T.H.A Martial Arts & Kickboxing proudly serving Toronto

T.H.A Martial Arts & Kickboxing’s core purpose reflects what is truly important to us:
To evoke the human spirit and unleash the potential to impact our world.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

We are committed to serving the community and creating an inclusive environment that inspires people to better themselves.

Martial arts offers amazing life changing benefits, and we would love to share some of those benefits with you.

We offer industry-leading fitness kickboxing classes, age-appropriate kids martial arts programs, adult martial arts and self defence classes, as well as March Break and Summer Camp programs for children.

Everything about our martial arts school- from the design of our facility, to the top-of-the-line training equipment, to our class structure and amazing staff – is geared towards making your experience an amazing one.

T.H.A Martial Arts & Kickboxing (Toronto Hapkido Academy) is a progressive Toronto Martial Arts School, located in the South Bayview community of Leaside in Toronto.

Our kids classes, for example, are seperated by age and skill level to make appropriately challenging by age. Each lesson is uniquely designed to target to stages of growth and development that specific age group.

Adults train with adults, and kids with kids.

We want help our members achieve the goals they are working towards. Our team of coaches and instructors incorporate teaching methods that are safe, functional, and result-driven.

Whether it’s achieving effective self defense skills, getting in great shape, or helping kids become better versions of themselves – we constantly improve on what we do, and find ways to better serve our community.

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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Ms. Tess

Instructor – Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Hapkido classes

Trading in her engineering degree for a passion for health and fitness, Ms. Tess brings her extensive experience as a personal trainer to her fun and challenging classes.

She serves as the school’s operations manager and brings an abundance of energy every time she steps on the mat to teach.

As a business owner and a female martial artist, Ms. Tess is passionate about empowering women through the life-changing benefits of martial arts.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (1st Dan)

Level 2 Muay Thai Coach

Mr. Matthew

Instructor – Hapkido classes

A nuclear physicist by day and hardcore martial artist by night, Instructor Matthew has been a Hapkido student of Master Dayo since 2009 and is a member of our black belt instructor team.

In 2015 he tested for his 1st dan black belt, and his martial arts training has taken him to Korea, Japan, and Thailand.

He brings exciting drills and a methodological training approach to his classes. Mr. Matthew has a gift of breaking down complex techniques into simple movements that help develop better muscle memory.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (1st Dan)
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Coach Maria

Instructor – Kickboxing and Muay Thai classes

Ms. Maria started her martial arts journey at the age of 12 and achieved a black belt in Taekwondo shortly before starting university.

Influenced by her master’s degree in kinesiology, her classes are engineered to provide the best possible workout for the time invested in them.

She is an approachable, gentle-hearted, and engaging teacher who is always is available to share her expertise with everyone. Ms. Maria also cross-trains in Hapkido and Muay Thai, and she is currently a green belt.

Master Dayo

Instructor – Muay Thai and Hapkido classes

He is a charismatic gentle giant with more than 25 years of experience. Master Dayo competed regularly during his university years, and he has since found a passion for teaching and sharing his experience of personal development through the martial arts.

While working as a stuntman for TV & film, Master Dayo was fortunate to train in a variety of martial arts disciplines, including Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, and Karate. He also earned black belt ranks in Kobudo, Taekwondo, Gongkwon Yusul, and Iaido.

His wealth of experience comes to life in his exciting classes. He is currently a 5th dan Hapkido black belt and a graduate of the Korea Hapkido Federation instructors’ course.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (5th Dan)

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Ms. Chace

Instructor – Lil’ Dragons, Kids, and Teen Hapkido classes

Instructor Charlene (aka Ms. Chace) started out at T.H.A Martial Arts in the teen classes and has been a student of Master Dayo since she was 13.

She is admittedly petite in stature and often wows her classmates when taking down people twice her size.

Her passion for martial arts continues to grow, and she is now just a few months shy of testing for a 1st dan black belt in Hapkido. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in criminology.

Rank – Hapkido Poom Belt (1st Geup)

Instructor Dave

Instructor – Hapkido classes

Instructor Dave’s exemplary commitment to his family and running his businesses while still managing to make it in a couple of times a week to teach and train earns him the well-deserved title of “Black Belt Dad.”

His Hapkido journey started in his mid-30s, and he is currently working towards a 2nd dan black belt. His wife and two kids have also been longtime members of T.H.A. Martial Arts.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (1st Dan)
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Instructor Elona

Instructor – Lil’ Dragons, Kids, and Teen Hapkido classes

With a heart of gold and a charming smile, Ms. Elona is a dedicated instructor who loves working with kids of all ages.

Instructor Elona was a student of Master Dayo in the teen classes when she was in high school. She comes across as unassuming in person but fierce when she’s training. The classes she teaches are also a favourite with the kids.

She is a pre-med student who trains in Muay Thai as well as Hapkido, and she is currently a brown belt.

Rank – Hapkido Brown Belt (4th Geup)

Instructor Arash

Instructor – Hapkido classes

Mr. Arash was one of Master Dayo’s first students at Toronto Hapkido Academy, and he has been training since 2006.

As one of the founding members of T.H.A, Instructor Arash currently holds a 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. He is an engaging teacher whose passion for martial arts is inspiring.

He especially excels at one-on-one instruction and is often seen helping members of all ranks in this manner both during and after classes.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (2nd Dan)
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Instructor Sven

Instructor – Lil’ Dragons, Kids, and Teen classes

Instructor Sven is a graduate of our teen martial arts program. He fell in love with Hapkido back when he was in grade 10.

As a member of our instructor team, he is always available to share his knowledge with beginners and junior ranks. His charismatic and vibrant personality makes him amazing with the kids.

Mr. Sven is pursuing an undergraduate degree in engineering, and he continues his martial arts journey in Hapkido and Muay Thai.

Rank – Hapkido Red Belt (1st Geup)

Coach Jessica

Instructor – Kickboxing and Muay Thai classes

Ms. Jessica is among the first generation of kickboxing students at T.H.A. Martial Arts.

She shares her journey of weight loss and fitness transformation through her passion for helping others achieve their personal best.

Her classes are both positive and energetic, and they’re always a great workout. She currently trains in Muay Thai, where she holds a senior rank and applies her extensive knowledge and expertise when working with others.

Rank – Muay Thai (Blue Rank)

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Mr. Nicholas G.

Instructor – Lil’ Dragons, Kids, and Teen Hapkido classes

Instructor Nich started out in the teen classes at Toronto Hapkido Academy when he was in the 10th grade.

He later joined our leadership team and made his way to be an instructor at T.H.A Martial Arts.

He continues his training in Hapkido and Muay Thai while pursuing his undergrad degree at Ryerson University.

Rank – Hapkido Red Belt (1st Geup)

Mr. Adrian

Instructor – Hapkido Classes

Instructor Adrian is an approachable and engaging teacher who always makes himself available to those seeking help with their techniques.

He is a member of our black belt instructor team. He has been a student of Master Dayo since 2008, and he achieved his 1st dan Hapkido black belt in 2015.

In addition to his many years of training at T.H.A Martial Arts, Mr. Adrian has also trained in Filipino Martial Arts. He is also an assistant coach in the Muay Thai classes.

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Mr. Jeff

Instructor – Hapkido classes

Instructor Jeff started at Toronto Hapkido Academy in 2008, studying under Master Dayo.

He tested for his 1st dan Hapkido black belt in 2015. His journey in martial arts has taken him as far as Korea, training at the Kyung Mu Kwan HQ in Seoul.

As a member of our black belt instructor team, he always brings positive energy to classes, and his dedication to working with people in developing their skills shows through his love of helping others.

Rank – Hapkido Black Belt (1st Dan)

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