Sensei Ron Mattie (8th Dan)
Chief Instructor, SWKKF (Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation )
Over 50 years of martial arts training, Sensei Mattie taught many of Hanshi Shintani’s monthly black belt classes at the Japanese Culture center in Hamilton as well as traveling across Canada conducting karate workshops. After Hanshi Shintani’s passing in 2000, Sensei Mattie was appointed Chief instructor of the Shintani Wado-Kai Karate Federation. He travels across Canada as well as other countries holding clinics for vary martial art groups.
Sensei Denis Labbe (9th Dan)
President, SWKKF (Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation)
Sensei Denis trained with Hanshi Shintani and also with Sensei Peter Ciolfi, one of Hanshi Shintani's black belts. As a kyu belt Sensei Denis trained with Sensei Ron Mattie who had started karate in 1973. In March of 1975 Sensei Denis received his Shodan rank. As a black belt Sensei Denis trained with Sensei Ron, Sensei Peter Ciolfi, Sensei Dominic Morabito and Sensei Ray Poulin. In June of 1997 Hanshi Shintani formed the SWKKF Senate. Sensei Denis held the position of Secretary-General for 10 years. In May of 2000 Hanshi Shintani passed away and Sensei Denis became the successor as President of the SWKKF. Sensei Denis continues to train, teach seminars, and attend tournaments and black belt gradings across Canada. He oversees the SWKKF and continues to fuel the organization in the direction Sensei Shintani guided him.
Sensei Carmelo Marchese (7th Dan)
President, WTKA Canada (World Traditional Karate Association)
With over 35 years of martial arts training in traditional Shotokan, Sensei Carmelo is a former Venezuelan kumite champion and leads the WTKA Canada Shotokan group based in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. WTKA is Is dedicated to developing a non-political karate association across Canada.