Renshikan Kamloops

Our Sensei!

Sensei David Akutagawa has a dedicated Karate history spanning more than 50 years. He came to Canada after graduating from the University of Kohan, Kobe Japan, with an Economic Science Degree. Once arriving in Canada he began to take courses at the University of Calgary. His Karate background at that time was in the Shito-Ryu and Shotokan styles. He began teaching Karate at the RCMP academy in Regina in 1967 and taught the RCMP until 1977. In order to further his Karate career, Sensei Akutagawa traveled to Toronto to meet and train under Sensei Mas Tsuruoka, the "Father of Canadian Karate", as well as the head instructor of Chito-Ryu in Canada. It was Sensei Tsuruoka who introduced Sensei Akutagawa to O'Sensei, Dr Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder and supreme instructor of Chito-Ryu. Thus began Sensei Akutagawa's training in Chito-Ryu. Sensei Tsuruoka left Chito-Ryu in the early 1970's, whereby O'Sensei appointed Sensei Shane Higashi of Toronto as Councilor, and Sensei Akutagawa as Vice Councilor of Canadian Chito-Ryu. In the late 1970's Sensei Akutagawa helped develop the National Karate Association and was Chairman of the Officials Committee for 5 years. In December of 1996 Sensei Akutagawa resigned as Vice Councilor of Canadian Chito-Ryu and founded Renshikan Karate-Do in January 1997. He based Renshikan upon traditional Karate, focusing on the Chito-Ryu, Shito-Ryu and Goju-Ryu styles. On June 1, 2006 Soke Mabuni Kenei of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do promoted David Akutagawa to 8th Dan/Shihan and officially affiliated Renshikan Karate-Do with Shito-Ryu Karate-Do.

Peter is the Head of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Renshikan, was promoted to Rokudan in 2012 and is currently a member of the Karate B.C. Technical Committee.

Paul Robertson is the head instructor for Kamloops Renshikan Shito Ryu. He also teaches Iaido (Japanese Sword), and Okinawan Weapons (Bo, Sai, Tonfa). Qualifications: Sensei Robertson began his study of Karate in 1984. He earn Shodan in 1989, Nidan in 1991, San Dan in 1997, Instructor in 1998, Yondan in 2002, Shihan (Senior Instructor) in 2008, and Godan in 2012. Sensei Robertson has also trained and earned black belt levels in Takeda Ryu Nakamura-Haand Ryu Kyu Kobudo Fukyukai. In Takeda Ryu Nakamura-Ha Sensei Paul earned his shodan in 2013,and Nidan in 2015. Shodan in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Fukyukai has been achieved in 2013.
Further qualifications include:
o NCCP Level II coaching (National Coaching Certification Program)
o Registered and Certified with Karate BC
o Provincial Tournament Referee
o Karate Canada Member
o Background Police check

Sensei Charlotte Robertson began her study of Karate in 1981. She reached Shodan level in 1996, Nidan Dan in 1998, Junior Instructor in 1999, Sandan/Instructor in 2003 and was promoted to Yondan in 2010. Sensei Charolotte has also earned Shodan (2013) and Nidan (2015) in Takeda Ryu Nakamura-Ha, and shodan rank in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Fukyukai in 2013.
Further qualifications include:
o Former Police Officer
o NCCP Level II coaching (National Coaching Certification Program)
o Registered and Certified with Karate BC
o Background Police Check
o Karate Canada Member
o Provincial Tournament Referee/Judge

Sempai Gillian Stephenson began her study of Karate in 1986. She reached Shodan rank in 1993, Nidan in 1997, Sandan in 2003 and was promoted to Yondan in 2010.
Further qualifications include:
o NCCP Level II coaching (National Coaching Certification Program)
o Registered and Certified with Karate BC
o Background Police Check
o Karate Canada Member

Sempai Chris began his study of Karate at the age of 6 and after two years he gave it up. In 2006, Chris returned to his martial arts studies. He achieved the rank of Shodan in 2011, and Nidan in 2014. In 2009 Chris started training in Iaido and has achieved  Nidan` in Takeda Ryu Nakamura-Ha in 2017. Okinawan weapons is also a passion for Chris and he earned the Rank of Shodan in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Fukyukai in 2013.
Further qualifications include:
o NCCP Level I coaching (National Coaching Certification Program)
o Certified Dojo Instructor
o Registered and Certified with Karate BC
o Background Police Check
o Regional (Zone) Tournament Judge

Renshikan Karate Black Belts  -  1997 to date

Godan
Paul Robertson – Shihan                       Chris Derrett – Shihan ® (Japan)

Yondan

Charlotte Robertson – Shidoin               Gillian Stephenson

Sandan

Dave Nelmes                                        Kevin Turner                            Chris Leclair

Phil Dufault ® (Kelowna)                      Chris Wilkinson ® Yuma           Paul Hetherington ®

Nidan

Darryl Chow                                         Cliff McGillis                           Brendin Chow ®           

Ton DeGroot ® Nanaimo                      Brad Robertson ®                     Lance Regan ®                                    

Scott Hutcheson ®                               

Shodan

Robert Stenson                                     Charlotte Campbell                   Joyce Irvine

Percy Campbell ®                                 Rob Stainton ®                         Annie Slizak ®

Gabriel Wilkinson ® Yuma                   Louise Joly ®                           Jason Hogue ®

Emily Whiting ®                                 Wieslaw Kuzio ®                     Robbie Stainton ®           

David Kimura   ®                                 Mikkel Moller ® (Denmark)      Bob Gillespie    ®           

Darryl Walker ®                                   Darcy Glover ®                        Ryan Ostrikoff ®           

Shawn Gosling ®                                  David Schwirtz ®                     Daniel Schwirtz ®           

Andrea Hastie ®

RYU KYU KOBUDO FUKYUKAI

Shodan

Paul Robertson           Charlotte Robertson           Chris LeClair

Kevin Turner

TAKEDA RYU IAIDO

Sandan

Paul Robertson                                     Charlotte Robertson

Nidan

Chris LeClair                                       

Shodan

Phil Dufault ® 

Kamloops Chito-Ryu Karate Black Belts  -  1984 to 1996

Sandan

Jack Kerr ® – Founding Sensei - Shidoin (Victoria Chito-Ryu)               Luba Barron ® 

Nidan

Paul Robertson

Shodan

Gillian Stephenson                   Charlotte Maitland                    Cliff McGillis

Peter Nelson ®                         Chris Wood ®  (Okinawa)       Tyson Meyer ®            

Scott Hutcheson ®                    Alex MacDonald ®                   Gordon Leschyson ®   

® = retired or moved