The Dojo

The dojo is dedicated to the development of the human spirit in each person as an individual.

A Brief History of Renbukai

As early as the 1920’s accomplished practitioners of many different styles of Karate in Japan found themselves in search of a more practical way to train realistic but still traditional karate. During the 1930’s and 40’s they came together in a fusion of styles and developed what is known today as Renbukai Karate. Renbukai means literally “to meet to forge the martial way”. This is why there is no one master of the style. Students of Renbukai created Bogu (Armour), developed from Kendo gear. Bogu is used as a form of protective gear, in order to facilitate the student training safely. Over 400,000 people in Japan train Renbukai.

Traditional Training

It is commonly known that Karate is a powerful fighting art. Karate training develops discipline, inner strength, improved self-confidence and self-esteem. Along with increased fitness, the Karate practitioner takes these from the dojo, improving life at work, school, leisure and sport.
Training need not consume vast amounts of your time, if an individual has limited spare time to train, their skills will still develop. Karate is a process which successfully develops the mind and body.
At the dojo, group training creates community and connection, while recognizing individual levels of achievement. It is noted that parents regularly comment on their children’ enhance ability to concentrate at school and home, their increased confidence and self esteem and ability to self-regulate.

Training Space

The Kanto Sho Karate Club is built in the tradition of the Japanese Dojo. It is approximately 1600 square feet of hardwood floors, mirrors and there are men’s and women’ change rooms available. All required protective equipment, punching bags and fitness equipment are supplied by the Dojo. As with all Dojo’s there is an etiquette that students must adhere to as demonstrative of respect for the training space and for student safety. Examples of these are:

  • No shoes on the dojo floor
  • No horse play or loud talk
  • No gum or jewellery in class
  • Talking in class kept to a minimum
  • Bow upon entering and leaving the dojo
  • Ask for permission prior to using the equipment in the dojo
  • Cell phones kept on vibrate

*All etiquette will be reviewed with students.

This is a traditional dojo following the examples of the teachings of our instructors throughout time, both in Canada and Japan – please treat the space with respect.