Black Belt - 7th Dan Tae Kwon Do
Black Belt - 4th Dan Tang Soo Do
Master Morris began his martial arts career at age 8 in Killarney, Manitoba. His early training was in the art of Judo with his father as his instructor. Master Morris moved on to study Taekwondo in a neighboring town until his family moved to New Brunswick at the age of 14. These early lessons with his father sparked a love of the sport that has continued throughout his life.
Master Morris found a school in New Brunswick that practiced Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo. This style employed a more extensive use of the hands in combat than he had learned in previous schools. Master Morris had found the style he would dedicate his life to learning. Master Morris earned his first black belt in 1992 and has continued to teach in this discipline for the last 30 years.
Throughout the years, Master Morris has competed in various open Martial Arts tournaments, winning grand champion and first place trophies. He has enjoyed passing on his extensive knowledge to his students and watching them achieve their martial arts goals, both in tournaments and in the dojang.
Master Morris has taught self defence to law enforcement and civilians alike. In cooperation with the RCMP and Sanctuary House for Battered Women, Master Morris instructed high school girls in the art of self defence in preparation for living on their own. In appreciation for his efforts, the RCMP awarded Master Morris for his contribution to the S.H.A.R.E. Program.
Over his martial arts journey, Master Morris has cross trained in various disciplines including Judo, Kung Fu, Modern Arnis, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, and Tang Soo Do. Master Morris also trains and teaches martial arts weaponry and disarming. In 2005, Master Morris was appointed Canadian Director for the United Martial Arts Society and served on the Master Advisory Council and Board of Directors. In 2007, Master Morris was appointed Canadian Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Chairman for World Hwa Rang Tang Soo Do Federation.
Master Morris is a founding member of the Martial Virtue Alliance - a group of schools from the USA and Canada connected by Grand Master Michael Clark. The MVA works together closely to provide structure and legitimacy to promotions within the organization. It also provides an avenue for students (including black belts with no instructors) to continue in their martial arts journey of learning and rank advancement.
Master Morris opened his 1st commercial school in 1995 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Today, his students have schools in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He retains a close working relationship with his east coast students and his teacher Grand Master Michael Clark – 8th Dan.
From 2015 - 2017, Master Morris served as the National Director for the National Martial Arts Committee for Canada by the World Martial Arts Games Committee.
Master Morris currently holds a 7th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Senior Master Certification. He also holds a 4th Dan Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and Master Certification.
The art of Taekwondo continues to be a life long journey – it is his passion and its tenets guide him through each life experience.
Master of Library and Information Science, MLIS
National Academy for Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NSPA Certified Program Design Specialist & Sports Nutrition Coach
Mrs. Morris has been active in sports her entire life from swimming, to dance, and gymnastics. Her competitive gymnastics career started at the age of 5 and continued well in to her university career. Travelling around Canada and throughout the US, her gymnastics journey had a tremendous impact on her view of sports. These early experiences set the tone for an active lifestyle that continues today.
As a competitive athlete, Mrs. Morris spent countless hours training and competing. She has competed in numerous local, provincial and international competitions, capturing top honours. She understands first hand the time and effort students dedicate to a sport they are passionate about.
Mrs. Morris is a Librarian by trade and holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. She spent a number of years working for Calgary Public Library as the Adult Services Librarian. She spent time designing and hosting programs, supervising staff, providing research help, managing the collection, and writing the library's fitness blog. She was and is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.
In 2014, Master and Mrs. Morris decided to open their own martial arts school. Our humble beginnings in the Shepard Community Centre quickly turned in to a full commercial endeavor. Mrs. Morris left her library career to run the school full time.
Over the past few years, Mrs. Morris has developed a passion for fitness and training. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has earned the Certified Program Design Specialist, Corrective Exercise and Sports Nutrition Coach designations through the National Sports Performance Association. She is a certified MMA Conditioning Specialist and Youth Exercise Specialist. Mrs. Morris also is CPR and AED certified. In 2019, Mrs. Morris was an official candidate for 2019 Ms. Health and Fitness placing 9th in her division.
Mrs. Morris is dedicated to continuing education and lifelong learning. She enjoys taking courses to expand her knowledge and to keep current on exercise science. She regularly attends training camps and conferences to continually expand her knowledge of fitness, training, proper form and nutrition.
Around the school, Mrs. Morris handles every aspect of the schools daily functions. From new student registration and orientation, SMA schedule, gear ordering, arranging belt gradings, school get togethers, designing SMA swag, she has got all the bases covered. She is your first point of contact at the school and handles the front of house on a daily basis.
Mrs. Morris runs a martial arts conditioning / bootcamp class. She is a certified Gymnastic and Trampoline Coach with 10 years experiencing coaching.
Mrs. Morris has enjoyed watching the students at SMA grow - both as young persons and as martial artists. Some of our families have been with us since we opened our doors in 2014. We are truly humbled by all the tremendous support and loyalty our families have shown us over the years. For that, we are truly grateful.
Black Belt - 1st Dan
Team Canada athlete - WKU
Team Alberta athlete - WKC
Brody began his martial arts journey at the age of 5. His early experiences took place in the basement of his home under the instruction of Master Morris. Before the opening of SMA, Brody achieved his yellow belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do. Brody has been training at SMA since it's inception in May 2014. He has competed in numerous local and provincial tournaments, taking home Gold in Forms, Sparring and Bo Staff. Brody enjoys assisting in our youngest children's classes. He is dedicated to giving back to the martial arts as it has taught him many lessons that he applies to his daily life. Brody attended the 2019 MVA Martial Arts Camp in Halifax, NS to hone his skills and learn from top instructors in our organization.
On August 27, 2021, Brody earned his Junior Black Belt after 10 years of training. A milestone achievement.
In the 2021/2022 tournament season, Brody brought home 2 Grand Champion trophies and multiple Gold Medal wins. He competed for Alberta at the World Karate Commission National Championship in Ottawa and qualified as a member of Team Canada.
For the 2022/23 season, Brody has qualified for Team Canada with the World Karate Commission taking Silver in Korean Forms and Bronze in Continuous Fighting at Nationals. He has also earned his spot on Team Canada with the World Karate & Kickboxing Union, taking National Champion honours in Korean Forms and Point Sparring.
Brody came home with Bronze in Weapons division at 2023 WKU World Championships.
Team Canada athlete - WKU
Team Alberta athlete - WKC
Ms. Bravo's martial artist journey started in 2014. She earned her red belt in ITF Tae Kwon Do before joining SMA in 2016. In the beginning, Ms. Bravo's main motivation for joining martial arts was to be physically fit, but she quickly realized that martial arts is more than a way of life. It promotes both mental and physical well-being. Attending classes at SMA has embedded this way of life through the leadership and mentoring of my instructors. Ms. Bravo sees her instructors as role models whose footsteps she would like to follow and exemplify to younger students. Ms. Bravo is both honored and excited to be selected to join the JIT program. She embraces the new challenge of teaching other students and looks forward to deepening her knowledge and honing her own techniques at the same time.
During the 2021/2022 Tournament Season, Ms. Bravo competed for Alberta at the World Karate Commission National Championship in Ottawa and qualified as a member of Team Canada.
Ms. Bravo is dedicated to continuing education. In Sept 2022, she became certified as a Speed & Agility Coach through the National Sports Performance Association.
For the 2022/23 season, Ms. Bravo earned her spot on Team Canada with the World Karate & Kickboxing Union, taking National Champion honours in Korean Forms.
Ms. Bravo has been a tremendous inspiration to our students during the COVID pandemic. She is a dedicated athlete and sets a wonderful example for our young students.
Mrs. O'Grady has been involved with her 2 boys at SMA since 2016. She started her own martial arts journey in 2019! Mrs. O'Grady assists in our Little Dragons class and Beginner class.
We asked Mrs. O'Grady about her teaching philosophy, here's what she had to say:
"My philosophy for teaching emphasizes self-control, respect for others, and positive perspective to strive for the best in life."
Her personal goals are to never stop learning or working on improving oneself
Training at SMA since 2016
Training at SMA since 2016
Training at SMA since 2016
Member of our Tournament Team
We offer a free trial class to all prospective students. We want you to love Taekwondo and start your journey off on the right foot with us! Flexible schedule, no locked in days, traditional class structure. Interested in competing? We've got that covered too! Come down and experience the Summit difference. We are a small, family run school with a strong sense of Summit community. We look forward to meeting you and your family!