Vancouver Martial Arts

Where Leaders Are Born!™

494 West 39th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. Canada V5Y 2P7

(Below Starbucks @ 39th & Cambie, entrance located on 39th Ave.)

Call: (604) 321-3454 | Hours: 10am - 10pm

Email: info@vancouverma.ca

The most established
Martial Arts School (since 1990)
in Vancouver West!

Consumer Choice Award 2017

Special Offer

Introductory Course - 1 month of classes for only $50. Includes a FREE UNIFORM


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New Kids Class Introduced!

*Starting at 4 years old!

Mon  &  Wed: 4:00-4:40PM

Our Instructors - Vancouver Martial Arts

Instructor Committee

The leading students who give a new meaning to our mission statement. Those who are part of something great, to make a difference and to dedicate their love and care to their fellow students.

Master Arsalan Azizi with two of the most senior Black Belts & instructors in Vancouver Martial Arts;
Sir Arthur Lo and Sir Sean Walsh.

Name: Arthur Lo

Years in Martial Arts: 11 years

Interests: Photography, Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts teaches people to have a positive attitude. It also brings to people the mindset that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it, have patience, and always practice.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has taught me to have a positive attitude that can be transferred into daily life, such as carrying self-confidence, which is everything. It helped me with school, work or play. Better yet, it has taught me to believe in myself and having a positive attitude that drives anyone to strive to be better in life, and to attain goals people once set and forgotten because they gave up before giving it a chance.


Name: Navdeep Sandhu

Years in Martial Arts: 9 years

Interests: Martial Arts, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cars, Motorcycles and more

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can help create a positive and optimistic attitude within people

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me keep fit, both physically and mentally. It has also helped me realize that I can do things that I never would have dreamt of doing before.


Name: Jonross Fong

Years in Martial Arts: 5 years

Interests: Martial Arts, Soccer, Video Games and Tennis

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? It can bring confidence to people and can help then keep fit.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial has helped me gain confidence, and it has also helped me keep healthy and strong.


Name: Melline Jaini (Mell)

Years in Martial Arts: 7 years in Taekwondo (on and off), 1 year in Wushu and brief experience in Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Interests: Martial Arts, snowboarding, badminton, video editing/production, social contexts of Information Technology, Political Economy & Development, technology/gadgets, movies, music, Malay food, traveling, reading, religion, the United Nations, good conversation, family and home (Brunei).

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Discipline, focus and fun! It's a sport, an art and a realization that occurs within oneself before, during and after a martial arts workout. For some people, it even goes as far as becoming a passion. Regardless, it takes you to levels where you're constantly improving yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Before Martial Arts, 'difficulty' was a terrain that I attempted to avoid. Now everything seems to adapt to me, not the other way around, particularly in reference to the mentality one carries on in facing challenges. Martial Arts just made me more balanced in that I am always reminded to focus on the present, and I am able to apply that in my day-to-day activities. Now I find that I manage my time better so as to make things less overwhelming for me in terms of work, school or just general responsibilities. I no longer worry so much about what's done or what's yet to come'just take it as it comes my way or carry a 'dust yourself off and try again' mentality. I like the idea of having a goal that is closer than imagined. Going for my black belt adds to the list of motivations in my life. I think I'm able to surprise myself more each day with what I'm capable of doing. For example, I never knew I was flexible and able to master things quickly. Best of all, I've come out of my shell. I belong to a family and a larger community that consists of people from entirely different backgrounds. In the end we were united by one passion'Martial Arts. I love walking into Vancouver Martial Arts knowing that I'm sweating alongside people who are helping one another improve.


Name: Shelly Sharma

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: I like playing all types of sports, spending my free time with family and friends, and i also love going on outdoor trips

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can bring a postive aspect into people's lives, along with self-confidence. It can also help keep you fit physically and mentally.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me by keeping fit both physicaly and mentally. It has also given me a sense of accomplishment that no other sport has brought to my life. In addition to it has also given me the chance to help others.


Name: Kailea Wong

Years in Martial Arts: 2 years

Interests: Figure Skating, Volleyball, Soccer, all sports

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can give people the self-discipline and confidence they need to overcome their daily obstacles. It's a good release when dealing with stress or pressure. It teaches you to respect yourself and others. The school is also a great place to make new friends and it will eventually feel like a second home to you. It can help you lose weight, strengthen muscles, be more flexible, and teach you self-defense!

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has given me the ambition to succeed mentally and physically in any challenges that I encounter. It has given me a goal to reach (black belt) and with a more optimistic out look. It's also given courage and strength in everything I do. Plus, I get to learn another language (Korean).


Name: Gloria Jang

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: listening to music, food, piano, hiking, tennis, volleyball, traveling.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? It promotes well-being for the self, both on a physical and mental level. It can give people a great sense of accomplishment and increased confidence which can positively impact other aspects of their lives.

How has Martial Arts helped you? It has increased my confidence about my physical abilities. This confidence changed my attitude of turning the words "I cannot" into "I can."


Name: Eve Rindje

Years in Martial Arts: 2 years

Interests: TaeKwonDo (and most sports), my family and friends, shopping and related activities, movies and music.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can bring a wide variety of positive aspects to a person's life. The obvious ones like fitness and strength are just the tip of the iceberg. Martial Arts brings important things like self-esteem and confidence as well.

How has Martial Arts helped you? When I first began Martial Arts, I was a 'chunky' kid with low self-esteem. Now, after almost two years, I am in a great physical condition, and more importantly, I have lots of confidence and determination. I thank Martial Arts for giving this to me.


Name: Camille Naylor

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Golf, tennis, cooking, wine, skiing, boating, biking, dancing, traveling and my 2 cats (love dogs too!)

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can teach patience with others, build self-confidence and self-discipline. Don't sweat the small stuff'it's a great workout and a place to meet new friends!

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me set goals and stick to them. Fearing my age would deter me from reaching my goal of black belt, I have found the confidence to say that I can achieve what I believe. It has given me an outlet to express myself and also release all the tensions that surround us in our daily lives.


Name: Herman Lew

Years in Martial Arts: 2 1/2 years

Interests: running, hiking, hockey, skating, baking, shopping, dining out and live shows

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can allow people to balance their life between work, school and family issues. It can affect people's mentalities in positive ways, such as release anger and decrease stress by giving the mind and body a workout.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Thanks to Martial Arts I am more optimistic; I have learned to believe in achieving goals one step at a time, not only in the sport, but in work, etc. For example, I have received by Certification as a Pharmacy Technician. Also, it has helped me with my coordination that I lacked in. I am also more calm and energetic in my day-to-day activities.


Name: William Ma

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Science and Engineering

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can instill confidence, excitement and energy in a person's life. It elevates the mind, spirit and body. It will give you the key to live life to fullest. Once begun, Martial Arts will be with you forever!

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has pushed limits beyond my expectations. It has provided me with a sense of accomplishment and a place where I can find peace and passion. The energy that comes with every ounce of sweat is well worth it.


Name: Chad Jones

Years in Martial Arts: 1 1/2 years

Interests: Cooking, Reading, Sports, Teaching

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives?

  • Discipline: the drive to follow something to completion
  • Focus: setting goals and plans to achieve them
  • Confidence: to achieve what you want in life

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me in numerous ways, the most apparent being confidence and physical fitness. Martial Arts has given me the confidence to achieve my dreams and has helped me to control my weight and increase my flexibility as I get older. The biggest benefit I have realized through Martial Arts is the mind-body connection. Through the practice of meditation and focus I have learned to see my accomplishments before they happen. By doing this, I am able to push my body and myself to levels I would have previously thought were not achievable for me.


Name: Jeremy Parkin

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: strength, flexibility training

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? It can bring purpose by providing a fun way to build strength, knowledge and confidence.

How has Martial Arts helped you? It has helped me to understand myself continually in new ways and on many levels.


Name: Evelyn Corcio

Years in Martial Arts: 2 years

Interests: Reading, Exercise, Dancing

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? I believe that the most important thing Martial Arts can bring to people is confidence'and LOTS of it!

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me in so many ways. It has given me self-confidence, taught me to be patient and most importantly, given me peace. When I am in my class, I forget all about my stressful day and just have fun learning.


Name: Dalvin Narwal

Years in Martial Arts: 7 years

Interests: swimming, music, hiking, rollerblading, traveling and going out!

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts is different from many other sports; not only does it improve your fitness but your discipline and self control as well. Taking part in Martial Arts boosts your self-confidence and leadership abilities. It also helps you become a more sociable person to form a helpful and friendly network.

How has Martial Arts helped you? I have been practicing Martial Arts for 7 years, and I still enjoy taking part in it. Martial Arts has improved my fitness and encouraged me to become more active. Taking part in Martial Arts has improved my focus and taught me to reach my goals and finish what I have started. Over the years I have developed many friends from whom I met at Vancouver Martial Arts. Martial Arts has had a large and positive influence on my life and I have learnt much from taking part in it.


Name: Ziad Ramley

Years in Martial Arts: 2 years

Interests: Martial Arts, Drawing, and DDR.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can teach discipline and help carry a positive attitude towards everything in life.

How has Martial Arts helped you? It has made me more confident in my abilities and made me more disciplined.


Name: Eric

Years in Martial Arts: 5 years

Interests: Reading, Martial Arts, Animation Computers...

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Anything they want to!

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts helped me pick up some wisdom while staying in shape.


Name: Kelvin Ong

Years in Martial Arts: 4 years

Interests: Drums, Basketball, Computers

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts brings a new sense of principle in people's lives and raises the standards of how one lives life.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has taught me taught discipline as well as the will to strive for excellence.


Name: Jessica Lam

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Taekwondo and Reading

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial arts can help people gain confidenc and develop determination. It will also allow you to forget stress during training, by making you focused. Thus, it teaches people to concentrate at one thing at a time.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial arts has given me opportunities to meet with a variety of people and befriended them.


Name: Keith Ong

Years in Martial Arts: 3 1/2 years

Interests: Playing and listening to music, sports

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial arts can bring confidence into anyone's life. It gives you determination. Martial Arts also gives you strength both mentally and physically.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me by giving me strength and determination.


Name: Marion Cairnduff

Years in Martial Arts: 1 1/2 years

Interests: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snow Skiing, Traveling

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial arts can provide a balanced lifestyle that incorporates physical and psychological well-being. It helps an individual challenge their personal limits in everyday life.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me to work harder to get what I want out of life. The idea of 'I can' helps to motivate me in going that extra bit further no matter how busy or tired I am. It has helped me to gain a more active lifestyle and social ability. Not only has it helped me do more for myself but it has helped me do more for my family and friends.


Name: Gordon Richards

Years in Martial Arts: 5 years

Interests: Joints. Right now, I have to figure out how the get the best out of my knees. Last year it was my hips. I'm interested in how a middle aged body develops athletically, and how the mind and nervous system change in response to training.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? It has to do with going a bit beyond what people will normally try to do. The belt levels provide a simple and immediate reinforcing motivation for a student to continue to make progress. The requirements for lower belts are simple and accessible to everyone. By the time a student gets used to this they're doing some jump kicks, and becoming involved in the dynamics of sparring. For most people this is beyond anything they would otherwise be involved with in their lives. At the senior belt levels, and particularly black belt and higher, students confront the limitations of their bodies, their agility, and their strength. The challenges play out differently for each individual. Its like a puzzle that has a different solution for each student, and in each case, the student has to find the resolve and develop the skill to get past their limitations. If they can do this in Taekwondo, they can do it in all aspects of their life.

How has Martial Arts helped you? I'm doing things now that I never imagined being involved with in my 50's. I've learned how to push my body while listening to it. I was into working out in the gym before, but after doing this work, I am much more agile, and have a better sense of balance than I had before. I am fitter and stronger. Most importantly I have learned to see my limitations as being malleable. I can work with them and shift things and get around problems and eventually perform at a higher level than I imagined possible.


Name: Manpreet Narwal

Years in Martial Arts: 5 years

Interests: Basketball, hockey, football, movies, hanging out with friends

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial arts brings something more then just a physical workout. It gives you a chance to use both your body and mind. It's something anyone and everyone can do. It's something that brings you relaxation, something that takes you away from your busy life, so you can just relax and have a good workout, and most of all have fun.

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial arts has really helped me out. I have a lot of fun with it. It helps me stay active, and it's something I'm always looking forward to. It helped me build more confidence in myself in the sense that nothing was impossible, you just have to work at it. But most of all martial arts is like a getaway, somewhere I can go, something I can do, to get away from the busy life and just relax and have a good workout, in a nice and caring environment.


Name: Lucia Wang

Years in Martial Arts: 1 1/2 years

Interests: Martial Arts, Pilates, Yoga, Conditioning, Dance

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts can bring righteous behavior, positive attitude and a challenging lifestyle

How has Martial Arts helped you? Martial Arts has helped me save energy, control my temper and also allow me to always challenge myself (within physical limits)


Name:Janice Lee

Years in Martial Arts: 7 years

Interests: Sports, reading, playing piano and listening to music and drawing and painting.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts brings different things depending on the person, but one of the first things it births ' especially in a friendly and encouraging environment ' is confidence on a personal level, which is a very valuable asset.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me become more confident and stronger physically and mentally, opened my eyes to all sorts of people, and has given me another goal to pursue.


Name:Ray Yee

Years in Martial Arts: 6 years

Interests: Family, soccer, kayaking, photography, staying fit.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Mental and physical well-being. Learning to persevere to meet personal challenges which demonstrated to each of us, whether it be by testing for stripes and belts, sparring, breaking boards, or perfecting a kick we never dreamed we could do.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Master and Vancouver Martial Arts has presented to me one of the most challenging physical activities I've ever taken part in, despite being into life long fitness and running marathons. I've never been very agile or flexible so learning the amazing kicks in Tae Kwon Doe will always be a challenge for me, but that's why I like it. The concentration required to do all aspects of martial arts and 'moving meditation' of the poomses (patterns) definitely results in a calmness and lessens whatever stress I may have felt before attending classes.


Name:Rick Dhanda

Years in Martial Arts: 4 years

Interests: Martial Arts, Basketball, Swimming, Reading, Listening to Music, Watching Movies and Television, Going Out with Friends.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts facilitate both a person's mental and physical state. Training yourself physically with the cardio and stretching aspects of martial arts enhance you mentally, spiritually, and socially while also contributing toward your discipline, self-control, leadership, and self-confidence.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Vancouver Martial Arts helped me dedicate myself to something that enhances my life in multiple ways. I have seen definite improvement in my cardio and stretching abilities while also improving my mental state through both the meditation and training. I have thoroughly enjoyed the training for the last four years with the many friends I have made at the school and will continue to benefit from it.


Name:Julian Coca

Years in Martial Arts: 6 years

Interests: Boating, fishing, teaching.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? A clear path towards ones self interest, career, personality. A way to release ones stress through physical drills. A Zen-like attitude towards all things around you.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? From day one, the Temple has helped me develop my true identity. I was very lost in the crowd, did not think very far ahead and had disregard towards my peers.I have become a person with courage, a clearer mind and much stronger body.

Master Azizi as the root of the Temple, has built a family of contagious superheroes, that look only in the good of things and am very fortunate to be a part of it.


Name:Joshua Kamin

Years in Martial Arts: 6 years

Interests: Creative writing, music (I play piano and guitar, as well as composing), cycling, amateur filmmaking.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Simply put, Martial Arts can give people the confidence and drive to push themselves to be the best they can be.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? For me, it inspired me to try my hardest in every aspect of my life, and not only in Tae Kwon Do' school, music, writing'everything. It started out as just a class, and soon progressed into a way of life. The lessons you learn within the walls of Vancouver Martial Arts can be applied to every environment in your life. Most of all, though, Tae Kwon Do taught me to be proud of who I am.



Name:Lei-Lani Harmon

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Running, reading, writing, swimming, travelling.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? I believe it can bring a boost of confidence into people's lives as well as stretch people's capabilities beyond what they think they are capable of. It also brings fun.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? It gives me consistent work out time twice a week in a fun, social and structured manner. More motivating then working out on my own. It also gets me out into the community working other people in sharing the fun and challenge of martial arts with others.



Name:Gavy Gosal

Years in Martial Arts: 4 years

Interests: Running, hiking, living life to the fullest!!

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts brings balance into our lives: Many of us feel that we don't have time for ourselves. We run about our day worrying about the next task, appointment or meeting that we have to go to and never really get a sense of what it means to be present in this moment. Martial Arts gives you the gift of being present- where nothing else matters except for what you are doing in this very moment.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me more than words can express. Since joining in January 2007, I have lost 40 lbs (mostly within the 1st 6 months). Today, I live a healthier, more meaningful life. I give to others before self and feel I have become a more compassionate being. I have succeeded in my career as well receiving several promotions and bonuses as I strive for excellence in every aspect of my life. Vancouver Martial Arts has changed my life in ways that I never thought possible.



Name:Diego Estevez-Vilanova

Years in Martial Arts: 7 years

Interests: Hiking, Archery, Astronomy, Anime, Video games, Movies, Bowling, and of course Martial arts

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Fitness, pleasure, a sense of accomplishment, belonging, friendships

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? It has provided me a small stepping stone onto a lifetime road as a martial artist



Name:Larissa James

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Taekwondo, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer Cooking, Playing the Guitar and Drums.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Martial Arts is a good combination of strength, control and relaxation. So I would say that it's great way to be physically active and relieve some stress after a long day.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me realize that I can achieve anything, but not by just sitting around thinking 'Yeah, I could do that, or that's too hard, I can't do that,' but by getting up off the couch and trying it out.



Name:Colin

Years in Martial Arts: 3 years

Interests: Mountain Biking, ,hiking, camping, and travel

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Helps people set and achieve physical and mental goals. Every class brings new challenges.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Helps me maintain a level of fitness that allows me to continue to do other sports at reasonably high level even with limited time spent doing the activity.



Name:Laura Hidalgo

Years in Martial Arts: 4 years

Interests: Marital arts, yoga, photography, books, and cooking.

What can Martial Arts bring to people's lives? Discipline, sense of well-being, self-confidence.

How has Vancouver Martial Arts helped you? Vancouver Martial Arts has helped me become a more disciplined person. Every class at Vancouver Martial Arts helps me forget the stress and obstacles faced during the day and fills me with new energy.



Vancouver Martial Arts - 494 West 39th Avenue (Below Starbucks), Vancouver British Columbia  (604) 321-3454
Master Alan Azizi - info@vancouverma.ca

Please feel free to email us or come by to see how your life can be changed using our Martial Arts teachings.