About Us

The Burnaby Shotokan Karate dojo practices an orthodox form of martial arts called Shotokan Karate-Do.  Shotokan karate stresses mental and physical development. 

Karate developed as a weaponless form of self-defence.  The word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters:  kara meaning "empty" and te meaning "hand", thus karate means empty hand.  Adding the suffix do (pronounced "doe") meaning "way" (i.e. karate-do) implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defence applications.  In traditional karate-do, we always keep in mind that the true opponent is oneself.

As a Canada Shotokan Karate dojo, we follow the teachings of Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan karate and one of the masters who first brought karate from its native Okinawa to Japan.  By polishing our karate practice, we are polishing our own spirit and our own mentality.

One of Master Funakoshi's last students was Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima.  Ohshima Sensei was the Shihan (chief instructor) of Canada Shotokan Karate and many affiliated groups around the world until August 2018.  In August 2018 Ohshima Sensei retired on his 88th birthday.  He appointed each country its own Shihan.  Mr. Norman Welch became Shihan of Canada Shotokan Karate.  

"We must be strong enough to express our true minds to any opponent, anytime, in any circumstance.  We must be calm enough to express ourselves humbly."

                                                                                              — Ohshima Sensei