Arriving in Australia on a humanitarian visa at the age of 17, Mr Mohammad Reza Hassani was supported by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) during his settlement journey. With a desire to give back, Mr Hassani joined the AMRC Volunteer Program, assisting over 400 families with their settlement experience.
With a passion for competition and martial arts, Mr Hassani decided to become the owner of the martial arts school Total Taekwondo Academy (TTA) in 2015, which has attracted a growing number of students from a diversity of cultures and ages. Mr Hassani’s students from TTA recently participated in this year’s 2017 SA Taekwondo Championship and Selection for 2017 Australian National Championship. Over 100 athletes from South Australia competed, with 11 members from TTA participating and achieving an outstanding result of 11 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals for Sparring (fighting) and Poomsae (technique).
Having previously represented Australia at the 2016 World Taekwando Hanmadang festival in South Korea with the AMRC’s support, Mr Hassani expressed that: “We are so proud of each and every member, who accomplished their individual goal and demonstrated team spirit. We are looking forward to seeing them compete in the 2017 Australian National Championship in Bendigo.”
The academy is based at the Enfield Community Centre, with training held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm to 8.30pm. If you are interested in becoming a member of the team, contact Mr Hassani (4th Dan Black Belt) on 0413 702 553 or visit the Total Taekwondo Academy Facebook page for further information.