SENSEI SANDY RONEY
Sensei Sandy Roney started training in England in 1993 after watching his daughter take the beginners' class at the Buckingham Dojo of Sensei Peter Calver. After training hard for four years he received his Shodan in 1997 from Senseis Bernard Coppen, Andy Kidby and Peter Calver (Central Federation of Traditional Shotokan) and two years later, in 1999, he received his Nidan.
Moving back to his native Scotland in 1999 he continued his training and opened his own club under the auspices of C.F.T.S. in 2001.
After emigrating from Scotland to Canada in 2004, and a break of two years, Sensei Roney looked to rekindle his passion for Karate and managed to find the Shikomu Karate Club. He liked what he saw and continued his training in Traditional Shotokan under Shihan Kal Helppi. In December, 2011 Sensei Sandy received his 4th degree black belt sanctioned by Karate Ontario and The National Karate Association.
After Shihan Helppi retired as Chief Instructor Sensei Roney was offered the position, which he humbly accepted. He looks forward to continuing Shihan Helppi's teachings which are based on respect, good spirit and attention to detail.
SHIHAN KAL HELPPI - 6th Dan
Shihan Helppi began his training in September 1971 at a small community dojo at St. Mark's Church in Halifax where he received his yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do. Later, he joined the HMCS Stadacona Shotokan Karate Club under the leadership of Sensei Len Finney, as well as spending time at the Atlantic Karate Club of Halifax training with Senseis John Dean, Mike Delaney and John Rowan.
Having moved to Ontario as Ikkyu (Brown Belt), Shihan Helppi settled at the Burlington Tsuruoka Karate School where he earned his First, Second, and Third Degree Black Belts in Shotokan between 1975 and 1988.
He has been Assistant Instructor and later Chief Instructor at the Pearson Karate Club of Burlington, Ontario from 1988 to 1998, and since was the founder and Primary Instructor of the Shikomu Karate Club which was built to reflect the spirit of Karate as Shihan Helppi understands it.
Shihan Helppi received his 4th Degree Black Belt, 5th Degree Black Belt and his 6th degree Black Belt, under the United Shotokan Karate-Do, all of which are sanctioned by Karate Ontario and the National Karate Association.
Shihan Helppi continues to train with his students and fellow instructors at the Shikomu Karate Club.
SENSEI DON JOHNSTON
Sensei Don Johnston began his karate career in 1981. He trained under Shihan Kal Helppi at the Tsuroka Karate Dojo and later at the Pearson Karate Club. Sensei Johnston was the primary instructor for the children's program at the Pearson Karate Club for many years. He competed in Karate Ontario and NKA tournaments and was a medialist at the Ontario Summer Games. Sensei Johnston received his black belt in 1997, his 2nd degree black belt in 2004 and his 3rd degree black belt in 2010. Sensei Johnston continues his training at the Shikomu Karate Club.
SENSEI DAVID GALLOIS
Sensei David Gallois started training in 1987 in Ireland under the leadership of Sensei Paddy Doherty and through the IKU (Irish Karate Union) had reached the rank of 6th Kyu by the time he moved to England. After moving to Canada, he trained with Sensei Van Impe for a number of years. In 2005 Sensei Dave was introduced to the Shikomu Karate Club where he found a perfect dojo to study and train under the guidance of Shihan Kal Helppi. Sensei Dave earned his 3rd degree black belt in December, 2011, which is sanctioned by Karate Ontario and the National Karate Association.
SENSEI KEVIN PRINGLE
Sensei Kevin Pringle has been training for 18 years, having started at the Pearson Karate Club in 1988 under the leadership of Sensei Ken Bowman and Shihan Kal Helppi. Sensei Pringle competed in many provincial tournaments as he worked his way up to brown belt. He received his brown belt from O-Sensei Tsuruoka in 1992. The following year he received his black belt from Shihan Kal Helppi, Shihan Bill Carr and Sensei Ron Tkacz. Sensei Pringle received his 2nd degree black belt in December, 2006 from Shihan Bill Carr & Shihan Kal Helppi. Sensei Pringle now teaches and trains at the Shikomu Karate Club and is an integral part of our teaching staff.
SENSEI T5 (Theresa Santoni)
Sensei T5 began her karate training in 2004 within the Wado Kai system, having been taught by Sensei Bill Barrett of Hamilton. In 2005 she changed her style to Shotokan and joined the Shikomu Karate Club to train with Shihan Kal Helppi. During her time as a coloured belt, Sensei T5 took the time to train with other styles and clubs inclusive of Sensei Cherry Whitaker of the New Glasgow Karate Club, Shihan Bill Carr, and Sensei Gord Derii of Hamilton. She is a well recognized fixture at Karate Ontario events where she has volunteered for many years, as well as competed in the Kata divisions. In July 2008, she competed at the Canadian National Karate Championships, and brought home the gold medal for women's intermediate kata. She received 3rd degree black belt in June, 2013.
Sensei T5 is the Chief Instructor of our Children's Program, and a sanctioned Karate Ontario Coach, as well as our club Administrator.
SENSEI STEVE KAWAMURA
Sensei Steve Kawamura began his training in the Wado-Ryu system under Masaru Shintani in 1986. He earned his Shodan in 1996 under that system, and has continued to be affliated with that system since that time. Sensei Steve earned his 5th dan under Rick Joslin. In 2005, Sensei Steve changed styles and trained JKA Shotokan under Sensei Pete Daypuck in London, Ontario, where he obtained the rank of Nidan in 2009. Sensei Kawamura began looking for a more local Shotokan club with which to train, and was happy to find the Shikomu Karate Club.
SENSEI EDVARD MIRIC
Sensei Miric was born in Bosnia. Childhood bullying provoked him to develop an early interest in karate because he knew it would build his self-confidence. After a couple years of eagerly begging, he finally persuaded his father to let him take his first class.
Sensei Edvard joined Karate Club IPPON under the instruction of Sensei Semir Hamzic - 6th Dan. He trained there from 1989 - 1994 and in that time earned a brown belt. The following year, the Bosnian War put a hold on Sensei Miric's karate journey. Consequences of that war led him and his family to move to Canada in hopes of a more secure future.
In 1995, Sensei Edvard Miric joined Karate Club Hull in Quebec under the instruction of Sensei Sylvain Aube - 4th Dan. In 1998, he earned his black belt under the Japan Karate Association. He continued training there until 2003.
For the next two years, he practiced Shito-Ruy on and off at Karate Club Larouche in Gatineau, Quebec under the instruction of Sensei Claude Larouche - 5th Dan.
Through his many years of training, Sensei Edvard has won more than a dozen gold and silver medals in provincial competitions in Kata and Kumite, and finished in 4th place in 1997 at a Canadian National competition. A hectic work schedule and another relocation forced Sensei Edvard to take a long break from his love of Karate, and now he is more than eager to train again in a new and exciting atmosphere: the Shikomu Karate Club in Burlington, Ontario.
SENSEI IAIN McMULLEN
Sensei Iain McMullen started his karate career in 1999 at the Black Scorpio Karate Association (Ghana Karate-Do Federation) under the leadership of Sensei Ben Selormey, Sensei Prince Wilson & Sensei Sylvester Davis. Sensei Iain earned his Junior Black Belt in 2004. In 2007, after moving Nigeria, he started training under Sensei Alfred Ohimain at the AIS Dojo (NASK - Nigerian Association of Shotokan Karate) and earned his Shodan in 2008. Sensei Iain moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in August of 2011, where he trained with a Wado-Kai dojo. Over the summer of 2012, Sensei Iain went back to Ghana to visit his parents, where he assisted with a karate summer camp. This summer camp was lead by Sensei Prince and his new dojo, the Shogun Karate Club. Sensei Iain McMullen was awarded his Nidan in July of 2012 from the Shogun Karate Club. Upon returning to Canada, Sensei Iain continued to train with the Wado-Kai dojo until he found the Shikomu Karate Club, which he now calls home. Sensei Iain competes at Karate Ontario tournaments in the Elite Division and medals often. Sensei Iain McMullen is part of the kids' class instructor team at the Shikomu Karate Club.
SENSEI EMMA BORSELLINO
Sensei Emma Borsellino began her shotokan training in 1997 under the leadership of Senseis Martin Hunter and Peter Tanko at the Miyabi S.K.I.F Dojo in Hamilton. In 2003, she received an unsanctioned junior black belt, just before her dojo closed a month later. After a long break, Sensei Borsellino returned to shotokan after stumbling on the Shikomu Dojo Website. She was placed at brown belt and spent the coming months training with her new Shikomu family. She received her first degree black belt in April 2011, and her second degree black belt in June, 2013. Sensei Borsellino has also had the honour and privilege of training under Sempai Wing Au and Sempai Bern Noseworthy of Tsuruoka Dojo Newfoundland. Sensei Borsellino is a proud assistant instructor of the Children's Classes, and a sanctioned Karate Ontario Coach. She continues to train at the Shikomu Karate Club, her second home.
SENSEI JULIE BROCK
Sensei Julie Brock began her Karate training in 1972 at the McMaster University Karate Club in Hamilton, Ontario, studying the Goju Ryu style. She earned her green belt in 1975 under the leadership of Senseis Pat Ammendolio and Frank DeLorenzes. She also studied judo at the McMaster Judo Dojo, under Sensei Umetsu, where in 1974 she earned her green belt.
In 1992, Sensei Julie began her career in Shotokan Karate at the Pearson Dojo in Burlington, Ontario, training under the leadership of Shihan Kal Helppi. She received her brown belt in 1999. When Shihan Kal opened the Shikomu Karate Club, Sensei Julie re-joined her original instructor after a five year break. In December 2007, Sensei Julie earned her 1st degree black belt, which has been sanctioned by Karate Ontario and the National Karate Association.
SENSEI NOAH GAUDUN-UNGAR
Sensei Noah Gaudun-Ungar began his training in Shotokan Karate in 2007, under the tutelage of Shihan Kal Helppi, Shihan Bill Carr and the Children's Class Instructors; Sensei David Gallois, Sensei Jennifer Roney, Sensei T5, and Sensei Miro Jurak. He later graduated from the Children's Class but continued to train under his old instructors, along with new ones, in the Adult Class. Sensei Noah received his black belt on July 31st, 2011 from Shihan Kal Helppi and Shihan Bill Carr.
SENSEI CORALIE SALIEGE
Sensei Coralie Saliege began training in 2002 at Bushi Karate Aikijujitsu outside of Philadelphia in the United States. Sensei Coralie trained under the tutelage of Shihan Pat Byrnes, Sensei Adam Older, Sensei Andrew Stankus, Sensei Karen Ulmer and Sensei James Novak.
Sensei Coralie received her first degree black belt in January 2010. She moved to Canada shortly thereafter. After a 20 month break, getting used to a new country and the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Sensei Coralie found the Shikomu Karate Club and was thrilled to finally have a dojo to train again.
SENSEI NIKOLAS O'CONNELL
Sensei Nikolas O'Connell began training in Shotokan Karate in 2007, in the children's program, lead by Sensei Jennifer Roney, then later by Sensei Miro Jurak and Sensei David Gallois. He graduated to the adult class upon receiving his brown belt. Sensei Nik competed in many Karate Ontario Tournaments with minor success until he reached brown belt level, at which time he was very successful at tournament. Sensei Nikolas received his black belt on July 31st, 2011 from Shihan Kal Helppi and Shihan Bill Carr.
SENSEI RICHARD SINGER
Sensei Richard Singer began his karate career in 1989, having witnessed a class taught by Sensei Ken Bowman and Shihan Kal Helppi at the Pearson High School. He and two others (among them Sensei Miro Jurak) joined at the first available opportunity. Sensei Singer's training and progress was interrupted by a series of serious injuries which kept his involvement less than he would have liked. Sensei Singer maintained his learning by training at various locations and by studying appropriate books and videos about Shotokan Karate-Do, especially after the Pearson Dojo disbanded in 1999.
In 2004, having heard the dojo was training once more at St. Elizabeth's Church, Sensei Singer joined again. Since that time Sensei Singer has been a member of Shikomu Karate Club, training as much as possible given physical injuries that, while difficult, have been at least partially overcome by his strength of spirit. Sensei Singer contributes to our dojo in many ways, most notable are his understandings of grappling and other close quarters work not always seen in karate-do. Sensei Singer is also a sanctioned Karate Ontario Coach.
SENSEI SARAH (BOBBI) MATTESON
Sensei Sarah Matteson began her training in 2007 in the Shikomu Children's Class under the guidance of Sensei Jennifer Roney, Sensei Miro Jurak, Sensei David Gallois and Sensei T5. When she earned her brown belt she proudly joined the adult class and continued her training under Shihan Kal Helppi, Shihan Bill Carr and Sensei Sandy Roney as well as some of her former Senseis. In addition, Sensei Bobbi trained in Sensei T5's Intermediate Kata class. During her karate journey Sensei Bobbi has competed and medaled several times in competition at Karate Ontario. Sensei Bobbi was awarded her black belt in December 2012 by Shihan Carr and Shihan Helppi of The United Shotokan Karate-Do. Sensei Bobbi Matteson is proud to be a black belt member of the Shikomu Karate Club under the leadership of Sensei Sandy Roney and an assistant to Sensei T5 in the Children's Program.
SENSEI MARY JONES-MATTESON
Sensei Mary began her training after observing her daughter's progress in the Children's Class over several months. She quickly developed a passion for the art taught to her by Shihan Kal Helppi, Shihan Bill Carr, Sensei Sandy Roney and other senior black belt instructors at the Shikomu Karate Club. Sensei Mary was awarded her black belt in December 2012 by Shihan Carr and Shihan Helppi of the United Shotokan Karate-Do. Sensei Mary is proud to join the black belt members of the Shikomu Karate Club and continue on the Shotokan path under the leadership of Sensei Sandy Roney. Sensei Mary Jones-Matteson is one of the Children's Class Instructors, as well as a sanctioned Karate Ontario Coach.
SENSEI MARK PATTERSON
Sensei Patterson joined the Shikomu Karate Club in 2010 after moving to Burlington. Prior to adopting karate, he trained and taught with the Queen's University Taekwondo Club in Kingston, Ontario under Mr. Michael Delouche. Sensei Patterson holds a second degree black belt in the American Kang Duk Won style. Sensei Patterson has also studied in the World Taekwondo Federation and Judo. Sensei Patterson received his first degree black belt in December of 2012 from the United Shotokan Karate-Do, which organization is led by Shihan Bill Carr and Shihan Kal Helppi.