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Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

mike.wilson@shukokai.ca

Roku Dan (6th)

Shidoin - Shuko-Kai Internati0nal


Mike began Karate training in 1972 in St. Catharines Ont. under a Wado-Kai dojo in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines run by Sensei Ron Krayewski. Sensei Ron Krayewski was a student of Sensei Masaru Shintani, and was also affiliated with Sensei Ryokichi Katano in Lock Port New York.


Mike attended about 5 classes per week and by the time he was a green belt, he was coming to every class before the students to prepare the dojo for the class. This entailed washing the tile floor and cleaning the mirrors. Karate was his life from an early age.


Mike obtained his brown belt and began a Karate program at a prestigious boarding school in St. Catharines called Ridley College. Mike ran the program for two years until he graduated from high school.

Mike also had the honour of personally meeting Hironori Ōtsuka, the founder of Wado-Ryu, before he died in 1982.


Mike achieved his Sho Dan in Wado-Ryu in 1978 from Sensei Ryokichi Katano in Lockport New York.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Mike moved to Kitchener, and in 1999 started training in Shuko-Kai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.


 Mike taught a couple classes per week at the Shuko-Kai dojo in Waterloo. Mike also ran the Karate program at the YMCA in Kitchener for two years.

Mike obtained his Go Dan in Shuko-Kai in 2012 from Soke Kunio Miyake.


    Mike has attended many seminars and instructor training sessions from Soke Miyake at the Shuko-Kai International head quarters in McAllen Texas. 


    Mike currently holds a Godan (5th degree) in Miyake Shuko-Kai Karate-Do, a Nidan (2nd degree) in Iai Jujitsu, all from Soke Kunio Miyake.


    Mike is currently President of Shuko-Kai International - North America and Canadian Chief Instructor.


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Kathy Wilson
Kathy Wilson

Kathy Wilson

kathy.wilson@shukokai.ca

Yon Dan (4th)

Shidoin - Shuko-Kai International


    Kathy began her Martial Arts training at 15 years of age. She studied Chito-Ryu in Nova Scotia and progressed up to her green belt before leaving for school in Toronto. After moving to Waterloo, Kathy resumed her training as a white belt in Shito-Ryu, and in 2008 she received her black belt.

    Kathy has been very active in the dojo and Community Centers as a Sempai and now teaches at the main dojo.

    Kathy currently holds a Yondan (4th degree) black belt in Miyake Shuko-Kai Karate-Do and is Secretary of Shuko-Kai International - North America.


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Robert Dicks
Robert Dicks

Robert Dicks

rob.dicks@shukokai.ca

Ni Dan (2nd)

Instructor Level A - Shuko-Kai International


    Robert started his Martial Arts training in 1990, studying Jujitsu and achieved the rank of yellow belt. Life became too busy for the Martial Arts and Robert had to give up training to help raise his family. The passion for Martial Arts never left and he felt he had to finish the training he started many years before.

    Enrolling his sons Nigel and Devon in Martial Arts in 2004, he shortly re-enrolled and continued his journey. Using his family and friends as a continuing inspiration, Robert achieved his Shodan-Ho in Shito-Ryu, studying under Sensei Mike Wilson in August 2012 and continues to train in Karate, Jujitsu and Iaido.


  Rob currently holds a Ni dan (2nd degree) black belt in Miyake Shuko-Kai Karate-Do and a Shodan (1st degree) black belt in Iai-Jujitsu.


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Kirsten Brown - Sho Dan Ho
Kirsten Brown

Kirsten Brown

kirsten.brown@shukokai.ca

Sho Dan (1st)

Instructor Level A - Shuko-Kai International


  As a child Kirsten kept busy with numerous activities, skating, swimming, Brownies, etc. 


  Then she saw Nadia Comaneci in the 1976 Olympics and she was drawn into the life of gymnastics up until the time of high school graduation in 1985. 


  When at university she dabbled with tai kwon do but it wasn't her thing at the time. She still had interests in Martial Arts but life got in the way. As time passed Kirsten wanted to stay in shape mentally and physically. 


  Her partner began Jujitsu with his sons and as she watched she thought that this is what she'd been looking for, for so many years. The gym work outs were boring for her. So her adventure began with Shinki-Ryu. For eight years she practiced the art achieving a Brown Belt, 2nd Kyu. 


  As the body wears down she fought the constraints of aging and she found Karate more gentle on her body, actually strengthening it and making it stronger. 


  For the past two and a half years she has been focusing on achieving her black belt and has done so. "This has been one of the best directions that I have taken in my life. Mental focus, physical prowess. This is a life time personal journey, one that has just begun and will be a joy to continue. "




Robert Stefaniak

Robert Stefaniak

Sho Dan (1st)


     Robert started training karate in 1998, at the age of eight. studying Shito-Ryu at his local community center in Kitchener, Ontario. After a season, Robert started taking private lessons with Sensei Emmanuel Silva. after a year, Robert began his training with Sensei Emmanuel's senior Sensei, Kamyab Arefi.


    Robert devoted a large portion of his time to his training. Before acquiring his black belt at the age of 14, he would train nearly 40 hours a week, and participate in numerous national, and international tournaments.  

    Once adulthood became a reality, Robert took time off his training to focus on school, and develop his career path. Robert would later return to his training, under the leadership of Mike Wilson.

    Robert Currently holds a Sho Dan black belt in Miyake Shuko-Kai Karate Do.









Servije Murharemfski

Servije Murharemfski

Sho Dan (1st)


  I started karate In 1997 with Sensei Emanuel Silva. I joined to try it out for the summer, but It soon became part of my life style. I started training 3-5 times a week, including private lessons with Sensei Emanuel Silva, and couple years later I was competing at an international level. I have competed in provincial, and international tournaments. Including Karate Ontario and Kubota Cup International Karate. I won first place at the Kubota Cup tournament in sparing 2 years in the row. 
 
  I achieved my Sho Dan Ho in 2002. In 2008 I achieved 1st, Sho Dan, black belt
I have taught at the YMCA for several years….4-6 classes per week and helped Sensei Emanuel teach at Bridgeport Community Center for several years and also helped him teach private students. 
 
  I truly enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge of martial arts with others, especially young children. I find it very rewarding watching the children learn and gain confidence in themselves. The look on their face when they win their first medal/trophy is so rewarding and priceless. 
I am a Personal Trainer certified by Can Fit Pro and love helping others get fit and improve their health. 
I also work as a nurse full time………







Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

glen.campbell@shukokai.ca

Sho Dan (1st)


    Glen’s interest in martial arts sparked at a young age going to the local theatre to see the latest Bruce Lee movies. Glen’s martial arts training originally began in 1986 with Waterloo Kung Fu Academy where he practiced Kung Fu under Sigung Bob Schneider. While there Glen had the rare opportunity to get special training from Grand Master Pan Qing Fu (aka the Iron Fist). Glen achieved several metals at tournaments for sparing and forms. 

    Training was put on hold when Glen started his own business in 1990. Years later Glen got his son Cameron involved with Karate and after 2 years of watching Cameron and the burning desire to train again in 2006 Glen joined himself. They train together under Sensei Mike Wilson at Conestoga Karate. 

    They practice Shito-Ryu style Karate under Shuko-kai International. They have attended several instructional seminars including Sensei Kunio Miyake the founder of Shuko-Kai International. Glen received his Shodan-Ho in Aug 2012 and continues to train along with his son.




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Cameron Campbell

Cameron Campbell

Sho Dan Ho























Michelle Kropp

Michelle Kropp

michelle.kropp@shukokai.ca

Sho Dan Ho

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 



Liam Archibald

Liam Archibald

Sho Dan (1st) 

























Ray Durham
Ray Durham

Ray Durham

Ni Dan (2nd)


I started Karate in 2002 at our Local Community Center to help by son learn Karate and to help me get into shape.

I fell in love with Karate and worked my way up to get my Black Belt in 2011

I used to help out with teaching at the Community center to help pay back to the community and at the Dojo that we belonged to at the time.

I joined Sensei Mike back in 2013 so that I could keep my hand in Karate.

Now I help to teach the younger students.













Dalton Durham

Dalton Durham

Sho Dan (1st)


I started Karate in 2002 when I was 4 years old at our Neighborhood Community Center.

Slowly worked my way up and joined a Dojo that was Teaching Shito-Ryu Karate

I competed in many small inter-fojo Competitions and won many awards.

I used to help out with teaching at the Community center to help pay back to the community.

Even though I was young, I stuck with it and managed to get my Black Belt by the time I was 16.

I joined Conestoga Karate back in 2013 and have fully enjoyed Sensei Mikes teaching.

I now help out and teach the younger students.


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Kevin Guay

Kevin Guay

Sho Dan (1st)


  Hello! I began my Martial Arts training with Jujitsu in 1994 under Bruce Geunther. The style of Jujitsu incorporated a lot of elements present in other martial art styles, including Shito Ryu!


  I was able to spend some years focusing on Karate to obtain the rank of Shodan in 2006.


  When my Waterloo dojo closed I spent several years teaching at other Shinki clubs in the city. I continued to train in both Jujitsu and Iaido. After a five year break coaching gymnastics in Ottawa, I have returned to town and back to my martial arts roots! I find Kata is more my speed.


  I am a Certified Instructor with the Shinki Jujitsu Association, and hold the ranks of Sandan (3rd degree) Shinki Ryu Jujitsu, Sandan (3rd degree) Hiden Mugei Ryu Iaido and Shodan (1st degree) Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate.


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Justin Kropp
Justin Kropp

Justin Kropp

Sho Dan Ho




















Yehoda Cudjoe

Yehoda Cudjoe

Sho Dan Ho


  Hello my name is Yehoda. I have been in karate since I was 6 years old. My karate teachers Sensei Mike and Sensei Kathy started teaching me at our local community centre.


  The class I mostly enjoy teaching is the kinder class. I enjoy teaching the kinder class because they're very eager to learn new things and enjoy their time to be energized and playful.


  When students leave the dojo I want them to think of us as welcoming and inclusive. I am proud to be known as a part in the Conestoga Karate Dojo.
















Andrea Msra

Andrea Msra

Sho Dan (1st)


  Andrea began Karate at the age of 10 at Forest Heights Community Centre. Over the years she has volunteered at various community centers as an instructor.

  Andrea received her Shodan-Ho in March of 2008 and hopes to continue training further. Karate has helped her become stronger, more confident and more active.

  She has achieved medals in kumite in various local tournaments, as well as Karate Ontario tournaments. In November 2011 she made Team Ontario for kumite. She hopes to continue karate and competing in the hopes of making it to the national team.


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Shuborno Biswas<br>Sho Dan Ho
Shuborno Biswas

Shuborno Biswas
Sho Dan Ho

  I trained in Kung Fu as a child into my teens under Sigung Bob Schneider at the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy.

  In 2006, my wife Liz convinced me to start martial arts training again by joining her at a Shuko Kai class with Sensei Mike Wilson with at RIM Park.

  My Karate training continued with Sensei Kam Arefi, and in 2011, 2 weeks after the birth of my daughter Lilia, I achieved the rank of Shodan-Ho.

  In 2013, I am excited to join my friends and resume my Karate training under Sensei Mike Wilson.



















Laura Wensink
Laura Wensink

Laura Wensink

Sho Dan Ho


    Laura originally started her martial arts training in another Kitchener dojo at the age of 11 and obtained an yellow belt elsewhere before transfering over to Shuko-Kai. She started back as a white belt and has been steadilly working hard to obtain her black belt. Laura has been an active assistant as Sempai in local community centers. 

    Laura's martial arts studies have included tournments all with metal results and also weapons: Arnis, Nunchaku, and Bow; she is a patient quick study. Overall Karate has enriched her life, studies, self awareness, inner and outer strength.


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