Posted Dec 9
Posted Dec 9
Master Phil Power
Owner / Chief Instructor
Master Power (also referred to as Sa Buhm in Korean, roughly translates into father or teacher) started TaeKwonDo in 1992 through a local martial arts instructor who was a student of Grand Master Tae Eun Lee. Master Power instantly fell in love with this style of TaeKwonDo as he had previously tried several other martial arts. He knows what it’s like to be a student as he is always making trips to Ottawa to visit Grand Master Lee, and to upgrade his knowledge and skill. Master Power started in the Martial Arts when he just 15 years old. During this time he was trying to put himself through school and found himself losing focus and short tempered due to long school and work days. After Master Power’s initial 3 month signup he was offered a scholarship in lieu of cleaning the dojang as his instructor knew of the financial hardship Master Power was experiencing. This truly was a turning point in his life as not only was he learning Martial Arts, but he was learning life lessons that could not be taught any other way. Master Power now had a new passion, and found himself training in the dojang 7 days a week. This eventually led to a full time paid position as an instructor.
Now, Master Power has taken his passion further, and opened up his first dojang in 2000. Grasshoppers has an unparalleled teaching system in Grand Master Lee’s Moo Kwang curriculum. Master Power believes he has some of the top instructors in Canada, and his passion for teaching is apparent in each and every class he does. Master Power is constantly challenging and pushing his instructors and students to new levels.
Master Power is a 5th Degree Black Belt, Master Instructor with Tae E Lee Taekwondo, NCCP certified instructor, National Level 1 referee, Past president for TaeKwonDo Nova Scotia, President of the Maritime TaeKwonDo Union, and Eastern Canadian Director for Grand Master Lee’s Moo Kwang System. Master Power has also recently taken on the role of executive secretary for Taekwondo Canada.
Master Power is married and has 3 beautiful daughters and a son, which can all be found around the school. Mrs. Power can usually be found helping out or taking care of business in the office.
Master Power is proudly employed as a police officer with the Halifax Regional Police Department.