Coaching Canada certified, police background checked
& certified in first - aid
Our main instructor, Richard has taught karate and run education programs for children of all grades for over 25 years.
He has been a Saanich Parks and Recreation day camp leader and a former BC Junior Team Head Coach. Richard recently returned from 10 years in Tokyo, Japan working at the elite private school Seiritsu Gakuen as their full-time karate club instructor. While at Seiritsu he oversaw their international academic department and completed a Masters in Global Studies at Sophia University. Currently he is a PhD candidate with the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, with his research focus on sport for peace and international education.
Richard Sensei is also a Director at Large on the Karate BC Executive Committee, an Assistant Advisor to the BC Games and a Technical Committee member for Canada’s official Wadokai Japan style group. Through these volunteer roles, he brings to Kenzen an awareness of the wider BC karate community activities while also trying to give something back to this community by working with others to increase its vibrancy for all karate practitioners.
Rie Sensei is a long-time karate practitioner and mother of two whose professional career as an interpreter/translator and a front-line customer service pro in the hospitality industry has given her a unique skill-set for being a fun, friendly and thoughtful supervisor of our after school program.
Kraig Sensei is our other fantastic main instructor at Kenzen who helps out with the after school program periodically. Our members benefit greatly from his wide background of knowledge and experience as he is a current national team coach, a former BC team and national team athlete and a graduate of the Canadian Sport Institute with a diploma in high-performance coaching.