Mr. Don Edmiston
(certificate number C-4-280)
Mr. Don Edmiston is the Founder and Head Instructor of Friendly City Taekwon-do which bares the prestigious ITF licencing plaque #608055 making his school a licenced International Taekwon-do training facility. Mr. Edmiston is currently a certified 4th degree Black belt (C-4-280) in the International Taekwon-do Federation. Friendly City TKD is also a member in good standing with the Canadian Taekwon-do Federation International (CTFI)
Mr. Edmiston started Taekwon-do in February 1995 and over his 20 years in TKD has had many great achievements, first as a competitor he has metalled in many invitational tournaments as well as being a provincial, national and international champion.
After retiring from competition in 2002 Mr. Edmiston opened a new school in Woodstock, Ontario known as the “Friendly City”. Since the opening day his main goal has been to provide a safe, clean and fun environment for kids and adults to learn TKD. Along the way he has produced over 20 1st and 2nd degree Black Belts, as well as hundreds of excellent coloured belts and in 2014 Friendly City TKD had one of its Junior Black Belts, Mr. Noah Young, get selected to Team Canada for the 2015 ITF World Championships in Jesolo Italy!
Mr. Edmiston continues to attend International Instructor courses and trains under Grand Masters, Masters and World Champions on a regular basis to give his student the best possible training he can.
II Degree Black Belts
Mr. Mike Kowalek
(certificate number C-2-1794)
I started my journey in Taekwon-Do when I was around age 6. I took a long break after I received my red-stripe, and later continued my training under Mr. Edmiston when I was 16. A few years later I obtained my 1st Degree Black Belt and just recently passed to obtain my 2nd degree Black Belt.
Though I enjoy training and improving myself in Taekwon-Do, I also really enjoy working with the students. Seeing the kids improve and learn while being able to have fun at Taekwon-Do has a certain level of satisfaction and accomplishment to it.
I look forward to training for the next couple of years and getting ready for my 3rd Degree.
Mr. Jacob Haig
I started Taekwondo in 2006 having been fascinated by the martial arts in some of my favourite movies.
I enjoy the challenge of trying to perfect the patterns, the physical workout and discipline, striving toward self-improvement and the intricacies of the art as a whole.
I am currently working toward my 2nd Degree Black Belt (achieved 2015) with plans to continue on from there.
I Degree Black Belts
Mr. Noah Young
Ms Carlina Green
I started training in Taekwon do when I was 6 years old. I have continued on without a break except for 2 summers. It’s been a long and eventful journey, but the wait for my black belt achievement was completely worth it. My next step in this process would be to earn my 2nd degree and to participate in more tournaments and to get more involved into the world of Taekwon do.
Mr. Jeremy Bauman
Mr. Corwin Butyn
I started Taekwon-Do in 2010 and I have been training steadily since. My big goal is to achieve my black belt!! (achieved 2015) I like the history, technical and superiority aspects of Taekwon-Do. I also enjoy teaching the kids class and watching them progress in their training and techniques. Competitions are great as well because they improve myself and our school.
Ms Jessica Bodera
Mr Jacob Bodera