Shihan Mark De Zilva (6th Dan) has been a humble student of martial arts for over 25 years. His philosophy is deeply rooted in the ideology of "observing others and improving himself." Shihan De Zilva has honed his expertise through various Toronto-based community leadership and outreach programs. Through the training of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kobudo, he has has been an active contributor to both communities and their youth. Shihan De Zilva, and his approach, are recognized at numerous Toronto school boards, and certified government and private day care programs.
For over 20 years, Shihan De Zilva has been applying his teachings, and refining his skills and experiences, by working in real-world situations at various Toronto bars and nightclubs, as well as handling close protection security for public figures and well-known personalities. Additionally, Shihan De Zilva has 2+ years of experience as an Instructor to the Department of National Defence Canada (DND). He has been featured in The Globe and Mail, City TV, News Talk Radio, Canada AM, and CTV.