Thank you again, Master Smith and all the Instructors, Mrs. Smith, for another wonderful testing day today! There are not enough words to express our gratitude toward the supportive environment, toward the Instructors ready to teach and encourage every effort, and to the families ready to show love and support for all the kids in the same measure! I strongly encourage parents to join their kids on the floor, to take these wonderful family classes together - this could be the best thing you could do together with your children; it will bring you strongly together, bound you beyond breaking, build memories to last forever. When would you have another chance to kick each other without any other consequences than your Master's approval? Thank you!!...oh, it's not as hard as it might look from the benches...benches are harder..LOL!
A. Covaser

Master & Mrs. Smith,

Sorry this is a bit late, but I just wanted to say thanks again for allowing me to participate in this year's annual Westside TKD Camp. I had a blast training, working, and playing with such a goofy and energetic group. I enjoyed being exposed to new methods, training in such a welcoming environment, and doing activities that were sometimes challenging, but always fun. I really liked the way you taught the class, the way you encouraged me to expand my comfort zone, and helped me become more of a leader so that I could do the same for others. Overall, this past week was a unique experience filled with learning, fun, friendship, and great memories that I will surely never forget.
I will continue to train hard, do what I love, and love what I do.

You were right when you said that "If there's one thing that everyone gains from Tae Kwon Do, it's a family."

Thanks for making me feel at home away from home.

I hope to see you all again, hopefully sooner than next Summer.

Thank you for everything,

My Role Model - Master Smith

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am here to tell you about one of my best role models.
Master Smith, who is he?  He is my Tae Kwon Do instructor, who has pushed me to be my best.  Not just at Tae Kwon Do but at simple life tasks.  I chose Master Smith because he is an inspiring man who can teach others so many important things.  He has taught me the tenants of Tae Kwon Do, which are etiquette – showing respect by use of proper manners, modesty – not boasting or showing off, perseverance – never giving up, self-control – keeping ones temper, and indomitable spirit – always working ones best and not complaining.  Those five words have helped me through rough parts in life, which have been valuable lessons to me.

My first day in class…. I walked in the door to see many people so skilled at this sport.  Master Smith had a welcoming smile on his face when I walked in.  As soon as class started he introduced me to the class, they all seemed so friendly.  During the class I had quite a few troubles, but Master Smith helped me through them.  When class was finished I finally got to properly introduce myself.  He seemed like such an inspiring man to be able to look up to.  I knew I would continue training to my black belt and above with him.

As a year went by I had gotten to know Master Smith so much better.  I knew he pushed someone to do their best and to never give up or complain.  He loved teaching these people the art he was so inspired by.  I was inspired by Tae Kwon Do too, but mainly I was inspired by Master Smith.  Someone so graceful, yet powerful.  He is a very important piece in my life.  Even in twenty years from now, I will still remember how he taught me so many important life lessons.

Master Smith has been an amazing role model over my years in Tae Kwon Do.  When I get my black belt I would love to be as skillful as he is.  Do you have a role model?  If so tell them how you feel.  Tell them how they inspire you.  Thank you.

Class Speech by Sarah (12 yrs. old)

- March 2014

Master and Mrs. Smith,

What a wonderful day we all had on Saturday. The black belt testing was a tremendous event, we are so proud and grateful we were invited to take part in it.  I cannot say enough about your school and how much we love being a part of it.  I still get emotional when I think of the journey that Cole has been on and how far he has come. Starting off as 5 yr. old little boy that was so timid and lacking confidence, to this amazing, self assured 12 yr. old young man who now proudly displays that beautiful black belt around his waist.
Master Smith, you are such a mentor and role model for Cole, he holds you in the highest regard. The young man I am so proud of today is due largely to your kind, gentle and supportive ways. The encouragement and commitment that you have shown him I will always be grateful for. Thank you so very much.
Thank you Mrs. Smith.  You work so hard "behind the scenes" to ensure that our kids are looked after and that your school and all the events run so well.
Saturday evening at the dinner banquet you introduced us and welcomed us to “our family".  We could not be happier and more grateful to be a part of it.

With love and Gratitude,

Dana and family.

Dear Master Smith,

I felt the need to write a short note to thank you for your comment regarding Liam's 'leadership' qualities, technique, etc. today. Liam struggles with schoolwork even though he puts in a great amount of effort into his studies.

Regardless of his marks, we praise him for his effort and his attitude toward school, friends, and life in general. It's comments like yours that really keep him motivated and avoid that ever-looming 'breaking point' due to frustration that we are so desperately trying to avoid.

Thank you.

Tara H

Another testimonial of the professional and rewarding Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do taught at Westside ae Kwon Do in Kelowna BC

Another testimonial of the professional and rewarding Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do taught at Westside ae Kwon Do in Kelowna BC

Another testimonial of the professional and rewarding Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do taught at Westside ae Kwon Do in Kelowna BC
Another testimonial of the professional and rewarding Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do taught at Westside ae Kwon Do in Kelowna BC

Another testimonial of the professional and rewarding Martial Art of Tae Kwon Do taught at Westside ae Kwon Do in Kelowna BC

Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon-Do by the Richardson family

Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon-Do by the Zandvliet family

April 2010
Hello Mrs. & Master Smith,
As a parent with kids competing in the tournament, I wanted to convey our family's thanks to both of you for organizing a very well-run tournament. The speed and transition between competitors and events was excellent and the officiating was both professional and fair. Comments from other friends and parents I spoke with during the tournament were that this was one of the best run tournaments that they have seen and that the new facility was very impressive.

From the perspective of someone who is both a WS TKD student and parent, I think you have really done a great job in creating a fun, learning environment at Westside Taekwondo. We feel very fortunate to be part of your great organization and look forward to many more years with you. Thank-you.

I think everyone is already looking forward to the second annual
tournament... Congratulations on a very successful event!

C. Gammel

Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon-Do by the Hutchinson family

Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon-Do by the Cahill family
Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon-Do by the Madrazo family

Master Smith,
Just wanted to say thank-you so much for everything you did for us for the tournament, from calling about road closures to remembering Liam's dobok. I was so impressed seeing you walking around to each of the students prior to the start of the competition and patting them on the back and wishing them good luck.....enrolling Liam in Tae Kwon Do with you as his teacher was one of the best things that could have happened to him............

Brad and Tina

Testimonial for Westside Tae Kwon Do

Master Smith:

You are an amazing teacher and I appreciate all the extra time you have put into helping me perfect my technique. I have been interested in becoming a student in a martial art for several years now and I have looked at many schools featuring mostly Tae Kwon Do but also Karate and Kung Fu and I have not found a school anywhere nearly as wonderful as yours. I like that the classroom sizes, though fairly large, are not too large so that I can receive help when I need it. I am very thankful to be your student.


Hi Glenna,

I would like to Thank You and Master Smith for welcoming us into your club so graciously. It really has a made a wonderful difference in Cole. His confidence has improved greatly and it is really helping him in school and in many social situations. After our experience with the first club we were a little put off and unsure of what to think about Tae Kwon Do. But after meeting you and your family we are thrilled that we gave it another chance and in doing so found such kind and supportive people to guide Cole through this journey. He truly does love coming to your classes and I rarely have to "make" him do any practice when it comes to upcoming events. This is something that he really does love. I have to thank Master Smith, you are so kind and encouraging and that I really do appreciate. Cole began as a timid student and then being kind of turned off and afraid to return after his experience with another club, he really did not want to return to the art. But because of you and the faith, courage and kindness that you show all your kids, it has made it something that he truly looks forward to doing every week.

Again thank you so much to you both,

Dana Smid

Hi Glenna,

We are just loving your school. I have never seen Mikayla practice at home (of her own will) as much as this year!

Nikki Jones

February 2013

Hi Master and Mrs. Smith

I'm writing to let you know how much I miss you both, everyone at the dojang and Tae Kwon Do. I never really thanked you for everything, so thank you. Westside Tae Kwon Do truly changed my life. It has always been a safe place to come where I felt driven, included and accomplished. You both influence so many kids more than you know and I've never heard anything but positives about the dojang and what you do for everyone at the dojang. I can't tell you how much I miss not only the sport, but the community.

Thank you so much for everything you have done for me.

I miss you lots!!!

M. Jones

Being a former educator, I love your philosophy of only testing kids when they are truly ready - not setting them up for failure. We know that you will advise us when you think he is ready to progress and succeed.

Matthew comes home from Taekwondo absolutely wired! He had to tell his mom all about his first sparring match tonight. It is so great to see him excited like this! It is a definite credit to the great facility you operate and the extraordinary ability of Master Smith to relate to these kids in such an incredible way. Keep up the great work!

See you next week!
Brian Abrey