International Karate
                         Association
Welcome!  
Hachi-O-Kai World Budo Federation
We teach Karate-Do, Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Kenjitsu, 
Weapons (including sword Boe and many others)

The Japan Martial Arts Centre is a karate learning and training studio and is the Headquarters of the IKA Canada. Children as young as 3 can participate. If you are a parent and considering karate, please read our parent's  testimonials.  We also have one of the highest number of Black Belts in the city, and many teens and adults love to train at our Centre. 
 
The Martial Arts is an excellent activity for self defense and confidence. It is also provides physical and cardiovascular benefits. Our program will teach you discipline, respect for others and knowledge of the Martial Arts.  You will learn the Five Dojo Kun.  

The Master is Kancho Takemasa Okuyama, 10th Dan. One of the highest ranking Martial Arts Masters in the World.







Monday September 1, 2014

HAPPY LABOUR DAY!!

The Dojo is open for regular scheduled classes today!!




Wednesday August 27, 2014

Kancho T. Okuyama's Seminar on Sunday August 17  was a success with a wonderful celebration for his 10th Dan.

Kancho taught Kankudai and Hangestu.

Kyoshi Larry Prohaska and his students were not able to make it on such short notice as well as other students, so by popular demand,.............

Kancho will be doing another seminar on Sunday August 31, 2014 1:00 - 4:00

For this seminar Kancho will be teaching Gojuishiho-sho, Nijiushiho-sho plus Knife defense techniques.

Seminar fee: $50

If you can make it to this seminar and celebration after, it will be wonderful.

Have a great week.

Sunday August 17, 2014


Friday August 8, 2014

From Hanshi Nick Florian, 8th Dan
Chairman of the Hachi-O-Kai World Budo Federation

Kancho T. Okuyama's 10th Dan Celebration & Seminar

Sunday August 17, 2014  1:00 - 4:00pm

All Black Belts, please attend and Kyu Belts welcomed.

Kancho Okuyama will be teaching Kankudai with centering oneself with the Kata.
And Hangetsu with the importance of breathing.

Seminar Fee: $50

Monday August 4, 2014

OPEN TODAY!! On the Civic Holiday.
For regular scheduled classes. See our schedule link above.
FREE Trial classes! 

Wednesday July 23, 2014

Train with one of the HIGHEST RANKING MASTERS in the World!!
Right in Toronto, Canada.
Free Trial Classes.
Children, Adults, Teenagers... all are welcome!






Monday July 7, 2014

The Uechi-Ryu World Cup and Traditional Karate Championship in June 2014 was a huge success.
Check out their Facebook page for Photos and Videos from this Successful Event:

https://www.facebook.com/uechiryuworldcup

Wednesday July 2, 2014

We hope everyone had a wonderful CANADA DAY! 
Come by the Dojo for TRAINING in our Air Conditioned Dojo.

New Students WELCOME for a FREE TRIAL class!

Friday June 6, 2014

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT    

From: Hanshi Nick Florian

Chairman, Hachi-O-Kai World Budo Federation


Congratulations to Kancho Takemasa Okuyama, who has been awarded the rank of 10th Dan

 by the following organizations, worldwide:

European Budo Association

President: Thomas Piotrokowicz, 8th Dan                              

Headquarters: Warsaw, Poland

 

Global Martial Arts Association

President: Ziko G. Becanovic, 9th Dan

Headquarters: Vienna, Austria

 

Russian Academy of Karate-Do Shotokan

President: Dr. Nikolai Nemchinov, 8th Dan

Headquarters: Moscow, Russia

WUKKO World Uechi Ryu Karate-Do

President: Gustavo Gondra, 9th Dan

Headquarters: Buenos Aires, Argentina

International Kapap Association

Israeli Karate Association

President: Moshe H Galisko, 8th Dan

Headquarters: Be'er Sheva, Israel

 

This year, Kancho Okuyama delivered seminars in Russia (April), and Poland (May), after which he was presented a 10th Dan certificate. This elite rank comes to him after an illustrious karate career in which he has taught his art on 5 continents. His “Karate is Harmony of the Universe” approach has given countless Karate-ka the inspiration to pursue Karate-do as a lifetime activity. He has given seminars to military and police personnel, and taught all age groups at his dojo.



Emphasis on natural, everyday human movement as well as sources of power (e.g., gravity, weather elements) are key elements of Kancho’s teaching method. All these elements join in harmony when training Karate-do. Kancho deeply searches the meaning of each Kata’s name of which Shotokan Karate Founder, Gichin Funakoshi re-created like “Kankudai”, “Jion”, “Meikyo” and the many other Shotokan Katas. Kancho seeks the reason behind each name of the Kata to further develop the spirit of the Kata to teach for future generations.


Kancho pioneered a peacekeeping group of Israeli and Palestinian Karate-ka in Be’er Sheva, Israel, receiving a special award from that city’s mayor. Kancho Okuyama also received the Key from the City of Cali, Columbia.

 


Tuesday May 27, 2014

Kancho's visit to Poland
















POLAND May 2014


For more information about the tournament in Poland:


Miami 2014







Kancho's trip to Moscow, 2014

Kancho has been visiting Moscow, Russia for 12 years, 2 times a year! 

This year Kancho just came back from his visit on April 25 - April 27. 

Karate-ka from 4 years old to 67 years old attended his seminar. They trained 5 hours a day for 3 days. 

ALL Kyu Belts, Black Belts which includes Children as well as all Sensei's, Shihans, Kyoshi and Hanshiwas in attendance.

 

In order for many of the Black Belt students in the Russian Organization to GRADE, they MUST attend the 15 hour seminar with Kancho and then do their Grading in front of Kancho. Therefore they WAIT every year for Kancho's visit.

 

Many people from Shodan to Godan (5th Dan) passed. They did Kata Hangetsu, Sochin, Nijushiho and Gangkaku.. Everybody was very serious and did a very heard training with a lot of discipline and respect.

 

Karate-ka from all over Russia including Leningrad and St. Petersburg  as well as Siberia attended. Kancho's seminar assistant and sparring partner for demonstrations was a 36 years old Karate-ka, who was about  195 cm tall (6 foot 4 inches)  and weighed 95 kg (210 llbs)!

 

Hashi Nikolay, the head of the Organization is also a Medical Doctor and is organizing very well. Kancho enjoyed his trip to Moscow very much!!

 

Now Moscow has many Sushi Restaurants and he was happy to eat a lot of Sushi. On the last Sunday of his visit, they took Kancho to a 4 Star Restaurant where the Owner is also a great supporter of Karate-do.

 

Special Thanks to:

Nikolay Nemchinov

Boleslav Voishko

Vladimir Diesperov (Colonel)

and a VERY SPECIAL thanks to Dimitry Yakovlev, whose hard work and dedication as well as communication is what brings Kancho to Moscow every year.




This beautiful 5 minute film was made by Siu Ta in 2004. The star of this film was a student of ours who has since moved and is now a young man. What is so beautiful is now, Siu's children are training at our Dojo.

We love how Karate is so intergenerational!

Enjoy this wonderful film...

"KATA PRACTICE"


Wednesday March 26, 2014



"The greatest martial artist need to use little of their own strength: they use the opponent's own power and momentum to defeat that opponent.  The ultimate mastery of Karate-do is being able to defend yourself by simply walking toward your opponent."
 -from the book "Ultimate Karate" by Kancho T. Okuyama

Original Photo by: Philip Winestone








Tuesday March 4, 2014

In honor of the Oscar's this past weekend and copying host, Ellen Degeneres, the youth/children students' class did a fun group selfie!!






Friday February  28, 2014

Miami 2014.

World Championship and special seminar with Kancho T. Okuyama.

Hosted by Hanshi Gustavo Gondra.

For more information: Itinerary, Program, Location as well as others, please click "AFFILIATION" on the top of this page!!



Thursday February 6, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to the FANTASTIC students who graded in January...




 
Friday January 17, 2014


Check out more photos from the Kagami Biraki 2014
(thank you Shihan Raymond Ata of the Harmony Centre)



Tuesday January 13, 2014

The Kagami Biraki and seminar was a great SUCCESS.

Thank you for all those who participated and thank you to our special guests:


Master (retired Lieutenant-Colonel) Steve Nash, Scott Allen, Zack Yuen, all of Traditional Excellence in Kingston, Ontario. http://www.traditionalexcellence.com/contact%20us.html
Kancho T. Okuyama in the middle.
Captain Hamid Nam and Sensei Robert Naud of Ottawa Shotokan Club.









Friday November 15, 2013
 
Hanshi Gustavo Gondra from Argentina 
will be teaching Uechi Ryu in the following classes at the Japan Martial Arts Centre:
 
Tuesday November 26
Afternoon class: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Evening class: 7:00 - 8:00pm
 
Wednesday November 27
Morning class: 6:00 - 7:00am
 
 
 
Saturday November 9, 2013

 
Special Visit from Hanshi Gustavo Gondra:
Hanshi Gustavo Gondra will be coming to Toronto for training on November 25 - 28.
For all Black Belts, please come to train and greet him, he is one of the BEST Karate-ka in the World.
 
Hanshi Gustavo Gondra will also be having a Hachi-O-Kai World Uechi-Ryu Tournament in Miami, 
June 2014... more details will follow.
 
 
Congratulations and Special Announcement:
Mr. Nick Florian has achieved 8th Dan and is now Hanshi Nick Florian.
Hanshi Nick Florian is also appointed the PRESIDENT of the HACHI-O-KAI World Budo Federation
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Friday September 27, 2013
 
 
Another Throwback *Friday* video on our Facebook page:
 
 
Friday September 20, 2013
 
Throwback FRIDAY.........
 
Watch a YouTube Video of Kancho T. Okuyama being interviewed on Colombian TV,
 
 
 
Tuesday September 10, 2013
 
KARATE Classes for KIDS!! (as young as 3 years old)
 
 
**FREE TRIAL LESSONS**
 
Family prices available!
 
 

 
Friday August 23, 2013
 
Have you checked out our FACEBOOK page yet! Lots of great information and fantastic pics like this one...... OSU!!
 
 
 
 
And words of wisdom from KANCHO OKUYAMA..
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday June 6, 2013
 
Kancho T. Okuyama was in Newfoundland in May 2013 to do a seminar and visit the wonderful Karate students of Newfoundland under Kyoshi Robert Bennett. Thank you Kyoshi Bennett for your organizing this great seminar and to the amazing, positive and strong energy of your students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Friday April 26, 2013
 
Some of the Medalists and Cup Finanlists from the Grand Opening and Children's Tournament. Congratulations!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The philosophy behind Okuyama Karate

When a person trains two or three times a week, one's body and spirit benefit.

Training in the form of karate reflects the union with those who trained long ago. Subsequently, the person benefits form the previous karateka training and meditation.

 
In essence, those in the past help the person who trains in karate now. In the same fashion, the current karateka help prepare those in the future who will start karate training.

Thus the study of karate-do becomes eternal. In thre refinement of karate-do no, the student intensifies the link between the
past, present, and future of this ancient martial art.

A person helps someone in the twenty-second century by training now in karate-do.

Karate will intensify in importance to many people. Its spirit and scientific principles will be a great asset in the approaching centuries. I, as a Kancho, will teach those who are not yet born yet So, in a sense, I subtly teach the unborn.