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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea, it is the world's most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners. Formally, there are two main styles of taekwondo. One comes from Kukkiwon, the source of the sparring system "Sihap Gyeorugi" which is now an event at the summer Olympic Games and is governed by the World Taekwondo Federation. The other comes from the International Taekwondo Federation.

Our state of the art training centers in Richmond, Surrey YMCA, and now the Richmond Olympic Oval provides the perfect backdrop for developing the skill and determination needed to succeed. Canwest Academy is the vision of Master Yip, a certified master instructors of the World Taekwondo Federation. All of our instructors are certified black belts, with many years of training experience. We offer many classes to accommodate your busy schedule. Regardless of your age or level of experience, we have a program that is tailored just for you.

At Canwest Academy, we not only teach technique, we build character through inner-strength, courage, vision, respect, and discipline.

Come in for a free tour! We offer a patient, supportive atmosphere. All ages welcome!

Canwest Academy was founded in 1995 by Master Kam Sing Yip. Master Yip is a Kukkiwon approved sixth degree black belt with over twenty six years of competitive and training experience. His passion for improving physical fitness, mental discipline, and spiritual strength is apparent in every class he teaches. Master Yip has been a positive influence in the lives of many in the community. His ability to reach children and adults alike has earned Canwest a reputation as Richmond's best Taekwondo Academy.

Master Yip started training as a child, earned his first degree black belt in 1983, and started his teaching career in 1985. It was in his early teens that Master Yip knew that he wanted to dedicate his life to martial arts. Since that time, Master Yip has proven to be a fierce competitor. He won multiple gold medals and participated in the VIII World Championship in Barcelona representing the Hong Kong National Team. He believes in the development of personal character as well as physical strength. His focus on respect, confidence, righteousness, discipline, and vision has made him one of the most sought after instructors in Canada.

Some of Master Yip's accomplishments include:

  • Sixth Degree Black belt (Kukkiwon Approved) 
  • Certified Internation Master Instructor 
  • Gold medal in 1984, 1986, and 1987 Hong Kong National Champion
  • Member of the 1987 Hong Kong National Team in the VIII World Championship in Barcelona 
  • 1998, 1996 & 1998 Canadian National Medalist
  • 1995 Pan American Open Medalist
  • 2000 US Open Champion Medalist

Come in to Canwest Academo for a free tour. You are sure to be inspired!