Each session begins with a basic warm-up of running, calisthenics, stretching and balance exercises. It progresses to basic footwork, kicking and punching drills and sparing techniques.
Taekwondo builds Self-confidence, Self-discipline, Coordination, Flexibility, Agility, Strength, Determination and Mental endurance, plus it is loads of fun and a great fitness workout!
The class can be designed for students both young and more mature. The workout can be both intense and more moderate; we work on balance, speed, strength and power. Cardio and stretching takes place in every class followed by basic foot work and kicks. Taekwondo is made up of 80% leg work and 20% upper body work.
As a student, it is very important that you understand from the beginning of your Taekwondo classes, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behavior in school. Etiquette is up front and foremost in the journey to personal discipline. If you do not display self-discipline within yourself, you cannot expect it from others.
It is my belief that each and every one of you can obtain your goal in life – be it a black belt, or any other ambition you wish to achieve, through hard work. You should be humbled by achieving black belt status and should consider that we are all students for life; “ it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality of students that count”.
On behalf of Whistler Taekwondo, I welcome you to the most dynamic Martial Art in the world. It is designed to train your spirit and physique and to develop students with Etiquette, Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. These are the tenets of Taekwondo and guidelines to a disciplined artist.
All classes meet at Myrtle Philip Community School.
Beginners: 2:45 - 3:30 (Yellow and Yellow Stripe)
Advanced: 3:30 - 4:30 (Green and Blue)
Adults: 4:30 - 5:45
We run from September to June following the school calendar (Closed on Stat Holidays).
All levels are welcome to join at any time during the year.
We also offer
Private lessons by appointment.
Master Dawn Lefebvre is a 6th Dan Black Belt and former Canadian National Champion. Dawn started training in 1974 at the age of 14 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada under the instruction of Grand Master Chong Lee ( 9th Dan Black Belt and head coach for the Canadian National Team for more than 25 years). Within one year of training she was competing in tournaments throughout North America , and in 1986 was awarded the title of Canadian National Champion. In that same year Dawn went on to win the Bronze Medal at the Pan-American Games in Ecuador, and also the US Open Championships in New York City. In 1987 Dawn placed second in Canada at the National Championships. Winning these and numerous other titles were exhilarating highlights in her career.
Driven by ambition and a vision of sharing her knowledge and skills she was inspired to teach the martial art in which she had excelled. In a positive move, she relocated to Whistler, BC ( home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games) in 1987. With the encouragement and support of local families, who wanted their children to have the opportunity to learn Taekwondo, Dawn established the Whistler Taekwondo Club. Soon many boys and girls in the community, as well as their parents, were training. Her school now has more than 70 members ranging in ages from 6 to 60.
After 27 years of training in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo, Dawn was promoted to the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt . Dawn is only the second woman in Canada to receive this honor. She has achieved the personal satisfaction and success of producing quality students throughout her years as chief instructor of the Whistler Taekwondo Club. Her students have been taught to be excellent, responsible martial artists and productive members of their community with an emphasis on self-confidence, respect, humility, and a positive sense of self-esteem, . It’s not only about kicking and punching but also about developing a positive character! Dawn, with her positive attitude, fierce determination and winning smile, has been an inspiration to everyone in her community and to all who have been fortunate enough to meet her.
Master Dawn Lefebvre has recently been inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.
Taekwondo is an ancient Korean martial art form of self-defense that originated some 2000 years ago. Taekwondo has grown into a world-wide sport that is now practiced in over 150 countries around the world by more than 50 million people. In keeping with its world-wide popularity, Taekwondo was selected over other Asian martial arts as a metal event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Taekwondo trains the body by practicing the basic movements, a series of combination moves, free sparing and knife defense techniques. The Taekwondo teaching methods develop a strong, healthy and agile body as well as character and spirit through perseverance, practice and patience.
Grandmaster Chong Lee, 9th Degree Black Belt first introduced TaeKwonDo (WTF) in Montreal Canada in 1964. Since then, he has taught over 200,000 Canadians, certifying more than 3,000 black belt students. In his 36 years of teaching, his students have won over 100 gold medals at the Canadian National TaeKwonDo Trials; eight gold medals in the Pan Am games, as well as, one gold medal and two silver in the in the World TaeKwonDo Championships.
Grandmaster Chong Lee has been the Canadian National Coach for the past 22 years. He has travelled to 38 different countries throughout the world with his athletes.
6th Degree Black Belt
1st place - Canadian National Taekwondo Championships, 1986.
1st place - U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, New York City, 1986.
3rd place - World Pan American Taekwondo Championships, Ecuador, 1987.
2nd place - Quebec Provincial Taekwondo Championships, 1987.
2nd place - Canadian National Taekwondo Championships, 1987.
Inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame, 2005.
9th Degree Black Belt - 36 years of teaching experience.
Jan Larsen (Chief Instructor)
Rachel Walker (1st women to pass)
Junior Black Belts
In loving memory of Grand Master Chong Soo Lee, who will forever be remembered as the Greatest Grand Master that ever lived, as a man of good heart, a man of respect and honour. April 19, 1938 – July 5, 2017.
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Providing recognition and incentives by way of awards to demonstrate excellence in the field of taekwondo, a unique form of martial art which is also referred to as tae kwon do or taekwon-do.
Taekwondo, the Korean art of self-defence, was first introduced to Canada in 1964 by Grand Master Chong Lee, 9th Dan, right here in Montreal.
Bussed After School, Day Camps, Evening Classes Kids, Teens, Adults ~ Since 1988
Master Raymond Mourad is a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo with over 30 years experience. He is a 13-time national champion, world medalist, 2 times Pan American Games medalist and was the Canadian National Team Head Coach 2006-2007.
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