Historical News



2020

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.

2019

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

  • 2018 Canada West Member of the Year: Brian Konst from Creekside dojo
  • 2018 Canada East Member of the Year: Jean Marie Tremblay from La Prairie dojo
  • 2018 Canada West Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo
  • 2018 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Joliette/St. Beatrix dojo

In October, Shotokan Ohshima Dojo Japan (SODJ) celebrates its 10th anniversary. Canada Shotokan members travel to Japan to take part in this celebration.  Memorable events include: practice in Shiseikan Dojo at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, evening reception at Rihga Royal Hotel in Tokyo, practice in Hakone Jinja Shrine, lunch at Ashinoko Lake, Hakone tour, dinner and hotspring at Hakone Ashinoko Prince Hotel and a final breakfast in Hakone. At the event, Bernie Doyle from Canada West demonstrates Jion at the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Gurmail Gill from North Delta dojo demonstrates Jutte at the Hakone Jinja Shrine.

2018

In February, the annual Black Belt Convention is held at the St. Francis Xavier Japanese Catholic Center (Maryknoll).  The Convention recognized the following Canada Shotokan members:

  • 2017 Canada East Member of the Year: Marie France Plante from Joliette dojo
  • 2017 Canada West Member of the Year: Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo
  • 2017 Canada East Dojo of the Year: La Prairie dojo
  • 2017 Canada West Dojo of the Year: University of British Columbia dojo

In August, Canada Shotokan members travel to Santa Barbara California to help Sensei celebrate his 88th birthday.  A person’s 88th birthday carries special significance in Japanese culture. An 88th birthday represents longevity and health. The weekend of events include a Godan examination. Ching Wee from North Delta dojo and Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo are promoted to godan.

Ohshima Sensei retires and appoints Norman Welch as Shihan of Canada Shotokan Karate.

At the 62nd Annual Nisei Week Karate Demonstration and Tournament, Ching Wee from North Delta dojo demonstrates Bassai.

2017

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

  • 2016 Canada East Member of the Year: Karen Borrmann from Lakeshore dojo
  • 2016 Canada West Member of the Year: Alan Kazuta from North Delta dojo
  • 2016 Canada West Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo

In February, the 30th Annual Goodwill Cup Tournament is held in Vancouver, BC.  The University of BC team consisting of Julian Pratama, Khine Htwe, Lena Kuang, Emily Doan and Matteo Priolet win the Goodwill Cup against the University of Washington team.

In May, Canada Shotokan Karate celebrates its 45th Anniversary in La Prairie, Quebec. The celebration is in collaboration with the City of La Prairie’s 350th anniversary. The event includes practices led by John Teramoto (SKA) and Norman Welch (CSK). There are also team and individual tournaments and a Yodan exam.

In July, members from Canada Shotokan travel to Switzerland to join with other members around the world to attend Suisse Shotokan’s 40th Anniversary. The theme of the celebration is DEAI – Encounter, chosen to symbolize the friendship within and beyond the Shotokan Ohshima karate family. The event takes place in Winterthur, near Zurich.

In August at the 61st Annual Nisei Week Tournament and Demonstration, Bernie Doyle from Canada West demonstrates Jion.

2016

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

  • 2015 Canada East Member of the Year: Michel Venne from Little Burgundy dojo
  • 2015 Canada West Member of the Year: Emily Doan from Burnaby dojo
  • 2015 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Little Burgundy dojo

In April, the 29th Annual Goodwill Cup Tournament is held at the University of Washington.  The University of BC team consisting of Oliver Dong, Julia Poissant, Lena Kuang, Emily Doan and Mark Angly win the team competition against the University of Washington to bring the cup back to Canada.

In August, Canada Shotokan members join members from around the world in the mountains of Santa Barbara to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Shotokan Karate of America.  Because of the celebration, the annual Nisei Week Tournament and Demonstration this year is a very international affair. In the individual competition, Charles Forsberg, originally from Canada West but who now resides in Berlin, places 3rd.  In the women’s tournament, Karen Borrmann from Lakeshore dojo places 1st. As part of the 60th Anniversary celebration, there is a Godan test. Michel Venne from Little Burgundy dojo is promoted to godan.

2015

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

  • 2014 Canada East Member of the Year: Akakpo Agbago from Upper Canada dojo
  • 2014 Canada West Member of the Year: Wes Chan from Burnaby dojo

In February the 28th annual Pacific Northwest Goodwill Cup is held in Burnaby, BC.  The team tournament is won by the University of BC team consisting of Emily Doan, Oliver Dong, Khine Htwe, Kan Nagahata and Pasindu Muthakuda.

In April Mr. Ono visits Vancouver to lead some practices.

At the 59th Annual Nisei Week Karate Exhibition and Tournament in August, Bernie Doyle from Canada West demonstrates Jion.  Ryan Hill from the University of BC dojo demonstrates Jutte.  Eric Crosby from Burnaby dojo demonstrates nagewaza and irimi with John Gosink from University of Washington dojo assisting.  In the women’s division of the tournament, Karen Borrmann from Little Burgundy dojo places 1st.  In the brown belt division, Khine Htwe from the University of BC dojo places 3rd.  In the team competition, the Canada East team consisting of Stefan Pelechaty (Joliette dojo), Karen Borrmann (Little Burgundy dojo) and Hashmat Khan (Ottawa dojo) places 4th.

2014

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

  • 2013 Canada East Member of the Year: Michel Venne from Little Burgundy dojo
  • 2013 Canada West Member of the Year: Daniel Su from North Delta dojo
  • 2013 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Little Burgundy dojo

In July, Canada Shotokan members attend France Shotokan’s 50th Anniversary in Saint-Lo, Normandy.  Saint-Lo is 300 km away from Paris. The celebration includes training with Ohshima Sensei, a tournament and a Godan test. Russell Girard from Sept-Iles dojo, Bernie Doyle from Canada West and Ryan Hill from University of BC dojo are promoted to godan.

2013

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

  • 2012 Canada West Member of the Year: shared by Alan Kazuta and Ching Wee from North Delta dojo, Ryan Hill from University of BC dojo, Joel Nitikman from Creekside dojo and Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo
  • 2012 Canada East Member of the Year: shared by Caroline Dompierre from La Prairie dojo and Karen Borrmann from Little Burgundy dojo
  • 2012 Canada West Dojo of the Year: North Delta dojo

Mr. Ono visits from Japan and leads classes in Vancouver. Mr. and Mrs. Ono are then taken on a wine country tour in British Columbia.

In August at the 57th Nisei Week Exhibition and Tournament, Gurmail Gill from North Delta dojo demonstrates Jutte.

2012

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

  • 2011 Canada West Member of the Year: Al Goessman from Kamloops dojo
  • 2011 Canada East Member of the Year: Monique Letourneau from La Prairie dojo

In August, Canada Shotokan Karate celebrates its 40th Anniversary celebration in Vancouver.  Over 250 participants from around the world join in the celebration. The calligraphy prepared by Ohshima Sensei for the event is “Heisei”, meaning Serenity. The event starts with an evening boat cruise around Vancouver Harbour. The next morning, Ohshima Sensei leads a practice and then invites everyone to ask questions, particularly about kata. After lunch, the team tournament begins, with country demonstrations between the matches. The team tournament is followed by an individual tournament. In the women’s division, Karen Borrmann from Little Burgundy dojo places 1st. The following morning, there is a Godan examination. Gurmail Gill from North Delta dojo is promoted to godan. Following the examination is another practice with Ohshima Sensei. The event closes with an evening banquet and lively Taiko drumming.

2011

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

  • 2010 Canada East Member of the Year: Daniel Trudeau from La Prairie dojo
  • 2010 Canada West Member of the Year: Liny Chan from Burnaby dojo
  • 2010 Canada West Dojo of the Year: Burnaby Dojo

In May, about 40 karateka gathered at the University of British Columbia (UBC) dojo to celebrate its 40th Anniversary of practicing under the guidance of Ohshima Sensei. Godan Norman Welch leads practice. The UBC dojo started practicing with Ohshima Sensei in 1971. The following year, 1972, Canada Shotokan Karate is organized officially. 

In October, members from Canada Shotokan Karate travel to Japan to join in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Waseda University Karate Club. The event includes 3 practices: practice and lecture by Ohshima Sensei at the Budokan Center, practice with members of Shotokan Ohshima Dojo (SODJ) and the Waseda 80th anniversary practice.

2010

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

  • 2009 Canada West Member of the Year: Ryan Hill from University of BC dojo
  • 2009 Canada East Member of the Year: Richard Selhi from La Prairie dojo
  • 2009 Canada East Dojo of the Year: Little Burgundy dojo

In August, several Canada Shotokan members travel to the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo to celebrate many things: the 10th anniversary of the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo, dedication of the new well and Mr. Ohshima’s 80th birthday.

In mid-August, Canada Shotokan members attend Israel’s 40th Anniversary celebration in Jerusalem.  The theme of the celebration is “Happiness”. The opening event is held at Israel Museum’s exhibition of the Aleppo Codex, the oldest existing manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. The next day, Ohshima Sensei leads over 200 karateka in a practice in Givat Ram’s Olympic Stadium in Jerusalem. This is followed by a team tournament. The next day there is a Godan examination and an afternoon practice in Caesarea, an ancient town from the time of the Roman Empire. Daniel Trudeau from La Prairie dojo is promoted to godan.

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

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.

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.

1992

In February at the annual Black Belt Convention held at the Japanese-American Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA, Canada Shotokan is given approval to begin an exchange program designed to narrow the gap between the eastern and western dojos.  This is the start of the East/West Exchange.  At the end of the convention, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1991 Canada East Member of the Year: Patrick Dessureault from Montreal.
  • 1991 Canada West Member of the Year: John Leitch from Prince George dojo 

In June, Patrick Dessureault from Montreal, Richard Copping and Michel Struthers from Ottawa take part in the first Canada East/West exchange and travel west to attend Vancouver’s first Summer Special Training.

Ohshima Sensei leads a dan test at Canada Shotokan West Summer Special Training at Camp Elphinstone.

In September, Canada East holds its first Fall special training.  It is held in Sept-Iles and is led by godan Michel Asseraf.  36 people attend this first Sept-Iles special training, many of whom came from France, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Port Cartier.

In November, Curt Wvong from Burnaby dojo, Steve Forsyth and Gil Puder from Jericho Hill dojo and Gillian Bakker from UBC dojo take part in the Canada East/West exchange to travel east to Ottawa to practice with Canada East members and to attend an annual jiyu kumite seminar led by Errol Bennett from New York City.

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.

1989

At the annual Black Belt Convention in California, Michel LeJeune from Port Cartier dojo is recognized as 1988 Canada East Member of the Year.

1988

At the annual Black Belt Convention in California, Roland Duval from Shotokan Karate Ottawa dojo is recognized as 1987 Canada East Member of the Year.

Ohshima Sensei leads practices at the Mount Pleasant Karate Club in Vancouver.

1987

At the annual SKA/CSK Black Belt Convention, the following Canada Shotokan members are recognized:

  • 1986 Canada East Member of the Year: Jocelyn Bourdeau from Joliette dojo
  • 1986 Canada West Member of the Year: Alan Kazuta from North Delta dojo

Norman Welch (CSK) and Ron Thom (SKA) establish the Goodwill Cup tournament, an event to foster the close relationship between karateka in the Pacific Northwest.  The highlight of the tournament is a 5-member team competition between the University of BC and the University of Washington.  Each dojo will take turns hosting the tournament.  This event will symbolize the friendship and camaraderie that members in the Pacific NW share through practice.

1986

Canada Shotokan members, along with members from SKA and Israel Shotokan, travel to Japan to practice at Ohshima Sensei’s Alma Mater, Waseda University, to celebrate the Waseda Karate Club’s 55th Anniversary.  The celebration includes practices, demonstrations and a tournament. Canada Shotokan/SKA members compete in a tournament with the Waseda karate club members.

1984

At the annual Black Belt Convention in California, Gene Malec from Canada East is recognized with a special award.

Canada Shotokan members participate in France Shotokan’s 20th anniversary.

1983

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal. He also visits the Ottawa dojo and leads practice at the Takahashi Martial Arts Centre at the Upper Canada Shotokan dojo.

Canada Shotokan members attend Ohshima Sensei’s practice/seminar held in Santa Barbara, California (Jane Fonda’s Ranch).

1982

Members of Canada Shotokan go to Cate School in California for Ohshima Sensei’s 100th special training.

1980

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal.

1979

Ohshima Sensei leads an exchange practice in Kamloops, BC.

1978

Ohshima Sensei leads a dan test and practices in Vancouver.

Ohshima Sensei leads practices in La Prairie.

1977

Ohshima Sensei holds the last black belt grading in British Columbia not connected to a summer special training.

Ohshima Sensei visits Sept-Iles and leads a dan test.

Ohshima Sensei leads a dan test and practices in La Prairie.

Canada Shotokan West starts holding special trainings at the YMCA Camp Elphinstone, near Gibsons, BC.

1976

Ohshima Sensei visits Vancouver and encourages members of Canada Shotokan West to open new dojos.

1975

Caylor Adkins leads the first winter special training for Canada Shotokan East in Montréal.

Jocelyn Bourdeau in Quebec joins Canada Shotokan.

Ohshima Sensei leads a dan test in Canada Shotokan West at the University of BC dojo.

1974

Caylor Adkins (godan from SKA) leads Canada Shotokan’s first special training at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Ohshima Sensei visits Montreal. Mr. Malec invites Roland Duval to meet Ohshima Sensei for the first time. Mr. Duval later joins Canada Shotokan.

Mr. Welch visits Japan.

1972

Mr. Welch meets with Mr. Malec and Ohshima Sensei in Vancouver. Ohshima Sensei invites them to form Canada Shotokan with 3 dojos: UBC in Vancouver, Westmount YMCA in Montreal and Sept-Iles in Upper Quebec.

Ohshima Sensei appoints Mr. Welch the President of Canada Shotokan, Mr. Malec the Vice-President and Mr. Quessy the Treasurer.

1971

Mr. Ono visits Vancouver at Norman Welch’s invitation and leads several practices.

Mr. Ono introduces Mr. Welch to Ohshima Sensei.

Ohshima Sensei invites Mr. Welch to summer special training in Ojai, California. At the end of special training, Mr. Welch is invited by Ohshima Sensei to join SKA.

In the fall, Mr. Welch joins SKA. The UBC Karate Club joins as well.

Ohshima Sensei visits Vancouver to lead practice and to conduct Canada Shotokan’s first dan test.

1970

Norman Welch moves to Vancouver with his family and starts leading the UBC Karate Club. Al Fukushima was leading at that time.

Gene Malec from Eastern Canada, while in Los Angeles, meets Ohshima Sensei and joins SKA.

George Quessy from Eastern Canada is training in Judo in Long Beach.  He meets Ohshima Sensei who is teaching karate at the same dojo. Mr. Quessy joins SKA.

1969

Mr. Norman Welch, while practicing in Ontario with Mr. Tsuruoka, is introduced to Mr. Yasunori Ono, a former all-Japan University champion.

1967

The University of British Columbia (UBC) dojo is created by a student of Mr. Masami Tsuruoka.