Krister began his martial arts training in 1988
with Ishinryu Karate-do in Mascott, New South Wales, a suburb of
Sydney, Australia. He trained for three years under the guidance
of Sensei Robert Schaffa, and Chief Instructor of Ishinryu Australia,
Sensei Tony Hails.
Upon returning to North Vancouver in 1991, the
absence of an Ishinryu club had Krister turn to Shotokan Karate-do
where, for the next 11 years, he trained with the Vancouver Shotokan
Karate Club. It was during this period that Sensei acquired his
Sandan ranking (3rd degree black belt) in Shotokan Karate-do.
A distant move by the Vancouver Shotokan Karate
Club, and the opportunity to instruct the local military, reinforced
Krister's decision to open the Hinode Shotokan Karate Club, and
reinstate the International Shotokan Karate Federation in North
Vancouver. The Hinode dojo was opened on April 8, 2002.
Krister now holds the ranks of 6th dan in Shotokan
Karate-do (December 17, 2016) and 4th dan in Ryukyu Kobudo (November 30,
2016). He has experience training in different parts of the
world, with many of the JKA and ISKF masters. Krister has also spent time in Tokyo, Amami Oshima
(Kagoshima Prefecture) and Okinawa, Japan,
extensively studying karate and kobudo.
Krister has competed in many
tournaments, representing British Columbia on several occasions, while
capturing numerous medals at both the provincial and national levels.
also a certified judge with the International Shotokan Karate
Krister is a certified Karate BC Instructor, and is
actively enrolled in both the ISKF Instructor Training Program, as well
as the National Coaching Certification Program, to ensure that
students receive the highest quality instruction possible.