Roots St George was founded by head BJJ instructor Robert Naumoski in 2003, with the goal of teaching martial arts skills that would benefit the community. The culture of the dojo goes hand-in-hand with healthy living. Competitions are viewed as a pathway to enhance and refine skills, and build the team spirit.
“When I’m coaching someone, it’s about getting them to be the best they can be,” says Robert, “it’s about getting the right balance between training and living.”
This balance and culture, combined with the superior instructors at Roots St George is a winning combination. Robert and his team trained the first Aussie champions of the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship in Abu Dhabi, in both the Gi and No Gi divisions; and the first Australian Kid’s World Champions. Roots St George students have also won countless numbers of State and National Championships since 2003.
Today, Roots St George is a full-time dojo with morning, lunchtime and evening classes for kids, teenagers and adults at all levels of skill. As part of our objective to benefit the local community through martial arts, we are involved with local schools as part of their weekly sport curriculum, uniquely incorporating self defence with an anti-bullying program. We are also an Active Kids provider.
Roots St George has proudly produced 19 black belts to date, some of whom have opened their own Roots dojos around Sydney, further contributing to the growing Roots family.
Master Instructor Zak Angelevski brings over 30 years of martial arts experience across boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai to our Hapkido program.
Hapkido is a traditional Korean self defence system that involves joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks & strikes.
“In Hapkido, we will teach you how to protect yourself in the full range of self defence situations – from an unwelcome touch to an immediate threat to your life,” says Zak.
Hapkido not only teaches you physical skills, it also improves your alertness, reaction time, awareness, focus of mentality and commitment, all which tremendously affect your self defence capabilities.
In addition, Hapkido students will benefit from better general health, balance, strength, flexibility and better coordination of not only the physical body, but of body and mind as well.
Hapkido delivers more than just physical benefits. With Hapkido you will also improve your discipline, confidence, respect, self-esteem, focus, perserverance and stress management. All benefits that tend to materialise as better grades, confidence and behaviour for children, and increased confidence, adaptility, rationality and more emotional control for adults.