Instructors

The Chief Instructor is Sensei Kim Marshall, Rokudan, 6th degree black belt. His assistant instructor is Sensei Sharon Alward, Yondan, 4th degree black belt, and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba.

Sensei Kim Marshall

Sensei Kim Marshall - Meibukan Gojyu Karate WinnipegSensei Kim Marshall has been involved in martial arts since 1973. As well as traditional Gojyu karate, his studies have included Judo, pressure point tactics, unarmed combat (combined non-classical Aikido and Jujitsu) tactical police baton, police officer safety tactics and weapons retention and disarming.

Sensei Marshall has trained with and has been taught by some of the very best karate-ka such as Master Yagi Meitatsu Sensei, 10th Dan Hanshi, President and Chief Instructor of the International Meibukan Gojyu-ryu Karate Association; Sensei Morio Higaonna, 9th dan, Head of the International Okinawan Gojyu Karate Federation (IOGKF); the late Master Richard Kim, 9th dan, Shorinji-Ryu and Head of the North American Dai Nippon Butokukai; Tamayose Hidemi Sensei, 8th Dan Kyoshi, President and Chief Instructor of Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan and Sensei William (Bill) Hind, 8th dan, Kyoshi, President and Chief Instructor of the Canada Gojyu Karate Association.

Sensei Kim gratefully acknowledges his Sensei, Stephen Peter Picotte, 5th Dan, Renshei, who passed away on December 19th 1999. Sensei Steve wiil forever live in Kim's heart. He is honoured every day in the dojo and his karate spirit remains eternal. Sensei Steve will live on through us and all who love him.

Sensei Kim is a retired police officer, having served in the Canadian Forces for twenty-one years. He is a former member of the Service’s elite Close Personal Protection Team (CPPT).

At the Meibukan Gojyu Karate Winnipeg Dojo, all assistant instructors training with Sensei Marshall are qualified dan ranked karate-ka.

Sensei Sharon Alward

Sensei Sharon Alward - Meibukan Gojyu Karate WinnipegSensei Sharon Alward is a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba, a Senior Fellow of St. John's College and the Faculty of Theology, with 27 years of teaching experience. She is a nationally recognized Canadian video/performance artist. Sensei Sharon's spiritually based performances and video tapes have been exhibited in museums and site specific locations around the world. Her video/film works have been exhibited by the American Film Institute, the Canadian National Screen Institute, and the Independent film Channel. In 2005 she was cited as one of the 100 most influential and innovative Canadians in MacLean's Magazine for her work as a Canadian Artist.

Sensei Sharon has a previous martial arts background in Tae Kwon Do. She currently holds a ranking of Yondan, 4th degree black belt and is the Vice-President of the Meibukan Gojyu Karate Winnipeg Dojo. In addition to her continued studies of Gojyu, she holds a Shodan, 1st degree black belt, in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido, the Japanese martial art of the sword which emphasizes drawing and cutting with the samurai sword.