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About Kenzen Sports Karate
Kenzen is a beginner friendly karate club where we welcome new comers all the time. Kenzen offers an array of age and ability focused classes to give every member a chance to be the best athlete possible.
Richard Mosdell | Chief Instructor
Like a tennis or golf pro, Richard Sensei is a career karate instructor who leads the club with a unique passion to share the joy of karate with everyone. Richard has over 25 years of experience coaching, training and competing at the provincial, national and international levels. He is a 6th degree black belt with the Japan Karate Federation Wadokai, and during his 10 years learning karate in Japan, he was the head karate coach at Seiritsu Gakuen High School's famous karate club, the oldest in Tokyo.
Richard Sensei is a former BC Team coach, provincial athlete, Canadian Sport Institute student and karate instructor for Gordon Head, Cedar Hill and Pearkes recreation centres. He teaches karate each week at local elementary schools, authored a Japanese manga in English on karate in Japan (Sonny Leads) and completed his Masters in the globalization of karate at Sophia University in Tokyo.
Nick Smith | Club Manager & Instructor
Nick Sensei is an original founding member of Kenzen, and he is a former high school science & robotics teacher who trained and worked with Richard Sensei in Tokyo. He is also an experienced tournament director.
As club manager, Nick Sensei oversees new member signup, monthly class registrations, event registrations, members ordering new equipment and other administrative operations.
Nick Sensei combines his passion for the club with his friendly and approachable character. He is the first point of contact for many, and ensures a warm welcome to all Kenzen newcomers.
Peter Williams | Full Time Instructor
A 4th degree black belt with a 3rd kyu instructor licence and numerous official’s certifications, Kenzen’s newest professional karate instructor has been with club from the beginning actually as Pete Sensei trained with Richard Sensei in Japan! Originally from the UK, he warmly loves to share his vast karate training, competing and teaching experience of over 25 years.
While in Japan from 2010 to 2019, Pete Sensei was a high-performance coach under Richard Sensei at Seiritsu Gakuen High School karate club in Tokyo, and also as a full time instructor at the highly successful Shiramizu Karate dojo under Takamasa Arakawa Sensei. Pete Sensei has competed and medalled from regional to international level in Japan and around the world. His deep dive into learning karate led to his providing translation for several key kata instruction guidebooks from Japanese to English.
Owen Brady | Full Time Instructor
Owen Senpai joined Kenzen in the very first month, he has been a dedicated member and athlete who eventually went from volunteering to teaching part-time to becoming a full-time professional instructor and competition official.
As our first ‘Home-grown’ instructor, he shows everyone the potential of what they can become if you train hard at karate at Kenzen.
Rie Mosdell | Part Time Instructor
Rie Sensei has over a decade of karate experience training in both Canada and Japan, while also becoming a professional instructor and competition official.
Rie teaches in our Pre-Competitive After School program and can often be found coaching our athletes at tournaments and cheering everyone on!
Kalan Anglos| Part Time Instructor
Kalan Sensei is a human performance expert and Phd student in Kinesiology at UVic, specifically focusing on strength and conditioning for karate training.
A former Karate BC Team member, he currently is BC Team strength and conditioning coach.
Steve Naeth | Part Time Instructor
Steve Sensei has been with the club since our 2nd year, and he has gone on to compete at the National Championships as a member of the BC Team.
He is also a competition official and works many of the local and provincials level events in British Columbia.
Kraig Sensei has been a Canadian National Team coach for 7 years and running. He holds a diploma in high-performance coaching from the Canadian Sport Institute and he has used this knowledge to co-author Karate Canada’s long term athlete development model for all ages.
Kraig Sensei is also a 20 year veteran of the Saanich Fire Department and he has accumulated 30 years experience competing, coaching and winning in karate tournaments worldwide. A former BC Team head coach, member of Karate Canada’s high-performance committee and a long-time local instructor, he is uniquely aware of how to train beginners successfully to achieve their competitive and noncompetitive goals.
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