SENSEI ROB WALKER
Sensei Rob is the Chief Instructor for the Westshore Dojo. He currently holds Yondan (4th Dan Black Belt) and has been training in Kimura Shukokai under Country Chief Instructor Sensei David Bentley since 2004. In addition to Shukokai Karate, Sensei Rob trained in a wide variety of martial arts for over 40 years.
Sensei Rob is a trained National Coaching Certification Program coach and instructor, a trained Fit4Defense instructor and was a tournament competitor for 10 years, including competing in 5 Kimura Shukokai International World Championships.
Sensei Rob’s approach to self-defence is influenced by his 17 years as a Federal Peace Officer and his interest in traditional kata applications. Sensei Rob is a past president of Karate BC, Chief Referee for Kimura Shukokai – Canada West, an international-level referee under Kimura Shukokai International, a member of the Karate BC Officials Committee and a national-level karate referee under Karate Canada.
SENSEI SARAH KOOIJMAN
Sensei Sarah started in Shukokai karate in 2004 and achieved her Nidan in 2012. She began competing in 2005, has won numerous medals at a provincial level.
Her competitive highlights included competing at the 2006 BC Winter Games, winning several medals at Karate BC Provincial Championships and representing Canada at the KSI World Karate Championships from 2006 to 2010.
She is currently on a maternity leave from teaching evening classes but can be found in the dojo on weekends and for special events. She is a KSI Canada West Level B Referee and a Karate BC Provincial Judge. In addition she is a certified Fit4Defence Instructor and National Coaching Certification Program coach.
SEMPAI ROSE WALKER
Sempai Rose is an Instructor at the Westshore Dojo. She currently holds Nidan (2nd Dan Black Belt) and has been training in Kimura Shukokai under Country Chief Instructor Sensei David Bentley since 2005.
Rose worked in education and outdoor recreation for many years, specializing in populations with a variety of challenges and barriers to participation. She has trained in several other martial arts since the 1980s.
Rose is a trained National Coaching Certification Program coach and instructor, a trained Fit4Defense instructor and a Westshore Competition Coach. She is a past tournament athlete who has competed provincially and internationally in Kimura Shukokai.