Fusion Martial Arts instructors have a nearly 40 years of experience in Taekwon-do. We employ innovative strategies to encourage our students to perform at their personal best and we are always open to observations, suggestions, instructor exchanges, new ideas and new challenges. We are here to teach AND to learn!
Head Of School Catherine McMaster (née Galvin), III Dan
The Founder of Fusion Martial Arts, Instructor Catherine started training at the tender age of 13 at Adelaide Headquarters with the legendary Master Vernon Low. Just before turning 16 she achieved 1st Dan black belt, graded by Master Chong Chul Rhee. At 17 she became president of the Adelaide University Dojang and was Assistant Instructor to John O’Brien. At this early stage of Australian Taekwon-do, she was the first female Taekwon-do Instructor in Australia and appeared in many photos published in the original Rhee Taekwon-do magazines.
Instructor Catherine McMaster has continued in the tradition of Master Vernon Low; an ethic of working hard, enjoying your training and most importantly thinking about what we learn in class and its applications in the real world.
An Electrical Engineer by training, Instructor Catherine has recently followed her passion for Sports Science and not only works as a Master Personal Trainer but is also completing an Honours Degree in Sports Science at University of Canberra. Combining a passion for biomechanics, the pursuit of ‘best practice’ training, a great interest in the development of children’s Martial Arts training programs, a personal crusade to make Taekwon-do training safe for all ages plus her shear breadth of knowledge and experience in traditional Taekwon-do, Instructor Catherine provides a solid foundation and knowledge base for Fusion Martial Arts.
Branch Instructor Nick Campbell, III Dan
Instructor Nick first came to Taekwon-do as a means of self-defense. He is also very fortunate to trace his training pedigree through Instructor Russell Knudsen and Instructor Catherine McMaster back to Master Vernon Low. A Computer Programmer by trade, he brings his technical eye with him into the dojang. In his continuing pursuit of effective self-defense strategies he also actively trains in Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu (associated with Ninjitzu), bringing with him their concepts of the center line, the use of balance as well as the use of weapons. Instructor Nick has also been known to moonlight with other Martial Arts (Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) in order to glean insights from them.
Instructor Nick has also spent a large amount of time researching the theory and documentation of ITF Taekwon-do, developing Fusion Martial Arts Student Handbook, the Condensed ITF Patterns as well as a number of other resources. This knowledge is brought into the dojang in order to provide a deeper understanding of the execution and usage of techniques.
Instructor Nick has a very innovative and exciting approach to instructing and has developed new strategies for our children’s classes that has added vitality and energy to training. Come and see for yourself how engaged and excited the students are, how much fun they have and how much they have learnt.