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Watanabe Sensei

Master Watanabe was born in Fukuoka, Japan. A direct student of Master Nakano, he began trainning at the age of 13, and has not stopped since. He came to Montreal in 1966, and began teaching Shorin-Ryu Karate in Canada.

Many students have trained under our Sensei, and have themselves become teachers. They have opened schools internationally, in places such as Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Grande Prairie, Alberta, and in 6 cities across Norway. Master Watanabe often visits them, teaching them and their students directly, so that the Shorin style is preserved in it's true form.

It is a great honor and privilege to be taught by our Sensei directly, each and every class. He does not sit back in his office as a figure head, while his senior students teach all the classes. Only on 2 occasions will his students replace him: When he goes to other schools to teach their students, or when senior students ask to teach the class, in order to gain experience for their advancement. I feel that this merits mentioning...