(in an order of confirmation to participate)
Shihan Tats began training Kyokushin Karate in 1983 under the instruction provided by his uncle, Shihan Makoto Nakamura. In 1992, he moved to Vancouver from Japan and immediately opened his first dojo in Canada. While he operated the dojo, He extensively fought in international tournaments including two World Tournaments. Shihan Tats currently teaches regular classes locally at Vancouver Seiyu dojos, and frequently makes an international trip to hold a seminar to help expand IKO Nakamura worldwide.
Sempai Shella Bergen has worked in the Vancouver area as a personal injury paralegal since 1999. She has two sons who are now 16 and 14. Sempai Shella joined Seiyu Karate in 2009 shortly after her sons were born in order to learn how to protect herself and her children from danger. She learned how to spar and competed in local tournaments. In 2013 Sempai Shella began training to become a karate instructor in order to help teach children the art of Seiyu Karate. She continues to teach today and has found that teaching children is one of her great passions in life.
The head instructor of the Calgary Dojo is joining the summer camp! When he joined our club in 1999, Sempai Michi Nagase began pursuing two goals. One was to establish himself as a professional airline pilot and the other one being to fight in the world tournament. The 10-year road trip to reach them was rather a rough ride but this uncompromising fighter persevered. The participants will be treated to his excellent instruction and be exposed to his passion and spirit in Seiyu Karate.
Born and raised in France, Sempai Cedric did multiple martial arts before starting Kyokushin in 2008. After moving to Montreal, he got his Shodan in 2013 then moved to Vancouver to start training with Shihan Tats. For a half a year, he had the chance to train in Japan with Sensei Sugiyama and also meet and train with famous Japanese fighters. Now, he is back for good in Vancouver. Sempai Cedric is prepared to introduce the camp participants, the skill set he gained from these international cities
Sempai Keegan has over 15 years of karate training and has competed in kata both regionally and internationally over his tournament years – placing in each event. He currently sits as Director for The Vancouver Cup Championships and is Chairman of Seiyu’s Kata Officiating Committee. Sempai Keegan teaches classes at our Killarney Dojo and passes his knowledge to our Kohais. This Kata specialist ensures the camp participants will have deeper understanding of the Art.
Sempai Mark has trained in Karate for nearly 20 years. He competed internationally and placed 1st in North American Championships three times. He was selected to represent Canada in 2011 & 2015 World Tournament, 2013 World Weight Category Tournament. Sempai Mark taught Seiyu fighters in Fight class for 6 years. He currently teaches the adult Richmond Dojo class with Sempai Kris. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and training with the camp participants.
During his fighting career Sempai Kris participated in over 25 tournaments culminating in being selected to compete in the 10th World Tournament in 2011. Outside of the dojo, Sempai Kris works as a Paramedic in a clinical leadership role and as an instructor at the Justice Institute of BC in their Advanced Paramedic Program. He enjoys passing on some of the knowledge under Shihan Tats and with many high level competitors that Seiyu Karate has produced over the years.