<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"> <head> <title>St.Catharines Wado Kai Karate. Members of the Shintani Karate Federation. Traditional Martial Arts with a realistic approach to Self Defense. Karate for men, women and children of all ages. Separate Adult and Youth classes.</title> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <META NAME="description" content="St.Catharines Martial Arts. St.Catharines Karate. Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation. Traditional Karate. Self Defense."> <META NAME="keywords" content="St Catharines Martial Arts,St Catharines Karate,Karate,wado kai,wado-kai,shintani,masaru shintani,wado ryu,wado-ryu,sensei shintani,black belt,martial arts,kickboxing,kick boxing,sports and fitness,fitness,health,St.Catharines,Ontario,Canada,Niagara"> </head> <body bgcolor="ffffff" background="bgrnd/sumtextb.jpg"> <h1><center>Meet Our Instructors</center></h1> <h2><center>All of our Black Belts are Certified by <br>The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation</center></h2> <! BRAD COSBY > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/brad2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Brad Cosby"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Brad Cosby</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Hachidan (8th degree black belt)<br> Shindo Rank: Rokudan (6th degree black belt)<br> Member of the SWKKF National Senate - Technical Advisor<br> Began his karate career travelling from club to club with Sensei Shintani<br> Ran the Grimsby Beach Wado Kai for 20 + years with Sensei Brian Chmay<br> Teaches the Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! NEIL PRIME > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/neil2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Neil Prime"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Neil Prime</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shichidan (7th degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank:Rokudan (6th degree black belt)<br> Shindo Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Member of the SWKKF National Senate - Technical Advisor<br> Full Contact Kickboxing Experience - Western NY State<br> Founding member - Shintani Combative Team<br> Combat Instructor to US Special Forces - Fort Bragg (Special Warfare Medical Group)<br> Instructor at the Karate College (Annual Camp - Radford,Virginnia)<br> Former SWKKF National Team Manager & Member 2002-2005<br> Peter Ciolfi Memorial Award (overall Black Belt Competitor) 2001, 2004, 2014<br> Master's Cup Award (Self Defense) 2001, 2002<br> Member of the SWKKF Grading & Standards Committee<br> Inducted into the Sport Karate Museum, History General Award 2017 - Contribution to the Arts<br> Inducted into the Karate College Hall of Fame 2017 - Instructor<br> Teaches the Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! WALT FAST > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/walt2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Walt Fast"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Walt Fast</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Rokudan (6th degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank:Godan (5th degree black belt)<br> Shindo Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Shotokan Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Member of the SWKKF tournament committee<br> Member of the Shintani National Competition Team 2000-2002<br> Teaches the Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! HENRY BERGEN > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/henry2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Henry Bergen"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Henry Bergen</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Godan (5th degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank: Yodan (4th degree black belt)<br> Shotokan Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> Shindo Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> Goju Ryu Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)<br> Teaches the Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! LAUREN PANKRATZ > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/lauren2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Lauren Fast"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Lauren Pankratz</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Yodan (4th degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> SWKKF Niagara Regional Representative<br> St. Catharines Wado Kai Club Representative<br> Member of the SWKKF Tournament Committee<br> Member of the SWKKF Judging Training Committee<br> Recipient of the SWKKF Scholarship 2001, 2002, 2003<br> Member of the Shintani National Competition Team<br> 2002-2004, 2004-2006, 2014-2016<br> Teaches the Junior & Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! RONALDA MELANSON > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/ronalda2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Ronalda Melanson"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Ronalda Melanson</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Teaches the Junior & Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! DON ANDERSON > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/dona2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Don Anderson"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Don Anderson</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt) <br>Teaches the Junior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! STEFFANNIE HANCHARYK > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/steff2018.jpg" width="300" alt="Steffannie Hancharyk"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Steffannie Hancharyk</h3> <p>Goju Ryu Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt) <br>Other Martial Arts Experience: Wado Kai Karate, Japanese Jujitsu, Yang Tai Chi, Kickboxing. <br>Master degree in applied health sciences and currently a PhD candidate at Brock University <br>Teaching and developing special needs martial arts programs and programs for underserved members in the community </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! KENT GRAHAM > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/kent2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Kent Graham"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Kent Graham</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt) <br>Assists in teaching the Junior & Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! ART LISZAK > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/art2017.jpg" width="300" alt="Arthur Liszak"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Art Liszak</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt) <br>Superfoot System Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) <br>Teaches the Junior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! ZAC SARA > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/zac2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Zac Sara"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Zac Sara</h3> <p> Shorin Ryu Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt) <br>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt) <br>Teaches the Junior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! JOHN VOYER > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/johnv2016.jpg" width="300" alt="John Voyer"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei John Voyer</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) <br>Assists in teaching the Junior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! JAMES RYAN > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/james2016.jpg" width="300" alt="James Ryan"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei James Ryan</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) <br>Superfoot System Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) <br>Assists in teaching the Senior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! AMANDA MILLER> <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/amanda2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Amanda Miller"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Amanda Miller</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) <br>Assists in teaching the Junior programs </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! TRAVIS NORTON> <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/travis2016.jpg" width="300" alt="Travis Norton"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Travis Norton</h3> <p>Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! ALEX FAST > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/alex.jpg" width="300" alt="Alex Fast"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Alex Fast - Sub Lieutenant - NAVY</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> Superfoot System Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Other: Member of the Shintani National Competition Team<br> 2003-2004 Shodan, 2004-2006 Shodan / Nidan<br> 2006-2008 National Team Heavyweight<br> Currently keeping Canada a free Nation </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! DON GEMMELL > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/don.jpg" width="300" alt="Don Gemmell"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Don Gemmell</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Sandan (3rd degree black belt)<br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! BARRY IRWIN > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/barry2011.jpg" width="300" alt="Barry Irwin"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Barry Irwin</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)<br> Other: Full Contact Kickboxing Experience<br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! PETER LEITCH > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/peter.jpg" width="300" alt="Peter Leitch"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Peter Leitch</h3> <p> Aikido Rank: Nidan (2nd degree black belt) <br> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)<br> <a href="http://www.shobuaikidohouston.com/" TARGET="_blank">Check out his Texas dojo here!</a><br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! PETER DIAKOW> <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/peterd2000.jpg" width="300" alt="Peter Diakow"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei Dr. Peter Diakow</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)<br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! Brad Van Reenen > <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/bradvan2013.jpg" width="300" alt="Brad Van Reenen"></td> <td> <h3>Brad Van Reenen</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)<br> Tae Kwon Do Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt)<br> </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! JOHN ANDERSON> <table border="0" width="100%" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="10"> <tr> <td align="left" width="250"><img src="instructors/johna2016.jpg" width="300" alt="John Anderson"></td> <td> <h3>Sensei John Anderson</h3> <p> Wado Kai Karate Rank: Shodan (1st degree black belt) </p> </td> </tr> </table> <! 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