Sensei Phil, is the owner and head instructor of Kitchener Karate Academy Inc. He has been training since 1991 and began teaching in 1997 at the age of 15. He holds a 4th degree black belt in Shotokan karate. Throughout his career he has devoted his time on a regular basis to many organizations who have requested his help such as local martial arts clubs, tournaments, schools and Guiding Mosaic (an international Girl Guides Camp in which he taught week long self-defense seminars to several hundred girl guides and their instructors). His main focus is instilling discipline and respect within his students and in doing so boosting their self-confidence.
Sensei Phil represented Canada in 2001 with the World Congress of Amateur Athletes at the Goodwill Games Championship in Venezuela where he took home silver in Kata and again in 2002 in Mexico winning bronze in sparring. Many of his students, with dedication and hard work, are able to compete at international levels as he has.
Sensei Phil is an asset to the world of Martial Arts. He is passionate and 100% dedicated to his students and his art form. He continues to strive towards his personal goals by adding more stripes to his belt.
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Shotokan is a style of karate, developed from various martial arts by Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957) and his son Gigo. Being one of the first and biggest styles, Shotokan is considered a traditional and influential form of karate.
Shotokan was the name of the first official dojo built by Funakoshi, in 1936 at Mejiro, and destroyed in 1945 as a result of an allied bombing. Shoto, meaning "pine-waves" (the movement of pine needles when the wind blows through them), was Funakoshi's pen-name, which he used in his poetic and philosophical writings and messages to his students. The Japanese kan means "house" or "hall". In honor of their sensei, Funakoshi's students created a sign reading shoto-kan, which they placed above the entrance of the hall where Funakoshi taught.