I started learning Taekwondo with John Gill in 2014 through my high school's sport program, which later helped me get through the HSC and senior years of highschool, by helping me balance my schoolwork with excersise and stress release.Master John Gill is a very experienced instructor, having attained the rank of a 7th dan in both the martial arts of Hapkido and Taekwondo, he is friendly, approachable and a patient instructor, and teaches emphasising a 'non-aggressive' attitude to self-defence and self-protection, which works well for the playground just as well as the street.Over the past few years i have attained the rank of black belt in Taekwondo, which has improved my flexibility, strength, confidence as well as my awareness and helping me stay fit through university. In this time i have also started learning Hapkido with Master Gill, helping me broaden my understanding of Martial arts, learn new skills, and aids me in helping assist teach these skills to junior students as an assistant Instructor.I hope to attain the rank of black belt in both arts and continue to learn and improve more in Marital Arts.
I’ve been in and out of martial arts for years and it can get tough and grueling at some points. After attending one session with John Gill, the world of “fighting” and martial arts simplified tremendously. John makes it fun and motivating as he teaches such simple skills that I immediately found myself empowered with a new sense of self-confidence. It is now well impressed in my mind how to better defuse and get away from any tense situation, should it ever arise. I also know a number of baby-simple actions to take that are practical, easy and highly effective. Great stuff! It was fun to learn. John Gill is indeed the “Karate Crocodile Dundee!"
Tony DUrso, radio host of Revenue Chat and The Spotlight with Tony DUrso
I’ve never taken any self defense classes. I’ve always felt that a gun is the best self defense. However, we all know it’s not practical nor legal to carry weapons and not to mention highly excessive when a slight technique, such as the ones you teach suffice the everyday needs or threats that one may encounter. I had the opportunity and privilege of doing a one hour training on self defense with John over the weekend along with other beginners of all ages and genders and I can’t say enough about the SIMPLE techniques he taught to get away from bad situations as well as how to defend yourself and be within the bounds of the law. John has a very unique and entertaining style which makes it SO much fun to learn these simple moves that can get anyone out of any situation against any sized person. John's program is a MUST for children, women and the elderly because they are easy prey. This is not to say that men can’t benefit from this program. It’s valuable for everyone in this day and age.I’m 55 and easily learned his methods and applied them then and there. His sense of humor and lightheartedness made it fun, enjoyable and easy to learn as well as remember all the moves. John's program is easy and I can’t stress enough about how important this info and training is for everyone.
Sincerely, Sadie Ryatt
Having minimal experience in self defense, I started training with John Gill. Being a very hesitant person, I didn’t think it was possible for me to be able to do it. He made the classes fun and gives you the feeling that you are capable of doing anything. My life has turned around, and I am no longer that hesitant person anymore. I am now filled with confidence and major skills in defending myself. There is no better feeling than being able to stand up for yourself and hold your ground. No more getting bullied.
Celine, 15 yrs old
John Gill is a self defense master. He will turn you into an ultimate weapon and install the utmost confidence in yourself. There isn’t a better feeling than walking down the street knowing that you can handle anything that comes your way. I decided to make it a family event and know that my whole family can now defend themselves in any situation. Especially my kids, so when they head off to college, I know that no matter what happens, they can take care of themselves. Best thing a parent can do to protect their children.
John Gill in my opinion is one of the top teaching martial arts instructors in the world as his drive for success in everything he does and the passion he has in teaching his students is just amazing.I was a student of Johns classes and not only did I respect him because of his very high ranking and the fact that his black belts were of such a very high standard but also the way he brought the very best out of all of his students and the way he inspired them.If your looking for a great way to get fit and learn a style of self defence that will give you great confidence in looking after yourself and will enhance your focus and drive in everything you do then you have found it.Johns classes are perfect for all ages and bringing a friend with you is a great way to train together.Also he has a great video you can download and and an online learning system.
Best wishes with your training
Jim Gray
Master Gill's self defence class has helped to build our self-esteem and self confidence.Over the three years in which we have been doing self defence classes, we have found the classes beneficial in improving our fitness, flexibility and co-ordination.Self defence has improved our ability to concentrate and focus in school and also in our approach to learning as we are now able to be more disciplined with homework and study.Master Gill has taught us to get out of violent situations as quickly as possible, and also how to talk our way out of many situations and to use non-violent strategies. This has made us feel safer and given us the confidence to know that should any of us be attacked, we will be able to defend ourselves.We look forward to the Taekwondo lessons every week as it is a fun, friendly class where we also learn valuable life skills.
Meena, Eleanor and Stephanie
Learning taekwondo with Mr Gill has improved my confidence, discipline and self-esteem. It is also fun and a great way to keep fit. Earlier this year we did a self-defence segment on "the mornings with Kerri-Anne show." The show was about anti-bulling and I demonstrated a few self-defence moves. It was fun and a whole new experience!
I recently participated in a self defence course for women only given by John Gill of the Australian School of Self Defence. We were all aged over 55, with some in their mid seventies & of varying levels of fitness & flexibility. Although I personally lead a very active lifestyle many in in the group do not & John structured each class to accommodate all levels so that everybody benefited, nobody was made to feel inadequate & we all completed the course & voted it a very worthwhile undertaking. It was a lot of fun and the general consensus was never let age be a barrier ( after all today's 70 is yesterday's 50 ) & we figured you can regard doing a course in self defence as taking out an insurance policy on yourself in peace of mind.
Penny Epperson
My name is Les Whitfield, I am a red belt black tip in Hapkido. Training in Tauranga New Zealand. It was my choice to get Master John Gill out to NZ to conduct one of his seminars. And boy we were not disappointedIn Hapkido circles the man is a living legend, 11 times World Self Defence Champion, and a World Sparring Championship title. He is a 5th Dan Black belt in both Tae kwon do as well as Moo Hak Kwan Hapkido.He conducted his seminar in January 2006 and we are all still buzzing from the experience. We are also inviting Master Gill to Tauranga in November for another seminar and a grading.It is my honour and privilege to have trained with such a Martial Artist as Master Gill. I am also privileged to be grading to my 1st Dan Black belt under the guidance of Master Gill and will be opening the first Moo Hak Kwan Hapkido Dojang here in NZ. Once again I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Master Gill for the guidance and training in Hapkido.For anyone thinking of doing one of Master Gill's seminars, just do it, you'll love it, such is the calibre of the man.The seminars are fun, and exciting at the same time.Kind Regards,
Les Whitfield
Hi, my name is Karl Warren 1st dan black belt from Tauranga New Zealand and I have a passion for Taekwondo and enjoy competing, I also enjoy teaching an hold a national certificate for referring, so I was thrilled to attend a seminar held by Master John Gill as he has won world titles and I did not want to miss this opportunity to see him. It's fantastic to learn new methods and techniques in any martial art but to have the right teacher is most important, for you need the right technical information, correct posture, force applied, different applications and variations in technic. I personally found these questions answered and learned so much in such a small amount of time. I am looking forward to his next seminar as he has certainly made me wanting more. John Gill has a teaching passion and makes his courses exciting and fun.
Karl Warren
As someone who started training in Tae Kwon Do back in 1979 I had seen Hapkido but never spent more than a few bumbling minutes at it. Attending a John Gill self defense workshop in 2006 was the first time I really got to try it out. WOW! John made learning exciting. His passion for self defense is infectious. I've gone from someone who was always a bit nervous about self defense training to a student who can't wait for more! John is approachable, positive, motivating and fun. His demonstrations are brilliant. John doesn't just talk the talk he walks the walk. His workshop is without doubt the best self defense training I have ever participated in and I can't wait for more.
Karen Anderson
Dear John,On behalf of the Life Changing Experiences Foundation, we would like to offer you our very sincere thanks for your support of the Sister 2 sister Project recently. The workshop you ran for the Little Sisters on self defence was outstanding and of great benefit to the girls in terms of how to protect themselves in difficult situations, without getting themselves into more trouble. Your professionalism and sense of humour was fantastic, and your generosity to conduct the workshop free of charge is very much appreciated. Once again, we thank you very much for your support of the program, and we wish you every success with your very worthwhile business.Yours sincerely,
Vicki CondonLife Changing Experiences Foundation - Program Director
11 December 2009
To Whom it may Concern,
John Gill has been teaching Self Defence to our sport class at Chatswood IEC for over one year. The students in this class come mainly from China and are in the early stages of learning English in preparation for high school.John is a very conscientious and enthusiastic instructor who has demonstrated excellent communication skills. He is very aware of the language needs of his students and adapts his lessons accordingly. His engaging manner and rapport with the students has been most commendable.John's lessons in Self Defence are invaluable tools for the development of the physical and mental abilities of our students. His lessons have emphasised the important aspects of anti-bullying, fun, fitness and empowerment.
Julie RossDeputy Principle - Chatswood Intensive English Centre
8th October 2009
To Whom it may Concern
Dear Sir/Madam,
Myself and my son, Ryan, have attended self defence classes with Mr John Gill for the last 3 years. Attending these classes has improved our fitness, self confidence and self esteem. John has taught my 12 year old son valuable life skills such as respect for teachers, women and consideration for myself and my husband.John Gill is an multiple world self defence champion and is an excellent role model for Ryan and other children as he lives his life according to the discipline that he teaches. John is a very considerate, respectful and generous person.I have also had the pleasure of assisting John in presenting his popular SAFE seminars. This program teaches women and children important protective and safety skills, including verbal and pyschological methods of avoiding violence and sexual assault. In addition, John's enthusiasm and passion makes the program extremely motivating, empowering and fun.I highly recommend John Gill and his self derence and motivation programs to everyone. READ MORE
Kind Regards,
Janice PaveyPNA, DFS, JP, Reg. Tax Agent
22nd September 2011
To whom it may concern,
John Gill worked with Prep to Year 6 students at Ferntree Gully North Primary School. He conducted Safety and self-defence clinics to our school, in which students were engaged and motivated. His ability to effectively communicate with and instruct students was particularly evident with all the Children. His professionalism and commitment to the teaching of self-defence and children's safety is to be commended. I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Gill for dedicating his time and effort and providing our students with a valuable experience.
Yours sincerely,
Claudia O'NeillPhysical Education Teacher ,Ferntree Gully North Primary School
Master John Gill has won 11 world championships and is one of the world's best and most experienced instructors. I highly recommend you attend his classes as it will improve your life and possibly save it one day!
Dear John, I am writing to thank you for the dramatic impact your Taekwondo & Self Defence Classes have made on my children.After only a few terms of training I have seen a great improvement in their focus and concentration in school and across all other areas of life, but most importantly a new found confidence. This is not an arrogant "I can beat anyone up" confidence, but a sense of security and maturity.I believe a huge part of this comes from the philosophies and good old-fashioned values you place as much importance on, as the physical side of training. You make the classes fun, but still command respect while encouraging honesty, integrity, motivation, discipline and important life skills such as conflict resolution. I feel children today do not get enough exposure to these important attributes and having them reinforced outside the home supports our words as parents within.You are an outstanding role model not just in terms of individual accomplishments, but what you see possible for each and every child in your positive approach and helping them believe they can do whatever they put their mind to.I regularly turn up early to classes to be inspired by your words and am so grateful you impart this to our children. My favourite bit is when you ask "What have you done for your parents around the house this week?" you show us respect as parents too and reinforce the teamwork it takes to be a family. Thank you for helping my boys shine.Warm Regards,
Janine DaleWest Pymble Public School Parent
I am writing this to say thank you from myself and my 2 clubs. It was great to have Master John Gill come to Whangarei New Zealand to do a hapkido seminar in april 2008. This was one of the best seminars our students have ever been too. They are still raving about it. We started with a few joint locks and proceeded onto takedowns. It was a very informative day for white belts right through to 3rd Dans. It is great to have such a knowledgeable person who is so approachable and down to earth, master gill is also very good in his techniques with a very easy manner in which he explains them. We are very much looking forward to our next seminar and wish to thank him once more.
Derek Coradine
My name is Christine. My partner and I have been attending John Gill's self defence classes for about 2 months. We really enjoy the fun and easy going atmosphere of the classes. John is very clear in his explanation and demonstrations, and he make sure that we all execute every movement correctly. We always look forward to the Saturday morning class and always had a great time and work out, it really made our weekend more enjoyable. There are lots of variations and practice in each class. We both feel more safe and alert in our outlook, have more confidence in our actions. We also feel more focus in our tasks at hand. John is a very dedicated and knowledgeable teacher, and I will highly recommend his self defence and martial art classes to anyone. Don't delay any further, come and try them out, you will learn a life saving activity and make new friends.