Taekwondo for Beginners

The benefits of Taekwon-Do include increased physical fitness, coordination, balance, concentration, self-discipline, and self-confidence. The DSA Taekwon-Do curriculum is adapted to student needs while developing new areas of competence and strength. Students learn basic Taekwon-do techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, stances, and self-defense in a fun and supportive environment.

The instructors, Darius Andaya, (5th Dan) and son, Manuel Andaya (3rd Dan) of DSA Taekwon-Do, are both multiple times National Champions and North American and Caribbean Champions. Darius Andaya has coached several Team Canada members, including Manuel, who represented Canada at the World Championships in Spain (2013) and Italy (2015). They are also Dad and big brother to DSRF student, Darryl Andaya, who achieved his blackbelt in 2017 and represented Canada at the Special Needs Taekwondo Games in New Zealand in October 2019.

Once DSRF registration is confirmed, students or guardians must complete the DSA registration and liability waiver form. Students can purchase uniforms from DSA directly.

Payment Policy

Families should inquire if a program offers financial assistance or if they qualify for funding (e.g. Variety, CKNW, At Home Program) at the time of registration. Financial assistance allocation is at the sole discretion of the DSRF. Families not part of a funding program (such as the Autism Funding Unit or the At Home Program) are required to pay the full fee of the session. Sessions are billed once monthly. Depending on the funding model, you will receive an invoice for any monies owing and/ or organizations will be billed directly. You must pay in order to ensure continuity of services.

Cancellation Policy

Non-emergency cancellations require 24 hours’ notice. Non-emergencies include vacations, preplanned medical appointments, family events, school events, parties, sports events, lack of childcare, or anything that is not designated as “emergency.” The session must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the appointment. Sessions that are not cancelled with 24 hours’ notice will be billed at the full rate.

Client Agreement: Group Programs

Tuition Fees

Families have the option to pay the full fee at time of registration or pay the first month fee and provide post-dated cheques or credit card information for a monthly payment schedule, as outlined on the payment information form. Program withdrawals for group yearly programs must be made by September 30th and are subject to one month’s fee and a $150 administration fee. After September 30th, program fees are non-refundable

Student Progress

Informal assessments are used to evaluate students’ progress.  This information, along with regular communication with parents, is used to set individual and group program goals.

For more information on policies of specific programs or for any questions please contact Eleanor Stewart at 604-444-3773 x111 or eleanor@dsrf.org.