Tan’s Taekwondo was established in July 1982 under the name “Queensland Academy of Martial Arts”. The founder – Dr David Tan, opened our first centre at the CWA Hall in Southport. Instructors Dr David Tan, Michael Tan and George Ruch slowly expanded to 5 centres being Labrador, Southport, Broadbeach, Miami and Tugun.
In 1988 we expanded to Brisbane with 3 clubs on the Southside – Marsden, Springwood and Rochedale. To this day, master instructor Darryl Gowlett still teaches at Springwood. In 1990 Instructors Ray and Glenice Lovell joined our club after openning at the Logan City PCYC in 1978. Today the centre is being taugh by Head Instructor Chrissie Bowie. From 1992 to 1998 we also had 3 centrees on the Sunshine Coast. Instructor Martin Amos joined our club in 1992 with centres at Maleny, Landsborough and .
In 1994 Master Michael Tan opened the Buranda centre to cater for the students closer to the CBD. Our first northside centre was started by Darren Connor at Wooloowin. Darren would then move back to Adelaide and hand the centre over to Head Instructor Wayne Mahoney. Darren has since start up a club in Wyndham, outback WA.
An old student Shane Buckley contact us to say he had moved to Roma and would like to start a centre. In May 2000, the Roma centre was established as our first regional centre with instructors Shane Buckley and Stevie Ruru.
Tans has 3 full time centres. The first was Currumbin in 1998 under Shane Hartmann. In 2001 Carlos Lakerdis from Caboolture Taekwondo affiliated with Tans. Then in 2010 we open the HQ in Coorparoo.
Tan’s Taekwon-do has 5 international referees – (1st class) Darryl Gowlett , (2nd class) Michael Tan , Shane Hartmann, Carlos Lakerdis and more recently (3rd class) Wayne Mahoney. Darryl Gowlett is one of the most senior international referee in Austrlia and has officiated in a number of international events such as the World Cup and the World Championships. Master Wayne Mahoney have represented Queensland as officials in national events.While Master Michael Tan, Carlos Lakerdis and Shane Hartmann have participated as international referees. With such an active role in Taekwondo, you are ensured that our instructors are keeping pace with this ever evolving art.
Today Tans has over 1000 members including a number of affiliate clubs in their own right.