Dojo Head Instructor
James studies under the style of Goju Ryu Karatedo within Seiwa Kai Canada. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to travel to Okinawa, Japan the birthplace of karate and has trained with instructors from around the world; including Shihan Isao Yabunaka, Sensei Eiki Kurashita, Sensei Ladislav Klementis, Sensei Iain Abernethy, and the Karate Nerd himself Jesse Enkamp.
After obtaining a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotions, James has made it his mission to create a martial arts and fitness centre that caters towards his community’s needs. In doing so he hopes to inspire his members to strive for their goals and become leaders within their own community as well!
Shihan Michael Beardwood
6th degree black belt and is the chief instructor of Kumanomori Hamilton.
He began studying karate in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986 and opened Kumanomori in 1999.
What he liked about karate when he started was the personal challenge of self-discipline to reach. Now, although that still remains, it is also about sharing his experiences with others and having them share theirs. As well as to help others achieve their own personal goals.
Jokyo Paul Barrington
Beginning his karate training in 1999 and continuing his training at Kumanomori Martial Arts with Shihan Michael Beardwood in 2008, Paul has been instructing karate since receiving his 3rd Dan Shidoin in 2012. With a background in teaching, Paul brings his love of education to the martial arts particularly when working with youth.