• QUALITY MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION IN NORTH-EAST EDMONTON

    A NON-PROFIT AUTHENTIC OKINAWAN ARTS DOJO OFFERING TRAINING IN GOJU-RYU KARATEDO AND OKINAWAN KOBUDO. WE TEACH CLASSICAL MARTIAL ARTS FOR TODAY'S WORLD!

  • Welcome / Irashai mase - Kaizen Dojo

  • Welcome to the Dojo homepage! We are foremost a classical Okinawan Goju-ryu karate dojo, proudly representing the Ryusyokai organization in Western Canada. The Ryusyokai, under Kancho Senaha Shigetoshi, Hanshi, Kudan, is a dento karate school that follows the teachings of the late grandmaster Yagi Meitoku. Goju-ryu, founded by legendary master Miyagi Chojun, is one of the three main schools of Okinawan karate. Goju-ryu is known for its use of hard and soft techniques and its body conditioning and strengthening exercises, which include various partner drills. 

    What distinguishes dento (伝統 - traditional) karate from the garden variety of karate schools that exist is that traditional Okinawan karate does not subscribe to the sport notions of karate. Both have their place and both have their merits, but they are not the same. Nor is one better than the other; what every potential student (or parent of a student) must identify is what they wish to receive from the training experience. If you're not sure, a little research could make all the difference in your experience.

    Dento karate practice is not about trophies or development of ego. It is a way of life that should inspire students to excel in all areas of their lives: as students, as employees,

  • as community members, as citizens and, above all, as friends and family members. Many may consider karate to be a violent art; however, true Okinawan karate should be considered and function as the antithesis of and the antidote to violence.

    The dojo also follows the syllabus of the Ryukyu Tesshinkan Kobudo Kyokai. The Tesshinkan, under the direction of Kancho Tamayose Hidemi, Hanshi, Judan, follows the lineage and curriculum of Okinawan kobudo legend Taira Shinken. The dojo members who partake in kobudo training are encouraged to join the Tesshinkan kyokai as all ranking is overseen by the association and not the dojo directly. Dojo members may belong to one or both programs; however, in order to train in the kobudo portion, a martial arts base is preferred. Inscription into kobudo training is at the sole discretion of the instructor.

    We are a registered non-profit society within the Province of Alberta . With an internationally-certified instructor and fees that make quality training affordable for all, we want you to make our dojo your first choice for an authentic martial arts experience!

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  • Upcoming Events

    Sep

    15

    Senaha Shigetoshi 2017 Western Canada Ryusyokai Goju Ryu Seminar

    September 15th-17th, 2017 will see Senaha Sensei's first visit to Western Canada. Senior student of Yagi Meitoku and a kobudo proponent (in the teachings of his instructor Taira Shinken), Senaha Sensei is considered a leading authority on the concept of Okinawan ti.

    Senaha Sensei's visit will encompass the Ryusyokai curriculum including kata and application, futari geiko and various drills.

    Jul

    20

    Dojo Excursion to Okinawa

    Our next trip to Okinawa as a group will take place in July 2019 - the Tesshinkan international embutaikai. The objectives of the event event will be to:
    - explore and celebrate Okinawan culture and history
    - further our study and exploration of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo
    - celebrate Tamayose Sensei's 70th birthday.

    Details will be added as the date gets closer - save the date now! Note: the excursion is listed as a two-week event. You are welcome to attend if you can stay a week, two or even three!

    Oct

    24

    100 Kata for Karate Day

    The dojo will be participating in the fifth annual 100 Kata for Karate Day. This year, we will once again be raising money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Bring your gi. Bring your friends. Get your pledges!

    More details to follow.

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  • Our Classes

  • Our Adult classes are available to anyone 13 yrs and up at all skill levels from beginner to advanced and offers a focus on deeper elements of the system. Our Youth Intermedate classes are for those from 7-12 yrs who have achieved yellow belt or higher and continue to build on their discipline and development of skills.

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  • Youth classes are designed for children 7-12 yrs with no prior karate experience. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join and train with their child as they begin their education in this martial art. Our dojo is not focused on belts or trophies or becoming tough or invincible, we are a community of people who are dedicated to their training.

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  • Kaizen Dojo's Okinawan Kobudo program is open to dojo and non-dojo members. The classes are available to anyone ages 12 and up with prior karate and/ or martial arts experience. Our training system includes bosainunchaku, tonfa, eku  and tekko.

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  • Classes now at Gold Bar Community Hall

    We are pleased to announce that we are now a community program through the Gold Bar Community League. Our mission and focus remain the same: we continue to offer quality instruction at an affordable price. For information, check out the fees and classes pages. Classes are every Thursday evening at the hall.  This is a terrific space to train, and we are very excited to be their first martial arts program. We welcome all new students interested in studying Okinawan karate! We are hoping to add more training opportunities at other halls soon. We will announce details in the news

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  • We're moving

    September 18, 2018
    We're moving

    So, we are moving to a new space soon. Just putting the final touches on the agreements/ requirements for this change. Apologies to those who have been wanting to get on the floor this month. I miss training as much as you do. What will it mean? Well, we will be in a new community, so it will mean (hopefully!) new faces. Though I do hope the familiar faces will join us!It will also mean some new ways of operating for the dojo. More to come on this later.What I can tell you is that we are working harder to make our karate affordable for all! I am excited by the potential in front of

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