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Perth Soo Bahk Do is a martial arts school, but more so a community of kids, teens, adults and instructors all coming together to learn about how to apply the valuable lessons this Korean art has to give in their daily lives. We are a supportive community where everyone feels appreciated and included in their own right. We build stronger bodies and minds through positive encouragement and we lead by example. Whether you are 5 or 50+ years old, we know you will benefit from our classes. Learn more about our art and federation down below.
Frank Akkerboom is the head instructor of Perth Soo Bahk Do. He started his martial arts journey when he was 14 years old and already back then he had the dream to once open a school himself, which came to realisation in 2014. The Perth school, as successfully established and run under another instructor for almost two decades, he was given the opportunity to take over the ownership with the loving support of his wife Eve.
Frank has been active in several martial arts but his passion lies within the Korean styles. He currently holds 3rdDan level in Soo Bahk Do (Korean karate), 3rdDan level in Haedong Kumdo (Korean sword art) and a 3rdDan in Tang Soo Do (very similar to Soo Bahk Do). He has won many international tournament titles in the past, but he’s mostly passionate about the personal journey through practicing and teaching the art.
He strongly believes in teaching in an engaging but respectful manner which supports all the students to take in the most from the classes. Frank’s biggest passion is to instil self-worth in all his student, something he himself has found the most valuable benefit from practicing after having struggled with this himself in his childhood and early teens.
Always looking for learning and training opportunities Frank has travelled to many seminars and camps, both nationally and internationally. He has had the pleasure to train with the grandmaster on many occasions and has been guided by internationally acclaimed senior instructors from over 25 countries. He’s strongly involved with the development of Soo Bahk Do within Australia and if possible, travels to Korea each year for his own development.
While still working as an IT specialist, he loves nothing more than to spend time with his students, as he knows the importance of consistent training in a positive and encouraging environment. Sometimes reaching some disagreement with his wife, but all his efforts are put toward the school and his students.
Frank and Eve, both originally from the Netherlands, are happily married for over a decade and now call Australia home. They live in the Northern suburbs of Perth with their two dogs Plato and Apple.
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