inaugural class was held on April 8, 2002. The Hinode Shotokan Karate
Club practices traditional Shotokan Karate-do, a
style of martial art based on the principles
of Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957). Funakoshi Sensei was a pioneer, who
was instrumental in introducing Karate-do to mainland Japan from
Okinawa. He is considered by many karate
practitioners to be the father of modern karate. Funakoshi Sensei
trained under both Yasutsune
Itosu and Anko Azato.
The Hinode dojo takes pride in the
development of a courteous and spirited training environment. What
we teach is not a sport, but a method of using the mind, body and spirit
to better ourselves in our training, as well as our daily life.
Our training environment is non-competitive, with each student working
not only to improve him or herself, but to help the other students
improve as well. We hope that our traditional training methods will
help to develop
practical self defense skills, all around physical fitness and positive
character traits in all of our students.
Hinode Karate is affiliated with the International
Shotokan Karate Federation of British Columbia (ISKF BC), and Karate
BC. All karate instruction is
provided by certified Karate BC instructors and ISKF BC instructor
trainees. The majority of classes conducted at the Hinode dojo are
taught by Sensei Krister Naab, ISKF Godan (5th degree black belt) in
Shotokan Karate-do. Supplemental instruction by visiting ISKF Masters is
offered through the International Shotokan Karate Federation three times
Examinations are offered approximately three times
per year. Students are considered for promotion based on a
combination of their commitment to training, work ethic and skill level.
Advancement is not dictated by the period of time spent at a particular
rank. Students are encouraged to train as often and diligently as
promotions are conducted by certified ISKF examiners.
Students must be a minimum of 10 years in age to be considered for
membership. All students must be able to demonstrate a strong work ethic and desire to learn.
Higher ranked students are expected to help train students of lower
ranks. Teaching is one of the best ways to improve your own
skills. It is considered to be a large part of your own training.
Our dojo (place of training) is the St Catherine's Anglican Church, located at
1058 Ridgewood Drive, in North
Vancouver, BC. Select one of the maps to the left for clear
directions on how to get to the dojo from either the Highway #1 and
Westview Drive interchange or the Highway #1 and Capilano Road interchange.