You may be a parent who wants to help their child develop focus and better emotional control or an older student looking for a good workout - either way, you're in the right place!
Mark Yates – called Shihan in the dojo, which means a senior instructor who has achieved a high ranking – is a 7th dan black belt in Goshin Jitsu Karate and has been teaching martial arts for over 40 years.
In his 40 years he has won 6 World Champion Titles in Self Defense and Traditional Weapons, brought over 300 students up to their black belt, and taught thousands of people karate and self-defense.
"The great thing about Karate is that there's always something new to learn or a way to improve. It can keep things interesting!"
What does “teaching life skills” look like? It looks like “mat chats” when Shihan talks about subjects like how to handle bullying at school, how to stay calm when someone makes you angry, and how to build resilience.
You can see it during a class when Shihan throws out bite-size bits of knowledge and encouragement as kids learn new katas or compete with themselves in a drill. Parents and students can bring their challenges to Shihan to get some perspective and practical wisdom.
One great thing about martial arts is you’re able to modify the curriculum to work with students of different ability levels. Everyone, working to the best of their abilities, can achieve Black Belt. Working towards your black belt will teach and reinforce perseverance, self-control, and positive outlook.
Our dojo is a safe and inclusive training environment that has welcomed people in the community ages 3 1/2 and up for over 40 years. We have hosted competitions and have had competitors from across Canada and from the US come to join us.