Graham Healy was a pioneer in defining the Legal seperation between what was acceptable as a Australian Government and Nationally recognized teaching qualifications verses so called 'Black Belt qualifications' with no teaching credentials, valid legal Insurances (or practices) to underpin the 'Black belt'.
In many cases the Martial arts organizations themselves were at best 'shadowy' and 'operating under the radar legally speaking' as far as ligitimate Insurances, risk management policy's ,duty of care and negligence was concerned, and this is compounded by 'interpersonal combat situations' and the 'risks involved'.
Many Martial Arts still operate this way today 2013 It is only the tireless work of a few VISIONARIES that the areas of legalities,Teaching qualifications and safe practices,have been addressed so that the conscientious work of a selected few have formed a platform of legitimate professional practices.
ISDA founder Graham Healy and the following friends and associates I consider groundbreaking Visionaries in this area,
Barry Johnston director of ACSD Australian College of Sports Development has done more work to single handly create a ligitmate Education platform upon which the Martial Arts instructor can stand upon.
Barrister William Lye and Lawyer Robert Philips and Bryan Best my good friends and associates have advised ISDA on risk management,duty of care and negligence and the legal frame work, company and business legal structures, upon which to run classes and frame Legal Insurances.
The Defining Moment is that a Black Belt is NOT a licence to teach unless he or she has a Nationally recognized teaching Qualification to under pin it , this then creates a frame work for legal Insturances, risk management policies , duty of care policies, and the AWARENESS of Student safety and safe practices in Class Scenarios.
ISDA practices what it preaches and can facilitate Teaching Qualifications for Black Belt Instructors through our facilitated affiliated EDUCATION COURSES
Martial Arts Qualifications or Recognition are a seperate platform and have no bearing on the Teaching Qualifications Legally speaking, but the teaching Qualification must be the BASE upon which any Black Belt can Legally operate , and this is the case will all ISDA associates .
Graham Healy 8th dan
Major Avi Nardia one of co-founders of Kapap and Personal Protection Operative with CQB my good friend Bobby Gabershek In the attached article Major Avi defines safety first Safety Last in personal protection and live firearm use.
Grandmaster Mal Lomax former British SAS and pioneer of Martial Arts Peter McInnes my good friend and ISDA associate and weapons expert . Read his Life Story (see link) that should be made into an action movie Gh
Graham Healy co-operates with Barristor William Lye in a feature article regarding Teaching qualifications and martial Arts Instructors and the Legalities
refer 'Link' of Boy hit by car during irresponsible and unsupervised training (running in dark streets) a martial arts class with children in care of a 'Black Belt' this group was sued and had to pay $800,000 for brain damages caused by negligence and lack of duty of care .ISDA states a Belt Belt does not = a teaching qualification as this sad story demonstrates, total ignorance of duty of care, risk management and negligence is NO EXCUSE in the eyes of the law. GH
Copy Of court Transcript as an example of how a court works out liability . It looks at the chain of command and works back from the event . for example there is a joint and severally liable situation with associations in a 'shared'liability and in the case attached the court looked down the responsibility line 'like a chain of command' to find who was ultimately liable. This is what ISDA have been warning about for over 20 years now duty of care ,risk management and negligence ITS REAL GH
Graham Healy writes a feature article for RTO Fitlink regarding martial arts and nationally recognized teaching qualifications and SAFETY FIRST
SAFETY FIRST Graham Healy writes another feature article on Martial Arts Safety and the application of Risk management, duty of care and negligence in the Teaching and Class Environment once again just because somebody hold a BLACK BELT has absolutely no bearing on nationally Recognized Teaching qualifications in fact with out the teaching qualifications underpinning the Black Belt teaching is fraught with danger legally
TKD-Mag 2004-Feature-New Style TKD-Boxing Pg70 Graham Healy writes feature article on His Style of Tae kwon Do and Boxing Merged.
TKD-Mag-Feature-p63-Personal-Journey 2001 Graham Healy's personal Journey from Boxing to Rhee Tae kwon Do to Jun Jung Do .
Graham Healy Discusses Boxing and its application in martial arts , boxing is and has always been Graham Healy's base and believes the principals of Boxing IMPROVE any martial Art in speed ,power and timing and being 'quick on your feet' as he has proved over the last 30 + years of refinement.
Clink on the above images and magazine covers to read the articles written by Graham Healy and associates in national magazines