Instructors

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 the head coach for the Westshore Dojo and is a certified tournament judge in British Columbia. In addition she is a certified Fit4Defence Instructor and National Coaching Certification Program coach.