Our Approach to Karate Training

Karate training can only be successful by focusing on dynamic technique. Developing good Karate requires an understanding of dynamic body movement to generate power and resonance.  We focus on the fundamentals of generating resonance: controlled acceleration, kime (決め) and relaxation.  Through proper exercise and understanding of the fundamentals of resonance, students learn to harness their internal core strength and deliver it through properly executed technique.

Our Team

Combined, we bring over 115 years of Karate experience and training.  Karate is an amazing vehicle to unlock one’s inner potential and we’re excited to pass our experiences and knowledge to you.

O’Brien Sensei

Founder Daniel’s Karate career began in 1971 at the age of 18, training in one of the first established Matsubayashi-ryū Dojo in the Oshawa area until receiving a Shodan rank in 1979. Daniel then trained and taught Karate in various dojo in the Oshawa area, eventually running the Karate program for the city of Oshawa. For the last twenty years, Daniel has trained under Sensei Ota.  He currently holds the rank of 7th Dan and is Sensei Ota’s Canadian representative of the Shōrin-Ryū Karate and Kobudō Association (SKKA). Daniel has a keen interest in the biomechanics of Karate movement with a particular focus on skillful use of kobudō weapons.  Daniel is a professional landscape architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects having provided this service through his own design studio for over 40 years. Recreational interests are skiing and snowboarding, having been  a qualified instructor in both sports.

Christensen Sensei


My Shorin-Ryu karate training began early in 1977 with Sensei Quai Wong and I have been fortunate enough to train with Sensei Vern Tilley and his unique street self defence techniques whereupon in 1986, I received my Shodan rank. Training with Sensei Peter Philips from 1990, I progressed to Sandan and in 2009, Sensei Eihachi Ota promoted me to Yondan and then after training in Okinawa 2016, I received my Godan from Sensei Ota and thereafter, my Renshi designation. I am a retired Toronto Fire Captain who loves art, travel, gardening and snorkelling. The art of Karate has gifted me with travel experiences I could have only dreamed of, such as – training in Okinawa, New Mexico, NYC, various Florida seminars, an Instructor course in Ireland with HDKI!  Teaching at an orphanage in Tanzania, Africa, not to mention, yearly training in California with Sensei Ota and his trips to our dojo! My intent is to continue to train and develop sound teaching leadership.

Pennell Sensei


Hello fellow Karate ka!  My training began in 1988 at the age of 8.  I trained exclusively through Sensei Peter Phillips until I received my Shodan in 2007.  Shortly afterwards, I began training under Eihachi Ota and received my Yondan (4th Dan) in 2017 while training in California.

Next Steps…

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