Taekwondo brings friends from all over the world to Williams Lake – Williams Lake Tribune


Two old friends hooked up last week following a 40-year Taekwondo connection, from China to the Cariboo and beyond.

Master Redver Ku is General Manager and Master Instructor at Prime Elite Taekwondo Academy in Williams Lake, and Master Ray Chui manages and teaches at Sam Park Taekwondo Studios in Toronto.

Both started taekwondo as young boys in Hong Kong, both became instructors as teenagers, and both achieved significant success in China and Canada.

Master Chui came to Canada as a teenage taekwondo instructor and traveled to various studios in the Toronto area until he found one he liked.

“I have always observed and always wanted to improve what I had learned and modify it to make it as good as possible,” he said.

He returned to Hong Kong after college to help his family and ended up at his old club as an instructor. Traveling from club to club, teaching, he ended up in a club where Redver was teaching.

Redver said that when he heard about this taekwondo instructor from Canada, he was curious to see what Ray Chui was.

“I absorbed so much from him. I had never seen anything like it: I became very focused on his teaching and today I teach what I learned from him, ”said Redver. “He taught me so much and gave me more confidence to teach others. “

By 1994, Redver had become the master at the Elite Tae Kwon Do Club in Guandong Province with 100 students per session, and Ray helped him open new studios. It turned out to be a very successful endeavor, and by 2004 the Redver students had dispersed and opened their own studios.

The two became friends and visited each other over the years, meeting in China and Canada. Last week was Ray Chui’s first visit to Williams Lake, along with his wife and two teenage daughters.

“I love the mountains and the people here are so friendly,” he said, adding that he enjoyed helping out in the studio when he visited.

Master Redver Ku has been in Canada for a few years and opened the Prime Elite Taekwondo Academy in Williams Lake seven months ago. Her two young children go to school in the city and both are taekwondo students.

Looking back, Redver said he learned everything he knew from Ray.

“He is my teacher, my idol and my friend,” he said. “He made me want to teach and share this with others. “

Master Ray Chui said that the great attraction of Taekwondo is that it covers everything.

“The name says it all: the hands, the feet and the art,” he explained. “It’s a wide variety of movements that also includes kicks and jumps.

Students learn good things and become good people and he hears good things from parents, he continued.

“Students learn discipline, encouragement, persistence and respect. Taekwondo is not about fighting, it’s about control.

Looking back, Redver said he learned everything he knew from Ray.

“He is my teacher, my idol and my friend,” he said. “He made me want to teach and share this with others. “


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