Program Benefits

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, Persverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. These are the tenents of Taekwondo and guidelines to a disiplined artist.

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, stength 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.

Taekwondo builds Self-confidence, Self-disipline, Coordination, Flexibility, Agility, Strength, Determination and Mental endurance, plus it is loads of fun and a great fitness workout!

Goals

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”.

Class Times

All classes meet at Myrtle Philip Community School.

Mondays & Wednesdays

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.

All levels are welcome to join at any time during the year.

We also offer

Private lessons by appointment.

Self-defence workshops.

All levels are welcome to join at any time from September to June

*Closed during stat holidays

Location

About the Master

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.

History

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.

Titles Held

Master Dawn Lefebvre - personal accomplishments

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.

Grand Master Chong Lee - personal accomplishments

9th Degree Black Belt - 36 years of teaching experience.

Whistler Taekwondo Club - individual accomplishments

Black Belts

4th Dan

Jan Larsen (Chief Instructor)

3rd Dan

Carl Martineau

2nd Dan

Brock Crofton

Mark Crofton

Zendi Kashino

Lana Kashino

Daikichi Kashino

1st Dan

Scot Barr

Jack Glackmeyer

Jon Paine

Will Eunson

Rory Eunson

Casey Eunson

Robbie Laird

Marc Facundo

Mackenzie Cyr

Lisa Laird

Chris Laird

Curtis Smith

Scot Duckworth

Rachel Walker
(1st women to pass)

Sandra Bayliss

Macy Kercher

Talula Klein

Junior Black Belts

Adam Charters

Charmaine Niewerth

Kirby Chew

Cayley Alexander

Grand Master Chong Soo Lee

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.

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 was the Canadian National Coach for over 22 years. He has travelled to 38 different countries throughout the world with his athletes.

Contact Us For More Info

Land Line: (604) 938-2334

Cell: (604) 966-7456

Email: tkdawn@telus.net