1999

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Yakumo Residence in Santa Barbara, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1998 Canada East Members of the Year: Pierre Landreville and Stefan Pelechaty from Joliette dojo
  • 1998 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Westmount dojo
  • 1998 Canada West Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo

In August, at the 42nd Annual Nisei Week Tournament and Exhibition in Los Angeles, California, Canada Shotokan members do well.  With Norman Welch as coach, in the individual tournament, Kurt Goessman from Kamloops dojo is awarded Best Competitor by Ohshima Sensei, Michel Singer from Jericho Hill dojo places 2nd and Charles Forsberg from Jericho Hill dojo places 4th.

1998

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Yakumo Residence in Santa Barbara, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1997 SKA National Member of the Year: Norman Welch from Canada West
  • 1997 SKA National Dojo of the Year: University of BC dojo
  • 1997 Canada East Member of the Year: Jean-Pierre Gachon from La Prairie dojo
  • 1997 Canada West Member of the Year: Gretchen Minton from University of BC dojo
  • 1997 Canada East Dojo of the Year: La Prairie dojo

Simon Inwood and Shannon Quessy from Westmount Shotokan in Montreal participate in the Canada East-West Coast Exchange and visit British Columbia.  They practice with karateka from the west, attending practices at Burnaby, Kamloops and North Delta dojos.

1997

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held in Carpinteria at the Yakumo Residence, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1996 Canada East Member of the Year: Jocelyn Bordeau from Joliette dojo
  • 1996 Canada West Member of the Year: Al Giesbrecht from North Delta dojo
  • 1996 Canada West Dojo of the Year: Kamloops dojo

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal and leads a sandan test.

In August, Canada Shotokan celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Vancouver.  Over 300 members from 8 countries join the celebration. The event starts off with a reception at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  The calligraphy designed specifically by Ohshima Sensei for the celebration is “Kibishi”, meaning Severe, or To look at yourself with severe eyes.  Practices are led by Ohshima Sensei and Ono Sensei.  On the last day of celebration, each country performs a demonstration.  Bernie Doyle from Jericho Hill dojo and Ryan Hill from University of BC dojo demonstrate jiyu ippon gumite.  The event ends with a lively closing dinner that included Taiko drumming.

1996

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1995 Canada West Members of the Year: Joel Nitikman from UBC dojo and Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo
  • 1995 Canada East Member of the Year: Aristide Couture from La Prairie dojo
  • 1995 Canada West Dojo of the Year: Prince George Shotokan dojo
  • 1995 Canada East Dojo of the Year: La Prairie dojo

In August at the 40th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament, Norman Welch, President of Canada Shotokan Karate demonstrates his favourite kata, Kwanku.

Members of Canada Shotokan join members of SKA to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Waseda Karate Club in Japan.

1995

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Maryknoll School in Los Angeles, Daniel Trudeau of La Prairie dojo is recognized as 1994 Canada East Member of the Year.

In April, Ching Wee from North Delta dojo, Michelle Cho and Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo take part in the Canada East/West exchange and travel east to visit Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec. They practice at 4 different dojos: Montreal Westmount, Quebec Shotokan, Joliette and Shotokan Karate Ottawa, joining practices led by Hamid Chalah, Jean-Claude Blanchette, Jocelyn Bourdeau and Roland Duval. It was a great opportunity to connect with Canada East members.

In May, Norman Welch and his wife, Sharon, lead 9 members from Canada West on a tour of Japan.  The other purpose of this trip is to practice with members of the Waseda University dojo to promote exchange practices between the 2 groups.  This idea for an exchange was born when Canada Shotokan invited Mr. Yasunori Ono to lead practices in Canada in 1994.  Mr. Welch and Mr. Ono recalled how they had met through karate and stayed friends for the next 25 years.  They came up with the idea of an exchange practice in the hope the exchange would foster more 25-year friendships amongst the next generation.

In August, Canada Shotokan members participate in Israel Shotokan’s 25th Anniversary in Jerusalum.  The celebration begins with a cocktail party and reception at David’s Citadel in Old Jerusalem.  Practices are led by Ohshima Sensei with one practice on the top of Mount Masada.  There is a Yodan and Godan test.

In August at the 39th annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament, the Canada Shotokan West team wins the team tournament. The team consists of Joel Nitikman (University of BC dojo), Eric Crosby (Burnaby dojo), Norman Welch (coach), Ryan Hill (University of BC dojo), Curt Wvong (Burnaby dojo) and Gil Puder (Justice Institute dojo).

In September, Canada Shotokan members help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Bainbridge dojo in Washington state. Practices are led by Ohshima Sensei.  “Heiso ni ari”, a zen phrase roughly translated as ceaseless daily practice, is the theme to mark the 20th anniversary.

In September/October, Melissa Creede from Upper Canada dojo takes part in Canada East/West Exchange and travels west to practice karate for 10 days with karateka from the west coast.  Melissa practices every day alternating between the various dojos in the Vancouver area.  She is also able to practice with Mr. Ohshima at the Bainbridge Island 20th Anniversary celebration.

1994

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention, Luc Villain from Montreal West Island dojo is recognized as 1993 Canada East Member of the Year.

In March at the 8th Annual Goodwill Cup held at the University of Washington, the University of BC dojo wins the team tournament.

In July, Canada Shotokan members travel to Toulouse, France to celebrate France Shotokan’s 30th Anniversary.  The events include practices led by Ohshima Sensei, a Yodan and Godan test, an international team tournament, an individual tournament and a banquet.

In November, Mr. Ono is invited to Canada in appreciation for his contribution to Canada Shotokan.  Mr. Ono leads 2 practices in Vancouver and 2 practices in Montreal.      

      

1993

In February at the annjual Black Belt Convention held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, CA, Andre Therrien from Port Cartier dojo is recognized as 1992 Canada East Member of the Year.

In May Port Cartier dojo celebrates its 15th Anniversary with practices led by Norman Welch.  Over 53 participants attend.  A plaque is presented to Alain Bezeau, founder of the Port Cartier dojo.

Ohshima Sensei visits Vancouver and conducts the dan test at the end of summer special training at Camp Elphinstone. 

In August at the 37th Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament held at the Nishi Hongwanji Gymnasium in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, Joel Nitikman from University of BC dojo and Curt Wvong from Burnaby dojo are part of a 5-member Pacific Northwest team that places 2nd in the team competition.

In August, Michele Therrien and Danielle Desjardins from Port Cartier dojo take part in the Canada East/West exchange and travel west to Vancouver.  They visit 3 dojos including Kamloops dojo to participate in a seminar focusing on vital points and nagewaza.

In August members of Canada Shotokan visit Switzerland to attend the 25th Anniversary of Ohshima Sensei’s teaching karate in Switzerland.

1991

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Japanese-American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the following 2 Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1990 Canada East Member of the Year: Jim Gow from Westmount dojo
  • 1990 Canada West Member of the Year: Rob Powers from Kamloops dojo

In August at the 35th Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament in Little Tokyo, Patrick Dessureault from Montreal places 2nd in the individual competition.

In the fall, Ohshima Sensei leads a trip to Waseda University in Japan for its 60th Anniversary, joined by members of Canada Shotokan.

1990

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held in California, Russell Girard from Sept-Iles dojo is recognized as 1989 Canada East Member of the Year.

In August, SKA celebrates its 35th anniversary and Ohshima Sensei 60th birthday.  The occasion is commemorated by an international karate event held at Cate School in Carpinteria, CA.  This is the first international gathering for Ohshima Sensei’s students. The event is named Harmony 1990: Shotokan World Gathering, an international educational karate symposium.  The event included practices, a series of educational lectures by Ohshima Sensei, demonstrations by senior karateka from around the world, a yodan and godan test, an international tournament with individual and team competitions, and a banquet.  Many members of Canada Shotokan attended Harmony.  At the godan test, Mr. Welch is promoted to become Canada Shotokan’s first godan.