Jocelyn Bourdeau started training in karate at the age of 12. At the age of 16, he led his own dojo and was the youngest instructor in Quebec. At 17, after attending many clinics of different styles, he became a shodan. At the age of 18, he met a wonderful man who changed his and his juniors’ life. His name: Ohshima Sensei. Mr. Ohshima recognized Jocelyn as a nidan at the age of 22, sandan at 25 and yodan at 35.
Jocelyn was selected member of the year in 1986 and 1996 for Eastern Canada. Jocelyn also founded two dojos: La Prairie in 1972, and Joliette in 1980.
In 1993, Daniel Chemla asked Jocelyn to lead the black belt practices in different dojos in Eastern Canada. Since 1992, Jocelyn has organized and led the winter special trainings for Eastern Canada.
In 1997, Ohshima Sensei asked Jocelyn to organize and lead the first summer special training in Eastern Canada. It will be held at Bishop University in 1998.
Jocelyn was either a competitor or trainer for the Canadian team at the following international events: France 1974, France 1984, Japan 1986, Harmony ’90 in Santa Barbara, and Israel 1995. Jocelyn was also a referee in Master Ohshima’s tournament in La-Prairie, 1997.
Outside of karate, Jocelyn works as a specialized educator for readaptation. He is certified in “Reality Therapy” from the Institute of Los Angeles. He is co-founder of “Femme-Action” (program for battered women), and co-founder of TIAB (Therapeutic Interventions when dealing with Aggressive Behaviours).
In September 2002, Jocelyn was promoted to godan at the Spain Fraternidad celebration in Malaga.