Founded in 2006, Shubukan operates a single dojo through the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. We are members of the Canada Japan Karate Association and the World Japan Karate Association.
Each of our instructors volunteers their time to the dojo. It is part of our curriculum to have guest instructors from all over the world and we encourage students at all levels to attend whenever we have such an opportunity. In the past, we have been fortunate to host top Karate practitioners such as Asai-Sensei, Kagawa-Sensei, and Taniguchi-Sensei. Specialty classes at the dojo are regularly directed by Don Owens, 9th degree black belt.
Each of our instructors is accredited through both the Canada Japan Karate Association (CJKA) and the World Japan Karate Association (WJKA).
Endo-Sensei began his training in Japan and is familiar with various types of marital arts. Karate is an important part of his life and has supported him both spiritually and physically. The karate he teaches focuses on the basics while emphasizing self-defence and personal well-being.
Endo-Sensei approaches life with a Samurai spirit and is an excellent teacher. He has trained karate for over 40 years and has been awarded a 7th degree black belt.
Cathy Adam has been practicing for 15years and holds a 2nd degree black belt.
Mathew Vis-Dunbar has been practicing for 12 years and holds a 2nd degree black belt.
Karate can be practiced as a way of life, as self-defence, as a martial art, and for sport. Each of these lends a different interpretation to the form and function of practice. There are also several different styles of karate. At Shubukan, we train Shotokan (松濤館), as a way of life and with a focus on self-defense.
Originally developed in Okinawa and later refined in Japan, karate (空手) translates to empty (kara 空) hand (te 手). Practitioners of karate, known as karate-ka (空手家), are generally unarmed, using their hands, arms, legs, and feet for self-defence.
Karate requires a great deal of both mental and physical discipline, the primary goal being self-improvement. Power in karate comes less from muscle strength than from understanding and employing body dynamics and mental focus. It aims to eliminate one's ego in order to attain a calm state of mind, benefiting participants not only in their practice, but in all aspects of life. When practiced as a way of life, karate is an art for everyone, irrespective of gender, age, or physical condition.
Training is comprised of three complementary components: kihon (基本 basics); kata (型 forms); and kumite (組手 sparring).
Kihon | 基本
Basics are the core that all of karate is built upon. Our practice emphasizes kihon training as fundamental to the development of proper form, body mechanics and mental discipline. Basics are practiced both stationary and in motion.
Kata | 型
Kata are pre-arranged, consisting of a set number of movements in a structured sequence. Kata dynamicaly combine those movements learned through kihon practice. In this, kata allows for the development of timing, balance, and control.
Kumite | 組手
Kumite allows the student to practice distance and timing. Kumite is practiced on a scale from basic to advanced, the former by count with pre-arranged attacks and defences, the latter free from pre-arrangment. Our practice is strictly non-contact.
Shubukan operates as a program through the City of Vancouver's West Point Grey Community Centre. Classes are held on the gym stage at Jericho Hill Gymnasium & Pool in Vancouver. Registration can be done through the West Point Grey Community Centre. Please visit the Centre's webpage for more information. We encourage you to come out and try a class in advance of registering. At this time, classes are restricted to participants 14 yrs and older.
September 6 - December 13 | Monday & Wednesday 6:30pm - 8pm
There will be no class November 8th, November 13, November 29th, or October 9th.
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