Black Belt Excellence Martial Arts Academy is proud and honoured to be recognized as a Leader in our Community, a pioneer for martial arts in Kanata, and your #1 choice for martial arts family training.

  • First-established and longest-running martial arts academy teaching Taekwon-Do in Kanata since 1988.
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal winners for our contributions to our community and country, 2012
  • Mayor’s City Builder Award, 2012
  • Diamond Winner, Reader’s Choice Awards, #1 Choice for Martial Arts School in Kanata, Kanata-Kourier-Standard, 2010, 2011
  • Winner, the People’s Choice in Kanata for “Citizen of the Year”, Kanata Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Winner, People’s Choice in Kanata for Family Business of the Year, Kanata Chamber of Commerce, 2006
  • Recipient of the Sandra Ball Recognition Award for helping make the community a better and safer place for Kanata’s youth, 2005
  • Recipient, Civic Appreciation Award (nominee for Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching), City of Ottawa, 2006
  • Recognized as one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40 for his business achievements, professional expertise, and community involvement, 2007
  • Winner, Good Corporate Citizen Award, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, 2006 (for Bully Busters program)

Master Phil, along with Amelia, Justice, and Jackson Nguyen, receive the Mayor’s City Builder Award for outstanding contributions to our community.


Master Phil, along with Amelia, Justice, and Jackson Nguyen, featured on the front cover of Ottawa Capital City News (Distribution = 167,000) for leading the movement of “Black Belt Leadership – Applying 1,000 Years of Martial Arts Wisdom to Today’s Leadership Challenges.”