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About Us


ARCAN Taekwon-Do was formed in 2002 in San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina by Mr. Diego Cabanas. Mr. C moved to Canada and opened ARCAN Taekwon-Do Canada in 2010. We now have two locations: Main-Nepean and Riverside South.

What is Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do is the Korean art of self-defense, created by General Choi Hong Hi in 1955.

Our curriculum covers all elements of traditional ITF Taekwon-Do: fundamental movements, patterns, breaking, step sparring, free sparring, self-defense and conditioning.

Our Team

Diego Cabañas

VI Dan, Founder & Head Instructor

Mr. Cabanas is a VI Dan International Instructor. He has been practicing Taekwon-Do since 1993. He opened his first school in San Ignacio, Argentina in 2002. He has represented both Argentina and Canada at the World Championships. Mr. C has also been a coach for Team Canada at multiple World Championships and other international competitions.

Lisa Perry

V Dan, Head Instructor

Ms Perry is a V Dan International Instructor. She has been practicing Taekwon-Do since 1995. She is a seven-time member of Team Canada and was awarded best overall female athlete at three National Championships (2016, 2017 and 2019). Ms Perry is also a certified personal trainer and runs our Rise & Sweat Bootcamp.

Cameron Clarke

IV Dan, Instructor

Richard Turner

I Dan, Assistant Instructor

Florian Chabert

III Dan, Instructor

Sahana Asokan

I Dan, Assistant Instructor

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Kelly Tremblay

III Dan, Assistant Instructor

Lynn Fewer

III Dan, Assistant Instructor

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1886 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario

Our Programs

Taekwon-Do Classes for all ages

We are proud to offer Taekwon-Do classes to all age groups.

TKD Kids

Taekwon-Do basics with lots of fun and games for kids ages 4-6 years old.

Youth, Teens & ADULTS

Age group classes as well as family classes for parents that want to train with their kids.


We have a Competition Team and an Elite Team made up of athletes competing at the international level.

Other Offerings

Birthday Parties

Host your next birthday party at our Dojang!Host your next birthday party at our Dojang!


Join us for a super fun and HIIT style class; programming includes a combination of striking techniques (punches, kicks), and a variety of strength and conditioning exercises built into circuits.

Private Classes

Work one-on-one with a qualified member of instructor team.

Don't miss out on a kickin' good time!


  • Two hours at the dojang: 15 minutes setup and 1h45 of fun (1 hour of Taekwon-Do, 45 minutes of games/party)
  • Up to ten guests including the guest of honour (fee for additional guests)
  • Guest of honour breaks a wood board in front of their friends
  • Each guest will be given a TWO WEEK free trial pass for ARCAN Taekwon-Do
  • Customizable invitations
  • Tables, chairs and mini-fridge (food and beverage are not included)
  • Table cloths, cutlery and drinkware

What others are saying about us...

Edna Gisela Urrego Piñeros
Edna Gisela Urrego Piñeros
If you are thinking of trying taekwondo or resuming your taekwondo journey, look no further! This place is simply amazing. I booked my 2 free trial classes, and I have been attending classes for about 6 months. I had zero experience/knowledge of this sport, and I'm enjoying it so far. Mr. Cabanas, Ms. Perry and their assistants are wonderful. They are professional, caring, respectful and excellent instructors. The facility is clean and in great condition. The atmosphere is very friendly, fun and challenges you while respecting your limits. I recommend ARCAN 100%.
Ms. Perry and Mr. Cabanas are excelent, caring and dedicated instructors. ARCAN TKD is a family oriented business with a variety of programs. Their facilities are impecable, well maintained and they are always buying new equipment. I highly recommend their academy.
basil hanhan
basil hanhan
Very clean gym, professional and affordable price.
Kim Alcock
Kim Alcock
This definitely is the most organized taekwondo school with high quality teaching techniques in town. The admins replied to any emails and phone calls fast, accurate and with detailed- oriented information. The school is clean, well- maintained and have lots of parking space available. Instructors know what they are doing and paid very close attention to their students individually. They will fix your children missing steps or patterns while keeping them engaged in learning new skills. Overall, this place is worth every penny. Great for kids and adults. We are very lucky to have found this place!
Celina a
Celina a
I started with ARCAN as a white belt and I have loved it ever since. You don’t need previous martial art experience to fit in here, everyone has a different skill level and goal. Whether you are looking to train recreationally or want to start competing, there is program for that! For myself, I am a part of the ELITE team. When attending tournaments, ARCAN stands out from the other schools for their high level and the fact that everyone is a family. Mr. C has prepared myself and others to compete at national and international levels. He puts so much effort and time into making sure all of his students are at a place where they will succeed and develop confidence.
Lana Semakova
Lana Semakova
I joined ARCAN Taekwon-Do 3 years ago, coming from a dance background. When I started, I was nervous thinking that I would be judged as a beginner, but I couldn't be more wrong. The team at ARCAN was welcoming, patient and supportive. It is a safe environment that allowed me to grow and learn. Today, I am a red belt having competed at numerous tournaments across the country. Thanks to the guidance of my instructors at ARCAN I have become a stronger, healthier version of myself. As a teenage girl, joining ARCAN has taught me to defend myself, have confidence and adopt a healthier lifestyle. I strongly recommend ARCAN Taekwon-Do. Whether your goal is to practice self-defense skills, work towards receiving your black belt, or just want to try something new, ARCAN is the place to go!