Meet Our Team

Our 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.

Your Instructors

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

  • 2021 Pan American Champion, Patterns
  • 2021 Canadian National Champion, Patterns
  • 2020 World Open, Bronze in Patterns, Bronze in Prearranged sparring
  • 2019 Special Needs International Champion, Mixed abilities partnered with Mr. Darry Andaya, New Zealand
  • 2018 Canadian National Champion Patterns and Powerbreaking, Calgary Alberta
  • 2017 Canadian National Champion Patterns and Powerbreaking, Bronze in Sparring, Longueil, Quebec
  • 2014 Canadian National Champion Patterns and Team Patterns, Bronze in Powerbreaking, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 2014 Westerns Canada Champion Powerbreaking, Silver in Patterns, Warman, Saskatchewan
  • 2014 British Columbia Cup Champion Patterns and Prearranged Sparring, Silver in Powerbreaking
  • 2013 Nationals Bronze for Powerbreaking, Montreal, Quebec
  • 2013 British Columbia Champion Powerbreaking Silver in Patterns
  • 2010 British Columbia Champion Patterns, Silver in Powerbreaking and Bronze in Sparring
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Mr. Manuel Darson Andaya II

4th Degree Instructor

Mr. Manuel Darson Andaya, is a 4th 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.

Mr. Andaya received his 4th dan in 2020.

Some Highlights

  • 2017 National Championships Bronze in Powerbreaking
  • 2015 North American and Carribean Champion in Patterns, Powerbreaking and Team Sparring, Silver in Sparring, Selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Italy.
  • 2014 Nationals, Silver in Patterns, Prearranged Sparring and Jr. Team Sparring, Bronze in Powerbreaking
  • 2014 Westerns Canada Champion Powerbreaking, Team Sparring and Prearranged Sparring, Silver in Sparring and Patterns, Warman, Saskatchewan
  • 2014 BC Cup Champion Patterns, Powerbreaking, Team Sparring and Prearranged Sparring and Powerbreaking, Silver in Sparring and Specialty Breaking
  • 2014 BC Provincial Champion Patterns, Sparring and Powerbreaking.
  • 2013 Canadian Champion for Powerbreaking  and Selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Spain, Montreal, Quebec
  • 2013 BC Provincial Champion Patterns, Silver in Sparring
  • 2012 Western Canadian Silver in Patterns, Bronze in Sparring
  • 2011 Canadian Champion Patterns and Sparring
  • 2011 BC Provincials Silver in Sparring
  • 2010 Nationals Silver in Sparring
  • 2010 BC Provincial Champion Patterns, Silver in Sparring
  • 2009 5th BC Friendship Tournament Champion Patterns, Bronze in Sparring

Ms. Dana Andaya

3rd Degree Asst Instructor

Mr. 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

  • 2017 National Championships Patterns Bronze
  • 2016 ITFofBC Provincials Sparring Bronze
  • 2015 North American and Carribean Championships Gold in Powerbreaking, Silver in Patterns, Also selected for Team Canada for World Championships in Italy
  • 2014 Westerns Warman, Saskatchewan, Gold in patterns , Bronze in Sparring
  • 2014 BC Cup Gold in Patterns, Powerbreaking and Specialty Breaking, Silver in Sparring 
  • 2014 Nationals Regina, Saskatchewan. Gold in Patterns. 
  • 2012 Westerns Gold Sparring and Patterns 
  • 2011 Nationals Gold Patterns, Bronze in Sparring
  • 2011 BC Provincials Bronze in Patterns and Sparring
  • 2010 Nationals Gold Patterns , Silver in Sparring
  • 2009 5th BC Friendship Gold Patterns, Bronze in Sparring

Mr. Darryl Andaya

1st Degree Asst. Instructor

Mr. 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

  • 2019 Special Needs World Championships Champion, Patterns, Mixed Abilities, Silver in Power, Bronze in High Kick, 4th place Trophy for Canada, New Zealand
  • 2017 BC Cup Special Needs Division Champion.
  • 2017 ITF of BC Provincials Special Needs division Champion
  • 2017 DSA Cup Sparring Bronze
  • 2017 DSA Cup Patterns Silver
  • 2016 DSA Friendship Patterns Bronze
  • 2016 DSA Tournament Patterns Silver
  • 2016 DSA Tournament Sparring Bronze
  • 2014 BC Cup Patterns Silver
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Mr. Darren Andaya

1st Degree Asst. Instructor

Mr. Darren Andaya started training at the young age of 4 and received his black belt in 2019.

Some Highlights

  • 2021 National Championships, Silver in Patterns
  • 2017 DSA Cup Sparring Bronze
  • 2017 BC Cup Kelowna Sparring Silver
  • 2016 DSA Friendship Sparring Bronze
  • 2016 DSA Tournament Sparring Bronze
  • 2015 North American and Caribbean Patterns Silver, Sparring Bronze
  • 2014 BC Cup Sparring Bronze

Mr. Prasanna Krishnan

2nd Degree Asst. Instructor

Mr. Pras Krishnan started his training in Ontario. He is a silver medalist at the 2020 World E-Tournament.