Background Information

  • Born in Macao and later moved to Hong Kong.
  • Started learning Martial Arts at the age of 10.
  • Practiced North Shaolin Kung Fu (emphasis on kicking) for 4 years.
  • At 14, began learning Taekwon-Do from Master Kwak Jae Yong (7th degree World Taekwon-Do Federation (WTF)).
  • Obtained my 1st degree black belt at age 17 and became assistant instructor in Hong Kong Taekwon-Do Chung Do Kwan.
  • In 1980, obtained 2nd degree black belt and started competing and became Light Weight Champion at the "All Hong Kong Taekwon-Do Chun Do Kwan Championships".
  • Came to Canada in 1982 and continued training under Master Park Jung Taek (7th degree International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF)).
  • Became Assistant Instructor and there after head instructor in Jung Park Taekwon-Do in Orleans and head instructor in Lu's Taekwon-Do Orleans.
  • In 1989, started Kou's Taekwon-Do in the East end of Ottawa, and in 1990 a school in the West end. Just recently oppened a new location in Kanata (2000).
  • Currently Head Instructor at these locations teaching Taekwon-Do, Nunchuku and TaeCardio.
  • Currently training under General Choi Hong Hi, the Legendary Founder of Taekwon-Do, 9th degree black belt, president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

Head Instructor - Master Iat Chio Kou

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Professional Achievements in Taekwon-Do

  • Member of International Taekwon-Do Federation (I.T.F.)
  • Member of Canadian Taekwon- Do Federation International (C.T.F.I.)
  • Member and a Director of the Ontario Taekwon-Do Federation International (O.T.F.I.)
  • Certified Fifth degree black belt from the International Taekwon-Do Federation
  • Recognized Fifth degree black belt by the C.T.F.I. and the O.T.F.I.
  • Certified International Instructor
  • Certified International Examiner

International ITF Qualifications

  • 1st degree Black Belt (HKWTF) - 1978
  • 2nd degree Black Belt (HKWTF) - August 1981
  • 3rd degree Black Belt (ITF) - August 1984
  • 4th degree Black Belt (ITF) - March 1988
  • 5th degree Black Belt (ITF) - November 1992
  • 6th degree Black Belt (ITF) - April 1997
  • 7th degree Black Belt (ITF) - March 2003
  • International Instructor Training Courses - Aug/1989, Mar/1991, Jan/1993, Nov/1994, Nov/1996
  • 1st ITF World Conference and Seminar - Apr/1996


  • 1985 - Intercontinental Cup Champion, Canadian Champion, Canadian Team Member
  • 1986 - Canadian National Champion
  • 1987 - Canadian Champion
  • 1988 - Ontario Team Champion

Additional Training

  • Ontario Fitness Council - Group Fitness Instructor Course
  • The Canadian Red Cross Society, Basic Life Support