Our instructors

Our instructors are all qualified by International Taekwon-Do. Our requirements include holding a current first aid certificate and attending regular instructors’ courses. The school is run by Mark Banicevich, VI dan. He is an International Instructor and Examiner, qualified by the International Taekwon-Do Federation. Many of our instructors are also Accredited Level One trainers with Protect Self Defence.

Mark Banicevich

VI dan

At 6th degree black belt, Mark Banicevich is among the highest ranked instructors in NZ. He started International Taekwon-Do in 1989 with Master Paul McPhail, now 8th dan black belt, in Papakura. He is active in Taekwon-Do nationally and internationally, training, attending and teaching seminars, and umpiring at tournaments including the World Championships. He loves all aspects of Taekwon-Do, particularly social development, self-defence and patterns. He attended numerous seminars with General Choi Hong Hi, and continues to attend technical seminars regularly.

Dennis Sudyatmiko

V dan

Sudyatmiko Dennis

Dennis Sudyatmiko is from Indonesia. He started training in WTF in 1987, and attained 1st degree black belt. In 1997, he moved to ITF Taekwon-Do, attracted by its strong martial arts aspect. In 2008, he became President of the International Taekwon-Do Foundation of Indonesia (ITFI) and a full-time instructor. He was Co-coach of the Indonesian Junior team from 2008-2011 with Mr Rico Franz. In 2013, he moved with his family to New Zealand, and he enjoys training in Glendowie with his daughter Gladys.

Dr Brice Valles

IV dan

Valles Brice
As a child, Brice Vallès studied Aïkido in France for a few years. The passion for studying martial arts returned much later and in January 2003 he entered a Taekwon-Do dojang in Norway. After gaining his 2nd degree black belt in Norway, he moved to New Zealand in 2010 and began training in Papakura with Master McPhail, 8th degree. Now 4th degree black belt, Dr Vallès continues to train with Master McPhail and also teaches in Glendowie. He umpires in regional, national, and international competitions. Dr Valles loves the technical intricacies of Taekwon-Do, and participates in as many seminars he can.

Ryan van Heerden

III dan

Since starting training in 1993, Ryan van Heerden has attained a 3rd degree black belt. His training exhibits a strong focus on application, and the self defense aspects of Taekwon-Do. Through training in both martial arts and performing arts, Ryan has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of body dynamics and strengthening, and their importance to improving performance in the martial arts arena.

Duncan Styles

II dan

After a major bike crash Duncan took up Taekwon-Do as a self preservation measure. Initially dubious about the benefits to fitness he quickly realised there is nothing better out there. As Duncan’s Taekwon-Do progressed he started extending his goals and reached black belt in December 2008. Duncan now actively teaches one of our 6-8yo Kids’ Classes.

Rob Stevens

I dan

Stevens RobMr Stevens began training in 1991 and attained his 1st degree with distinction in 1994. After a long break, including a stint in Texas where he also trained under Mr Dennis Denny (VI dan) for 2 years, Rob has returned to Glendowie and is primarily involved with teaching children. He enjoys self-defence and patterns, and also cross trains in Balintawak with Master Steve Pellow.

Hamish Robson-Wright

II dan

RobsonWright HamishHamish Robson-Wright started young, in 2002, and he has done Taekwon-Do for most of his life. He is a 1st degree black belt and an Assistant Instructor. He enjoys patterns, technical applications, self-defence, breaking, fitness and conditioning training. He has taught people of all ages and enjoys mentoring and overseeing student development. Mr Robson-Wright is a registered massage therapist. In Taekwon-Do, he respects the science and application of this knowledge that is incorporated into martial arts training.

If you live in Glendowie, St Heliers, Glen Innes, or neighbouring suburbs and you want to try something different – come along and meet us, and give International Taekwon-Do Glendowie a go!