Meet Our TeamOur team of highly qualified internationally certified instructors are committed to providing our students the best kind of martial arts and self-defense training available through continuous improvement. We encourage your comments and suggestions on how we can serve you better.
Mr. Darius Andaya – 5th Degree Certified International Instructor
|Mr. Darius Andaya, V Dan, is the founder and chief instructor of DSA Royal International Taekwon-do. He started his Taekwon-Do career in 1983 at the age of 12 with the Philippine International Taekwondo Jido Kwan Association under the late Master Johnny Morris Arsol. He had to travel 1.5 hours each way to train in the art that has since become his passion.
In 1988, Mr. Andaya was promoted to I Dan Black Belt and became a Certified Principal of Taekwon-Do under the supervision of the Jido Kwan Main Temple and the Korea Taekwondo Association and in 1990 promoted to 2nd Dan Black Belt. On that same year, Mr. Andaya started teaching his art to a small group of friends in his neighborhood. Ultimately, the club became known as the St. Michael Taekwondo Club and members came from all over the city.
In 2000, Mr. Andaya’s family moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he taught taekwon-do at The Cage Martial Arts Centre in 2003. At the same time he studied Arnis, the filipino art of stick fighting under Datu Shishir Inocalla (IMAF Philippines, Michaelangelo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
In 2007, he began teaching his kids in the backyard. Their friends started joining and thus, the DSA Royal International Taekwon-do was born. DSA recertified to become a member of the International Taekwon-do Federation under the banner of the Canadian Taekwondo Federation Internationale and the ITF of BC. Master Hal Lipscombe, 7th Dan, of the Pacific Rim Institute of Taekwon-do became his instructor and mentor. In 2013, Mr. Andaya received the rank of International Instructor (Sabum Nim) when he received his fourth degree blackbelt while attending the International Instructors Course at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Mr. Andaya received his 5th degree in July of 2017.
Mr. Andaya, apart from his championship titles, is a Certified International Instructor and a Class A Umpire and has also served as a Board director for the ITF of BC from 2012-2017.
Outside of the dojang, he is a sport enthusiast, an MBA and computer science degree holder, a pilot, a painter, a poet, a singer, a dancer and most of all, a dedicated family man. He continuously look for ways to improve and be a better contributor to society. In 2020, at the start of the Covid19 pandemic, Mr. Andaya, in collaboration with his son, Darryl, wrote the inspiration book, I Too Can be Special!
Some Highlights• 2020 Pan American e-Tournament, Gold in Patterns • 2020 World e-Tournament, Bronze in Patterns, Bronze in Prearranged sparring. • 2010 BC Provincials Gold Patterns, Silver in Powerbreaking and Bronze in Sparring
• 2013 BC Provincials Gold in Powerbreaking and Silver in Patterns
•2013 Nationals Quebec Bronze for Powerbreaking
•2014 Westerns Warman, Saskatchewan, Gold in Powerbreaking and silver in patterns
•2014 BC Cup Gold in Patterns and Prearranged, Silver in Powerbreaking
•2014 Nationals Regina, Saskatchewan. Gold in Patterns, Team Patterns, Bronze in Powerbreaking.
•2017 Nationals Longueil, Quebec, Gold in Patterns, Gold in Powerbreaking, Bronze in Sparring.
•2018 Nationals Calgary Alberta, Gold in Patterns, Gold in Powerbreaking.
Mr. Manuel Darson Andaya II – 3rd Degree Asst InstructorMr. Manuel Darson Andaya, is a 3rd degree blackbelt and a pioneer student at DSA. He started training in 2007 at age 10 and has since grown to love the sport.
Aside from various medals at competitions, he has been twice selected as a Team Canada Representative. First was at the 2013 Junior and Senior World Championships in Benidorm, Spain as the only Canadian representative for Junior powerbreaking where he finished in 5th place out of 33 countries on the division. In 2015, he again represented Canada in Jesolo, Italy.
• 2009 5th BC Friendship Gold Patterns
• 2010 BC Provincials Gold Patterns
• 2011 Nationals Gold Patterns and Sparring
• 2013 BC Provincials Gold in Patterns
•2013 Nationals Quebec Gold for Powerbreaking and Selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Spain.
•2014 Westerns Warman, Saskatchewan, Gold in Powerbreaking, Team Sparring and Prearranged Sparring.
•2014 BC Cup Gold in Patterns, Powerbreaking and Prearranged Sparring. and Prearranged, Silver in Powerbreaking
•2014 Provincials Gold in Patterns, Sparring and Powerbreaking.
•2015 North American and Carribean Championships Gold in Patterns, Powerbreaking and Team Sparring, Also selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Italy.
Ms. Dana Andaya – 3rd Degree Asst InstructorMr. Dana Mae Andaya, is a III degree and a pioneer student at DSA. She started training at the age of 11 and has since been a champion at all levels of competitions. She has represented Canada as a National team delegate at the 2015 Jesolo, Italy Senior and Junior World Championships.
Some Highlights• 2009 5th BC Friendship Gold Patterns
• 2010 Nationals Gold Patterns
• 2011 Nationals Gold Patterns
• 2012 Westerns Gold Sparring and Patterns
•2014 Westerns Warman, Saskatchewan, Gold in patterns
•2014 BC Cup Gold in Patterns, Powerbreaking and Specialty Breaking.
•2014 Nationals Regina, Saskatchewan. Gold in Patterns.
•2015 North American and Carribean Championships Gold in Powerbreaking, Also selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Italy
Mr. Darryl Andaya – 1st Degree Junior Asst InstructorMr. Darryl Andaya is our first Special Needs Junior Instructor. He started training at the age of 8. He was diagnosed with down syndrome at birth but never stopped fighting for a place in the world and trying to achieve. With perseverance and determination, he reached his ultimate goal of being a blackbelt in 2017 and he has since started helping to teach our Little Dragons class.
Some Highlights• 2017 BC Cup Special Needs Division Champion.
• 2017 ITF of BC Provincials Special Needs division Champion