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Sensei Sean

Sensei Sean has 27 years of experience practicing Goju Ryu Karate-do, and has been teaching for nearly 20 years. He is the founder and head instructor of Shugyō Karate Dōjō.

He currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Goju-Ryu Karate-do and Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Ryukyu Kobudo. He is a member of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation (IOGKF) Canada, and Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan. He also has ranking and/or experience in Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, and Military Unarmed Combat Arts. 

Sensei Sean has had many instructors over the years. He started his journey in Goju Ryu Karate-do under Kyoshi James Fries. His current teacher is Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei (World Head Instructor of IOGKF International).

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Sensei Sean has a passion for learning. He has attended seminars with many other world-renowned martial artists such as Morio Higaonna Sensei, Sensei Ernie Molyneux, Sensei Pervez Mistry, Sifu Larry Hartsell (JKD) , Heath Herring and Chuck Liddell (MMA). Sensei Sean is an NCCP trained karate coach, and he maintains his First Aid, CPR, and AED certification with the Canadian Red Cross.

Sensei Sean's approach to teaching is to lead by example. Every class he leads is dynamic. His classes include a full body warm-up in the traditional method (junbi undo), basic techniques (kihon), prearranged exercises (kata), partner drills (kumite, randori, and kakie). Every class he instructs always starts and finishes with respect. Sensei Sean always has a motivational message to inspire his students.


Sensei Sean believes that karate is for everyone, and that every student is on their own endless learning journey. As he continues to pursue his personal karate goals, his other goal is to be an inspirational leader to those who choose to follow him. 



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