Serving the Lower Mainland
for over 30 years



At the Pacific Rim Institute of Taekwon-Do we believe that in order to excel at anything in life, you should possess solid values and a strong character that develops the dedication needed to achieve your goals. Our exceptional team of instructors are here to inspire you to be your very best. Come train with us today!

" Success Is Not About The Wins And Loses. It's About Helping Our Students Become The Best Versions of Themselves In And Out Of The Gym"





Self Control

Indomitable Spirit




Master Hal Lipscombe, 7th Degree Black Belt, started teaching Taekwon-Do  in Port Coquitlam, B.C. in 1985 and when promoted to 1st. Degree Black Belt in 1988 Master. Lipscombe formed Pacific Rim Institute of  Taekwon-Do and started teaching through Port  Coquitlam Parks and Recreation Department.  Master Lipscombe has attended eleven International Instructor Seminars, four of which were conducted by the late General Choi Hong Hi, (the Father of Taekwon-Do and the President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation) and the balance led by the ITF Technical Committee. Master Lipscombe is a former President of the ITF of B.C. and a certified class A referee. Master Lipscombe's goal is to build a more peaceful world by teaching Taekwon-Do.

Hal Lipscombe 

7th Degree Black Belt
Master Instructor
School Founder


Mr. Law is a certified 6th Degree Black Belt International Instructor/Examiner with the International Taekwon-Do Federation.  He began his training in 1994 and has been successful at Provincial, National, and International competitions

Mr. Law is a former member of the Canadian National team representing Canada at four World Championships. He is also a Class A Umpire. He currently sits on the Technical and Umpire Committee for British Columbia as well as the Umpire Committee for the Candian Taekwon-Do Federation International

Mr. Law's goal is to be able to give students a safe environment where they can grow and succeed 

Chris Law

6th Degree Black Belt
Technical Director
International Instructor



Derek Licas

6th Degree Black Belt 
Head Instructor

International Instructor

Mr. Licas has been involved in Martial Arts for over 28 years. In addition to teaching, he has participated in many seminars and competitions throughout the years. While his main focus and passion revolves around ITF
Taekwon-Do, he has also trained in Judo and Kick Boxing in the hopes of expanding his knowledge. His main goal is to keep our students motivated and excited about training, and incorporating Taekwon-Do into their daily lives

Diana Henson

6th Degree Black Belt 

International Instructor

Ms. Henson has been practicing TKD for 29 years.  She is an International Taekwon-Do Federation certified 6th Degree Black Belt, International Instructor.  Ms. Henson has trained on three occasions with the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi, and has attended numerous International Instructors Courses around the World.  In addition, Ms. Henson has attended the Taekwon-Do Kids Course, International Umpire Course and the Do Course.  Ms. Henson is a class B Umpire. 

An avid competitor, Ms. Henson was Canadian National Champion twice and Panamerican Champion on one occasion.

It is Ms. Henson’s belief that every student can go as far as they want and that their ability to achieve their goals are only limited by their desires.   As an Instructor, Ms. Henson dedicates herself to assisting her students to achieve their highest goals. 


Mr. Thompson is a certified 5th Degree Black Belt International Instructor/Examiner with the International Taekwon-Do Federation.  He has been training for over 30 years and currently is the Chair ITF of BC tournament committee. Now focused on Taekwon-Do he also had many years experience in Judo and Karate during his high school years.

Attending many seminars and visiting other schools he constantly adds skills focused on motivating and helping our students grow their skill while having fun.

Brian Thompson

5th Degree Black Belt
International  Instructor

Mr. Wittur is a certified  4th  Black Belt with the International Taekwon-Do Federation and has been involved in Martial Arts for 13 years. He first started doing it to be involved with his son and he decided to continue with it after his son got his 1st degree Black Belt. He enjoys the fitness aspect of the art as well as the added flexibility he has gotten from it and he enjoys seeing the confidence that it has given the students that he teaches.

Mr. Wittur is a certified Class B Umpire and has held the position of secretary-treasurer for our Provincial body.

Jay Wittur

4th Degree Black Belt

International Instructor


Damian Korcz

4th Degree Black Belt


Mr. Korcz is a certified 4th Black Belt with the International Taekwon-Do Federation and has been involved in Martial Arts since 2005. Mr. Korcz first trained Hapkido when he was about 9 years old. Then transitioned to Taekwon-do in 2007 and has been training since. Mr. Korcz holds a Level B umpiring certificate. Mr. Korcz is a caring and passionate instructor who tries to help students use the lessons they learn in class and apply them in other aspects of their lives.

Karli Southgate

3rd Degree Black Belt
Assistant Instructor



Ms.Southgate is a certified 3rd degree with the International Taekwon-Do Federation.  She has been training for over 15 years.  She has competed at provincial, national and international events and is a former member of Team Canada and Team B.C.  She has also attended many seminars, International Instructors seminars and visited many schools. Her true passion in Taekwon-Do is teaching the younger students and helping to instill confidence and discipline in themselves.  

Red Bauble


DEC 3, 2022

Judo Belts

Dec 27-29 2022


604-760-0291 |

Training Hall: Poco Community Centre 2150 Wilson Ave
Port Coquitlam

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