Instructor Brendan Whish began his journey with Sunbae in late 2017. He began as a white belt training at Jamboree Heights under the guidance of several instructors, including Instructor Dean, Instructor Chris, and Master Bradley.
As the Jamboree Heights club became the Middle Park club, he continued his training under Instructor Lloyd and Instructor Michael. Even as a white belt he dedicated every spare night to taekwondo, taking up extra lessons under Instructor Shirly at either the Kenmore or Newmarket clubs.
Even as a white belt he showed a high level of focus, dedication, and etiquette, as well as technical skill at both basic and complex techniques, achieving honours at every grading. At the annual competitions he has achieved a bronze, silver, and gold medal in Poomsae (patterns). This technical aptitude flowed into Hapkido, where he has since achieved 5th gup, with the eventual goal of Black Belt being within reach.
He started attending private training sessions under Master Bradley in August 2021, with the intent being to assist with instructing Sunbae clubs if necessary. This process also involved assistant instructing at the Middle Park club. He succeeded in his black belt grading in March 2022, receiving the rank of First Dan Bo with honours.
As of January 2022, he has taken over as the instructor of the Middle Park club, where in the space of two months he has almost doubled the number of students present and training. While a small club, his classes are energetic, focused, and always end with students walking out knowing more than when they entered.
2022 will be a great year for the Middle Park club, and for Instructor Brendan to demonstrate that he will be a fitting instructor for Sunbae Korean Martial Arts.