Back Row: Lawrence Blakemore / Peter Ruch / Bruce Perkins / Willie Lebrun
Front Row: Danny McCoy / Rick Leveille / Denis Labbe / Ron Mattie / Brad Cosby
November 1, 1997 - Sensei Shintani signed the new constitution and named Sensei Denis Labbé his successor.
The Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF) was founded by Sensei Masaru Shintani in 1966. The SWKKF is one of the largest martial arts organization of a single style in North America. Current registered membership is approximately 3000 students with 400+ active black belts.
The greatest densities of members are in southern Ontario and Alberta, with continued growth in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and the USA. The SWKKF also supports a national team to represent the organization at various tournaments both within and outside the organization.
The Senate is the governing body for the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation. Prior to the death of Sensei Shintani the organization was primarily directed by Sensei Shintani himself with the assistance of the senate. The senate consists of senior ranking members appointed by Sensei Shintani. The Senate held the inaugural meeting on November 1, 1997 in Toronto at that time Sensei Shintani signed the new constitution and named Sensei Denis Labbé his successor. Sensei Denis Labbé now heads the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation assisted by the Senate members.
Current Members of the Senate
- Sensei Denis Labbé - President SWKKF
- Sensei Ron Mattie - Chief Instructor
- Sensei Jim Atkinson - Secretary/Chief Instructor to the Shindo Federation
- Sensei Brian Chmay
- Sensei Brad Cosby
- Sensei Heather Fidyk
- Sensei Michel Gosselin
- Sensei Bruce Perkins
- Sensei Neil Prime
Past Senate Members
- Sensei Lawrence Blakemore - Past Senate Member
- Sensei Willie Lebrun - Past Senate Member