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

  • 2019 Canada West Member of the Year: Joel Nitikman from Creekside dojo
  • 2019 Canada East Member of the Year: Francois Leduc from La Prairie dojo
  • 2019 Canada West Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo

Starting in mid-March, Canada enforces restrictions to limit social contact as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Dojos halt in-person classes.  As the months pass, dojos start to embrace virtual practices via Zoom.  While virtual practices have many limitations, the one positive is that members are able to connect in a virtual dojo with seniors across the country and worldwide.