Rodney Lee Walsh is the Chief Instructor of Walsh Martial Arts Australia and is based in Canberra.  He holds the master ranking of 7th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido from the World Kido Federation and the Korea Han Min Jok Hapkido Association.

Master Walsh commenced martial arts training in September 1975 from his father, Grandmaster Terence Walsh, 8th Dan.  He was first appointed as an instructor in 1989 and has been teaching the martial arts for more than 20 years.

Promoted to 7th Dan at only 36 years of age in 2007, Master Walsh is an acknowledged authority on the Korean martial arts in Australia and has been described by Blitz (Martial Arts) Magazine as a 'martial arts prodigy' with an 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the martial arts'.  He has been called as an expert witness in complex legal matters before Australian Courts to provide an official and independent opinion on technical aspects of the martial arts.

Master Walsh is a contributory author of two textbooks: 'Mastering Tae Kwon Do' and 'Mastering Tae Geuk' and has written numerous articles on martial arts technique and philosophy.  He pioneered the one-on-one 'Executive Program' for time-challenged professionals and after-school martial arts programs for young people in Australia and currently designs advanced programs for black belts and instructors.

"Even after 35 years in the martial arts, my excitement and enthusiasm for training, teaching and learning the martial arts remains at obsessively-high levels.  Fortunately for me, my father's style of martial arts and his teaching method literally compels and even propels your interest in training, teaching and learning, even at the highest levels.  It gives all of his students an edge and keeps us sharp in all aspects of our lives - as students, teachers, parents and people contributing to their local communities through their involvement in the martial arts.  I commend traditional martial arts training to anyone trying to realise their potential - physically, mentally and spiritually. I also commend the effort of potential new students in seeking out the true masters of the art to study under - the best quality teaching and the highest standards require diligence from the discerning student right from the outset of their training.  Mastery is then inevitable with the right amount of persistence," says Master Walsh.

Master Walsh is a lawyer by profession, holding the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.  He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Courts of NSW and the ACT, is a member of the ACT Law Society and is a certified mediator. He is a senior executive in the Australian Public Service and is married with four children.

Master Rodney Lee Walsh

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