Welcome to the Official Site of Hakan Manav, where you will find the latest news, events and videos of his work.

191216 - Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart- Rumi

Hi Guys,

After 25+ years training in the Martial Arts, I received my 6th Degree Black Belt. It was an amazing day. I’d like to thank all the parents, kids and fellow instructors for their help and well wishes. It has never been about the stripes for me but more about the impact I could have on our community. Hopefully I can continue down this path. I’d like to congratulate all members who achieved their Dan/Black Belts today & say a special thank you to my Dad for always being there!


It was a special moment sharing the day with my brother, who stole the show in my opinion. Congrats again to all members for achieving their goals of a Black/Dan Belt!


Last Month i had the opportunity to head over to the states to do some training, visit some Martial Arts Schools and of course do some more sight seeing. Below are a couple of my training clip at JAM, in LA. Check it out!

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I also had the pleasure of visiting Team Karate Centres in LA. There hospitality was amazing as the whole team were extremely welcoming. Loved sharing a few words with the students as they were preparing for their upcoming Black Belt Exam.

14590434_10153757492166277_7527401439958392431_nOn my return from the states, i was invited to join in as a guest on the ‘Martial Arts Media’ Podcast. A show in which, George Furie, hosts and speaks to a range of different type of Martial Arts each week, providing useful tips and strategies to fellow Martial Artists. I really enjoyed our conversation. I share stories of my upbringing, the evolution of our Academy AMA, my training regime and goals in the future! Check it out by clicking the image below.


A big thank you to Irfan College for inviting me out to run a Motivational and Martial Arts School Sports Session! Mixing it with the kids is always so fun as they are completely honest and innocent. We covered bully prevention techniques, self defence moves, stranger danger and the fundamentals of respect towards one another. Miss being a child!


I was invited to run Martial Arts Workshops with the Full Time Acting Students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) as part of their movement aspect of their course. Covering a broad range of elements including; the origins and fundamentals behind the techniques, forms, choreography, target kicks, combinations, self defence and partner drills! Enabling them with the confidence to apply it on screen/stage! 


A Big thank you to Jodi from Evolution and Con from Fusion Martial Arts in Melbourne for having me out at their schools. We covered self defence techniques, bully busting, board breaking drills, kicks, tricks and weapons. Tonnes of fun once again – until next time!


I hope its been a fantastic year filled with love, joy and growth. Tomorrow i am looking forward to heading over to the World Martial Arts Summit in Thailand, for which i have been appointed the director for Australia. I am looking forward to mixing it with some of the best instructors and mentors from around the world, as well as taking in the Thai the Culture.



010916 - View your journey as a Marathon not a Sprint

Hi guys,

With the Rio Olympics coming to a close, there were so many lessons and take-aways that could be learnt from this meet. Apart from the evident camaraderie, sportsmanship, determination, perseverance and goal setting elements required to compete at the games. One of my ‘aha’ moments was in athletics. Viewing the journey of life as a Marathon and not a sprint. While i love watching the 100 and 200m races (congrats to Usain Bolt, once again) we need view life in the long haul. Be patient, keep working and the results will follow. Here what I’ve been up to.

Here is a video of a Collection of my Target Kicking videos from all around the world

AMA Corporate Workshops. Mrs Sarah and i ran a Corporate Session With over 105 Employees at PGH Building. WE covered strategies to overcome mental barriers, stretching, martial arts techniques, target practice and board breaking. Great to see people of all ages get involved and have fun!

Had a Fantastic time presenting, teaching and attending seminars at the Martial Arts International Networking (MAIN) event over this weekend. Love sharing knowledge, learning and improving in order to continually set a professional platform within the industry. Thank you to all presenters and attendees for making it a fruitful event!


Instructor Training and Staff Development Workshops. A Huge thanks to Craig and his wonderful team of staff at Crow Martial Arts. It was a pleasure to run a Business Consulting session with the team at Crow. We covered the fundamental and frameworks to develop a thriving dojo as well as discussed some innovative ideas for the future of their academy  – I love seeing the Martial Arts Industry grow!


In recent times one of my personal goals has been to maintain and improve my flexibility. Consistent stretching has many benefits on our quality of life such as; the ability to move, less risk of injury, more energy and stress relief. I would highly recommend including a stretching regimen to your workout schedule.

Until next time