Japan Martial Arts Centre
Kancho Okuyama is a pioneer of Canadian karate and around the world. A rare 10th degree blackbelt and world renowned artist. He has been teaching and training for over 6 decades. He is Kyoshi Peter’s long time Sensei, mentor and a genius in the world of Karate.
Master Okuyama began to train in Japan at the age of 7. In line with the family tradition, he practised sumo and judo. At the aged of 13 he started to learn karate from master Kinjo from Okinawa. In 1960 he started to study at the Takushoku University, which became famous all around the world because of training the best Shotokan karate instructors. He studied political science and foreign trade, regularly training karate with masters: Tabata, Hamanaka and Tsuyama. In 1966 he arrived in the USA to continue his studies and started to train under the instruction of master Takayuki Kubota. Having recognised him as the greatest of the encountered karate masters he remains faithful to him up to this day. In 1970 he moved to Canada, where he is the most important person in the Gosoku-ryu and Shotokan karate fighters environment. In 1992 master Kubota awarded him with the kancho title and 8 dan degree in karate. Apart from his karate activity, Kancho Takemasa Okuyama is a well-known businessman – president of Hachi-O-Zan Ltd. and an artist who occupies himself with traditional painting and playing the Japanese flute.
Just like the name says, we carry “traditional values like trust, integrity, and service into every task we undertake. Small, agile and responsive…guaranteeing reliability and creativity. Discrete according to your organization’s requirements and selective in who we work with. Flexible in skill sets with “expert” qualifications and experience across a broad spectrum. Created and focused to actively seek projects that contribute to positive effects for the world we live in.
Hiryu Bushido Kai
Hanshi Fred Walker is an 8th degree black belt in karate and a 5th degree black belt in judo. He is the head instructor of Hiryu Bushido Kai Martial Arts, and is an instructor of Iaido, BaGua Zhang, and Shinjitsu-Nai Ku-Do. He was trained by Kancho Takemasa Okuyama, the head of the International Karate Association and is considered one of the key figures in Canadian karate.
Inner City MMA
PROFESSOR FRANCO, OFTEN CALLED “THE GODFATHER OF CANADIAN MMA” HAS A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER AND PRACTITIONER OF MARTIAL ARTS. HOLDING AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD AS A COMPETITOR, PROFESSOR FRANCO NOW FOCUSES HIS ATTENTION ON HIS ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF INNERCITY MMA, WHERE HE IS DEVELOPING WELL ROUNDED MARTIAL ARTISTS AND A VIBRANT, THRIVING MMA COMMUNITY