2009

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

  • 2008 Canada West Member of the Year: Pat Angly from University of BC dojo
  • 2008 Canada West Dojo of the Year: Nelson dojo

In August at the 53rd Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament, Ching Wee from North Delta dojo demonstrates nagewaza, assisted by Don Marcellus, also from North Delta dojo.  Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo demonstrates Jion.

In November, 8 members from Canada East take part in the Canada East-West Exchange and travel to Vancouver for a weekend of practices. The members taking part in this trek include: Luc Villain and Faycal Beydoun from West Island dojo in Montreal, Gordon Wong and Hashmat Khan from Shotokan Karate Ottawa dojo, Jerome Asselin and Dominic St-Amour from Little Burgundy dojo in Montreal, Vanessa Brazeau from Navan dojo in Ontario and Richard Selhi from La Prairie dojo in Quebec. 3 practices are led by godan Norman Welch. Members from Seattle also travel to Vancouver to participate. There are many opportunities to socialize and to get to know each other better through listening to stories from seniors.

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2008

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

  • 2007 Canada West Member of the Year: Michael Pond from Burnaby dojo
  • 2007 Canada East Member of the Year: Jerome Asselin from Little Burgundy dojo
  • 2007 Canada West Dojo of the Year: Burnaby dojo

In August at the 52nd annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament, Canada Shotokan members do well in the tournament.  In the individual tournament, Kurt Goessman from Kamloops dojo places 3rd.  Dominic St. Amour from La Prairie dojo is awarded Best Competitor by Ohshima Sensei.  In the women’s tournament, Caroline Dompiere from La Prairie dojo places 3rd.  In the team tournament, the Canada East team, consisting of Hashmat Khan (Shotokan Karate Ottawa dojo), Caroline Dompierre (La Prairie dojo) and Dominic St-Amour (La Prairie dojo) places 4th.

2007

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

  • 2006 Canada East Member of the Year: Hashmat Khan from Shotokan Karate Ottawa dojo
  • 2006 Canada East Dojo of the Year: La Prairie dojo

In August, Canada Shotokan Karate celebrates its 35th anniversary in Vancouver, B.C. Ohshima Sensei honoured Canada Shotokan by selecting ”Magokoro” as the theme for the 35th anniversary.  “Ma” means original; “kokoro” means “mind and heart”.  “Magokoro” means sincerity. Over 100 participants from around the world join in the celebration.

2006

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

  • 2005 Canada West Member of the Year: Ching Wee from North Delta dojo
  • 2005 Canada East Member of the Year: Ryan Hill from Little Burgundy dojo
  • 2005 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Joliette dojo

Members of Canada Shotokan attend Unity 2006, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of SKA.  Unity 2006 is held in Santa Barbara, California.  731 participants from 14 different countries participate.  The event starts off with a very international Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament.  In the individual tournament, Charles Forsberg from Jericho Hill dojo places 2nd.  Eric Crosby from Burnaby dojo places 3rd.  Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo demonstrates torite and escaping techniques, assisted by Ching Wee from North Delta dojo.  6 members from Canada Shotokan demonstrate jiyu-ippon gumite.  The highlight of the exhibition is Ohshima Sensei’s demonstration of Hangetsu.  After the exhibition, the celebration moves north to the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in Santa Barbara for a banquet.  The following day included a morning practice led by Mr. Ono and an outdoor practice with close to 1,000 karateka led by Ohshima Sensei .  This was followed by a Godan examination. Roland Duval from Upper Canada dojo and Alan Goessman from Kamloops dojo are promoted to godan. 

2005

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

  • 2004 SKA National Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo
  • 2004 Canada East Member of the Year: Jerome Asselin from Little Burgundy dojo

In March Mr. Ono visits Vancouver and leads some practices.

Pacific Northwest members of Canada Shotokan and SKA make a special visit to the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo.  Practices are led by Ohshima Sensei, Ron Thom and Norman Welch.

In August, at the 49th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament, Alan Kazuta from North Delta dojo demonstrates Jion.  Ryan Hill from University of BC dojo demonstrates nagewaza with Joel Nitikman, also from University of BC, assisting.

Canada Shotokan celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Joliette dojo.  Norman Welch, Jocelyn Bourdeau and Larry Lazarus lead the first Yodan test not led by Ohshima Sensei.

2004

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention, Eric Crosby from Burnaby dojo is recognized as 2003 Canada West Member of the Year.

On June 6, the North Delta dojo celebrates its 20th Anniversary.  The dojo was started 20 years ago by Alan Kazuta.  Over 60 participants from the greater Vancouver area, Seattle and Kamloops join in the celebration.

In July, Canada Shotokan members travel to Mulhouse, France to celebrate France Shotokan’s 40th Anniversary.  Alan Kazuta is promoted to godan.

In August, the 48th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament is held at Caltech’s Brown Gymnasium in Pasadena for the first time.  In the individual tournament, Charles Forsberg from Jericho Hill dojo places 3rd.

2003

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

  • 2002 Canada West Member of the Year: Rob Powers from Kamloops dojo
  • 2002 Canada East Member of the Year: Russell Girard from Sept-Iles dojo
  • 2002 SKA National Dojo of the Year: Kamloops dojo
  • 2002 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Sept-Iles dojo

Norman Welch accompanies Ohshima Sensei to Sept-Iles to lead several practices.

In March Mr. Ono leads practices in Vancouver.

In August at the 47th Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament, Michel Singer from Jericho Hill dojo places 3rd in the individual competition.  Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo demonstrates torite and escaping techniques, assisted by Ching Wee from North Delta dojo.

In October, Ohshima Sensei is honoured by being invited to give a lecture in the Okuma Auditorium at Waseda University.  The lecture is attended by representatives of all the major Shotokan groups in Japan as well as most of Ohshima Sensei’s seniors from Waseda University.  Norman Welch, President of Canada Shotokan Karate, assists Ohshima Sensei with the demonstrations during the lecture.

2002

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

  • 2001 Canada East Member of the Year: Stefan Pelechaty from Joliette dojo
  • 2001 Canada East Dojo of the Year: La Prairie dojo

In July the Kamloops dojo celebrates its 30th Anniversary with exchange practices and a celebration dinner at the Japanese Cultural Centre.

In August, 50 Pacific Northwest members from BC, Washington and Oregon visit the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo where practices are led by Ohshima Sensei and Norman Welch. The group also participates in the Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament.

At the 46th Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament held in the Nishi Hongwanji Gymnasium in Little Tokyo, the Pacific NW members from BC, Washington and Oregon demonstrate Heian Godan.  Joel Nitikman from University of BC dojo demonstrate nagewaza with Curt Wvong from northern California assisting.  In the Women’s division of the tournament, Michelle Webster from Kamloops dojo places 2nd and Marijke Bon from University of BC dojo places 4th.

In September, Canada Shotokan members travel to Malaga, Spain where Spain Shotokan hosts Fraternidad 2002 – World Shotokan Gathering.  Over 300 karateka from around the world join in the celebration.  In the team tournament, Canada places 4th.  Jocelyn Bourdeau from Jolliete dojo is promoted to godan.

2001

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Yakumo Residence in Santa Barbara, North Delta dojo, led by Alan Kazuta, is named 2000 Canada Shotokan Dojo of the Year.

In June, 28 youngsters aged 10-16 and 14 adults, led by yodans Daniel Trudeau and Aristide Couture from La Prairie dojo in Quebec, make a trek to the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo in Santa Barbara.  This is the first group to visit and stay at the Dojo.  Practices are led by Ohshima Sensei, Don DePree (godan), Tom Muzila (godan), Greg Scott (godan) and Dusty DePree (nidan).

In August at the 45th Annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament held in Los Angeles, California, Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo is awarded Best Competitor by Ohshima Sensei in the individual open tournament.

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal to lead practices.

In October, Canada Shotokan members travel to Japan to celebrate Waseda University Karate Club’s 70th Anniversary. The event is attended by Shotokan Ohshima members from the United States, Switzerland, France, Israel and Hong Kong.  The celebration included practices with the Waseda members, demonstrations, a team tournament and a banquet.

2000

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

  • 1999 Canada West Member of the Year: Kurt Goessman from Kamloops dojo
  • 1999 Canada East Member of the Year: Claude Valee from Port Cartier dojo

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal and holds a Yodan test.

In August, over 1,000 people from around the world travel to Santa Barbara, California to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo.  On Saturday, the day before commencement of the Grand Opening, the 44th annual Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament is held in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, California.  There are competitors from 10 countries.  During the exhibition, Canada Shotokan members demonstrate jiyu ippon gumite.  On Sunday, the Grand Opening ceremony begins with the dojo being purified in a Shinto Rite.  Following this solemn ritual, guests and members are entertained with a jazz concert, a jiyu kumite demonstration and Ohshima Sensei performing his favourite kata, Hangetsu.  A Godan test is held in addition to outdoor practices led by Ohshima Sensei.  Don Gee from University of BC dojo and Rob Powers from Kamloops dojo are promoted to godan.