February 25, 2023

Yuya Ishida - my experience at Toronto Branch

One of the greatest things at Toronto Branch is that we get many visits from kenshi across the world.

Yuya Ishida, a university student from Tokyo, came to train with us during his international placement. We all greatly enjoyed having him join our group .

Yuya (front row, second from left) at his final class at Toronto Branch

Here are his thoughts about his time at Toronto Branch:

Presenting Yuya with a gift from the Toronto kenshi

"Experience in Toronto Branch for 5 months is unforgettable in my life. Before enrolled in this club, I was wondering if I could communicate with the members in English. However, my concern went away soon! Beginning with John Sensei, other members helped me understand how a technique works and added me into conversations. Thanks to that, practicing in the Dojo became enjoyable and full of fun.

What inspires me is that Shorinjikempo is more widely practiced around the world than I thought. There are few chances for me to practice Shorinjikempo with non-Japanese in Japan. According to Howa, I was surprised at how many Kenshi love Shorikempo. After arriving at Japan, my English skill and Toronto-Branch’s techniques will be helpful for those who want to learn Shorinkempo, no matter what nationality!

I appreciate everyone’s kindness! It relieves my anxiety and hesitation to jump into communication. See you at World Taikai!"
Ryaku juji gote
Yuya - we all look forward to seeing you again soon!


January 28, 2023

Grading success

We are pleased to report that Toronto Branch kenshi have been successful in recent examinations.

Stephen passed his 5th kyu examination on 22 November 2022.


Jonathan passed his 3rd kyu examination on 29 November 2022.




January 01, 2023

Happy New Year!

We wish you a Happy New Year! 

Here are some pictures from our 2022 Closing Ceremony (final practice of the year).  


October 12, 2022

Grading success


Brian & Christian with their new certificates

We are delighted to announce that Toronto kenshi Brian and Christian successfully passed their examination for the rank of Chukenshi 3rd dan on August 23, 2022.

Many thanks to Oka-sensei (Montreal Branch) for being an examiner and Tal and Kevin for assisting with the grading.


September 10, 2022

Grading success


Another kyu victory for Jonathan! He successfully passed his examination for 4th kyu on 26 July.

Well done!




June 25, 2022

Atsugi Doin 50th Anniversary

50th anniversary group

On June 19, 2022 Atsugi Doin (Kanagawa, Japan) celebrated its 50th annversary with current members, OB, supporters and family members.


Group training

The Doin-cho of Atsugi Doin is Hiate sensei, 8th Dan. His great efforts in founding and leading Atsugi Doin for so many years are truly astonishing, particularly considering his roles in managing other branches (including Tokai University Branch, Atsugi Tamagawa Juniors Branch), teaching at Busen throughout Japan most weekends and serving as a Hombu Shidoin and examiner.


Hiate sensei demonstrates technique

In 1985, Toronto Branch Master John McCulloch had the priviledge of studying under Hiate sensei at Tokai University Branch and Atsugi Doin. Since then, Hiate sensei has given Toronto Branch huge support and has travelled here to teach on four occasions, including two WSKO seminars.


Video message from Toronto Branch


We wish to send our heartfelt congratulations to Hiate sensei and the members of Atusgi Doin on this historic achievement!


April 23, 2022

Grading success - Spring 2022


More grading successes at Toronto Branch:

Jonathan passed his examination for 5th Kyu on March 12, 2022.

John McCulloch passed the examination for Hokai rank Junhanshi on February 25, 2022.

We look forward to more members advancing in the coming months.