Who we are

The Kanto Sho Karate Club was founded in January of 2002. The Dojo is registered and licensed by the Japan Karate-do Federation and a member of the Karate Alberta Association. The Dojo has strong roots, grounded in the teachings of our karate forefathers both in Japan and Canada. The instructors have over 60 years of teaching experience amongst them. They have been training the art of Renbukai Karate since 1978. Instructors have focused their time and energy on developing their skills and that of their students in this specific art. Our instructors strive to maintain the integrity of the art they were taught over 40 years ago.

Instructors have trained, taught and entered competitions in Japan since 1984. They still travel to Japan regularly, continuing to develop their skills and forge strong relationships with the Karate Masters. All black belt instructors are licensed with the Japan Karate-do Federation. Primary instructors trained in Standard First Aid CPR-C & AED.

Members of the Kanto Sho Karate Club enter tournaments in Canada, USA and Japan.

Some to note are:

All Japan Full Contact Tournament
Tokyo Full Contact Tournament
Ebina, Japan City Tournament
Atsugi, Japan City Tournament
World Police and Fire Games Karate Tournament
Alaska State Karate Championships
Canadian Shotokan Invitational Championships
Western Canadian Karate Championships
Karate Alberta Association Karate Tournaments
All Alberta Renbukai Karate Championships

The instructors and students from the Kanto Sho Karate Club have won gold, silver or bronze in all of the tournaments they have entered.

Instructors

Sensei Glen Smith – Roku-dan

Jokyoshi (Certified Master Instructor by JKF), Owner and Renbukai Canada Director

I started training karate because I was a very small boy for my age, this partially led me to be very shy and introverted.  We were not very well off and we found that the Institute of Karate offered reasonable rates.  I came to appreciate the quality of instruction and leadership at the dojo as time went by.  My father passed away shortly after I joined karate, I found myself consumed by training. Forging my body and mind, for me karate-do is truly a way of life not just a thing to do or hobby. The dojo was safe from the problems of the outside world.  The instructors became strong adult figures that I respected (aside from my amazing Mother) in particular Sensei Frank Koch, he was the most powerful karate person I have ever met, his skill is beyond anyone I have ever known. Sensei Koch’s teaching methods were fierce but perfect for the time and me. My mother constantly worried when I came home from the dojo with many injuries. We were truly forged in the martial way and I loved every minute of it. These teaching methods would not fly so much in this modern world and of course I/we do not teach this way.

Sensei Rob

Sensei Rob Kirik – Go-dan

Instructor and Founder

When I was 12 years, I followed the rest of my class to the main auditorium of my elementary school. At the time, I had no conception that this assembly would be the spark that would ignite the future passion of my life. Not only did we get to miss math class, but we also got to witness a strange activity called a Karate Demo. At first, I sat on the hard gym floor cracking jokes with my friends, but then I started to watch what they were doing. I liked it, and there were kids my own age up there doing it as well.

Sensei Tannis Smith – San-dan

Instructor and Owner

I first started training karate when I was 7 years old in Regina, Sask. I can’t say what drew me to karate but it was the only thing I wanted to do and was very clear with my parents that it was the activity for me. Eventually, my family and I moved away from Regina and I did not rediscover training until 2004. My husband, Sensei Glen Smith, had opened the Kanto Sho Karate Club in 2002. I felt this was a great opportunity to return to something that I really enjoyed as a child and that I could potentially have success with as an adult. Training karate has been a blessing in my life. It has improved my fitness and has empowered me both physically and mentally. When I step onto the dojo floor, all other stresses of the day are forgotten and I focus on teaching students and my own training. Teaching students is a great gift, it is amazing to see people learn and grow in their practice. Their successes are infectious and it inspires me. It also challenges me mentally to understand the art, it’s applicability and improve my own practice.

Sensei Tracy MacKeracher – San-dan

Honorary Instructor

When I was 7 years old, my mom signed me up for karate classes at the Institute of Karate in Calgary. I was being bullied at school and my mom wanted me to learn how to defend myself. Soon enough, karate became my main out-of-school activity. I have always enjoyed the physical and mental challenge that karate provides. Karate is also where I discovered that I love teaching. Once students reach the rank of San Kyu (green belt), they are encouraged to assist in teaching beginner students as a means of expanding their own learning and development…after all, “teaching teaches the teacher”. Teaching others as a 12-years-old, sparked a passion that has led me to pursue teaching opportunities in my career as a marine biologist.

Sensei Steve

Sensei Steve Vaney – Ni-dan

Instructor

I began training karate in the fall of 2005 with my motivation being to get into better physical shape. Even though I exercised regularly I felt karate would add a new level of fitness. Shortly after I started training I found that karate was not only great for getting into physical shape but it was also mentally stimulating for me in a way other exercises were not.

Sensei Cody Murray – Ni-dan

Instructor

I first started training Renbukai karate at the Kanto Sho Karate Club at the age of 7 along side my mother. We joined karate because we wanted to find something new that we could both do together. Karate has been nothing but beneficial to my life. I have been training for 15 years and teaching for 9, I have acquired many skills through out my training. These skills include learning to defend myself and others, commitment, being patient, discipline and fitness. I first traveled to Japan in 2014 to grade for my Shodan and compete in the All Japan Full Contact tournament. In August of 2016 I traveled back to Japan with members of the Kanto Sho Karate Club to train with some of the most skillful champions that Japan has ever had. Karate has given me a lot of opportunities in life and a passion for learning it’s way.

Sensei Joseph Dietrich

Instructor

In the summer of 2008 at age 53, I began studying karate at the same time my daughters enrolled in the Kanto Sho kids’ karate program at the Haysboro Community Centre in Calgary, Canada.

Sensei Roy Boehli

Instructor

I joined the Kanto-Sho dojo in 2006 after watching my son Richard train with Sensei Glen Smith and Rob Kirik. When I observed that the training my son was receiving was firmly structured and disciplined, in addition to being both mentally and physically challenging, I became motivated to join the dojo and train.

Sensei Winter Smith

Instructor

I remember always wanting to train karate, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I’d sit on the side at the dojo and watch all the students throw a punch or a kick and would always think, “I want to do that”. I was always too nervous to ask to train because I worried what people would think. Was I just training because my parents were forcing me to?

Ken

Sensei John Servos

Instructor

I began my karate journey in 2013 when I was looking to enrol my then 6 year old son in an extracurricular program. We chose karate because of the obvious benefits of self defence, physical fitness, mind and body connection, and discipline. The Trico Center offered a parent and child introductory class at the time, and that helped ease my son’s anxiety to try something different as I would be alongside Him.  We really enjoyed the class, and wanted to further our training, so we joined the Kanto Sho Karate Club where my love of karate was forged. 

I quickly realized that Karate-do was more than just something to do a couple nights a week. This was a way of life, and what I thought were the primary benefits of self defence and physical fitness where just side bonuses to the humbling pursuit of perpetual self improvement. 

Sensei Justin Jensen

Instructor

I joined the Kanto Sho Karate Club in the spring of 2014. My (then) 9 year old son was interested in karate, and I thought it would be a fun activity that we could do together.  I like that karate is a family friendly activity and over the years I have been able to train together with my wife and all three children. I enjoy the physical challenge and the health and fitness benefits of training karate. I’ve found that karate helps me to combat the negative physical and mental effects of working long hours at a desk job by giving me an outlet to de-stress, be competitive, and be present in the moment. I value the opportunities karate has given me to set and meet challenging goals. On September 17, 2021, I graded for and received my Shodan black belt. I’m thankful for the help and guidance I’ve received from my Senseis at the Kanto Sho Karate Club, and look forward to continuing to learn and to share what I’ve learned with our students. 

Sensei Leith Dewalt

Instructor

I joined karate with my dad when I was 6, and have never stopped training since. The Kanto Sho Karate Club has given me so many different opportunities and has allowed me to meet some incredible people. It has also helped me learn skills like leadership and discipline that have helped me become the person I am today. Karate is something my family loves to do and it’s been one of the best parts of our lives for many years. I have made friendships to last a lifetime and done things most people my age have not. The first part of my journey ended when I received my black belt, but the rest of it is only just beginning and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead in the future.