DOJO: Edmonton (EKKC) – Lakewood
DOJO OPERATOR: Irek Slobodzian
MAILING ADDRESS: 5303 Whitemud Rd.,Edmonton, AB,T6H 5A5
PHONE: (780) 975-9876
WEB SITE: www.ekkc.ca
Lakewood Community Hall ,260 Lakewood Rd. East, Edmonton, AB
Kids/Family Classes (Ages 5 & Up)
General Class (Open to All Members)
Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am
The Edmonton Kyokushin Karate Club was started in 1983 by Sensei (now Shihan) Les Banas. The club has produced many local and national champions, as well as providing excellent karate and self-defense instruction, and general fitness to many Edmontonians.
In the summer of 2012, Sempai Irek (Eric) Slobodzian became the head instructor of our dojo. He succeeds Sensei (now Shihan) Mac Mierzejewski (1991), Sempai Nathan Howat (2000), and Sempai Joe Johnston (2008) as head instructor of the Edmonton dojo.
Dojo Operator :
Irek Slobodzian has been a member of IKOK-C since early 1990. His exposure to Kyokushin Karate however, took place a few years earlier in his native Poland while attending secondary school in the town of Brzeg. After moving to Canada in 1990, he joined Edmonton Kyokushin Karate Club, where he trained under Shihan Les Banas and Shihan Mac Mierzejewski whom he considers as very influential in shaping his training and fighting style early on. He became a Shodan in 1998, Nidan in 2003 and hopes to be successful in obtaining his Sandan in 2013.
Irek is an experienced national and international fighter with numerous tournaments under his belt. Highlights of his fighting career include two time Junior Canadian National Champion, Alberta Open Champion and Calgary Cup Champion. He competed in numerous tournaments across Canada and in 2004 was a member of the Canadian team at the 10th Oyama’s Cup in Khabarovsk Russia.
In his personal and professional life Irek is a husband and father of two daughters who maintains a quite extensive travel schedule as a sales executive.