Sensei Manuel Desa
Kiyoshi, Nanadan, 7th degree Black Belt Shihan - Master Instructor
Sensei Manuel A. deSa began studying Karate while attending the University of Alberta from which he graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. With a lifelong passion for the art, some natural talent, and a lot of hard work, Sensei Desa now runs a successful full time dojo. In 2015 Sensei Desa was promoted to 7th degree Black Belt (Kiyoshi, Nanadan) by Grand Master Shinjo during a training visit to Japan. Sensei Desa brings to each class not only an excellent knowledge of Uechi-Ryu karate, gained from regular practice and trips to workshops and competitions around the world, but also many years of experience in working with youth as a child care counsellor.
Yondan - 4th Degree Black Belt
Sempai Mathew began studying Karate when he was 5 years old and began teaching with his father when he was in junior high. He has attended many training seminars and tournaments around the world. Mathew graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Management degree with honours with distinction. His emphasis was leadership and for his practicum, worked as a youth care worker at Oak Hill Boys Ranch. Mathew loves working with children and teaching Karate full time.
Nidan - 2nd Degree Black Belt
Sempai Noah began studying Karate when he was 4 years old when his dad/Sensei decided to start the kickstart program (a specialty program for 4-6 year olds) After the first class, his dad/Sensei tried to kick him out of the program for being too energetic as well as a distraction. Luckily though, his mom made sure that didn't happen! Noah has trained across the world and competed successfully at many world tournaments when he was younger. He began teaching at the dojo when he was in Junior high. Noah is currently completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at MacEwan University with a major in Accounting. He is also in the Coop program and is finishing his last work term at HLH CPA. He loves working with children and helping energetic kids learn discipline and respect while having fun just like he did growing up.