Andy Hourahine is an award-winning athlete, coach, dojo owner, and advocate in his community of Cambridge, Ontario.
Mr. Hourahine began his karate career at age 10. Since discovering his passion for practicing and teaching the martial arts, he has travelled all over the world including multiple training and competitive trips to Japan. As an NCCP certified competitive development coach, Andy has served as a local, regional, provincial, and national level coach guiding many youth through to international success. In 2014, he was recognized as the Sports Contributor of the Year in the City of Cambridge. He is currently the director and lead instructor at Hourahine’s Martial Arts, now in it’s eighteenth successful year of operation.
Andy studied media at Ryerson University, as well as, architecture and the impact of the sports involvement on community at the University of Waterloo where he graduated with Dean’s List honours. His thesis project, Active Cambridge, involved the marriage of his multiple disciplines and won him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, recognizing him as a distinguished Canadian.
In addition to his martial arts pursuits, Andy is also the creative director of Force Productions, a media company dedicated to sharing important narrative and fictional works to better humanity. He has produced work for organizations such as the YMCA, University of Waterloo, CBC, Rogers Television, and the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto.
Most importantly to Andy is his family. He is the proud father of three children, all National medalists, and has been happily married for twenty years to his wife, Nicole.