Meet Our Instructors

All of our Black Belts are Certified by
The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation

Brad Cosby

Sensei Brad Cosby

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Hachidan (8th degree black belt)
Shindo Rank: Rokudan (6th degree black belt)
Member of the SWKKF National Senate - Technical Advisor
Began his karate career travelling from club to club with Sensei Shintani
Ran the Grimsby Beach Wado Kai for 20 + years with Sensei Brian Chmay
Teaches the Senior programs

Neil Prime

Sensei Neil Prime

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Rokudan (6th degree black belt)
Shindo Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Member of the SWKKF National Senate - Technical Advisor
Full Contact Kickboxing Experience - Western NY State
Founding member - Shintani Combative Team
Combat instructor to US Special Forces - Fort Bragg (Special Warfare Medical Group)
Instructor at the Karate College (Annual Camp - Radford,Virginnia)
Former SWKKF National Team Manager & Member 2002-2005
Peter Ciolfi Memorial Award (overall Black Belt Competitor) 2001, 2004, 2014
Master's Cup Award (Self Defense) 2001, 2002
Member of the SWKKF Grading & Standards Committee
Inducted into the Sport Karate Museum, History General Award 2017 - Contribution to the Arts
Inducted into the Karate College Hall of Fame 2017 - Instructor
Teaches the Senior programs

Walt Fast

Sensei Walt Fast

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Rokudan (6th degree black belt)
Shindo Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Shotokan Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Member of the SWKKF tournament committee
Member of the Shintani National Competition Team 2000-2002
Teaches the Senior programs

Henry Bergen

Sensei Henry Bergen

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Godan (5th degree black belt)
Shotokan Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)
Shindo Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)
Goju Ryu Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Teaches the Junior & Senior programs

Lauren Fast

Sensei Lauren Pankratz

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Yodan (4th degree black belt)
SWKKF Niagara Regional Representative
St. Catharines Wado Kai Club Representative
Member of the SWKKF Tournament Committee
Member of the SWKKF Judging Training Committee
Recipient of the SWKKF Scholarship 2001, 2002, 2003
Member of the Shintani National Competition Team
2002-2004, 2004-2006, 2014-2016
Teaches the Junior & Senior programs

Ronalda Melanson

Sensei Ronalda Melanson

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)
Teaches the Junior & Senior programs

Don Anderson

Sensei Don Anderson

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)
Teaches the Junior programs

Kent Graham

Sensei Kent Graham

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Assists in teaching the Junior & Senior programs

Arthur Liszak

Sensei Art Liszak

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

Zac Sara

Sensei Zac Sara

Shorin Ryu Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Teaches the Junior programs

John Voyer

Sensei John Voyer

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Assists in teaching the Junior programs

James Ryan

Sensei James Ryan

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Assists in teaching the Senior programs

Amanda Miller

Sensei Amanda Miller

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Assists in teaching the Junior programs

Travis Norton

Sensei Travis Norton

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)

Alex Fast

Sensei Alex Fast - Sub Lieutenant - NAVY

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)
Other: Member of the Shintani National Competition Team
2003-2004 Shodan, 2004-2006 Shodan / Nidan
2006-2008 National Team Heavyweight
Currently keeping Canada a free Nation

Don Gemmell

Sensei Don Gemmell

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)

Barry Irwin

Sensei Barry Irwin

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Other: Full Contact Kickboxing Experience

Peter Leitch

Sensei Peter Leitch

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Currently ranked Shodan in Aikido
Check out his Texas dojo here!

Peter Diakow

Sensei Dr. Peter Diakow

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)

Brad Van Reenen

Brad Van Reenen

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)
Tae Kwon Do Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)

John Anderson

Sensei John Anderson

Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)

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