Meet the Instructors

Master Malcolm Edwards

Master Malcolm Edwards was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica. He then moved to Canada in 1973 where Master Edwards was raised in Winnipeg’s North End Community. He started teaching Tae Kwon Do in 1984 as he started the 1st Martial Arts Program for the City of Winnipeg Parks & Recreation where his love for coaching and mentoring athletes started to grow. He started teaching students at BAE’S Martial Arts in 1985 ultimately leading to his ownership of BAE’S Martial Arts in 2006. Master Edwards is internationally recognized in training, competing, and judging Martial Arts tournaments all over the world. Master Edwards has an impressive list of awards and accomplishments; some of which are:

1981 – Awarded Black Belt
1982 – Winner – Western Canadian All-Black Belt Championship
1982 – Manitoba Tae Kwon Do Champion
Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Inducted into the NASKA North American Karate Association Diamond National Hall of Fame
1983/1984 – Gold – North America Championships
1984 – Started the 1st Martial Arts Program for the City of Winnipeg Park & Recreation
1983 – 1985 – Won every Martial Arts Championship in Manitoba
1987 – Central Canadian Sparring & Weapons Champion
1992 – Inducted into the International Elite Hall of Fame
2018 - Awarded 6th degree black belt by Qukkiwon (World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters)
Currently Head Coach - WKC & WKA Manitoba Team - M.O.D. Coach

Master Shane Williams

Master Shane Williams is a certified 5th Dan master instructor at BAE’S Martial Arts. He has practiced martial arts for over 28 years and has trained under highly respected master instructor Master Malcolm Edwards, and Grand Master Young Q. Bae.

As a competitor, Master Williams has achieved success at many competitions in both Canada and the United States in many different disciplines (i.e. Forms, Sparring, Weapons) winning multiple grand championship honors. He was the first captain of the prestigious M.O.D demonstration and competition team, and is still a proud member.

As an instructor, Master Williams has experience teaching age groups ranging from 3 years old to retirees and is well known and respected for his quality of teaching. He is committed to the growth of all his students and firmly believes in the philosophies of his Do Jang. As both a teacher and role model for younger students, Master Williams believes that his mission is clear, to help his students realize their full potential and to provide them with the tools required to do so, both on the training floor, and in everyday life.

Master Robert Cole

Master Robert Cole was born in London England, and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. Master Cole is one of Manitoba’s memorable full-contact Martial Arts competitors. Master Cole began his Martial Arts training at the age of 12 and has trained well over 25 years under the tutelage of well-known Master Malcolm Edwards of BAE’S Martial Arts. Currently, Master Cole has achieved his 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; he continues to train and teach at BAE’S.

Throughout his full competing career, Master Cole achieved top awards in forms, weapons, point sparring, and continuous sparring. Dominating in point sparring and continuous sparring in Canada and the United States, Master Cole claimed over 20 Grand Championships. During this time, Master Cole has pursued a successful professional career as Regional Director of Sales of Western Canada for Travel Guard Chartis. Master Cole is regarded as a role model for maintaining a balance on both professional and personal fronts.

Simultaneously, Master Cole and his wife’s two children, Isaiah-11 years old, and Aliyah-7 years old, also train (since they were toddlers) under the instruction of BAE’S Martial Arts. Both have carried on in their father’s footsteps by competing and winning National titles; Isaiah recently winning Gold in Continuous Sparring at the WKC Canadian Team tryouts and now going on to represent Canada in 3 divisions at the Worlds in 2012.

A part of Master Cole’s philosophy is that consistent training, dedication to being your best, giving 100 percent effort, proper diet, development of your mind and spirit, are all tools that enable an individual to achieve anything they reach for.

Master Gerald Wojciechowski

Master Gerald Wojciechowski began his martial arts journey at the age of 6 years, in the study of the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. At the age of 9 years, he became one of Bae’s Tae Kwon Do’s youngest students to earn his 1st degree Poom Belt. Over the years, Master Wojciechowski has competed provincially, and nationally, across Canada, and in the USA. In 2000 he earned a spot on the National Karate Team.

Today, a 4th Degree Black Belt, Master Wojciechowski continues to train and provide senior instruction to the many students of Bae’s Martial Arts. Like many of the senior instructors, he officiates at local tournaments, volunteering his time and expertise. The value and the importance of martial arts training, respect, discipline, and hard work, has also been passed down to his daughter - who also trains at Bae’s. Because of martial arts, the skills, ethics, and friendships, that have been developed continue to be of great value – in the gym and beyond.

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali

Justin Daman

Justin has been a member of Bae’s Martial Arts since 2000, and instructs all three types of classes offered at Bae’s: Kids’ class, Junior/Adult class, and the Women’s Tae Box class.

Justin is a Third Dan Black Belt and is working towards his goal of becoming a Master Instructor in the future. Justin was a member of the National Karate Team in the WKA (later known as the WKC) from 2005-2009, winning three National Championships in the Korean Kata division. He also represented Canada twice at the World Championships, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships in Musical Freestyle Kata

Mirella Edwards

Mirella has been training martial arts since she was three years old and has completed thirteen consecutive years of study. She holds a second Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a ten-time Diamond National champion, and is a three-time Canadian champion. Mirella has worked to instruct Tae Kwon Do classes at The Bae’s Martial Arts studio, specializing in swords and weapon-use.

In addition to instructing classes within the studio setting, Mirella has worked for four years at the training centers’ summer day camp. She trained in Traditional Korean Forms, Creative and Musical Weapons, and was part of the Team M.O.D. demonstration squad. Furthermore, Mirella is currently attending a bilingual post-secondary institution in pursuit of a career in education.

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