Mac Mierzejewski began training in Kyokushin Karate in 1973. He joined the Canadian Kyokushin Karate Organization in February 1988 and is affiliated with the Edmonton Kyokushin Karate club.
Tom Gillam – 4th Dan
Tom started training in 1978 with Sensei Tony Severs in Richmond and later trained with Shihan Stuart at the South Arm Dojo. In February of 1986, just in time to perform at Expo ’86, Leo and Tom opened up the Newton Dojo and in 1993 Leo opened his own Club in Langley.Over the years Tom has had many opportunities to travel and train throughout the Kyokushin World with many trips being to Hawaii and so honored to train with Shihan Bobby Lowe.In 2004 Tom obtained his Yondan at the North American Black Belt Conference in Banff. And to this day he is still training and teaching new students at the Newton Community Centre.
Brad Gillespie – 4th Dan
Brad has been training Kyokushin Karate for over 25 years, and participated in the World Championships in 1991, 1995 and 1999. He has trained and been mentored all over the world by many of the top instructors in Kyokushin. He is an IKO Associate Referee and has officiated and instructed throughout the various regions of the IKO. He is firefighter for the city of Calgary and at home, he enjoys a lively household with his wife and three young boys.
Herb Milton – 4th Dan
Herb Milton started training Kyokushn Karate in Vernon in 1974. Herb took over the Vernon Kyokushin Karate Club in 1984 from then instructor Sempai Lyle MacWilliams. In 1986 Herb opened a full time Kyokushin dojo with the help of Larry Robinson and Jeff Fast. Herb / Larry have hosted the Canadian Kyokushin Karate Championships twice. The first time in Vernon BC in 1991 and again in Enderby BC in 1994. Herb has trained, instructed, competed and participated in many national and international events including visits to Tokyo, New York, Montreal, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney and Honolulu. Herb presently lives in Halifax NS were he is working with Sempai Johnny LeBlanc to promote Kyokushin in the Maritimes.
Tats Nakamura – 4th Dan
Born in Japan in 1967. Tats began training in Kyokushin Karate under his uncle, the two-time World Champion, Shihan Makoto Nakamura when he was fifteen. In December 1990, Tats traveled to Vancouver for the first time. Currently, he wears dogi six days a week and teaches at three different locations as a full-time karate instructor.
Terry Price – 5th Dan
I started training in kyokushin karate in 1982 under Senpai Jeff Fast. In 1987 I opened the Shuswap dojo in Salmon Arm, operating the club there until I moved to Vancouver in 1999. Since that time I have been training and instructing at the South Arm dojo in Richmond.
My history includes competition in kata and kumite, and extensive training in self defence under the instruction of Shihan Bobby Lowe. I have travelled regularly throughout the years for training and competitions in Canada, Japan, New York, Honolulu and more. I have also been deeply involved with officiating, receiving my IKO referees certification in 2004.
Larry Robinson– 5th Dan
Sensei Robinson started his training in 1978 under Sempai McWilliam in Vernon, B.C. In 1982 he met Shihans Don and Stuart Corrigal and started training under them on a regular basis. He has been a supporter of the IKOKC since it was formed and spent many years on the board of directors. Sensei Robinson has trained under a large number of the senior instructors within the IKO, including Shihan Bobby Lowe, Kancho Matsui, Shihan Gorai, Shihan Andre Gilbert, Shihan Nick Cujic to name a few. He traveled to Hawaii many times to train with Shihan Bobby Lowe at his dojo and the many seminars that he organized. He has been to the European Summer Camp in Papendal as both a student and instructor.
He continues to train and teach at his dojo in Armstrong and support the IKO and the IKOKC
Henri Suitela – 4th Dan
Coming soon …
Leo van den Boogaard– 4th Dan
Sensei Leo started training Kyokushin Karate in Richmond in 1974 under the of Sensei Tony Severs. He achieved Shodan in 1981. He was promoted to Yondan in 2011.
Sensei Leo has been instructing since 1986 where he opened his first dojo in Newton. He moved to Langley opening the dojo in its present location in 1993.
Sensei Leo has participated in International tournaments, travelled and trained in Tokyo Honbu on numerous occasions. Attended many of Shihan Bobby Lowe’s seminars in Hawaii, and participates regularly in all IKKO-C camps, tournaments and seminars.