Meet our team!
Master Milad Bahrami
Master Milad Bahrami, like most lifelong Martial Artists, got involved in Taekwondo as a kid who loved watching martial arts movies. His passion only grew stronger during his teen years, as he competed in Olympic Style Taekwondo on a National level.
During University, Master Milad also worked full-time as the youngest Head Instructor of Grand Master Ji Sun Choi’s “Choi’s Martial Arts”. He continued to excel in the role as Head Instructor for Master Tony Kook’s Academies: North Shore Taekwondo, West Vancouver Taekwondo, and Bowen Island Taekwondo.
Master Milad’s key philosophy is that Taekwondo has something to offer for everyone; Taekwondo is a vehicle for developing your potential. Training will relieve stress, improve focus, and instill confidence that will reflect in daily life.
Master Riley Arnold
When Master Riley started Taekwondo 15 years ago, he never thought that he would be where he is at today. Taekwondo has influenced his life in so many positive ways. As a child he dreamed of being the best, so he perused the path of becoming a sparring competitor. Training in multiple worldwide Olympic training centers, having specialized training in Korea and competing in multiple different countries. His competitive career was filled with many hardships but also many triumphs. Aside from sparring, he has also competed in Patterns (Poomsae) on a National Level.
“Being trained originally with many different styles, such as hapkido as well as Taekwondo, I have learned so much through the years and I am truly grateful for all of the knowledge that has been passed down to me. I wish to continue the age-long tradition and be able to spread Martial Arts throughout the community, and positively impact as many peoples lives as possible.”
When he was 8 years old, Instructor Ethan began his taekwondo journey with his white belt. Since then he has trained with dedication until he earned his black belt and became a martial arts instructor. For the past four years, he has believed that the best way to support his students is to pass on the most important part of taekwondo: the values of a martial artist. Respect, commitment, kindness, empathy, self confidence, and indomitable spirit have been the foundations of his character and what he strives to build up in all his students. He is fully convinced that taekwondo is not just a sport but a lifestyle. Every day, his students are his greatest inspiration, from a smile at their first roundhouse to that “lightbulb moment” with a piece of curriculum they struggled with. He always works to take what he learns as a martial artist and what he learns from his students and bring it into his daily life.
18 years Taekwondo experience.
6 Years teaching experience
3rd Degree Black Belt
Like many other instructors, Instructor Atila has been a student at Port Moody Taekwondo since Master Milad took over. He didn’t necessarily have a taekwondo journey set in his mind yet, the sport was more recreational for him. As he progressed through the more advanced belts, his passion truly began developing. The great thing about Instructor Atila starting so young with us, is that he found the meaning of the sport as he grew older. As a child it was simple ideas like honesty & respect, that he would learn. But with age and the responsibility that more advanced belts require, the message & significance began to change.
“When I joined the leadership team, an apprentice style program for young black belts to gain the experience to one day teach- it was when I really felt the drive to take on more responsibility, and to take on a role with an impact. I look at teaching children as an opportunity to share my knowledge. I am proud that I’ve been able to make my mark, and be someone students can look up to. I have a soft spot for seeing the students test, or achieve goals that I know took a lot of courage from them. All of our students are unique in their own ways, and I find inspiration in how martial arts can affect the kids differently based on the qualities they already have, and the lessons that I can help them learn. Although I feel extremely fulfilled by the impact I have made with my current and passed students, I still strive for more. And eventually, I would like to become a Head Instructor, with my biggest goal being to teach the leadership class. I think that would bring my journey full circle, being able to teach the kids in the same class that I was once apart of, that ended up being this career changer for me.”
Instructor Thaila has been learning Martial Arts for 12 years now. She started off as one of our most eager students. She had a passion for taekwondo which was undeniable, and she never quit. From her attention to detail & precise movements, to her excellent bodily control, she exemplifies the technical art of taekwondo. She has been Instructing at Port Moody Taekwondo for 4 years so far, and has inspired many students.
“The beautiful part about teaching children is that it is a cycle. I feel responsible to be a positive role model for my students, and to always do my job to lead by example. As I tried to embody the role of an honest, caring, and kind, martial artist, I really began to grow into one. I really felt my taekwondo journey begin to harmonize when I began teaching the kids. Everything I had trained to become, I only truly became when I wanted to inspire my students. I love the energy that the sport brings and that taekwondo means something different for everyone. Patterns are something I’ve always been passionate about, it is a beautiful form of art. Taekwondo is more than a sport I do, or teach. It’s my easiest form of happiness. When I step into the dojang, my performance, my students’ progress, and sharing the art of taekwondo, becomes my only mission.”
Instructor Mason has been training with us for 8 years, and teaching for just over a year. He has grown up to become an amazing martial artist, with a teaching style that is technical & focused. Instructor Mason’s expertise is in Poomsae- traditional taekwondo sequences that express creative movement of body & combative techniques. Instructor Mason still competes in tournaments, having just won first place this passed October at the BC Master’s Cup. “Taekwondo has helped me become a better person in life, and I feel honoured to pass my knowledge down to my students knowing the impact my instructors had on me when I was young.”
Matthew, like most of the instructors at Port Moody Taekwondo, has been doing taekwondo for most of his life. He was encouraged to start when he was 6 and once he did, he never looked back. After 10 years, his love for taekwondo has only deepened, and he is very confident that he will be continuing along this journey for the rest of his life. He started to take a leadership role in taekwondo since a young age, at around 9 years old, he was helping his classmates and peers, making sure that everyone was enjoying it as much as he was. Taekwondo has changed his life and he will never forget the friendships, lessons, and skills that have transformed him into the person that he is today. His short term goal was always to get his black belt, and he achieved that, but his long term goal has never been clear. He thought that after getting his black belt, he was done. He had always looked up to his instructors and wanted to be an instructor, just like them, but he had no idea about just how many benefits and things that this side of taekwondo had to offer.
“I’ve realized over the years that taekwondo isn’t simply just kicking and punching, nor just a style of self-defense, it is a way of life, and a way of life that has had some near-magical effects on me. My instructors since the first day have always taught me to have discipline, be confident in myself, and to always do what’s right, and I carry those values with me today, while I am teaching and also while I’m going through my day. My favorite part about teaching is watching students turn into incredible martial-artists, and people, knowing that you had an affect on that person, which is why my only hope is that I can inspire people with my beliefs and attitude, And reach my goal of changing my students lives like my instructors changed mine.”
Mr. Jafar Jeddi
Driver & After School Program Director
Mr. Don Sagert
Mr. Jimmy Tong