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Para-Taekwondo Instructor Seminar in Vancouver, Canada

Para-Taekwondo Instructor Seminar
in Vancouver, Canada

What: Educating Taekwondo Coaches, Instructors & Masters on all facets of Para-Taekwondo via our exclusive Para-Taekwondo Instructor Certification Programs which is offered 100% online.

Why: To empower our global society. We fully believe and advocate that Taekwondo is for All people; it is especially impactful for individuals living with special abilities (disabilities). As the Taekwondo community embraces ALL students, we will create ever-lasting positive change in the lives of countless people… Para-Taekwondo will be a catalyst for global change.

When: Register now and start learning today. Our course is available to everyone regardless of your residency. Once you successfully complete the course you will become certified by the Global Para-Taekwondo University and the World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association.

Where: We are located in Vancouver, Canada. Since the GPTU is completely a cyber university, our students and para-taekwondo instructors come from all regions. Our international conferences and instructor practicum are based out of Vancouver.

How: GPTU has invested thousands of hours in research, development and implementation towards our educational certification programs. We created online programs so we can impact our global society. Everyone can register and learn; and everyone can use this knowledge to instruct others. The online course will be delivered to you in modules. You are to complete each module successfully and then take the final exam. Upon passing the exam you will become a CERTIFIED PARA-TAEKWONDO INSTRUCTOR.

taeksondo-0006Global Para-Taekwondo University is the vision of Master Michael Sirota who has been a pioneer in developing, implementing and promoting Taekwondo based programs for individuals with various special needs and disabilities. Master Sirota’s mission is to see millions of people with all types of disabilities benefit from Taekwondo training. To date, Master Sirota’s schools have welcomed over one thousand special needs students. He has also consulted individual instructors to international associations on how to develop Para-Taekwondo programs for people with disabilities. Our Para-Taekwondo Online Certification Program educates Taekwondo Coaches, Instructors and Masters from all regions of the World.

The Global Para-Taekwondo University is a subsidiary of the Global Para-Taekwondo Consultancy Inc. and the certification arm of the World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association.

Michael Sirota is a member in good standing with the following organizations:


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Master Michael Sirota being inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the area of Para-Taekwondo

Master Michael Sirota being inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame for his pioneering work in the area of Para-Taekwondo

“I have been blessed to find my purpose in life. To awaken our world and embrace individuals with special abilities to be an integral part of our community. My lifelong passion of martial arts and the responsibility to empower all members of our society, has embarked me on this path that led to the creation of the Global Para-Taekwondo University, the Global Para-Taekwondo Consultancy, World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association and Therapeutic Martial Arts International.” ~ Michael Sirota

After consulting with numerous Instructors and Taekwondo leaders, it became evident that although many wished to welcome students with various challenges into their Taekwondo programs, the instructors and school owners lacked the teaching skills and knowledge to offer qualified and meaningful instruction. The instructors who did decide to welcome special needs students into their programs, never grew the program as they lacked knowledge and guidance on how to succeed. As Taekwondo instructors and school owners it is our duty to positively impact as many lives as possible! Global Para-Taekwondo University will offer you all the tools to Succeed!

Global Para-Taekwondo University in partnership with key organization’s such as the World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association goals are to bring legitimacy, credibility, quality and value to thousands of Taekwondo coaches, instructors, masters and school owners in the way they deliver programs for individuals with special needs. With the passion, knowledge and experience of the GPTU Team, we will change the lives of millions; while at the same time share with you how to operate ethical and financially successful Para-Taekwondo programs.

We thank you for your interest in expanding your Taekwondo programs, schools and even associations by embracing all people regardless of their abilities.

Global Para-Taekwondo University – Faculty

Michael Sirota – Canada

“Together, Lets remove the ‘dis’ and see the Abilities in All!”

Taekwondo Hall of Fame Inductee and Global Para-Taekwondo Pioneer, Michael Sirota has been immersed in Taekwondo since childhood. For the past thirty past years, he has been operating ethically successful Martial Arts centres in Vancouver, Canada. Entering the new millennium, Michael embarked on a new path of teaching martial arts to individuals with special needs and disabilities. What started as a very small project has grown internationally. It is his mission to use the gift of Taekwondo to promote compassion and humanity to those individuals who have been neglected by our society in so many ways. As a global pioneer in Para-Taekwondo, he continues to share his wealth of knowledge and passion with others; so collectively we can improve the lives of millions of people.

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TKD Hall of Fame Certificate

TKD Hall of Fame Certificate

Hall of Fame Award

Hall of Fame Award

Kukkiwon Certificate of Appreciation

Kukkiwon Certificate of Appreciation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Taekwondo Hall of Fame Inductee – “Humanitarian Taekwondo Instructor”
  • Masters Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Martial Arts Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee – Pioneering Special Needs Martial Arts & Pioneer of Para-Taekwondo
  • Founder of Global Para Taekwondo Consultancy & Global Para-Taekwondo University & Therapeutic Martial Arts International, World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association.
  • Para-Taekwondo Development Task Force Member – World Taekwondo Federation
  • Para-Taekwondo Director – Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships
  • Pioneered and Chairperson (past) of the Para-Taekwondo Committee – Taekwondo Canada
  • Board Member – Richmond Centre for Disability
  • International Master Instructor Certification – Kukkiwon & World Hapkido Federation
  • Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) – 6th Dan,
  • Hapkido (WHF) – 5th Dan
  • Consulted various Taekwondo schools,  associations and international federations on Para-Taekwondo, Special Needs Taekwondo and Therapeutic Martial Arts

hall of fame 2International Advisory Board

advisory-board-header-imageThe International Advisory Board (IAB) was established to advise and support the work of Global Para-Taekwondo University and the World Para-Taekwondo Instructors Association.

The IAB consists of experts with various backgrounds in Taekwondo, Sports, Para-Sports, Coaching, Education and Health. The IAB provides crucial support and guidance to the deliverance of an empowering program and organization for the betterment of all members and stakeholders.

International Board of Advisors (in alphabetic order) 


Sir Jose Eduardo Cornelio

Country: Aruba

  • 7th Dan Black Belt
  • Former President – Aruba Taekwondo Association
  • Former Vice President – Pan American Taekwondo Union
  • Former President – Caribbean Taekwondo Union
  • Former Vice President – Union Mundial Ibero Americano
  • Awarded Knight Royal Dutch Kingdom

Mr. Issaka Ide

Country: Niger

  • Council Member – World Taekwondo Federation
  • Chairman – Niger Taekwondo Federation
  • General Treasurer – World French speaking Taekwondo Union
  • President – Niger National Olympic & Sports Committee
  • 1st Vice President – African Taekwondo Union
  • Member of Niger Olympic Team for the summer Olympic (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Bongseok Kim

Mr. Bongseok Kim

Country: United States of America

  • President – Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Taekwondo Committee
  • Technical Advisor to the President – World Military Taekwondo Federation
  • Technical Advisor & Inductee – Taekwondo Hall of Fame
  • USA Military Team Coach (1998 – 2006)
  • 6th Dan Black Belt
  • Awarded Grand Knight of the Meritorious Order of CISM
 Dr Jagdish Maharaj-1

Mr. Jagdish Maharaj

Country: Australia

  • Associate Professor – Sydney Medical School – University of Sydney
  • Director of Finance – Oceania Paralympic Committee
  • International Classifier – International Paralympic Committee
  • Founding Member – Global Disability Research in Sport and Health
  • Founding President – Fiji Sports Association for the Disabled
  • Awarded Fiji Olympic Order
 Gerard Robbins

Mr. Gerard Robbins

Country: United States of America

  • Founder – Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame®
  • 8th Dan Black Belt
  • First Taekwondo Black Belt named “All American” by Amateur Athletic Union of the United States
  • Competed in 2nd World Taekwondo Championships Seoul, Korea (’75)
  • Gold Medallist 1st Pan Am Taekwondo Championships – Mexico City (’78)


“Michael has been providing an extremely important service to individuals with disabilities in British Columbia for many years. He teaches a modified martial arts program to this population which is by no means an easy task. He is an unselfish dedicated teacher who is having a positive impact on the lives of so many.We are fortunate to indeed have individuals like Michael in our community who serve as inspirational leaders for us all.”John Millard
Director of Development (National and International)
Cheshire Home Society


 “I am very excited for you and Taekwondo, you’ve done a great job by moving your sport and access for athletes forward.”
Jane Samletzki
Executive Director
BC Disability Games


 “Michael is a dedicated professional ,who is committed to the development of taekwondo for all. He has developed Special needs and Para programs to create an all inclusive training environment for his students regardless of Mental or physical ability. We can learn a lot from him.”
Mr. Martin Fleming
President – Irish Taekwondo Union
Council Member – European Taekwondo Union


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