Our instructors are world class.

Durham Taekwondo is very proud to have an exceptional instructional team whose roots can be traced back to 1974 under renown Grand Master Gwak Ki Ok. Our instructional team works hard to ensure that every student realizes their full potential by providing the latest and most updated methods of instruction for student development. Instructor Sofia Hovnanian has received the highest recognition from the WTF for promoting education in Tae Kwon Do.

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Special Instructors

Master Sofia Hovnanian
Master Sofia Hovnanian
4th Dan Black Belt, Head Instructor, Recipient of the Highest Citation for the promotion of Tae Kwon Do Education from the President of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation 2010 Recipient of the City of Pickering Amateur Sports Award 2011

Master Sofia Hovnanian started Tae Kwon Do at the age of 3 and has never looked back. Over the last 17 years she has continued to grow as a martial artist and an instructor. Through the guidance and support of Grand Master Ayensu she has been a driving force in bringing an exceptional program to the Durham Region. Master Sofia’s teaching abilities have been recognized by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF) by President Chungwon Choue in appreciation of her dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the development of Tae Kwon Do. see article here.
Today, she is an esteemed martial artist who enjoys both the recreational and competitive qualities of the sport. In addition to the evening kid’s class programs she has developed the exceptional Kick Smart Afterschool and BBC competitive team programs. Master Sofia continues to search for new and innovative ways to teach the martial arts to all who want to learn.

Instructor Stefano Hovnanian
Instructor Stefano Hovnanian
2nd Dan Black Belt

Instructor Stefano is a dedicated martial artist with a passion for Olympic sparring. Having travelled and trained in Korea he looks forward to future training and exchanges with world renown martial artists. Instructor Stefano assists with training Durham Taekwondo’s Black Belt Club competitive team.

Instructor Nicholas Kreuch
Instructor Nicholas Kreuch
2nd Dan Black Belt

Instructor Nicholas has been a disciplined Tae Kwon Do student for over 15 years and assists with the Kick Smart Afterschool program as well as the Teens and Adults program.

Leadership Team
Leadership Team
Green Belt and higher

In order to promote leadership skills we encourage students who are green belt and higher to take an active role in classes. This promotes self esteem and confidence as well as a healthy team spirit.