Denis Magua

Who Am I?

My name is Denis “Mister Knuckles” Magua and I am a lifelong martial artist. I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa but am now living and instructing martial arts from my Mister Knuckles Gym in Toronto, Canada.

My first exposure to martial arts was, like many, a Bruce Lee movie. This occurred at approximately the age of 3. Most kids this age have no idea what their future holds for them, but somehow, I instinctively knew that martial arts would be a part of my life forever.

I started my martial arts journey at the tender age of five when I joined the local Judo club, followed by a brief practice of Tang Soo Do before discovering and settling in my home of ITF Taekwon-Do when I was 16 years of age. In conjunction with my Taekwon-Do training, I took up boxing for a time, but when it came to a point of getting really serious and having to choose between the two, there was no contest in my eyes and I have trained solely in Taekwon-Do ever since.

I am a martial arts instructor by profession and focus on teaching ITF Taekwon-Do (Magua Taekwon-Do School) and self-defense. I am, however, a lover of all traditional martial arts.

Greatest accomplishment – “instructing my students and seeing positive growth in their lives

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Denis Magua
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I am a firm believer in the positive effects of training in traditional martial arts. I am still learning, still making mistakes and still growing in training, and in life.

Some of my achievements include:

  • 6th degree black belt ITF Taekwon-Do
  • Certified ITF International Instructor
  • Class A International umpire/referee
  • Head Instructor/owner of Mister Knuckles Gym
  • Co-founder and Vice-president of Taekwon-Do South Africa (TSA)
  • Co-founder and co-head instructor of the Magua Taekwon-Do Club
  • Multiple time South African champion in various divisions
  • Medallist at three ITF World Championships (2001)(2007)(2014)
  • Co-TSA National Team Coach
  • Trained with and graded under some of the top Masters and Grand Masters in the world
  • Self-Defence training specialist
  • Author of two books, Mister Knuckles Martial Thoughts, and Self-Defence for Women
  • Greatest accomplishment – instructing my students and seeing positive growth in their lives
  • Head Instructor at Magua Taekwon-Do School, Toronto, Canada