able to train in Martial Arts, and especially with Master Scott; it has kept him focused, fit, disciplined and has challenged him to push through when it mattered most. Stephen offers these words of advice: "Don’t give up your Martial Arts as life does have its challenges. Personally my greatest challenge at present is the mental side of my ability to stay on track with my training to become the best that I can be in my own techniques and especially in teaching others.”
Natalie Scott (Head Instructor Eagles Program)
As a busy working mother Natalie achieved her 1st dan Black Belt in Hapkido in 2008, after 10 years of training. She hopes to grade to 2nd dan in December 2011.
Natalie's boys, Ethan and Ronin, both also train at CMA. Her main role within CMA is teaching the Little Eagles (3 years to 6 years old). She has been the Little Eagles Instructor for over 8 years, and during the last 4 years she has also been assisting with teaching the Eagles class.
Natalie loves "working with children and watching them achieve and obtain milestones they would never have believed were possible." She wishes for all the children at CMA to have a sacred place to train where they can feel safe, learn self defence and have fun in a caring environment.
She is also currently studying to be a Massage Therapist, and hopes to incorporate this expertise into CMA to help us all feel relaxed and happy about life!
Danielle Moyes (Instructor Senior Falcons Program)
Danielle has been training at CMA for 15 years and has never looked back. She started traning at age 11 in the Falcons program, before progressing to the adults.
Danielle has been a black belt for over 7 years and currently holds a 3rd degree black belt. Danielle has been training the Falcons for 5 years and is now their head Instructor,Danielle is committed to improving as an instructor and a martial artist.
Peter Kovic (Instructor)
Peter began his martial arts career with the art of Kendo at Sydney University in 1970, and has tried his hand at Boxing, Judo, Sword Fighting, Archery and Japanese Jujitsu. He discovered CMA in 2000 and has been there ever since. Through CMA Peter has attended dozens of seminars with martial arts icons such as John Will, Eric Paulson, Dan Inosanto, Raymond Floro, Machado Bros.Peter achieved the place of No. 1 Rated competitor in the ISKA Australasian tournament circuit in Jujitsu in 2006.
Peter balances his training with running his business. Peter is proud of his son Alex who is also a black belt at CMA, and looks forward to the day when his grandsons are black belts so he can boast three generations of the one family all training on the mats together as black belts. At over 60 years of age Peter is still going strong and looking forward to many more years on the mats.
Ethan Scott (Junior Instructor)
Caitlin Nadin (Instructor Eagles/ Falcons)
Caitlin started at CMA Martial Arts in 2007 for fitness, and was hooked on Hapkido after finding it fun, fit and interesting. She reached Blue Belt in the Eagles class before deciding to go up to the Adults class, where she is training hard to try and achieve her Black Belt.
Now in her third year at CMA, Caitlin has the opportunity to be a Instructor and help with the Eagles & Falcons program the same way she was helped. Caitlin has found that she really loves helping the kids and working with the other instructors.
For more information about the CMA Martial Arts - MMA BJJ Hapkido staff or training programs, please contact us at 0412385089 or by clicking here