Master David Hiltz
7th Dan Black Belt
Owner / Master Instructor
With over 40 years in the Martial Arts, Master David Hiltz is a 7th Degree certified International Instructor of ITF Taekwon-Do . Master Hiltz is also Provincial director and representative of ITF Taekwon-Do in Nova Scotia.
He holds over 50 National and Provincial tournament victories including Eastern Canadian Champion (1996), National Silver Medalist (1997) and twice competed at the World Championships in England. He has been teaching for HRM Recreation Department programs for the last 19 years and has done Bully Proofing classes in many of the schools and organization in HRM.
Master Hiltz is trained by 9th Degree Grand Master Pierre Laquerre from Trois Riverre Quebec who is the CTFI technical director of Canada. Having been a National coach 6 times, Master Hiltz has traveled with the Canadian team to Italy twice, Ireland, New Zealand, Honduras and Canada. Master Hiltz's Taekwon-Do students have represented Canada for the last 8 World Championships. Master Hiltz’s first discipline was boxing.
He started amateur boxing and training with such local names as Ralph Hollett and Chris Clark when he was 19 years old. During his 6 years of training he had the honor of training and sparring with past Heavyweight World Champion, Lenox Lewis. With the combination of the 2 disciplines, Hiltz Taekwon-Do produces many top skilled students.
5th Dan Black Belt
Bruce started Taekwon-Do at the age of 39 to spend time with his son who had started a year before. They trained together for 10 years, going to class 3-5 times a week, traveling around the country for tournaments and seminars and testing for belts. After testing for his 2nd Degree Blackbelt, he moved on to other things, but he continued training and testing until he achieved his 5th Degree Black Belt in December 2020.
Other highlights include winning gold medals at two Eastern Canadian Tournaments, and watching a student that he helped train, win gold at the World Tournament in Italy. His main focus now is to teach this wonderful art to people of all ages who have joined Champions Taekwon-do, and help them reach their goal of becoming a Blackbelt.
Grand Master Laquerre
Senior Instructor / CTFI Technical Director
Prior to Taekwon-Do, 9th Degree Master Pierre Laquerre studied the Japanese Martial Art of Judo earning himself a silver Medal at the Quebec games after only six months of practice. In 1974 Master Pierre Laquerre began his training in Taekwon-do and in December of 1977 was promoted to Black Belt (C-1-140).
Master Laquerre had a long and very successful tournament career in Taekwon-Do earning the title of Canadian Champion for five consecutive years. In May of 1986 during the International Karaté-Kung-Fu- Taekwon-do tournament, Master Laquerre won the Grand Championship. In 1987, Master Laquerre was selected to be captain of the Canadian Delegation at the ITF World Championships in Greece. The year after, 1988, he was again Selected on the National Delegation for the ITF World Championships in Hungary. Aside from World level competition, Master Laquerre competed in and won many titles in International competitions in such countries as USA, Porto Rico and England.
In 1990 at the 7th World Taekwon-Do Championships in Montreal Canada Master Laquerre earned the ultimate title of “ITF World Champion”.
The Founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi awarded Master Laquerre the “Outstanding Instructor Award” for his work in developing Taekwon-Do in Canada through instructing and coaching. After many seminars on self defense accross Canada, Master Laquerre wrote the book: “I learn self defense”. Now this book is also available in Europe. Currently, Master Laquerre is the technical director for the CTFI. In 2007 Master Laquerre stepped down as President of the Quebec Taekwon-Do Federation after 20 years of service developing ITF Taekwon-Do in the Province of Quebec.
In 2009 Master Pierre Laquerre was promoted to 8th Degree at the International instructors course.