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Established in 2014, Summit Martial Arts is a small, family run Taekwondo school. We are invested in all our student's martial arts journey. We get to know our families and students, tailoring our approach to each students needs. We offer Taekwondo classes for ages 4 through adult, beginner to advanced black belt. We have a competitive program for those interested in taking their training to the next level. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard for belt promotion. We adhere to the traditional methods of training. We believe strongly in earned, not given.
Summit Martial Arts is a member of the Korean Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association.
Students will be expected to uphold the tenets of Tae Kwon Do : Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable spirit both inside and outside the dojang.
We encourage ALL our student to strive to reach their full potential
Students will learn courtesy, respect, integrity, and discipline
We follow a generations old, rigorous standard of belt promotion criteria
We educate, motivate and set the example for our students
Students learn important skills for real life self defence
We work with parents to address their child's specific needs
Instructors have extensive experience in tournament training
We believe in quality instruction over the quantity of students
Maintain a high standard for our instructors as well as our students
Involved instructors - we won't ask you to do anything we won't do ourselves. You kick, we kick!
Instructors are lifelong students - keeping up their skills and learning new techniques.
We believe the journey is not over when you get your black belt, it is just beginning.
We are humbled to have been voted Top Martial Arts School in Calgary 2017 - 2022 and named one of 2022 Best Martial Art Schools in Calgary by Rated Viral, Chatterbox and Best of Calgary. We are home to 8 members of Team Alberta, the 2022 WKC Gold Medalists in Korean Forms, Bronze medalist in Continuous Sparring, the 2016 W.O.M.A.A. World Martial Arts Games Silver Medalist for Sparring, the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games Champions. We are active and involved in the Alberta SPORT KARATE tournament scene, showing our support to other local schools and organizations. We believe strongly in creating a strong and collaborative martial arts community across the province.
SMA is truly a family
Courtesy by definition: The showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behaviour towards others.
What does this mean for our martial arts practice: It means showing respect to your instructors and fellow students by being on time for class, bowing when entering and leaving the dojang, bowing to black belts as they enter and leave the dojang – you are showing courtesy and respect for their earned rank, standing at attention when speaking to a black belt, always listening to your instructor when he or she is speaking, always addressing instructors with the appropriate title (Master, Mr. or Mrs – please ask if you are unsure), being respectful to your senior ranks and courteous to your junior ranks, it is important to be patient and kind to our junior ranks – you set the example for them, do not interrupt or talk when an instructor is speaking, being respectful of your fellow students training time and the instructors time, be polite – always.
Integrity by definition: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
What does this mean for our martial arts training: the best way to think of integrity is to always do the right thing. If you are asked for 25 push ups, you do 25, not 23. If you commit to something, see it through. Always be honest with yourself and others, dishonesty is never rewarded.
For Summit Martial Arts, maintaining our integrity is of the utmost importance. Our students are a representation of what we teach. We take this seriously. We teach our techniques properly before we move on, we do not promote unless a student is ready, we do not reward ego or unsportsmanlike conduct, we set the example.
Perseverance by definition: Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
What does that mean for our martial arts training: this tenet can be applied to any goal a student would like to reach both inside and outside the dojang. If you are looking to achieve your Black Belt, you must persevere to achieve this milestone. To persevere means pushing yourself when you feel like quitting, pushing yourself to practice when no one else is watching, doing what ever it takes to achieve your goals
Self Control by definition: The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations
What does this mean for our martial arts training: Self control is extremely important inside and outside the dojang, whether conducting oneself in sparring or in your own personal life. A loss of self control in sparring can cause great harm to both student and opponent. Senior students should control their ego and not feel the need to dominate or “show up” less experienced students. As Lao Tzu says ““The best fighter is never angry.”
Self control in one’s own life can be crucial at home, at work and in public. Controlling our emotions is a skill – one that can be honed with practice and determination. Remember, Tae Kwon Do is an art based in self defence and should only be used as when absolutely necessary.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Indomitable Spirit by definition: a spirit that cannot be subdued or overcome; unconquerable
What does that mean for our martial arts practice: any martial artist must possess an indomitable spirit in order to develop their physical, spiritual and moral character. This spirit helps you to persevere through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, it keeps you going, it pushes you through mental and physical exhaustion, it cannot be crushed, it tells you to try again if you fail, to pick yourself up when you are down, to keep practising, and it pushes you to face your fears. This indomitable spirit will push you to be the BEST you can be.
What do the 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do mean to you? Think about this as you go about your daily life and be mindful in your training. We should spend time reflecting on these principles as they are the most important part of being a true martial artist.
"Master Shane Morris is one of the greatest martial artists and instructors that I know. His standards are very high and he expects the same of his students. He will motivate you to your full potential in a positive environment. I am who I am today because of him. Anyone who is fortunate enough to train under Master Shane Morris should embrace the opportunity as he is an excellent teacher with extensive knowledge to share."
Master Wayne Langille - 5th Dan Tae Kwon Do
"As someone who has trained Martial arts at different schools, it’s easy to say Summit is a cut above the rest. The instruction, skills, activities and standards are what make Summit the premier school in Calgary. From the moment you enter the Dojang, the love for martial arts is apparent in every direction you look. To say Master Morris is a world class instructor is an understatement. Not only will he teach you, he will be on the mats every day training with you . He will push you beyond the limits you have set for yourself and show you the potential you have inside. To be a great martial artist you need a great teacher and if that’s the goal you have set for yourself you need to look no further. Summit is the place to be."
Marshall Nippard - Student
"My eleven year old son and I joined Summit Martial Arts 2 years ago and since have both become addicted to the training, principles, and environment. We find ourselves to be very fortunate to be trained by Master Morris, given his extended tenure and experience in Tae Kwon Do – a rare opportunity. Personally I value not just the solid teaching practices, excellent work outs, and well structured classes, but the core values and high standards encouraged for success. I find these values and standards to drive my son and I to work harder, knowing that each belt will be earned through our efforts and therefore we will have pride in those achievements. It excites me to have found an avenue for my son to learn invaluable life lessons, so sadly dilute in some parts of society, while burning off his endless amounts of energy. We had the honour of meeting with Grand Master Clark and his knowledge and passion is certainly at the hearts of SMA. Mrs. Morris, as we have come to see, is the glue that carefully molds SMA together ensuring a seamless operation. We are proud to be a part of the SMA team and value what they have given us in such a short time and eagerly anticipate our future at SMA. Thanks guys!" Jason C - Parent and Student
"Before my son introduced me to Summit Martial Arts, I had no real interest in martial arts. But after training under the supervision of Master Shane Morris, who has an incredible eye for detail, I eat, drink and sleep martial arts! I've been active in competitive sports for over 30 years, but now I train better so I can move and feel better. There is also a competitive aspect if you want it, which is something that keeps me motivated. The stripe and belt promotion system keep my son and daughter motivated, and training together as a family is a great bonding experience. If you want to open yourself to a fascinating new world, improve your fitness or fine-tune your martial arts skills, Master Shane Morris will give you what you're looking for. He's fun to watch too!"
Dan Brennan – Parent of 2 children and Student
"If you are looking for great martial arts and you want to learn from the best, this is the place to be. With 6 degrees black belt, Master Morris has every tool you need to learn from patterns, self-defence, grappling, and sparring. He remains humble with all of these and challenges himself to train with his students every single training day." Florian Bernardo - Parent of 2 children and Student
"I have been studying martial arts since the age of 9. When I started training at Summit Martial Arts, I found my interest in Tae Kwon Do soar with the teachings from Master Morris. He is very knowledgeable and you can tell he loves to teach. He also practices what he preaches. Master Morris is one of the Best Instructors in Canada!! You actually find your self wanting to go to class just because you have this drive and determination to better yourself in the art. On top of that, the people of Summit are not only class mates but friends that I actually admire and look up to. I could ramble all day long about how good this school is but really just find out for your self!! Summit Martial Arts is by far the best school I have ever attended." Shane Roberts - Student
"Our son has been attending Summit Martial Arts since 2014. We attended 2 other schools previous and this school by far exceeds the others. The instruction is very good- they make sure the students learn techniques well before moving on to others and teach the techniques in a fun and dynamic class. The instructors are encouraging and kind. They develop positive relationships with the students and always reinforce student efforts. Our son loves it- he is 'a kid who loves taikwando' (his words)- he feels confident in himself and a sense of accomplishment for his efforts. It's great for him!" Chastity P. - Parent
"For people like me who are "motivationally challenged", this school has been great at getting the best performance possible out of me. For example, my fitness improvement has exceeded my expectations. The curriculum never gets stale as Master Morris seems to have an endless list of drills and exercises that he draws on to keep things fresh. 5 stars." Lee Morin - Student
"Summit Martial Arts has been a great experience for our son. Since he started two year ago, he's shown amazing progress in his strength, coordination and confidence. It's always a warm and welcoming environment with great members who are positive role models for the young ones!" Charity A. - Parent and Spouse of Students
"My children started at Summit last March (2015) and they love it! Summit has been more than accommodating meeting the needs of my children. They focus on the physical components of my children's learning optimizing the class time to the fullest. This makes their classes more enjoyable. We are delighted to have found Summit!" Debi Mowat - Parent of 2 children
"I signed my daughter up for the Little Dragons program and in a short time, I have noticed a difference in her. She has always been shy and quiet, but now she is standing up taller and talking proudly about her new skills. Master Shane Morris is kind and patient with the children, but in a way that commands respect. I am excited to see how this program will shape her and I would encourage any parent to try Summit Martial Arts as a way of helping your child develop healthy life skills." Rhiannon Jones - Parent
Here's what voters had to say from the Top Choice Awards
"If there was a beyond "excellent" rate I can choose from to rate Summit Martial Arts School, I will. The quality of teaching they provide is beyond exceptional. They don't just teach martial arts techniques but they also teach by example to live as a martial artist following all the tenets of taekwondo. You get more than what you are paying for! The are family oriented business based who welcomes everyone with big warm hearts. I absolutely recommend Summit Martial Arts." D. B.
"It's a great facility for training kids taekwondo. The instructors are wonderful and Mr. Morris is so knowledgeable in his skill that when he teaches it just clicks with the students. They understand and follow his instructions well. I know my son strives to improve every time he goes to class. It's not the facility but the teachers that make this business as my top choice." O.R.
"A very professional, organized and credible organization. My child doesn't just get their next belt. They have to work hard to earn it. They spend time helping kids succeed when they are struggling and show they really do care. The child feels a sense of pride once they have achieved something." H.D.
"The team at Summit is beyond compare, they truly care about the children they teach. Not only do they pass along the knowledge of the moves but teach self confidence and resilience. My daughter has thrived under the instruction of Master Morris and his team." K.R.
"We have been to several different martial arts studios, Summit is professional and helpful to helping my daughter achieve her individual goals." E
"Master Morris is very good with my son and the other children. We are new and looking forward to continuing in the new year." M.A.
"Master Morris is an amazing martial arts instructor. I can't imagine how any school could do better." D.B.
"They are friendly to all of their customers and professional as well." K.K.
"My sons age 6 and 8 are being trained and I am very satisfied." S.H.
"Super great place to take your kids!" E.S.
"Summit Martial Arts always welcomes feedback and work on it right away. Therefore, they are beyond exceptional."