Chris Ridabock Jr.
Director of Curriculum/Head Instructor
Mr. Ridabock started Taekwondo at the age of 13 and has trained at the highest levels in the US, Canada, and Korea. His background in Taekwondo was paralleled in education and he worked for the Toronto District School Board developing and supervising After4 programs and sport specific summer camps.
After a long competitive career , Mr. Ridabock opened Chae Dae Martial Arts Academy in the mid 90′s. Already providing Taekwondo instruction for the T.D.S.B. for years, he continued to develop a modern approach to teaching Taekwondo that built on strategic thinking and a core focus on fundamentals. Many of his original students have gone on to become national and international champions, but many more have gone on to be successful in their own goals outside of Taekwondo. He’s come to lead the curriculum at STK after making a successful transition to corporate and technical real estate. Mr. Ridabock currently heads his own consulting firm and serves as a negotiator for large corporate data centre transactions for clients such as AT&T Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and CIBC World Markets.
“After dedicating myself to Taekwondo for so many years, transitioning into highly charged corporate arena gave me a new perspective on the value and benefit of martial arts.” he says. “My experience gave me the inner strength to differentiate myself in a competitive industry and also the confidence to develop a new business model that is at the core of my company today . The mental focus and strategic thinking I gained from martial arts translated directly into success when I entered a highly charged business environment “.
Master Mann is a seventh degree black belt and is well known as one of Ontario and Canada’s premier authorities on Taekwondo patterns (Poomsae).
An avid coach, instructor and certified referee, Master Mann brings a fun and easygoing energy along with his significant experience to STK. He is very active as the Ontario Taekwondo Association Referee Chair and always has a patient ear and helpful tip for students looking to grow!
Mr. Henry is a former Canadian Junior champion in sparring and brings a great energy and enthusiasm to classes at STK. Mr. Henry is currently studying film production at Humber College and is again an active provincial and national senior level competitor.
Mr. Harri received his first degree black belt from STK and is very active in assisting all levels of kids classes. He has a patient and kind manner in helping younger students to achieve their best and volunteers often to help with classes and the after school program. Mr. Harri is currently attending high school and is an active Provincial Poomse (patterns) competitor.