About Us

 

West Coast Academy of Martial Arts (WCAMA) is a family focused, professionally run Self Defence school. We teach realistic self-defence, equipping or students with the confidence and the skills to be able to protect themselves in a real life situation. Our Martial Arts Style incorporates techniques from Hawaiian Kempo, Boxing, Wrestling, MMA, Kempo Jujitsu and Jiu Jitsu. We provide programs for both children and adults at all fitness and skill levels. We offer both Beginners and Advanced Classes to cater for the varied experience and skill levels within our school.

 

 Our Instructors

 

Our professional instructors all have a broad range of skills and experience in Martial Arts. They are all Senior First Aid trained, Police Cleared and have Working with Children Checks.

 Head Instructor/Head Coach: Rodney Parkes

Rodney has over 15 years’ experience in a range of Martial Arts Styles and is currently recognised as a 3rd Degree Black Belt, BJJ Blue Belt (Will Machado) & Certified Instructor in multiple organisations. Other  qualifications include: Hyper Pro Training Certified Trainer, Certified Trainer with Martial Arts Australia, Certificate in Optimal Situational Awareness, Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist, Qualified Flexibility & Core Training Coach, Resistance Training Coach, Speed, Agility & Quickness Coach and an experienced Youth Worker.

Program Manager & Assistant Instructor/Coach: Rachael Parkes

Coach Rachael has been training the past 11 years’ in a range of Martial Arts Styles. Rachael is a Brown Belt in our School and helps to teach our children’s classes for our 5 to 13 year old’s. Rachael has a broad range of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge to our school. Rachael is an Accredited Instructor with Martial Arts Australia. Professional qualifications include: Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist, Speed, Agility & Quickness Coach, Health Promotion Practitioner (BSc), Qualified Child Care Worker, Trainer & Assessor & an experienced Youth Worker. Previously Rachael has many years experience working in Crime Prevention and more recently worked for DFES in Community Engagement before moving into a role as a Senior Environmental Officer. Rachael brings many years of professional experience to West Coast Academy of Martial Arts which is a real asset to the WCAMA community.

Instructor/Coach: Doug Price

Coach Doug is a Brown Belt in our style and assists with teaching in all our beginner’s classes from kids to adult. He has 10 years’ experience in training various styles of Martial Arts. Coach Doug is an Accredited Instructor with Martial Arts Australia and is a great asset to our team and we look forward to seeing him develop as an instructor.

 

 

Grading

Student’s progression is reflected through our 9 coloured belt system, which takes them from white to black belt. Students will be invited to grade from the head instructor when they have attended enough classes and display the appropriate skill level and attitude for that belt. Tip Testing is a grading technique we use to motivate and reward students for reaching milestones in between belt grading. Tip Testing is carried out every 6 weeks, and students must complete at least 10 classes before they can be tested.

 

How Do I Find Out More?

Contact us to for more information or to ask any specific questions about our school. The best way to learn more is to book an appointment with us to learn more about our school, view the facility and let us know how we can meet the needs of you or your family members.  From here we can book you in for a free trial class.

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