Instructors and assistant instructors
are trained to focus not just on teaching martial arts skills but also in dealing with each of student’s needs to help them improve their personality and confidence.
They make sure to give proper encouragement and positive correction to the students.
We are committed to teaching physical skills of martial arts while applying attitude-shaping and improvement exercises to help bring out the best character and physical potential in each student.
are also undergoing weekly martial arts training to advance their own martial arts and educational knowledge to ensure that they will be able to teach the students well. Phoenix Black Belt Academy instructors are required to maintain their knowledge of martial arts up to date. They are expected to take classes regularly and even a diagnostic test once a year.
They are expected to take classes regularly and even a diagnostic test once a year.
Our Dubai Martial Arts staff at Phoenix Black Belt Academy is looking forward to be working and learning with you.
Master Graves founded Phoenix Black Belt Academy Dubai in 2011, is a member of the UAE Taekwondo Federation, and has grown to become one of the largest and most respected martial arts schools in the UAE. She was raised in Iraq and Denmark, speaks English, Arabic, and Danish languages fluently, she is married with two grown daughters, and the whole family became advanced black belts as well.
Master Graves holds a 5th Degree Black Belt awarded from Kukkiwon, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation in Seoul South Korea. She has studied under Master Chang Rak Shon since 1999, eventually becoming Chief Instructor for his main school in Tacoma, WA, USA. She founded and coached the Phoenix Demonstration Team there, performing in competitions and community events around Seattle and Tacoma for many years. Master Graves managed Master Shon’s Tae Kwon Do Academy Tournament since 2004, hosting over 500 competitors in the annual sparring and forms competition.
From humble beginnings, Master Graves has built a thriving community of students, families, and mentors that has been recognized by Kukkiwon, the governing body of Tae Kwon Do, as Top Ranked Dojang in 2019. Master Graves attends Master Training in Korea to improve her skills, always striving to become a better teacher and mentor to our community.
Our Expert Team
Mr. Lee Belo
First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Has been with Phoenix since 2015. Originally from the Philippines, he started martial arts training in Karate at age 4 with his fathers’ Karate Club. He competed nationally, became an instructor, a referee, and was vice president of the Unified Martial Arts Federation before coming to Dubai. Mr. Belo is certified in First Aid and is married with four children.
Mr. John Patrick Lulunan
First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
He joined Phoenix in 2016 and has been training for 15 years. He has competed in the Philippines at a national level and while attending university, winning two gold medals and one silver in collegiate championships. Mr Lulunan is a Registered Nurse, as well as a TKD National Referee (Philippines), and is certified in the UAE as a Level 2 Fitness instructor with experience teaching boxercise, cross-fit, and as a strength/conditioning coach.
Mr. Fernand Delizo
Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
He is from Baguio City, Philippines, and has been instructing with Phoenix since 2017. Mr. Delizo began Tae Kwon Do 17 years ago and has dedicated his life to the martial arts ever since. He has competed in international tournaments through high school and college, teaching valuable life lessons, such as to be gracious in defeat and humble in victory. He has been an instructor, competitor, and coach in sparring and Demonstration Team competitions. Before coming to Dubai, Mr. Delizo was instructing for a large Tae Kwon Do school in Los Angeles, USA.