Isao Yabunaka 8th Dan, Hanshi Chief Instructor, Seiwa Kai Canada
Shihan Isao Yabunaka began studying karate with Hanshi Gogen Yamaguchi , who had brought Chojun Miyagi over from Okinawa to establish Goju Ryu karate in Japan. Shihan Yabunaka was also a student of Hanshi Shuji Tasaki, who founded Seiwa Kai in 1971.
Shihan Isao Yabunaka came to Canada (Vancouver, British Columbia) in 1970. In 1972, he attained the rank of Shidoin (3rd Dan, Instructor degree) and started the first Seiwa Kai dojo at the Renfrew Community Centre. By 1975 Shihan Yabunaka was promoted to Jokyo, and achieved the rank of Shihan Renshi (5th Dan Master degree) in 1978.
In 1989, Shihan Yabunaka moved to Ingersoll, Ontario and established the dojo where he still teaches. In 1997 he achieved the rank of Kyoshi (7th Dan), and in July 2013, attained the rank of 8th Dan, Hanshi.
In 1998, he began overseeing all Seiwa Kai dojos in Canada, the United States, and Mexico on behalf of Hanshi Tasaki. Hanshi Isao Yabunaka is a former member of the Technical Committe of Karate Ontario to develop standards of excellence in karate, and was one of the first Canadians to receive their full WUKO Referee License.
His Seiwa Kai philosophy is: Learn from Karate – have a “be strict with yourself” (never give up) spirit and help and support each other.
This is his vision for the organization and he truly believes if we keep this philosophy in mind we can all expect good health and a good future.
Shihan Michael Beardwood
Dojo: Kumanomori Seiwa Kai Hamilton
Began training in 1986 while in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve at the John Foote Armouries in Hamilton and started assisting instruction in 1989. In 1999 opened Kumanomori Martial Arts and joined Seiwa Kai Canada in 2003.
“The ability to discipline yourself comes from the regular practice of good habits for the sport or occupation of your choice. Talent does not equal success. Success is created by hard work and perseverance.”
- Karate Canada Referee A and Judge A
- National Coaching Certification Level 1 Theory
- Member of Ontario Karate Federation Referee Committee since July 2018
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Mary David has been apart of the Seiwa Kai Organization since 2004. She attends all of the Karate Ontario tournaments to help and support our competitors. Mary comes from a diverse coaching and instructional background as a former NCCP certified synchronized swimming coach as well as a certified swimming and fitness instructor.
Mary’s background in entrepreneurship, including managing her own Real Estate Company, has contributed to the leadership skills that she demonstrates in the Dojo. In August 2014, Mary became the first woman in the Seiwa Kai Organization in Canada to hear her 5th Degree Black Belt and strives to give back every chance she gets.
Alexander has been with the Seiwa Kai Organization, studying under Shihan Yabunaka, since 2004. With over 20 years of experience in the Martial Arts, Alexander holds a shodan black belt Shotokan and a nidan in Shito Ryu. Alexander’s extensive competitive history on the Provincial and Canadian National Team, under the guidance of Shihan Yabunaka, has allowed him to provide mentorship and share his experiences with others in the organization wishing to pursue similar competitive goals.
Alexander has competed at 12 National Championships and has been top 3 for a number of years (including 3 National Titles). He has also competed at the Pan American Karate Championships and various international competitions. Alexander is currently the Athlete’s Representative to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Karate Federation.