Yongho  Instructors

Diane Lee

Owner/Manager

Diane was always a thoughtful person who cared about her wellbeing. She was involved in martial arts training since she was very young. She is trained in Taekwondo and Karate and later on she trained Hapkido earning her 4th Dan Black Belt. She had the opportunity to volunteered to manage the academy in Coquitlam, not knowing that teaching martial arts would become her next passion. She dedicates her days to empower her students by guiding them to grow their physical power as well as their inner power.

Diane’s hobby is music, she plays piano, guitar and loves to sing. She studies philosophers that help her with her personal development. One of her favourite quotes is “That which does not kill us makes us stronger"      - Friedrich Nietzsche.

Tony Shen

Instructor

When Tony was a young boy, he was not particularly drawn to team oriented sports, but he grew an interest in many old school martial art films. Inspired by those films, at the age of 10, he began enrolling in martial art classes as an alternative from team sports. Coming from a background of Wushu (Kungfu), he later branched out to Korean Hapkido, learning from multiple instructors and masters. With currently 13 years of martial arts experience, earning a 4th Dan Black belt, with additional training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Judo, he has been an Instructor at Yongho Martial arts Academy for 5 years.

Tony’s hobbies are drawing and break dancing!

Adam Altwasser 

Instructor

Adam started his martial arts journey at age 5 with TaeKwonDo. He spent the next seven years practicing within the World TaeKwonDo Federation.  He was part of both the competition training and demonstration teams beginning at age 9.  When he turned 13 he discovered Hapkido and fell in love with the style that is more focused in form, precision, and technique. Adam is also trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo which have allowed him to acquire a broad understanding of body mechanics, form and their applications. Adam has earned a 4th Dan Black belt and has been an instructor at Yongho Martial Arts Academy for 7 years.

Adam's hobby is rock climbing.

Wilson Lee

Assistant Instructor

When Wilson was in Kindergarten, he was bullied to the point where he would come back home with bruises on his body. He felt insecure and depleted. This is when he decided that engaging in martial arts would bring his confidence back and would teach him about standing up for himself. Hapkido was his first choice, since him and his mother found the best Master to train from locally. The practice of Hapkido brought back the confidence and taught him important qualities such as etiquette, discipline, and humility. It has been over 13 years since he joined Hapkido, he is now an assistant instructor, and is still dedicated to continue improvement.

Wilson's hobby is biking.

Go Takai

Junior Assistant Instructor

Go started training Hapkido at the age of 6. He was inspired by his older brother who started training before him. It has been 10 years since his first class, he is now a 2nd degree Black Belt student and he looks forward to learning more and improve his skills. Go won the Can-Am Grand Championship trophy in 2016. He believes that his positive attitude, fun demeanor and commitment to be the best can be a good influence to other in the dojang.

Go's hobbies are skiing and listening to music.

Clinton Lee

Junior Assistant Instructor

Clinton started to train Hapkido at the age of 6. Since he was 8 years old he has invested at least 2 hours a day from Monday to Saturday to improve his skills. He is now a 2nd degree Black Belt student. Clinton won twice the Can-Am Grand Championship trophy and once the Lower Mainland Hapkido tournament Grand Championship trophy. He thinks that Hapkido is the best thing that has happened to him. He feels he has learnt not only about martial arts skills but also about self-esteem, self-control, confidence, respect for himself and others, focus and team work. He trained Archery, Fencing, and Kungfu and currently trains Hapkido, Capoeira, BJJ, Kickboxing, and Judo.

Clinton's hobbies are playing drums, watching movies, skiing and snowboarding.