Calgary Taekwon-do Instructors
Mr. Arden is the owner and head instructor at Apollo Taekwon-do and has been training in ITF Taekwon-Do for over 35 years. He has been teaching for 27 of those years. Mr. Arden has competed in and won tournaments across Canada including Provincials, Nationals and Pan-American Championships. Recently he won a Bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup in sparring. Mr. Arden is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt, a certified International Instructor/Examiner, and a Class A Umpire - regularly officiating international tournaments.
Mrs. Arden has been training Taekwon-Do for over 26 years under the guidance of Mr. Arden. Mrs. Arden has been teaching for the last 21 years. She has competed at the Canadian National level, winning silver and bronze. Mrs. Arden is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt and an International Class A Umpire. She has attended World Cup Championships as an Umpire in Budapest, Hungary and Sydney, Australia.
- Ms. Michelle Brandes - 3rd Degree
- Ms. Elke Fraser - 3rd Degree
- Mr. Sergio Montemurro - 2nd Degree
- Ms. Paige Fenton - 2nd Degree
- Mr. Dave Burwell - 2nd Degree
- Mr. Tony Smith - 2nd Degree
- Mrs. Shelley Stewart - 1st Degree
- Mr. Damion Chiodo - 1st Degree
- Ms. Maya Frederickson - 1st Degree
- Mr. Alex Smith - 1st Degree
JUNIOR BLACK BELTS
- Ms. Sahar Hosseini - 2nd Degree
- Mr. Hodos Chan - 1st Degree
- Mr. Sameem Hosseini - 1st Degree
- Mr. Alekay Toews - 1st Degree
- Mr. Sean Forde - 1st Degree
Assistant Instructors for Taekwon-do Classes in Calgary
Mr Dunbar began his journey in Taekwon-Do in 1974, first training under the oversight of First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha while in the British Military as a student of the UKTA and later under the guidance of Master Sandy Dunbar and Master Michael Thompson of the UKTF. He first started instructing while in the British Military in 1981 and as a civilian for the past 35 years. While Mr Dunbar does not compete very often, he enjoys supporting events through umpiring and officiating. Mr Dunbar is currently a 5th Degree.
Mr. Houghton began training in Taekwon-Do in 2008 under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Arden receiving promotion to 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2019. Mr. Houghton began training at the age of 40 with his eldest child looking to participate in an activity they could pursue together. Through the years he has continued to welcome the challenges and opportunities offered by Taekwon-Do. Whether through training, instructing or officiating, he continues to welcome the unique experiences offered by Taekwon-Do and transfers these into his personal growth inside and outside the dojang.
Mr. Stoffregen began training Taekwon-Do in 2007 under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Arden receiving promotion to 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2015 from Master Moretti. Mr. Stoffregen, like many who began training Taekwon-Do at a later age, simply wanted to provide an opportunity for improved fitness and self-confidence in his children. He quickly embraced the rich and complex challenges and rewards associated with Taekwon-Do training, instructing, officiating, and competition. Even though Mr. Stoffregen is no longer training he is always a big part of our Dojang.