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 Isao Yabunaka
First began studying karate with Hanshi Gogen Yamaguchi , who had brought Chojun Miyagi over from Okinawa to establish Goju Ryu karate in Japan. Yabunaka was also a student of Hanshi Shuji Tasaki, who founded Goju-ryu 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 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 established Seiwa Kai in North America and he oversees all dojos across Canada and Mexico on behalf of 8th Dan Hanshi, Fujiwara. Hanshi Isao Yabunaka also works on the Technical Committe of Karate Ontario to develop standards of excellence in karate, and is a National A Referee.
My 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 my vision for the organization of Seiwa Kai across North America. I really believe if we keep this philosophy in mind we can all expect good health and a good future. OOOSS!!!
by Shihan Isao Yabunaka
Shihan Michael Beardwood
6th degree black belt and is the chief instructor of Kumanomori Seiwa Kai Hamilton.
He began studying karate in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986 and opened Kumanomori in 1999. In addition to directing the training at Kumanomori, he travels across Ontario and Canada assisting the head of Seiwa Kai Canada, Hanshi Isao Yabunaka, in conducting seminars and other training opportunities.
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. Helping others achieve their own 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.