Presidents Report

A message from the President Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inc. 2018


Welcome to the 22nd Annual AMAHOF Awards Dinner and Presentation, and a very warm welcome to our 10 new Inductees for 2018, the night is all about you so please relax and enjoy it.

During my term of office, the Board and I have worked extremely hard to achieve even higher standards than previously; I feel we have attained this and more. This could not have been achieved without the dedication of the few, for this I am grateful and sincerely thank them.

The 2018 event here in Hobart could not have happened without the event organising committee Frank Hussey, Kathy Gangemi and myself and of course Arlene Whipp who despite a tough year managed to keep in touch with us and have input into all things regarding the event. (thankyou Arlene) .

This year we addressed an update of our constitution, spearheaded by Johnny Whipp, whilst working in conjunction with the board members. As the constitution was more than 20 years old, and had many amendments made by previous boards it finally had to be put into modern day language and some areas to be made relevant to today. This was a very big undertaking, and it is a living document that will continue to evolve.

The Sokeship Council is one of our biggest assets, but like so many good things it is underutilized.

It is headed by Master Ramon Lawrence OAM 8th Dan, there is not much he can’t advise you on, or point you in the right direction to achieve your aims and goals, so let’s keep him busy this year and take advantage of his vast knowledge. Contact details on the website

Now is what I consider to be the most important award of the night. Most of you have wives or partners, who have put up with your comings and goings for a long time so don’t forget the Spousal/Partner Awards. At the time of going to print we have nobody being recognised this year.

It is necessary to take the time and update or achieve your “working with children or special needs persons accreditation. Advise your teaching students and friends that it is a pre requisite of a successful AMAHOF nomination”. AMAHOF is a strong supporter of this incentive.

Special thanks to Frank Hussey your AMAHOF Sec. He has been my strongest pillar of support throughout my term as President and manages to sort out my computer glitches. He formulates the books each years as well as the Power Point presentations among many, many other duties.

Also thanks to my “P.A”, my “go to girl”, Kathy Gangemi. That’s not a sexist remark. I can say that because she is my daughter, she keeps me organised and is an essential collaborator in the successful running of these events. Her organisational skills are invaluable.

In this year of change, I would like to welcome the new Board and its members. I wish them well into the future and all the very best as they “step up to the plate” I urge all members to give them their support.

Hope to meet up with you all in the near future,


Soke Les Elliott 6th Dan

President AMAHOF Inc.