It is with great excitement that I proudly announce the merging of Heijoshin Karate and Kildonan Karate Club (KKC). Beginning in September, Heijoshin Karate members will effectively become members of Kildonan Karate Club, and will train at the beautiful, purpose-built, full-time karate dojo owned and operated by Sensei Steve Burch. There will no longer be classes held at Gateway Recreation Centre. I will continue teaching twice a week at KKC alongside Steve Sensei. Kildonan Karate Club recently became affiliated with the WTKO, and given how close in proximity our two dojos are, it just made perfect sense to combine forces and become bigger and better, together.
For the past six years, Heijoshin Karate has operated out of Gateway Recreation Centre offering two All Levels classes a week. Despite the concrete floors, the space has been great and Gateway Rec has been very good to us. In the past six years I have invested a great amount of my personal time and energy not only teaching, but also running the business behind the scenes. It has been a one-man show, and I am proud of what I have accomplished on my own in these past 6 years. It has been a labour of love and I can truly say that Heijoshin Karate is a piece of me. It has become part of my identity. However names should not define who we are. Rather it is our actions that define us. As an instructor, what drives me most is interacting with and caring for the wellbeing of my students, and although the Heijoshin Karate name will effectively be no more, I want to stress that I am absolutely not abandoning my students. In fact, I am more committed than ever, and will continue to teach an All Levels class as well as an Advanced class each week until life permits me to do more.
With my family and work commitments being what they are, at this stage in my life I can only devote so much time to teaching karate. My students need more training opportunities than what I can provide for them on my own. For them to continue to grow in their Karate journey, they need more training options with more classes that are more relevant to their level. By joining KKC, Heijoshin Karate members will go from having two general classes a week to training opportunities 6 DAYS A WEEK, including classes specific to their rank. The facility offers the sprung hardwood floors of a traditional karate dojo, as well as a matted area, and all the training equipment you would expect from a dedicated karate studio. The word MAKIWARA comes to mind! Not to mention dedicated change rooms (no more changing in the washroom). All this and yet the fees are going to stay pretty much the same. Everybody wins.
Finally, our members are gaining a great instructor in Sensei Steve Burch. He has a seeking mind and is truly passionate about Shotokan Karate. He is wonderful with kids and adults alike and above all is a kind and thoughtful person. I am certain you will feel the same. I am really looking forward to working with him to build Kildonan Karate Club into one of the best dojos in Manitoba!
This website will remain online in a limited capacity. I encourage all to visit kildonankarate.ca for info regarding registration.
Finally, I would like to thank dojo members past and present who have made me realize just how much I love teaching karate. I will not let you down.
If you have any questions, I encourage you to email me.
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