Instructors

Senior Master Kevin Ford

7th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Kevin Ford

BA History and Psychology, TWU, 1992.

Traditional international title of Senior Master Instructor

7th degree Black Belt in Songahm Taekwondo

Black Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Coach under Rodrigo Resende/Max Trombini/Rickson Gracie

Certified Krav Maga Instructor through NWSDE, Wingate Institute, Netanya, Israel.

Teaching martial arts as a career since 1992.

 

Senior Master Ford is a lifelong martial artist.  He started training as a teenager, and began as head instructor of his first club in 1992 after graduating university.  In addition to teaching martial arts, he was also a longtime competitor, finishing with several national and international medals.  Master Ford has trained students from white belts to world champions, has taught seminars, refereed tournaments, and judged testings all over North America.  Senior Master Ford has produced several masters, multiple instructors, and over a dozen clubs and schools across Canada and the United States.  He also enjoys painting, board games, football (go Hawks), camping with his family, and is an award winning poet.  =)

 

“I love my career.  I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I do for a living.  I love empowering people, I love training, I love learning”

Master Nicola Ford

6th Degree Black Belt

School Owner

Nicola Ford is the owner of ATA Martial Arts.  She holds a 6th Degree Black Belt and the esteemed International title of Master Instructor.  Master Ford is a former World Champion in sparring and multi-time national champion in several divisions.  She began her training as a student at a club on campus while a university student. Her talent was obvious from the first day as she had danced and taught ballet for several years.  Master Ford competed full time for twelve years and retired as the number one ranked woman in her division.  She now devotes her career to teaching men, woman, teens, and children of all ages.  Master Ford is also a certified yoga instructor, and an accomplished vocalist, and has sung the national anthems at both national and world championships.

Adam Vandermeulen

3rd Degree Black Belt

Certified Instructor

Mr. Vandermeulan is a third degree black belt and certified instructor in Taekwondo, as well as a level 2 krav maga instructor.  Mr. V.  particularly enjoys sparring and the combatives in training.  Off the mat, Mr. Vandermeulan enjoys soccer and trail bike riding.  He has been training for over 10 years,  and is a husband, and a father of two boys.