Master L. Steve Madrid is a 5th Degree Black Belt certified by the Kukkiwon in South Korea and recognized as a Master in Canada. Master Madrid’s fascination with martial arts started when he was only 8 years old after watching Bruce Lee in “Game of Death” with his father. In September of 1991 at 13 years old, he along with his older brother joined a Taekwondo program at Grand Master Ken Cheung’s Taekwondo Toronto West location in Annette Recreation Centre under the instruction of Master Dean R. Iacobucci and a lifetime love for martial arts began.
In the summer of 1993 Master Madrid would train with Master Tam at Toronto’s former Army Base located on Keele Street north of Lawrence (now Downsview Park) and learned Kung Fu, from that day forward Master Madrid trained Kung Fu on his own time and Master Tam was now considered his second instructor. In 1995 Master Madrid, now a red belt, began assisting in teaching classes as part of his responsibilities as a senior rank, from that moment until his 1st Degree Black Belt he assisted teaching more frequently and decided to choose the instructor path.
Throughout his Taekwondo training Master Madrid attended local and some regional tournaments from 1992-2006 including Cheung’s Taekwondo Innerclub tournaments on a yearly basis, he has many trophies and medals amongst his accomplishments. Master Madrid attending his last tournament at Cheung’s Taekwondo Innerclub in May of 2006 hosted at George Brown College Casa Loma Campus, he earned 1st place in patterns and after fighting in three (3) matches he earned 2nd place in sparring to finally hang up his sparring gear for good retiring from competition at 28 years old.
Master Madrid also attended a National Coaching Certificate Program (N.C.C.P.) in August 1997 and earned his Level 1 certification, that same year in December he tested and earned his 1st Degree Black Belt recognized by the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea. Master Madrid continued his training after his instructor officially opened Iacobucci’s Taekwondo Academy (now MuDo Academy Inc.) where he started teaching as an assistant instructor, then in June of 2007 he started teaching consistently at Armour Heights Community Centre in Toronto as Head Instructor where he learned how to teach and attained his experience through trial and error until resigning in August 2017. Master Madrid’s dream has been to open up his own school since 1998 and he saw this opportunity as the stepping-stone to achieving his dream.
Master Madrid was also part of the renovation team at MuDo Academy Inc. from January to July 2015, he also assisted in the early stages with driving for the after school program and was able to help out as a back up driver throughout the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 school years.
Master Madrid continued to teach and train in order to keep up to date with his material as well as kept testing and moving up with his Black Belt Degrees, as his main goal was to be 4th Degree Black Belt Master. In August 2015 he tested for his 4th Degree and successfully passed earning his Master Black Belt recognized in Ontario, his next goal is to earn his 6th Degree Black Belt recognizing him as a Master World Wide.
Over 31 years, Master Madrid pursued his knowledge and credentials through progressive belts, multiple martial arts disciplines, instructor roles, competition and tournaments. Along with Taekwondo expertise, he has continued with Kung Fu, Aikido and Jiu Jitsu training on his own. His open mind and pursuit of learning has given him the unique ability to utilize many martial arts skills being incorporated into his teaching methods.
Finally in November of 2017 after three (3) months of not teaching his former students from Armour Heights Community Centre, the parents felt that the students needed to be under Master Madrid’s instruction with Taekwondo and decided to follow him. Madrid Taekwondo Institute was established November 2017 and became an official Taekwondo school through Taekwondo Ontario Formerly Ontario Taekwondo Association (OTA) on March 18, 2018; his dream of owning and operating his own school had finally come true after 20 years.
Also a very involved father, Master Madrid’s son Nathaniel has been training in Taekwondo since 2013 when he was just 6 years old and is just one of the many things they share. Nathaniel earned his Assistant Instructor role September 2020 after 18 months of hard work and determination; Nathaniel also tested for his 2nd Degree Black Belt on July 9, 2022 and passed successfully.
Master Madrid teaches at three (3) locations, the main Headquarters located in Toronto, downtown Brampton and now a third location in Woodbridge. Master Madrid also has clients whom he has taught private one on one Self Defence classes and has also conducted Women’s Group Self Defence classes.