At Macleod's Martial Arts Academy we offer programs for children and adults.  Our fitness, strength, cardio and flexibility training is done in a fun and safe environment.  Adults with limited ability will be provided an adjusted program.  Taekwon-Do is a great way to exercise, create friendships, increase your confidence, learn self defense, have lots of fun and much more.  We welcome everyone from ages 5+.  Your classes start when you choose to join.  

Dartmouth and HRM's

newest ITF Club

What is Taekwon-Do

Taekwon Do is a Foot "Tae" and Hand "Kwon" style martial art created by General Choi Hong Hi ;

There is an increased emphasis on the traditional core values and protocol;

It is a sport which encourages students to participate in positive controlled and fun competition to challenge their self defense skills and confirm their confidence.  During these events some of the things they will learn are comradery (spirit of friendship and community in a group) and, a sense of achievement.  They will also have the opportunity to gain many life long friends with competitors from all around the world.

It is a way of life which is known as the “Do”.  This involves learning about moral culture as well as living by the Student Oath and Tenets of Taekwon-Do.  In learning about the mental and spiritual aspects of Taekwon-Do, we understand the “why”, not only the “how”.  This will also enable us to achieve a balanced life and happiness.

The greatest aspect is that it can be a tool for social development which can be powerful in helping to deal with some of our world’s social problems.  This is created through developing structure, discipline and self-confidence which carries over into all aspects of a student's life.

Our Programs - Open to individuals wishing to learn self defense in a friendly, safe and fun filled family environment.   

Mini Masters; age 5-7 years

Regular Program; 8+ years

Mission Statement

MacLeod's Martial Arts Academy is dedicated to enhancing our community and its citizens through the positive personal development of our students.  We accomplish this task by adhering to the following guidelines:

Tenants of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit;

Student Oath: I shall observe the tenants of Taekwon-Do, I shall respect my instructors and seniors, I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do, I shall be a champion of freedom and justice and I shall build a more peaceful world;

To provide a safe, fun and respectful environment for inspiration of personal excellence;

To encourage everyone to strive for their personal best in everything they do; whether training in class, interacting with family at home, colleagues at work, or studying in school;

To actively educate our students with positive energy to promote their growth mentally, physically and emotionally;

To secure the long-term growth of our school and its instructors by providing outstanding customer service and safe, professional martial arts instruction;

To provide our students with the latest training and educational tools available in our industry; and

To educate parents in the community about stranger awareness and assault prevention techniques.  By providing clinics to the general public on these topics, we hope to make our community a safer place to live.


With over 31 years in Martial Arts and 24 years of teaching, Darren MacLeod is a 5th Degree certified International Instructor of ITF Taekwon-Do.  He holds victories at Provincial, Regional, National and International Championships.  He has taught in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and while in the Canadian Armed Forces.  He is a retired Canadian Armed Forces Military Police Officer and currently a National Security Investigator.  Mr. MacLeod has been trained by some of the most world-renowned Instructors such as: Founder General Choi Hong Hi, Grand Master's Jong Soo Park, Ki Ha Rhee, Charles Sereff, Joe Cariati and Phap Lu and Master's Andre Blake, David Hiltz and Ken MacKenzie. 

In addition to Taekwon- Do, Mr. MacLeod holds a Black Belt in Arnis De Mano, has advanced tactical training and belts in multiple other Martial Art disciplines. 

Over the years, Mr. MacLeod has produced many successful and skilled students who have been extremely successful in competitions and in life.