Menelik Kahil was born in Ethiopia in 1962. He loved being outdoors and was always very physically active. He started following exercises that he heard on radio programs. In 1973, with the help of a work friend of his mother’s, he was introduced to Taekwondo and never looked back. He practiced Taekwondo whenever he had the chance. In 1977, Menelik was tested for his first Black Belt.
Master Menelik’s first instructor was 5th Degree Black Belt Master Robert Walson, a U.S. Marine posted in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Revolution began soon after that and King Hail Selasie was overthrown by the military. The Americans were given 48 hours to leave the country. Due to the efforts of Master Walson, General Choi sent another instructor to Ethiopia, 6th Degree Black Belt Master Lee Chon Hi. Shortly after that, the ruling military party banned Taekwondo. This did not deter the young and headstrong Menelik, and he continued to teach regardless. He was arrested for this crime three times: the first time he was released with a warning, the second he was arrested for 3 months and the third time for six months.
In an effort to break this cycle and with the help of a friend from Taekwondo, Menelik was hired as a driver abroad. Everywhere he went, he would seek out a Taekwondo dojang so that he could continue to train. He eventually ended up in Canada, and in 1988 he took up teaching Taekwondo for Grand Master Jong Park Soo, one of the pioneers of Taekwondo. After receiving his 5th Degree Black Belt, Menelik started his own club and continued practicing and teaching.
Menelik met up with Master Hiron John, then a 6th Degree Black Belt and started a branch of his club, I.L.T. Canada. With practice and study Menelik earned his 6th Degree Black Belt.
In March 2005 Menelik became the owner and primary instructor at Quest Martial Arts Centre and is an 8th Degree Black Belt. He is fluent in five languages, and is a role model for his students. His patience and dedication make him an excellent teacher, loved and admired by all his students.
At Quest we provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for people of all ages and levels of ability. Taekwon-do is an excellent way to get into shape, learn focus and self control and most of all, have a fun time doing it. We have friendly, experienced instructors that can offer one on one instruction when necessary and will help you achieve things you never thought possible. Join us on your Quest to be the Best you can be!
Taekwon-Do means the Art of Foot and Hand. Taekwon-Do is not Karate. In many martial arts, concentration is placed on the use of the hand. Taekwon-Do places greater emphasis on the use of leg and foot, although hand techniques are an important part of training. The leg, being of greater strength and of greater length than the are, creates more space between opponents, allowing more freedom of movement and efficiency of technique.
Taekwon-Do requires mental as well as physical discipline. Spirit-body training in relation to Taekwon-Do may be traced back to the sixth century. At that time a group of warrior youths called the Hwa-Rang-Do, trained themselves bodily and spiritually for the defence of Korea. Training included that of bow, spear, sword and hand and foot fighting techniques such as Soo Bak and Taek Kyon. The Hwa-Rang-Do exercised spiritually and physically by training mercilessly with the elements of nature, swimming rivers and climbing mountains.
General Choi Hong Hi developed and systemized techniques such as those of the Hwa-Rang-Do. In 1945 when Korea was freed from Japanese occupation, General Choi continued his scientific and historical investigations of the martial arts, unhindered.
On April 11th 1955 Taekwon-Do received official recognition and was acknowledged as part of Korea's culture and tradition. It is now an international sport and is practised in schools, universities and military bases in 200 countries throughout the world