Ashley Castaneda

“Fighters first, politics last.”ashley
Ashley was born on July 22, 1965 in Cali, Colombia. He came to Montreal in January 1970 and was raised in a tough neighborhood, le Plateau. Being one of the only South American families, fighting was part of growing up. His father suggested that Ashley join a Martial Art so that he could stop street fighting. Ashley began TaeKwonDo on December 13, 1980. He failed his White belt exam twice, but this did not prevent him to continue. On May 23, 1981, in Ottawa, Ontario, he participated in his first tournament, the Canadian National Championship, as a blue belt. His Master Ray Nickels, felt that Ashley was too strong to fight in his class, and registered him as a Black Belt. This was the beginning to Ashley’s fighting career. He became National Champion at 15 years old! Seventeen months later, on April 2, 1982, Ashley became the fastest member to receive his Black belt degree.

For the past eleven years, Ashley’s record stands at:

  • 11 Quebec Provincial titles
  • 5 Canadian National titles
  • 7 USA Opens titles
  • 7 North American titles
  • 2 Panamerican titles
  • 1 World (pre-Olympic) title in Mexico City

Numerous local titles
Ashley revolutionized the fighting here in Canada, with his radical, unpredictable and aggressive style. Now, 25 years later his goals have not changed; fighters first and politics last. Ashley continues to compete in order to show TaeKwonDo Quebec as well as TaeKwonDo Canada that a person who loves the sport of TaeKwonDo will never be broken.