INSTRUCTORS

At Authentic, instructors continually explain to students why they are practicing specific actions and movements and postures; how the lessons they are practicing today, and have already practiced, will be integrated in their practice at higher belt levels; and, therefore, how their progress to black belt practice will actually, physically happen. This continuing explanation reinforces, in the everyday communication of all regular practice, that the students are always, in every practice, actually, physically, progressively accomplishing Authentic’s WTF, CTA and OTA sanctioned Course of Black Belt TaeKwonDo and that their instructors want them to graduate.

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MASTER AKMAL FARAH – MASTER INSTRUCTOR

Akmal Farah began his Taekwondo practice in the early nineties and 3 years later went on to win his first Canadian National Championships in the Bantam weight division. He credits his motivation and inspiration to Grand Master Choung and Coach Tino Dossantos. Akmal has competed at many world championships, pan am and other international events successfully. He has finished top 8 at the world championships and earned bronze the pan am championships, through 4 years on the Nationals Team. During his tenure on Team Canada he served on many terms as its team captain, where he now brings that same dedication and drive to Authentic Taekwondo.

  • 4th degree WTF certified blackbelt.
  • NCCP Certified Level III
  • Specializes in teachng kids with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.
  • Over 20 years of taekwondo practice.
  • 4 time Canadian National Team member
  • 1997 World Championship Ranked Top 8
  • 2006 Pan American Championships Bronze Medalist.
  • 2006 Winner of Quest for Gold award.
  • Captain of Canadas’ National Team.
  • Ontario Champion (11 years) and Team Captain.
  • Canadian National Taekwondo Team coach

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MASTER DOMINIQUE BOSSHART – 2 X OLYMPIAN

Dominique Bosshart (born October 7, 1977 in Morges, Switzerland) is a Canadian Taekwondo athlete. She was Canada’s only taekwondo competitor during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where she won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division (+ 67 kg). She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens but did not medal. Bosshart began studying Taekwondo at age 13, at the urging of her brother. At age 15, she moved from living with her parents in Landmark, Manitoba to living on her own in Winnipeg in order to train with Master Joo Kang at Kang’s Taekwondo Academy.

  • Athlete Representative for Taekwondo Canada: 1999-2000
  • Canadian National Champion 1993-2007
  • Canadian Olympic Division Champion 1997-2005
  • 2007 World Championships- Beijing China: Top 16
  • 2006 Pan Am Championships- Argentina: Gold
  • 2005 World Championships- Madrid, Spain: Top 16
  • 2004 Olympic Games- Athens Greece: Top 8
  • 2003 Olympic Qualifier Pan Am- Queretaro Mexico: Bronze
  • 2003 Olympic World Qualifier- Paris, France: Top 16
  • 2003 World Championships- Garmisch, Germany: Top 16
  • 2003 Pan Am Games- Dominican Republic: Top 16
  • 2002 Pan Am Championships- Ecuador: Bronze
  • 2002 World cup- Tokyo Japan: Top 32
  • 2001 World Championships- Che Ju Korea: Top 32
  • 2001 World cup- Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: Top 32
  • 2000 World cup- Lyon, France: Top 32
  • 2000 Pan Am Championships- Aruba: Gold
  • 2000 Olympic Games- Sydney, Australia: Bronze
  • 1999 Olympic Qualifier Pan Am- Miami, USA: Gold
  • 1999 Olympic World Qualifier- Zagreb, Croatia: Top 16
  • 1999 World Championships- Edmonton, Canada: Silver
  • 1999 Pan Am Games- Winnipeg, Canada: Bronze
  • 1998 Pan Am Championships- Lima, Peru: Bronze
  • 1997 World Championships- Hong Kong: Top 32
  • 1996 Pan Am Championships- Havana, Cuba: Bronze
  • 1995 Pan Am Games- Mar Del Plata, Argentina: Bronze
  • 1993 World Championships- Madison Sq. Garden, New York: Top 8

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MASTER ALI GHAFOUR

Ali Ghafour started taekwondo in 1993 and has been dedicated to the sport since then. He has been on the Canadian National Taekwondo team from 2003 until 2007 in the bantam weight division. Ali has also been to many international competitions notably 3 world championships, 3 university games, and also earned a spot on the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio, Brazil. Ali was in the top 4 running to be chosen for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Ali enjoys working with students and is an excellent role model for those who want to not only compete, but also be successful in their personal lives. Ali has an HBSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

  • 4th degree WTF certified Black Belt
  • Over 17 years of taekwondo practice
  • 4 time Canadian National Team member
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics hopeful (top 4 pool in Canada)
  • 2007 Pan Am Games (Rio, Brazil) – team member
  • 2005 Winner of Quest for Gold award
  • 11 years Ontario Champion
  • Competed at 3 World Championships (Germany 2003, Spain 2005, China 2007)
  • Competed at 3 University Games (Korea 2003, Greece 2004, Turkey 2005)
  • Competed at 2006 Pan Am Championships (Argentina)

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DR DANIEL GIBBS BSC DDS – MASTER INSTRUCTOR

  • 6th degree WTF certified Black Belt
  • Black belt in Kickboxing
  • Over 19 years WTF Taekwondo practice, over 16 years teaching in Toronto and Markham area
  • Member of Ontario and Canadian Taekwondo Association
  • Weapons training and instruction, co-author Manual for Taekwondo
  • National Instructors Academy Certification
  • Former board of director for Ontario Taekwondo Association
  • Received “All Canadian Teaching Excellence Award” for Taekwondo 2001
  • Founder of Ontario Disabled Taekwondo Association
  • Member and player of ASHL hockey team (York University)
  • Graduated 1978 University of Toronto, With Distinction
  • Graduation 1982 University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Awarded Faculty of Dentistry Toronto Crown and Bridge Award, 1982
  • Member of Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • Member of Ontario Dental Association
  • Member of Toronto Crown and Bridge Study Club
  • Member of International Association for Orthodontists
  • Member of International Straight Wire Association, Dr. GarciaÕs Study Club
  • Member of The Toronto Implant & Aesthetic Study Club
  • Certified Invisalign Provider
  • Member of Canadian Dental Protective Association
  • Member of Canadian Dental Association

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Head Instructors

 

Master RANDY JOSEPHS

I started Martial Arts at the age of 7yrs doing Shotokan in Jamaica. Once in Canada I continued doing Martial Arts before transitioning to ITF Taekwondo in the early 80′s in which I received my 1st Dan. In 1992 our Club changed to WTF Taekwondo which I currently hold a 4th Dan. I have lived in several countries and worked to maintain my Taekwondo plus different types of Martial Arts for my personal enhancement. I have continued my Taekwondo saga by becoming a Certified National Referee and PATU Poomsae Referee.

My goal is to impart as much of my knowledge and skills to others so they can become stronger and leaders within our communities.

  • 5th degree WTF certified Black Belt
  • 1st Degree ITF Black Belt
  • Instructor for over 10 years
  • Certified National Referee
  • Certified Ontario Provincial Referee
  • Certified PATU Poomsae
  • Self Defence instructor
  • Various martial arts experience in Karate (Shotokan), Muay Thai and Jujitsu
  • Trained in Jamaica, Canada, Switzerland and the USA
  • VP of Operations – Kisko Freezies
  • PAC Advisory Board Member – Centennial College
  • Board Member – Chef Relief
  • Former Chair Research Chefs Association Canada
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification

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Master TOM OETLINGER

Tom Oetlinger holds a WTF 4th Dan and has enjoyed the practise of Taekwondo for more than 20 years. He also holds a Red belt in ITF Taekwondo and has an interest in weapons training. A long-time resident of Markham, Tom has been married for more than 25 years and has two children. Tom enjoys the health benefits of practising Taekwondo and that there is no limit of new things to learn and experience.

  • 5th degree WTF certified Black Belt
  • Over 17 years training in Taewkondo
  • Certified Ontario Provincial Referee
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Scout Leader for 10 years
  • Scouting Instructor and Course Leader
  • Standard First Aid training
  • Royal Conservatory Grade 7 piano

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NEW INSTRUCTORS:

AUTHENTIC TAEKWONDO JUNIOR INSTRUCTORS

Dylan Nadler

  • Canadian National Team athlete
  • Youth Olympic Qualifying Games – Taipei, Taiwan
  • US Open gold medalist – Las Vegas, NV
  • Dutch Open bronze medalist – Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jr. Worlds Qualifiers silver medalist – Montreal, QC
  • Canada Open bronze medalist – Toronto, ON
  • Korea Open quarterfinalist– Seoul, Korea
  • Canadian National Champion
  • Ontario Provincial Champion

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Sean Davies

  • Jr. Worlds Qualifiers silver medalist
  • Canada Open bronze medalist
  • Korea Open athlete
  • Canadian Nationals medalist
  • Ontario Provincials medalist

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Crystal Chan

  • YOG Canadian Qualifiers gold medalist
  • Jr. Worlds Qualifiers silver medalist
  • Canada Open medalist
  • Canadian Nationals medalist
  • Ontario Provincial Champion

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 Tyler Lam

  • Canadian Nationals medalist
  • Canada Open medalist
  • Ontario Provincials medalist

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