2014 Conference Instructors

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Dr Nigel Farrier

Dr Farrier is the owner of the Martial Arts Education Centre in Mandurah, Western Australia, is a well recognised expert within the martial arts community here in Australia, and a long time member of the IAOMAS. 2013 saw him inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame in Hobart. He also travels regularly to teach at various events around Australia and even in the UK and USA. He travels not only to teach at seminars but also to attend them to improve his own knowledge.

Dr Farrier is now ranked Godan (5th degree black belt) in Koshin Bushido Kai Karate, Ju Jitsu & Kobudo. He is also a level 3 qualified coach through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and a level 2 referee for Jujitsu through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.

This is what he has to say of his humble beginnings and interests in martial arts:

Hello, my name is Nigel Farrier and I have been studying the martial arts since around 1990. I first became involved as my sons wanted to ‘do karate’ as a friend of theirs was doing it. Although I had had a life-long desire for the martial arts since seeing the very first Bruce Lee movie way back when, I always thought that it was out of my reach or just too hard!

After a few weeks of taking my sons to their karate classes I was talked into joining myself. Well, you guessed it, my kids eventually stopped going after about one year but I am still there nearly twenty years later!

I started with Shotokan Karate and obtained my first black belt through them and Kanazawa Sensei, Murakami Sensei and Shotokan Karate International Australia. After that I looked around to expand my knowledge about the martial arts in general. It was during this period that I discovered Jujitsu.

Whilst studying karate I also discovered my love for kobudo (weapons) and began a study of the Bo and Sai initially. This has expanded to include bokken and sword along with the nunchaku, tonfa, kama, eku, nunti and others.

You may find out more about Dr Farrier at the MAEC website.

Dejan (Dan) Djurdevic

Chief Instructor of Wu Wei Dao Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts, Shihan Dejan Djurdjevic, began a formal study of martial arts in Febuary 1981. His studies into the martial arts have encompassed the arts of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do, Aikido, Okinawan Kobudo (Okinawan martial arts weapons system), the Japanese weapons arts of Jodo (4ft staff) and Kenjutsu (sword), Filipino Arnis (the knife and stick fighting system of the Philippines), Qin-na (the grappling and seizing fighting system of China) and the ‘soft’ art of Taijiquan (both in its health and combat forms).

In addition to his martial arts qualifications Dan (as he is known) has a law degree and as such has assisted the College in formulating its approach to self-defence from a legal standpoint. Dan also has an interest in the Chinese classics and in particular, the Chinese philosophy of Daoism, from which the concept of Wu-Wei is derived.

Dan’s is more than just a theoretical understanding however, as he has the rare distinction of being someone that truly does live his life according to wu-wei – that is, he is a person who takes the “harmonious path”, or the “path of least resistance” whenever possible but who at the same time is not short of steely resolve when necessary.

Blessed with a near-photographic memory and an attention to detail second to none, Dan is referred to as the ‘living encyclopaedia’ of the Academy. This, in combination with his deep philosophical knowledge and his ability to ‘persevere in spite of all obstacles’ makes him an invaluable asset to the organisation.

Dan has been responsible for furthering the knowledge of the Academy and has made numerous research trips for this purpose. He has regularly made trips to train with Chen Yun-Ching, son of the legendary Chen Pan-Ling, since 2005 and in January 2009 he was given the rare honour of becoming his “bai shi” or “inner circle student” in an elaborate ceremony held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Dan is a prolific writer of martial arts related articles, many of which can be found on his blog The Way of Least Resistance.

Dan’s other interests include writing, music/sound engineering, video editing/production and graphic art.

Debbie Clarke

Debbie Clarke began training jujutsu in 1965 at the Swanbourne Police and Citizens Youth Club with an instructor who had been taught by Jan De Jong. In 1972, she transferred to the Jan De Jong Self Defence school in Hay Street, Perth and continued training with Jan De Jong until his death in 2003.

Debbie became engrossed in training under the gentle guidance of the great but humble Master Jan De Jong and with his wife Margaret as an inspiration and role model. During those 38 years she trained in JuJutsu, Pencak Silat, kenjutsu, Iaijutsu and stick Arts and a variety of other Japanese weapons.

She commenced teaching Jujutsu around 1975, running branches of the Jan De Jong Self Defence school and teaching at high schools.

Debbie graded Shodan in Tsutsumi Hozan Ryu Jujutsu in 1982, the first woman and 5th individual to attain that grade. She was the chief female instructor at the school until 2002 and developed a comprehensive Self Defence Course for women. From 1987 until 1998 she was National Women’s, Coach for the Australian Jujitsu Association. She graded 3rd Dan in the AJJA grading System.

In 1982 Debbie had the honour of accompanying Jan De Jong to Europe, along with 7 other instructors. It was an exciting trip, and a revelation to his students as they realized their good fortune in having an instructor that put all others in the shade. Jan de Jong was highly respected throughout Europe, not just for his skills, but for his humble demeanor and friendliness. Debbie enjoyed several other teaching trips with Jan, both to Europe and Indonesia.

The first of the Clarke’s 2 children was born in 1984, putting an end to most of her traveling.

Debbie’s other qualifications include; Level 2 National Coaching accreditation in General Coaching principles, Level 1 coach in Throws, sprints and hurdles and member of Track and Field Coaches Association for 10 years. She is a life member of the Glendale little athletics Club where she was president and coach for many years, and was Education Officer for Hamersley Little Athletics Centre.

Debbie Was Throws coach for Garnduwa Kimberly Athletics. In 2002 she received a Community Voluntary Service Award in Sport and Recreation from the City of Stirling.

Over the years Debbie has conducted courses and workshops for hundreds of groups and institutions, including security personnel, hospitals, prisons, seniors groups, women’s groups, People with disabilities, WACOSS, universities and schools.

In 1990 Debbie attended her first WinMAA (Network for women in Martial Arts Australia) in Adelaide. She was one of a small group of women who started the WA branch of WinMAA. Over the years that she attended these conferences throughout Australia, the Jujutsu seminars she presented were extremely well received. WinMAA WA hosted 3 national conferences over the next 12 years.

Debbie has trained Tai Chi for a total of about 15 years under various Sifu, and trained BJJ with Will Cunningham from 2005 – 2006.

In 2001 Debbie realized a long term dream and started her own Martial Arts School, Southern Cross Bujutsu. This has enabled her to put into practice the many ideas she had been developing in regard to the teaching of Jujutsu particularly to women, children, and people with special needs.

After the passing of Jan De Jong, her husband Peter joined her and has developed Tsutsumi Jugo Ryu, the Jujutsu system now taught at SCB.

In 2010, 28 years after receiving her Shodan in Tsutsumi Ryu From Shihan Jan De Jong, and after training for the last 9 years with Peter Clarke, Debbie graded the final section of Nidan in Tsutsumi Jugo Ryu. Her grading partner was Dale Elsdon (Sydney) whom she had taught as a young boy in the Hamersley branch of Jan De Jongs Self Defence School 20 years ago.

Andrew Hickey

Andrew Hickey is the Principal of Inner Circle Combatives Australia, and a recent but very supportive IAOMAS member. Here is what he has to say of his interesting family background in the martial arts:

With a mixed background in various Martial Arts and Combative Methods and coming from a family with a recognised Fighting Method based on Bare Fist Boxing and Greco Roman Wrestling, I prefer to be judged on the merits of my own Method .

Originally, like so many, my father taught me how to defend myself using his way which was how his father taught him . My father died before I had all the pieces of the puzzle and so I was left to search them out for myself. I developed my method in answer to the questions I had in reference to why so many Martial Arts and Sport Combative Methods were either ineffective in the street or excessive in their application of force and could often led to arrest. Having worked in several industries where a solid and functional Combative Knowledge was required, I had found that the Industry required Combative Methods were less then useful in an actual confrontation and that most Sport Based Methods were Excessive in their application of force. I further found the Traditional Methods and Systems (my father’s method included) was rigid and at times overly complicated to learn and use, requiring a great deal of unnatural movements to counter blows that only led to more blows which required further counters . I found this strategy to be flawed . Overall, I found them all to be far removed from any legal application of Use of Force and was often laughed at by instructors for asking about this and told “better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6.” I thought it then and still think it now …. this is a stupid and ignorant attitude used to hide the actual weaknesses and flaws of their knowledge and methods.

NOT EVERY FIGHT IS LIFE OR DEATH, JUST AS NOT EVERY FIGHT CAN BE ‘WON’. OFTEN A FIGHT CAN ONLY BE SURVIVED AT THE COST OF ANOTHER’S HEALTH ,OR ON RARE OCCASION, SADLY THEIR LIFE …

Experience had taught me that a violent confrontation was fluid and completely unpredictable . I learned it was dangerous to assume my skills would save me and that my best defence was to train harder and build as much experience as I could in order to at least be a little wiser in each confrontation then they were . I learned the most dangerous opponent was a street fighter with no formal training but lots of experience. I learned that the hardest people to beat were those that did not care if they lost. I learned to blink in a fight meant my attacker would be on top of me with no regard to their own safety and heedless of the blows I landed on them. I learned that every school I went to and every method or system I looked at took none of this into account.

I was taught by my father to close past the ability and range of attack; to clinch my attacker, controlling them to a point where I could subdue them . This took a lot of skill and effort to learn and use all the various techniques, but was at least a better strategy then standing toe to toe with my attacker exchanging blows and kicks .

I spent over 20 years studying Martial Arts and Combative Methods ; searching for that one method I could learn and teach quickly and efficiently and was easy to retain and use. Even before I had given up searching I had come to the realisation I had studied and seen so many brilliant systems and was actively using the best parts of each when I sparred or fought ; defended or protected myself . Time to stop learning and start applying the knowledge I had!

I was aware I knew little of what worked for others but had a fair idea of what it was I needed to work for me . I began actively searching for the answers to the holes in my armour and for better techniques which were more versatile to protect myself and my loved ones . Working in various combative employments which required these skill sets made it easier to get access to the types of methods I was looking for and to actively employ them to assess their actual value .

After 12 years of research and development, study and brutal Pressure Testing assessments ; I came to a point were I was ready to show it to others . I started with a few friends and found teaching civilians is considerably harder then teaching professionals . I had the beginning of the Method but now needed a better way to teach it beyond the traditional Methods I had been taught to use and was qualified to use. Discarding the old school traditional methods of teaching Martial Arts, I began looking at industrial based and new alternative teaching methods . These led me to the different learning methods which in turn led me to a moment of clarity . I found my Self Protection Method and the teaching Method to convey it quickly, effectively, and deeply into the minds and more importantly into the muscles of my students.

What I do is called Inner Circle Combative Method . It is a limited number of techniques with striking, kicking, grappling, and throwing applications . There is only a few of my own observations in its method (although I am a firm believer there is nothing new to be found in Combative Systems, just old methods rediscovered) and the rest are common applications found in many martial arts and combative methods . Although the techniques may be the same, we use some of them in slightly different ways to most. We certainly teach these old techniques in a rather odd manner which I have adapted to fit with the techniques I have chosen. A violent attack on the street or in the home is not something that can be controlled. It can be avoided, pre-empted, or it can be deflected. I developed my Method taking into account I cannot predict my opponent’s next move ; but I can limit their options and thus via drilling responses to these limited options; I have a better chance of beating his attack and delivering my own (if needed) and then escaping to safety . The Inner Circle Combative Method is designed to comply with the requirements of the Continuum of Force and Legal Use of Force Laws .

I learned to fight from my father, and my father from his. I like to think with each generation this Method has developed and evolved; with our individual experiences and outside training influences into a better method each time .

My name is Andrew Hickey. I learned the Hickey Fighting Method from my father John Raymond Hickey, and have practised it for over 20 years . I researched, developed and founded The Inner Circle Combative Method now recognised by Instructors and Systems around the World and is taught to Security, Law Enforcement, and Military Professionals.

I look forward to meeting you all and sharing some of my method with you at the National Australian IAOMAS Conference in Perth Western Australia on September 13th 2014 .

You may find out more about Andrew Hickey at ICCA FaceBook Page.

Nigel May

Nigel May heads National Korea Martial Arts in Australia and is National Representative for KOMA Sepac.

Having competed successfully in Taekwondo and open Martial Arts Competitions in the ‘90’s with National and State Gold and Silver Medals to his name. He then went on a complete path of Functional Self Defence with Hapkido Hosinsul. Nigel founded Bendigo Self Defence in 1997 in Victoria – the then head Dojang in Australia boasted 200 students with two small dojangs complimenting Bendigo Self Defence.

In 2011 Nigel moved to Western Australia where the now head dojang and National Headquarters is based. As well as the primary arts of Hapkido Hosinsul and Taekwondo, Nigel has experience in grappling arts, boxing, kenpo, krav maga, amongst others, making the curriculum for his australian students very well rounded.

In 2013 Grand Master Julian Lim 9 hosted a training and goodwill seminar tour in Seoul, Korea and trained at ChungDoKwan (TKD), Kido Hae (Hapkido), Tukgong Musul( Special Forces) as well as KHF Dojang. During that trip, Nigel received papers form Korea Kido Hae for 6th dan as well as a 7th dan from International Hosinsul Federation.

Nigel is dedicated to spreading the arts of Hapkido Hosinsul through KOMA Sepac, KidoHae and International Hosinsul Federation and the world of functional combatives.

Since 2010 National Korea Hapkido/Hosinsul have a formalised Instructor pathway with certification directly to the headquarters of Hapkido and Hosinsul in Korea and most importantly to the very active 9th Dan and director of Koma Sepac Grand Master Julian Lim from Malaysia. Along with the martial arts programs Nigel delivers practitioner programs in Kyusho pressure points as well as professional development workshops for health practitioners across Australia as required.

Nigel’s future engagements will be a 2014/15 training visit to the Korea KidoHae and the Tukgong Musul for further relations and technical development. A technical seminar to the KOMA Sepac Malaysian body to consolidate the ground combative program, regular gradings in Western Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales, and Australia wide Hosinsul/Hapkido development program.

As well as the Korean Arts Nigel professionally works as a Mortgage Broker at Mortgage Solutions South West, owns a contracting business servicing the Yallingup/ Margaret River Dunsborough region as well as a Myopractor at his wife’s thriving healing centre Alchemy Body and Soul in Yallingup.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson started training in the martial arts at the age of 15 under Dr Nigel Farrier. He attended lessons in Japanese Jujitsu at Nigel’s Martial Arts Education Centre in Mandurah. Under the experienced eyes of both Nigel and Roy Smith, Ashley progressed through the use of locks, throws, stikes and weapons until deciding it was a good idea to tear his ACL in the right knee.

This was not the wisest decision but also while not an injury caused by martial arts, it lead Ashley along another path to Shotokan Karate. Allowing the stances and body movements to assist my recovery I progressed further and achieved my Shodan in both arts by 2007. Currently Ashley holds the rank of Sandan in Shotokan style Karate, Nidan in Koshin Bushido Kai Jujitsu and a Shodan in the Matayoshi style of Kobudo from Okinawan.

Having the mindset of ‘forever a student,’ further studies have led Ashley to dabble in other arts, including Iaido, Jodo, Brazilian Jujitsu and Kenpo Karate. With each style adding further methods and principles to my martial database Ashley sees no reason to stop learning, and finds pleasure in spending time and energy into passing this knowledge on to the next enthusiastic generation.

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