Mr. Ripley began training in TaeKwon-Do under Mr. David McKenna (6th Degree black belt) in 1984, continuing only for a short time (9 months) before putting his training on the back burner for a busy family and work schedule. In Oct. 1997 after a long absence he returned to the Art of TaeKwon-Do in pursuit of a greater frame of mind and physical conditioning.

Mr. Ripley was never one to rush through a belt level, training as often as possible to be the best he could be before moving on to the next belt. He earned his 1st Degree Black belt on 1 Oct 2001, his 2nd Degree on 28 Sept 2003, his 3rd Degree on 4 Aug 2006, his 4th Degree on 12 June 2009, and his 5th Degree on 4 Oct 2013. This latest belt level test being presided over by Master Pierre Lequarre (8th Dan).

Mr. Ripley started competing in Feb. 1998 and has competed in virtually every competition available to him since that time. He has had a very successful career, receiving medals in every competition and in 2001 he became the Eastern Canadian and National ITF champion in sparring. Mr. Ripley has held the Eastern Canadian championship title 8 times since 2001. He was also the GTF World Cup Champion in Patterns in 2008 and 2012 and a Silver medallist in Sparring in that competition in 2008 and 2012.

Mr. Ripley’s career as an instructor began at Mr. McKenna’s schools in Eastern Passage, Westphal, the main school in Dartmouth, NS. In Nov. 2002 Mr. Ripley opened JC’s TaeKwon-Do in Amherst, NS under the guidance of Mr. McKenna and since its opening the school has grown to become one of the most respected and successful schools in Eastern Canada.

The following are some of Mr. Ripley's many achievements:
2009
Eastern Canadian ITF TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Gold Medal in Patterns
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
Can-Am ITF Championships
  • Silver medal in Sparring
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
NS ITF Open TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Silver Medal in Patterns


2008
GTF World Cup TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Gold Medal in Patterns
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
Eastern Canadian ITF TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Sparring
Can-Am ITF Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Sparring
NS ITF Open TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns


2006
Eastern Canadian ITF TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns
Can-Am ITF Championships
  • Silver medal in Sparring
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns


2005
Nova Scotia ITF Provincial Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns
  • Bronze Medal in Breaking
Atlantic Canadian ITF TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
  • Silver Medal in Breaking
Eastern Canadian ITF TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns


2004
World Cup TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Sparring
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns
Nova Scotia ITF TaeKwon-Do Provincials
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
Eastern Canadian ITF Championships
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
Moncton TaeKwon-Do Open Championships
  • Silver Medal in Patterns


2003
Eastern Canadian ITF Championships
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
2nd Annual Atlantic Canadian Championships
  • Silver medal in Sparring


2002
Eastern Canadian ITF Championships
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring


2001
Eastern Canadian ITF Championships
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Gold Medal in Sparring


2000
Can-Am Championships
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring


1999
Eastern Canadian ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Silver Medal in Sparring


1998
Canadian National ITF Championships
  • Bronze Medal in Sparring
Maritime Open
  • Gold Medal in Sparring
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
North American TaeKwon-Do Championships
  • Silver Medal in Patterns
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
McKenna Open Martial Arts Tournament
  • Silver Medal in Sparring
  • Bronze Medal in Patterns




  JC's TaeKwon-Do
  142 S. Albion St., Unit 176
  Amherst, N.S., B4H 4H4
  902.667.KICK (5425)
  jripley@JCsTaeKwonDo.com