Master Melvaughn Coutain GAME CHANGER







Master Coutain’s involvement in the martial arts field began over 36 years ago when he trained in Trinidad under Professor Don Jacobs. At that time, he practiced the art of Jujitsu.  Several years later he added the disciplines of Shoto-Kai Karate, Jujitsu and judo to his achievements.  As a member of the Trinidadian Karate team, Master Coutain entered his first competition in 1985.  They won the Caribbean Karate Championship. In the same championship, Master Coutain came first in weaponry.

When Master Coutain moved to Grenada, he continued his martial arts training by initiating Taekwon-do students from St. George’s University.  He subsequently trained under Senior Master Mitchell and acquired his I and II Dan ITF Taekwon-do black belts and became an accomplished ITF Taekwon-do Instructor and Coach. 

In 2010, Master Coutain qualified as a naturopath and is a Certified Wellness Consultant.  In the same year, he opened the Grenada School of Martial Arts and Taekwon-do (“GSMAT”).  As Director, Instructor and Coach, Master Coutain continues to coordinate seminars and workshops in particular on conflict resolution and health and safety practices.  in 2015, he hosted his first Caribbean Tournament which was considered a success. 

In 2015, Master Coutain traveled to Canada to undergo training in anti-bullying methods at Doggpound Mixed Martial Arts School under the supervision of Master Donnie Hayward Mignon.  In August 2017, Master Coutain continued to update his skills by traveling to China to complete the Technology of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Developing Countries course which was organized by the XI Yuan Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. In 2020, Master Coutain became certified in cupping and reflexology massage and is currently studying acupuncture.

This Son of the Soil is from Grand Anse in the parish of St. George’s and is the founding member and guiding light behind the Olive Branch Project Inc, which was established in 2015.  Both the Olive Branch Project Inc. and GSMAT are lifetime members of the Taekwon-do Alliance Organization.  The Taekwon-do Alliance Organization deems Master Coutain to be suitably qualified to personally grade students of GSMAT and the Olive Branch Project Inc.

As a result of his dedication and achievements in the martial arts field in 2015, the International Congress of Martial Arts Inc., awarded him a Master of Martial Arts and ultimately in August 2016, Master Coutain was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Texas, USA.

You can contact Master Coutain at –,, 473-538-4005

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  1. Christine on 04/18/2021 at 9:24 pm

    It’s nice that he done something for those who wants to do martial arts.congrats

  2. Asha H on 04/19/2021 at 7:02 am

    Master Coutain, what a marvelous project you’re doing for our country. You are a great inspirational person and I applaud you. Please continue to help our people in every aspect of our lives. I hope to meet you soon. Be blessed

  3. Derek Joned on 04/19/2021 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful article. Continue showcasing the great achievements of Grenadians so that we can follow what countrymen and women are doing. Keep up the good work

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