Tuscany Karate Calgary NW - Dynamic Karate - About

Wado is a Japanese karate style founded in 1939 by Hironori Otsuka and it aims to not only train the physical body, but to also train the mind so students can react intuitively to various situations. Wado karateka (karate students), develop physical expertise, inner strength, calmness of character, self-control, respect for others, and true humility. Read more on our styles below.

Classes are available for students of all ages 6+. Children and youth in particular benefit from having fun in a structured environment that teaches discipline, respect and improves their physical fitness. We strive to provide a family oriented environment focusing on building confidence, self-esteem, strength, flexibility, and self-defense.

Our Styles

Shintani Wado Kai Karate is a karate style that encompasses Shorin Ryu and Wado Kai.


Wado is a Japanese karate style founded in 1939 by Hironori Otsuka, which combines the techniques and philosophies of shindo yoshinryu jujutsu and shotokan karate techntsuka. Wado translated means the “way of peace/harmony”. Wado is one of the four major styles of karate in Japan and perhaps the purest form of karate-do (the way of the empty hands).

Wado techniques include: punching, kicking, blocking, striking with open hand, joint twisting, and trapping techniques. Wado students use kata (a sequence of techniques done in certain order against imaginary opponents), kihon kumite (prearranged sparring) and kumite (free style sparring) as tools to develop students. Kumite (free style sparring) is usually judged on a point system; one referee and four corner judges determine which techniques are given a point. In free sparring, there is no contact allowed to the head, below the waist except for foot sweeps, or to the spine; only light to medium contact is allowed to the torso. Attacks to the head and torso can all score points in a tournament; therefore, Wado karate-ka tend to fight with explosive, close movements with an emphasis on well-controlled techniques. Wado karate uses taisabaki (body shifting to avoid the full brunt of an attack) extensively in training exercises.


Shindo

Shindo is the art of the 3 foot staff. Shindo was developed in the early 1970’s by Sensei Masuru Shintani. Sensei Shintani developed the Shindo over a 12 – 15 year period before introducing it to his students in the mid 1980’s. Techniques in Shindo are extensions to the body and incorporate many of the principles taught in Wado Kai Karate. Typical techniques include: strikes, blocks, control holds and take downs. 


Hapkido

Although the origin of Hapkido dates back centuries, Hapkido as it is known today did not exist until the 1940’s. The term Hapkido is derived from the following Korean words: “Hap”, meaning harmony, coordinating or coming together; “Ki” meaning life energy or force; “Do” meaning the path or way. In essence, Hapkido is “The way of power and coordination”. Hapkido is a mixture of Aiki-Jujitsu, native Korean arts and new innovations; therefore Hapkido techniques consist of a variety of techniques from various martial arts. Typical Hapkido techniques include : strikes, kicks, blocks, holds, joint locks, chokes, throws, break falls, tumbling, ground fighting and weapons.​​

Sensei Darren Humphries teaching class.
- Dynamic Karate Calgary
Sensei Darren Humphries teaching class. - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Head Instructors

Club Founder & Chief Instructor - Sensei Darren Humphries (6th Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Darren Humphries - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Dynamic Karate Association karate school (Karate Calgary Northwest) was founded by Sensei Darren Humphries in Tuscany back in 2008. Since 1986, Sensei Darren has been an active instructor and an active member in the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF). He is active on several SWKKF committees including the Tournament Committee Grading Committee (chair) and the Bunkai Committee. Sensei Darren has been a three time member of the Shintani National Team (1996-1997, 1997-1998 and 2002-2004). He also holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) in Shindo (art of the 3 foot staff) and actively promotes it across Western Canada. To gain additional martial arts experience, Darren started training in Korean Hapkido in 1993 (received his 1st degree black belt in 1997) and started training Jiu Jitsu in 2006. Sensei Darren also attends and teaches seminars across North America. He is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 4 Instructor and NCCP Certified.

Sensei Paul Klein - Sandan (3rd Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Paul Klein - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Paul began in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Dudley Driscoll (Godan) and Sensei Pam Driscoll (Godan) in 1994 at the University of Calgary. Sensei Paul trained until 1999 and took a hiatus from karate as a blue belt. In 2005, Sensei Paul returned to karate, training at Calgary North Wado Kai Karate where he achieved his Shodan rank (first degree black belt) in May 2010. Sensei Paul instructed both the family and adult classes at the Calgary North Wado Kai club until November 2010. While preparing for his Shodan grading, Sensei Paul trained under Sensei Darren Humphries and has since joined Dynamic Karate as a permanent member. Sensei Paul earned his Sandan (3rd Degree) black belt in July 2016. Sensei Paul has been an active member of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation for the time he has been doing karate.  He is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor.

Sensei Teresa Graup - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Teresa Graup - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Teresa started karate in 2011 in Turner Valley under Sensei Rathe Mokelky (Rokudan - 6th Dan). In 2014 Teresa started training under Sensei Chad Roberts (Nidan - 2nd Dan) who was asked to take over the Turner Valley club by Sensei Rathe. Teresa earned her Shodan (1st degree / dan) in October 2017 in Carlyle, SK. Teresa now teaches the Turner Valley club. She is very active in the Shintani Shindo program  ​and takes every opportunity she can to promote Shindo.​  She is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor. 

Our Black Belts

Sensei John Burnell - Yodan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Sensei John Burnell - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei John began in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Dudley Driscoll (Godan) and Sensei Pam Driscoll (Godan) in 1991 at the University Of Calgary. Sensei John attained his Yodan (4th Dan) in May 2014. Sensei John assists with the Monday and Wednesday night classes.

Sensei Chad Roberts - Nidan (2nd Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Chad Roberta - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Chad began in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Darren at the Dynamic Karate Club in Tuscany. Chad is the first student to start in Tuscany and achieve his black belt. Chad is the head instructor for the Turner Valley club and teaches classes every Thursday night. Sensei Chad has been instrumental in the growth of Dynamic Karate. Sensei Chad is an active member of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation for the time he has been doing karate and has recently been elected as the Southern Alberta club representative for the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation.​

Sensei Grant Stephen - Nidan (2nd Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Grant Stephen - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Grant began in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Darren at the Dynamic Karate Club in Calgary. Sensei Grant attained his Nidan (2nd Dan) in October 2015. Sensei Grant assists with the Monday and Wednesday night classes. 

Black Belts

Sensei Cynthia Brocklebank - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Cynthia Brocklebank - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Cynthia has been active in karate since 2005, and began with Sensei Sandro at the Arbour Lake Club in 2006. She attained the rank of Shodan in October 2015.  Sensei Cynthia assists with family classes at both  Tuscany and Arbour Lake clubs. She is very active in the Shintani Shindo program and has received an intermediate shindo rank.​  She is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor. 

Glen Woo - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Glen Woo - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Glen began in Wado Kai Karate under Sensei Sandro at the Hokusei Karate Club in Arbour Lake. Glen is the first Black Belt in Arbour Lake. Sensei Glen has been instrumental in helping run the Arbour Lake club. Sensei Glen is an active member of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation for the time he has been doing karate and has been the club representative for many years.  He is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor. 

Sensei Dianne Dickinson - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Dianne Dickinson - Dynamic Karate Calgary

For over 10 years, Dynamic Karate Association of Alberta (Karate Calgary Northwest Karate School) has been teaching karate and self defense in Tuscany, Scenic Acres and Turner Valley. We offer kids karate, family programs, and adult classes for students of all ages and belt ranks. We are a non-profit organization and part of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation (SWKKF) with over 3000 members worldwide, a member of Karate Alberta, Karate Canada, and the World Traditional Karate-do Association. We focus on teaching traditional karate and incorporating techniques from other styles into our programs.

​Sensei Lisa Branch - Shodan (1st Degree/Dan Black Belt)

Sensei Lisa Branch - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Lisa attended her first karate class in Toronto, Ontario during a high school exchange trip. The physical training and foreign language sparked an interest.  While studying engineering at university she briefly trained again at a dojo in Ft McMurray, Alberta during a work term, adding fuel to the spark.  Years later, after being invited by another family, Lisa started Wado Kai Karate in 2013 in Turner Valley, Alberta with her husband and 3 children. Lisa achieved the rank of Shodan in 2018 and continues to train in Turner Valley sharing that spark with others during the Family Class.  She is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor.

Sensei Rich Rego - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)​

Sensei Rich Rego - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Rich began his Wado Kai training under the instruction of Sensei Darren Humphries at the Dynamic Karate school in Calgary, Alberta in 2010.  He began Wado Kai karate training as a family activity participating to be a part of and to support his daughter's training. He earned his Shodan (1st degree / dan) in October, 2015 in Saskatoon, SK. Sensei Rich has been instrumental in the Wado Kai karate training and development of other youngsters and adults in the family class and continues his own development in the adult training sessions. He is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor.

Sensei Thomas Lee - Shodan (1st Dan/Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Thomas Lee - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Thomas began his martial arts training in the Canadian Army studying unarmed combat. He started Wado Kai Karate in September of 2009 under Sensei Darren Humphries in the family class to support his 8-year old daughter. Thomas continued training in the family and adult classes, earning his Shodan (1st degree / dan) in October 2017 in Carlyle, SK. He is also active in a program called "Reading Karate" at the Edge School for Athletes in Springbank, which combines a love of reading with a passion for karate.Thomas believes his karate journey is now just beginning.  He is a Shintani Wado Kai Karate Level 1 Instructor. 

Sensei Bailey Stephen - Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Bailey Stephen - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Roy Roth - Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Roy Roth - Dynamic Karate Calgary

Sensei Gordon Zhang - Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Gordon Zhang - Dynamic Karate Calgary