My name is Suzanne Woods, I currently hold a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. Along with my husband Don, we are the instructors and representatives for Jeff Speakman in Queensland Australia. We teach Kenpo 5.0 at our school in Brisbane.
I began my martial arts journey way back in 1986 when I joined the local Taekwondo school, looking to learn some self defence and to stay fit. After 4 years training I was awarded my first degree Black belt from the head of our organisation Steven Cheah. (7th degree Black Belt and head of Cheah’s Advanced Taekwondo in Australia).
I trained for a further 6 years with his organisation but in 1995 had to take a break when Don & I had our first child. 7 years and 2 more kids later Don attended a Jeff Speakman seminar in Brisbane in 2003. I still remember when he came home that night, his chest was like a checker board. Mr Speakman had used him as his dummy for one of his techniques! This was the beginning of our journey in American Kenpo and our association with Mr Speakman.
We opened our first Kenpo School early in 2004 at MacGregor in Brisbane and since then our school has steadily grown.
Under the direction of our instructor and good friend David Giovenco (Mr Speakman’s Australian Representative), Don and I tested for 1st degree Black Belt with Mr Speakman in Las Vegas in 2008, 2nd Degree in 2010 and 3rd degree in 2013.
I am proud and honoured to be a Jeff Speakman Black Belt and to be part of his kenpo family which now extends to over 17 countries.
Mr Speakman leads the finest group of martial artists and more importantly the greatest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, training with and learning from.