Category Archives: Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation

Sensei Rick Leveille

HACHIDAN (8th degree) “The honesty and integrity Sensei Shintani taught me is the true strength of Wado Karate and are virtues that I live by everyday” – Sensei Rick Leveille Sensei Leveille was first drawn to the discipline of karate in 1971 after visiting a Shito-Ryu dojo in Vancouver.  However it was not until 1973,…
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Sensei Jim Atkinson

SHICHIDAN (7th degree) Secretary General of the S.W.K.K.F. "Mr. Shintani touched my life the moment I met him with his kindness & gentleness.  When I seen him perform I was amazed and will be forever grateful to have his influence in my life."  - Sensei Jim Atkinson Sensei Atkinson started his karate career in 1981…
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Sensei Ron Mattie

HATCHIDAN (8th degree) Chief Instructor of the S.W.K.K.F. "When you come to a difficult time in your life and have to decide how to deal with it, put yourself 20 years from now and look back at this moment, then ask yourself "how do I wish I had dealt with it then" - Sensei Ron…
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Sensei Denis Labbe

HATCHIDAN (8th degree) President of the S.W.K.K.F. "Sensei Shintani's influence, changed my life. His impact on me not only benefitted me physically, it helped develop my confidence and to overcome my shyness as a young student to take on a leadership role. Sensei has taught me honor, humility, loyalty, compassion and commitment. In return I…
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