Taekwondo master opens studio in Slave Lake

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

A new taekwondo club has opened up in Slave Lake in the last month. The studio is called AB Taekwondo Martial Arts Training and is located at 109 6 Ave NW (in the same building as the Slave Lake Veterinarian Services).

The club is run by 4th Degree Kukkiwon certified black belt master Alexander Briones.

Briones says AB Taekwondo offers a ‘dynamic’ martial arts training with energy, enthusiasm, helpfulness, and friendliness.

“Our goal is to create an atmosphere of success and accomplishment.”

Prior to Briones opening his studio, he taught out of St. Francis Catholic Academy for two years.

Briones mentions he, along with his family, moved to Canada from the Philippines where he studied the martial art for over 25 years.

Briones is a two-time Korea Open Gold medalist, South East Asian Gold medalist, 3rd world juniors bronze medalist, Asian Championships bronze medalist and has competed at the World and Asian Olympic Games.

Briones’ whole family does taekwondo.

“My daughter started at age five is now seven, she is doing the training as part of discipline and exercise and is a yellow-orange stripe belt.”

Briones’ wife is a 2nd dan black belt.

“My youngest is only four, but she will also be doing taekwondo as part of discipline and exercise.”

Right now the studio has about 40 to 45 students, says Briones, but he expects more to join in January.

Classes are available for anyone five and up and cost $72 per month.
For more information contact Briones via email at [email protected] or visit AB Taekwondo on Facebook.

Alexander Briones 4th degree Kukkiwon certified black belt master showing off his taekwondo moves.

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