how shotokan karate began...
Daruma (Bodhidharma) founder of Zen Buddhism
from Western India
Travelled to China to lecture on Budhism and share his teachings (Shorin-ji Kempo) which incorporates physical and spiritual training methods to enhance physical strength to attain the essence of the way of the Buddha
Ryukyu King Shoen issued a law disallowing the peasantry from owning war-making weapons as a practice to maintain law and order
Okinawan's developed empty-handed fighting methods in order to resist the occupation of the sword-wielding Satsuma Samurai but was banned from teaching in an open and organized manner as to marshal their forces for open rebellion.
This inclination to keep training methods secret is common throughout ancient and medieval martial arts, and still today some grading's are not open to public viewing.
Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957) --> 5th Dan (10th Dan Postmortem)
- Trained from Asato Anko and Itosu Anko
- It is said that Master Gichin Funakoshi created the style of Shotokan Karate by combining Okinawan martial arts and trainings from the Chinese Shaolin Temple
Masatoshi Nakayama (1913-1987) --> 5th Dan(10th Dan Postmortem)
- Trained from Gichin Funakoshi
Nakayama and some other colleagues create the JKA - Japanese Karate Association. They created the organization to promote Shotokan Karate internationally
Minoru Saeki (present) --> 7th Dan
Created the - CJKF Canadian Japanese Karate Federation a regional division of the JKA Headquarters in Tokyo. Minoru Saeki is the head instructor of the CJKF and representative for all JKA clubs in Canada.
Reg Daypuck (present) --> 3rd Dan and Pete Daypuck (present) --> 3rd Dan
Are head instructors of the Daypuck Karate and joined the JKA to form the London JKA under tutelage of Master Minoru Saeki in the CJKF in Ottawa
After several legal battles of senior JKA officials leaving and starting their own respective JKA divisions the Nobuyuki Nakahara group retained control of JKA and appointed Masaaki Ueki as Chief Instructor 9th Dan
Meet our sensei's
Sensei Reg Daypuck
Raised in a rough neighbourhood in Sudbury Ontario, Sensei Reg has trained in various martial arts for over the past 50 years and is considered an expert in self defense and karate.
Starting in the late 1960’s Sensei Reg began his training in the combat self defense art of Goshin Jitsu under Sensei Tony Cirillo and Master Arthur Geneaux.
In the 1980’s Sensei Reg expanded his training and practiced in the arts of Kenpo, Shornji Ryu, and Yang Style Tai Chi.
In 1990 Sensei Reg (along with Sensei Larry Bowlby of London Shidokan) opened up London Family Karate Centre which was located in the north end of London in the Huron Market Place and joined SKIF under Master Kenzo Dozono (Belleville) and became East London Shotokan Karate.
In 1992 (plus 2 years probation) the dojo was accepted by the CJKF (JKA) under tutelage of Master Minoru Saeki (Ottawa). To this day he has helped groom and train several black belts in the style of JKA Shotokan and continues to pass on his knowledge at the Daypuck Karate dojo on Saskatoon Street.
Sensei Pete Daypuck
Born in Sudbury Ontario, Sensei Pete grew up in London from the age of 4 years old when his father (Sensei Reg) moved to southwestern Ontario.
In 1989 Sensei Pete only used the dojo as a place to lift weights in preparation for the upcoming hockey season. Watching many classes and realizing the benefits of karate, he decided to give it a try (in February of 1990). Although he found the classes very fulfilling, it was the karate tournaments and the thrill of competition that really got him hooked. Sensei Pete began competing in upwards of 20 tournaments per year and quickly climbed to the top of the ratings.
Achieving the rank of black belt in 1996, Sensei Pete began competing extensively in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) and became fully sponsored by the FOCUS National Karate Team (based out of Houston TX) and later Team IDC International (based out of Atlantic City NJ).
In 2002 Sensei Pete won his first of 4 NBL World Titles (creative weapons X 2, traditional weapons, Japanese kata).
After achieving his sport karate goals, Sensei Pete began to focus on Traditional Karate competition and was able to qualify for the JKA National Team in 2003. He went on to represent Canada at the 9th JKA World Karate Championships in Tokyo Japan (2004) and the 10th JKA World Karate Championships in Sydney Australia (2006), competing in kumite (fighting) only.
Experience: 50+ Years
JKA Rank: Sandan (3rd degree) - 2007
Examiner: Master Masahiko Tanaka (Japan)
Experience: 28+ Years
JKA Rank: Sandan (3rd degree) - 2008
Examiner: Master Masahiko Tanaka (Japan)