About Us

Welcome to MIJO Sport, the evolution in fitness that merges the principles of high performance athletic training with functional fitness. It allows all of us to become an ‘everyday athlete’ performing to the best of our potential for whatever life may bring our way.

MIJO Sport is owned and operated by brother & sister team Jonathan and Michelle Carpenter. MIJO, a combination of their two first names, represents a blending of their philosophies, training principles and joy for fitness.

Having started their fitness journey as owners of the Woo Kim Comox Taekwondo School in 1993, Michelle and Jonathan continued to grow and expand their expertise to include personal training, small group fitness, fitness education, sport specific training and much more.

After 13 years of competing internationally in women’s middleweight WTF Taekwondo, Michelle completed her BSc at the University of Victoria and settled in Victoria BC. Jonathan stayed in the Comox Valley expanding the MIJO Sport programs there to include over 200 MIJO Sport athletes. In September 2012, Jonathan moved to Victoria, BC to expand the MIJO Sport offerings there.

Currently MIJO Sport has programming in Comox, Courtenay, Duncan, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Colwood, Langford and Sooke.

We specialize in one-on one personal training, Sport Combat training, sport specific training, small group training, martial arts training, bootcamp training, martial arts cross-training, POPAT/PARE preparation, and fitness education.

15+ years of experience in the fitness industry has allowed us to formulate unique and exciting methods to help you reach your fitness goals and beyond.

MEET OUR TEAM

THE OWNERS:

 

Michelle Carpenter, BSc, SFL 

    • Co-Owner MIJOSport & Fitness
    • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
    • Registered BCRPA Personal Trainer
    • Registered BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders
    • Confirmed 2012 BC FIT BCRPA Conference Presenter
    • 2011 Island Fitness Conference Presenter
    • 2012 BCRPA BCfit Conference Presenter
    • 2012 BCRPA Fitlife Magazine Contributor
    • Fitness Programmer, Recreation Oak Bay (2008-2011)
    • Facilitator & Manual Writer for ActNowBC Prescription for Health Program
    • 4th Degree Black Belt, WTF Olympic style Taekwondo
    • Owner/Operator MIJO Taekwondo & Fitness
    • Co-Creator MIJO Sport Combat Systems
    • Instructor MIJO Boxfit Training Systems
    • International competitor/National team member WTF Women’s middleweight (retired 2008)
    • Specializes in personal training,  sport specific, weight loss, new mom fitness, POPAT/PARE preparation, martial arts cross training, bootcamp 

 Jonathan Carpenter, CPT, MES 

  • Co-Owner MIJO Sport
  • Registered BCRPA Personal Trainer
  • Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) – In Progress
  • Confirmed 2012 BC FIT BCRPA Conference Presenter
  • 4th Degree Black Belt, WTF Olympic style Taekwondo
  • Owner/Operator MIJO Taekwondo & Fitness
  • Presenter 2011 Island Fitness Conference
  • 2012 BCRPA BCFit Conference Presenter
  • 2012 BCRPA Fitlife Magazine Contributor
  • Creator/Instructor MIJO Boxfit Training Systems
  • Co-Creator MIJO Sport Combat Systems
  • Instructor MIJO Spin, MIJO TRX classes
  • Specializes in personal training, sport specific, weight loss, martial arts cross training, PARE preparation, advanced strength training

HEAD INSTRUCTORS:

Richard Dobbs, BA, 3rd Dan WTF

Richard is a 3rd dan black belt.  He is the instructor of the Comox Juniors andAdults Taekwondo classes.  Now 29 years old, he started Taekwondo at 7 and received his black belt at 12. He began his teaching soon after as an assistant to Master Michelle Carpenter.  When Michelle moved to Victoria, Richard taught the junior classes before moving to Victoria himself.  Now he is back in the Comox Valley after completing his university education and receiving a bachelors degree in Economics.  He is registered CPR level C and is completing Fitness theory and Strength training through the BCRPA.

INSTRUCTORS:

Audrey Yap, 3rd Dan WTF, PhD

Audrey is a 3rd dan black belt. She started training in Taekwondo in Vancouver at the age of 7 and received her black belt 4 years later. She has trained in several different martial arts throughout her life, including wrestling, wushu, and capoeira. After completing her B.A. at UBC, Audrey moved to Stanford, California to do her PhD, where she was
captain of the Taekwondo team. She now teaches logic in the Philosophy Department at the University of Victoria and instructs MIJO Taekwondo classes in the Victoria area.

Anne Koke, 3rd Dan WTF

Anne is a 3rd dan black belt.  She instructs both the Junior Taekwondo program in Courtenay and the MIJO BOXfit program in Comox.  Anne started Taekwondo 13 years ago as an activity to do with her children.  Finding her niche in the sport she received her 1st black belt a mere 5 years later and hasn’t looked back.  She began teaching shortly after that and has been an instructor for MIJO Taekwondo since 2007.  Now retired from her career as a financial planner, Anne focuses her attention on the sport of Taekwondo.