About Senior Master Mike Fournier CD

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Soldier, peacekeeper, teacher

Senior Master Mike Fournier CD, born in Ottawa, Ontario, is a Status Métis Algonquin of the Kitcisakik Anicinape (Anishnabe) First Nation in Grand Lac Victoria, Québec. As a 6th Dan in Combat Hapkido he is also the senior ranking Combat Hapkido Master in Canada and is the appointed National Director for the International Combat Hapkido Federation (ICHF). He is also a three-time Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.

Master Mike retired twice from the Army; first in 1997 after 25 years of service, then re-enlisted in 2007 to serve in Afghanistan to eventually retire one last time in 2013.

Master Mike was small as a boy and an easy target for bullies. His father, a street fighter in his youth, taught him how to fight, following the Lebreton Flat's street fighter's code - Hit First, Hit Hard and Ask Questions Later! He was also taught to fight for what is right, defend the weak and to never abuse his fighting skills.

Combative Arts

Master Mike has been involved in organized combative arts since 1969; first as an undefeated high school wrestler; later as a Uechi Ryu Karateka; then a Combat Hapkidoist, since 1996, under the guidance of his Hapkido Master, GM John Pellegrini.

Master Mike also occasionally trained with the commandos, during their morning PT, while a member of the Canadian Special Service Force in the early 1980s (the SSF were a direct lineage to the Devil's Brigade). He received his Level 2 wrestling coach national certification in 1992 and went on to co-coach the Oromocto High School wrestling team to a 1993 NBIAA Championship that included pioneer female wrestlers he coached to gold and silver medals.


Master Mike's military experience is extensive, having served on ships, in two Brigade Groups, and as a Peacekeeper in Cyprus. Fast forward to 1987. After attending a year-long Polish language and Attaché course, Master Mike worked out of the Canadian embassy in former Warsaw Pact member country of Poland where he carried out many assigned collection taskings. He returned to Canada after the Wall came down in late 1989.

In November of 1991, Master Mike, certified as an Army Combat Survival Instructor (course 053) after a gruelling 18-days of training with the famed British 22 SAS. The training was both focused and physically challenging, due in part to the infamous 22 SAS instructors and the harshly chilled and rainy November Welsh weather conditions and famed rugged countryside.

Master Mike retired in 1997 but returned to active military service in 2007 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. During the pre-deployment training, under the unit Commander's authority, he developed and delivered a formalized Hapkido-based hand-to-hand combat fighting program to the Afghanistan-bound soldiers of his troop - something that was never done before and not done since.


Master Mike met Master Eric Rushton in 1996. He started training in Combat Hapkido and soon earned his Combat Hapkido Black Belt, the second Chon-Tu Kwon (Combat) Hapkido Black Belt in Canada. Master Mike and Master Eric went on to operate one of the most successful martial arts programs on the East Coast.

Security contract work was delivered to federal and provincial departments, and the City of Halifax, in the fields of Workplace Violence Prevention, Harassment and Racism Prevention, as well as Security Audits and Training. He taught Criminal Law/Justice at a local college where he also developed and delivered a 120-hour Close Quarters Police Defensive Tactics (CQPDT) course package to the Correctional and Policing Foundation Program students.

In 2003, he certified as an International Police Defensive Tactics Institute (IPDTI) instructor and certified all his CPF Program students. Many of his students have gone on to become police officers in the military, federal and municipal police services as well as in the feferal and provincial correctional services.

Master Mike's achievements and certifications:

  1. The 2005 World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Martial Arts Hall of Fame under the Instructor Category, and
  2. The 2018 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors under the Outstanding Dedication in the Martial Arts.
  3. The 2018 International Combat Hapkido Federation Hall of Fame as Master of the Year - International.
  4. The 2018 International Combat Hapkido Federation "Who's Who in Combat Hapkido."
  5. SAS Army Combat Survival Instructor Course #53
  6. Level 2 National Wrestling Coach Certification
  7. Workplace Violence Prevention Trainer
  8. Harassment and Racism Prevention Trainer
  9. Close Quarters Police Defensive Tactics (CQPDT) Trainer
  10. Professional Counsellor Certification

His re-assignment to Halifax in 2012 brought him back to his Hapkido roots and he immediately re-invigorated the Combat Hapkido Academy with a renewed energy. In the process, he has re-established the school as a premier martial arts facility, attracting many to take up Hapkido and self-defence. In 2013 he retired for a second and final time from the military and continues to teach Combat Hapkido in Canada's largest and first Combat Hapkido School (Charter 120296), established in 1996.

If you are a person who is concerned for their safety and the safety of their loved one(s) then you are encouraged to come and try a class or two. If the only thing that is stopping you is the doubt that you can do this type of martial art then, please, push that thought right out of your mind. You will train at your own pace and you will, from the very first class, learn effective and simple techiques that will just hook you into continuing your training with us.

The fact that there are no tournaments to compete in makes the whole training experience all the more engaging. Quite simply, you train at your own pace.

Master Mike looks forward to meet and train any person who wants to learn how to effectively defend themselves in any situation whether at home or overseas. Contact him and ask about corporate and executive training workshops.


Find Us/Contact Us

If you are interested to see and feel Combat Hapkido and self-defence in action, drop in and try out a class. We are co-located with Balance Fitness Gym in the Westphal Plaza between the Panda Restaurant and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Fournier Combat Hapkido Academy

226 Waverley Road, Dartmouth, NS

Telephone : 902-210-3738

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