Kyokushin Karate is one of the largest karate organizations in the world, renowned for its highly physical and intense training style. In Japanese, Kyokushin translates to ultimate truth or reality. Rest assured, if you apply yourself in Kyokushin Karate, you will surely learn to defend yourself. Kyokushin is more than karate.
Senpai Joedy began Kyokushin in the mid-70s. During this time, he also trained in classical ballet to improve his skill in Kyokushin. After a long hiatus, he married in 1989, had two children and moved to Langley where he trained with his childhood friend, Sensei Leo van den Boogard who was the instructor. In 2003, Senpai Joedy moved to Campbell River where he opened a dojo at the Homalco Indian Band. His students travelled to tournaments in many cities in BC earning many trophies and titles, including three-time Canadian Champion, Rebecca Williams, where she competed in the boys “knockdown” category! Sadly, in 2014 Senpai Joedy was forced to close the dojo due to health concerns. Even though the dojo closed, the spirit of Kyokushin never left him. “Kyokushin is in my blood. I’ll never quit!”
In 2022, Senpai Joedy formed a partnership with Sherry Laffling a previous student of Kyokushin. Students are taught self-defence, kata, kumite (sparring), focus, stretching, strengthening and meditation. It is stressed to all students how to handle a bullying situation. If it is found that a student is abusing the teachings of Kyokushin, the student will be terminated immediately.
We offer classes on Monday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 PM for ages 14+. Our current classes consist of a range of ages and experiences, some parents train with their children! We welcome those new and interested in joining to come by and watch one of our classes!
Classes are at Southgate Middle School in the Upper Gymnasium located at 740 Holm Road. Please arrive early.
We do our best to keep our fees reasonably priced as we believe it's not about the money, but about kids having the opportunity to learn karate. The lower costs do not affect the level of teaching. In fact, quite the contrary! Drop by to see for yourself.
Kyokushin Karate Campbell River operates as an unregistered non-profit society. All class fees collected remain in the dojo to provide pads, equipment, gi’s (uniforms), mouth guards and training booklets. Families experiencing financial hardship are encouraged to join, please talk with Senpai Joedy.
International Kyokushin Organization Membership (IKO) Fee: $40
Insurance: $15 annually
Classes: $180 per term
“I was bullied in school, so I enrolled in Kyokushin karate to protect myself. I was dedicated and I practiced at home. My physical and self-defense skills improved and I began to carry myself with confidence. I knew I could defend myself! Consequently, the bullies no longer found me a target, and in fact, I made friends with some of my previous tormentors!” This is the Kyokushin spirit.
Senpai Joedy began Kyokushin in 1973 at the age of 14. He was trained by the legendary Sensei Tony Severs, who was renowned for his intense and highly physical style of training. “The training was tough, it hurt, but I loved every minute of it!” Senpai Joedy’s idol was Bruce Lee, and he incorporated many of his moves in tournaments which served him well. At the age of 14, Sempai Joedy enrolled in classical ballet to bring his skills to a new level. He trained for 5 years in Richmond, New Westminster, Vancouver and London, England. “In many ways, ballet is very similar to karate."
Senpai Joedy currently works at Southgate Middle School, where he works as a Youth Worker and First Aid Attendant. His room is full of guitars, and he offers guitar lessons to students at lunchtime. In his off-time, he volunteers to feed the homeless and plays in the band, “Inclusion”, which is a band that features special needs musicians with proceeds from performances going toward special needs community programming. He also enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, camping, and spending time with his family and cockapoo, Cooper.