About The Instructor

Master Smith teaches Olympic style (W.T.F.) Tae Kwon Do in a fun, yet challenging environment. Although it is not our main thrust, we routinely participate in competitions. It is an option for students which helps hone their skills and puts into practice what they have learned within the dojang. A parent himself, Master Smith clearly understands the challenges faced by our children today.

“Learn From A Master

Master Instructor Michael Smith is an accomplished 5th degree black belt with over 30 years experience in the martial arts. He is an internationally recognized instructor whose credentials are registered in the “World Taekwondo” headquarters in Seoul, Korea. He is a nationally certified coach (NCCP Level 3) and current president of the B.C. Taekwondo Association. Master Smith is also a Provincially Certified Referee and a member of the Coaches Association of B.C.

Master Smith began his own training at the age of fifteen and trained under several renowned International Masters and Grandmasters across Canada. Today he enjoys close ties with his current instructor and mentor, Master Daniel Witt, of Langley, B.C.

He has enjoyed success in both regional and international competitions, winning gold at the 1990 International Taekwondo Championships. Today he holds the rank of fifth Dan, or master instructor. He is the President of the B.C. Taekwondo Association and is a nationally certified coach (NCCP Level 3). Together with his wife, who acts as the school’s administrator, they founded the Westside School of Tae Kwon Do in 1998. The school has continued to thrive and grow ever since.

Over his many years of teaching, Master Smith has continued to refine his instructional skills and curriculum to combine the best of traditional and modern technical content. Theoretical knowledge is coupled with effective, up to date practical training to ensure that every student reaches their maximum potential.

Physical training is only one facet of the art of Taekwondo, however. Master Smith’s teaching philosophy is to foster a unique synthesis of technical excellence and personal growth. All students are instilled with respect for the tenets of Taekwondo:

  • Etiquette
  • Modesty
  • Perseverance
  • Self-control
  • Indomitable Spirit

As a full time professional instructor and life long devotee of Taekwondo, Master Smith connects with each and every student on a personal level in order to motivate, inspire and guide them on their journey of discovery in the martial arts.

The Westside School of Tae Kwon Do is a member of the Westbank Chamber of Commerce and the B.C. Taekwondo Association. All BCTA instructors are certified and have passed a recent criminal record check by the R.C.M.P.