About AJS Self Defence and Andrew Sands

Meet the driving force behind AJS Self Defence, Grand Master Andrew Sands.

Junior Grand Master Andrew Sands of AJS Self Defence
Grand Master
Andrew Sands
  • 8th Dan Korea Hapkido Federation (first Australian to reach this rank)
  • 8th Dan Korea Hapkido Moohakkwan
  • 7th dan Korea Taekwondo Jidokwan
  • 6th dan Korea Taekwondo Kukkiwon
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Australian Hapkido Federation Inc
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Australian Taekwondo Jidokwan
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Australasian Martial Arts Federation
  • Accredited Instructor with the Martial Arts Industry Association (Australia)
  • Director – AJS Self Defence

Andrew has been teaching self defence and the Korean martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido in the Blacktown area for over 30 years (since 1988)! He is also a Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) accredited instructor. As a result, AJS Self Defence is one of the most experienced, trusted and well respected martial arts schools in the area.

Besides group Taekwondo and Hapkido classes, Andrew oversees our Women’s Self Defence classes and is also available for Private Lessons.

Andrew is happy to be contacted to answer any question that you may have.

Our team of instructors

Andrew Sands
8th Dan Hapkido
7th Dan Taekwondo
Chief Instructor and owner, AJS Self Defence
Minh Ngo
5th Dan Taekwondo
2nd Dan Hapkido
Minh primarily looks after our Wednesday night classes.
Phil Thomas
3rd Dan Taekwondo
1st Dan Hapkido
Phil is a casual instructor who fills in when other instructors are unable to make their regular class.
Amanda Gabb
2nd Dan Hapkido
Amanda primarily runs our Saturday classes, however you’ll also see her at other classes during the week. Amanda co-hosts our Women’s Self Defence courses with Kate.
Pooja Upasna
2nd Dan Taekwondo
Pooja leads the Friday Night Ladies class along with Priya
Priya Pranali
1st Dan Taekwondo
Priya leads the Friday Night Ladies class along with Pooja
Kate Emmerick
1st Dan Hapkido
Kate co-hosts our Women’s Self Defence courses with Amanda.