YOSHUKAI INT'L. KARATE SCHOOL

 

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

INSTRUCTORS

Sensei Mark Hepburn, rokudan shihan

The Chief Instructor at the Yoshukai International Karate School in British Columbia, Sensei Mark Hepburn is a rokudan (sixth degree or 6th Dan black belt) and shihan in Yoshukai International Karate.  He has been training in martial arts since 1975.  Sensei Hepburn is the only certified Yoshukai International shihan and 6th degree black belt in Canada.  Sensei Hepburn retired from the RCMP in January of 2002 after serving over twenty years with our national police force.  All of his RCMP service was in Surrey, North Vancouver and Vancouver RCMP Headquarters.  He is now dedicating his full efforts towards our karate school.   He has been involved with instructing both security personnel and police officers in self defense techniques since 1979.   He has also spent numerous years teaching karate to children and adults at karate schools in Surrey, Langley, North Vancouver, Montreal and Burnaby, as well as lecturing to students throughout the Surrey School District on personal safety, peer pressure, drug awareness and other safety related topics.  Sensei Hepburn meets all of the Karate BC criteria for instructing a  school that is a member club of Karate BC.  Sensei Hepburn is NCCP (National Coaching Certified Program) certified to full Level II.  Sensei is a certified Official (Regional Judge - Kata and Provincial Judge - Kumite) in the Karate BC Officials Program. 

Sensei Hepburn was the Karate BC Tournament Director (1996-99), a Director on the Karate BC Executive Committee from 2003-2005, the BC Winter Games Zone Representative for karate in Zone 3 (Fraser Valley) for over ten years, a coach for the Zone 3 Karate team for the BC Winter Games for over ten years and was a Director (secretary) on the Executive Committee for the NKA (National Karate Association of Canada) (2006-2008).

Shelley Hepburn, godan

Shelley Hepburn, an Instructor at the school and the school's Sempai (senior student after Sensei), is a fifth degree (5th Dan) black belt in Yoshukai International Karate and has been involved in martial arts and women’s self defense since 1983.  Shelley has spent numerous years teaching karate to adults and children in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and Surrey.  After over twenty-five years in retail management Shelley retired in August of 2010 and is now instructing at the dojo full time.  Although Karate BC only requires a school’s Chief Instructor to meet their criteria, Shelley also meets Karate BC’s member school instructor criteria.  Shelley is NCCP (National Coaching Certified Program) certified to full Level II.  Shelley is a certified Official (Regional Judge - Kata and Provincial Judge - Kumite) in the Karate BC Officials Program.  Mark and Shelley hold periodic seminars on Women’s Personal Safety to various groups throughout British Columbia.  Shelley, in addition to teaching classes in all of our programs also teaches our Novice classes.   

Andy Vogt, sandan

Andy Vogt, an Instructor at the school, is a third degree black belt in Yoshukai International Karate.   Andy started his karate training at our school in 2003 and very actively helps out with kumite league and numerous classes.  Andy is a certified Official (Regional Judge - Kumite) in the Karate BC Officials Program.  Andy started our Aldergrove school and ran this successful program for over seven years.

Troy Chaffee, nidan

Troy Chaffee, an Instructor at the school, is a second degree black belt in Yoshukai International Karate.  Troy started his karate training at our school in 2007.  Troy actively helps out with our kumite league and some evening classes.  Troy runs our successful Aldergrove School.

Nathan Vogt, nidan

Nathan Vogt, an Instructor at the school, is a second degree black belt in Yoshukai International Karate.  Nathan started his karate training at our school in 2002.  Nathan has competed in numerous tournaments.  Nathan actively helps out with our Kumite League and evening classes.

Jarred Boundy, shodan

Jarred is a first degree Black Belt in Yoshukai Karate.  Jarred started his karate training at our school in 2005.  Jarred helps out periodically with some classes.

Karan Singh, shodan

Karan is a first degree Black belt in Yoshukai Karate.  Karan started his karate training at our school in 2007.  Karan actively helps out with our Kumite League and some evening classes.

 

JUNIOR INSTRUCTORS / BROWN BELTS (1st Kyu)

Karl Weller, 1st Kyu

Karl is a brown belt in Yoshukai Karate and is working very hard towards black belt.  Karl started his karate training at our school in 2012.  Karl actively helps out with evening classes.

Marko Ciric Ilic, 1st Kyu

Marko is a brown belt in Yoshukai Karate and is working very hard towards black belt.  Marko started his karate training at our school in 2012.  Marko actively helps out with evening classes.

Tyler Douglas, 1st Kyu

Tyler is a brown belt in Yoshukai Karate and is working very hard towards black belt.  Tyler started his karate training at our school in 2008.  Tyler helps out with Kumite League and some evening classes.

Clint Mochinski, 1st Kyu

Clint is a brown belt in Yoshukai Karate and is working very hard towards black belt.  Clint started his karate training at our school in 2013.  Clint helps out with Kumite League and some evening classes.

Karan Athwal, 1st Kyu

Karan is a brown belt in Yoshukai Karate and is working very hard towards black belt.  Karan started his karate training at our school in 2009.  Karan helps out with some evening classes.

Jody Fleming, 1st Kyu

Jody is an experienced brown belt in Yoshukai Karate.  Jody started his karate training at our school in 1998. 

 

ALUMNI BLACK BELTS (no longer training)

Bob Hodak, yondan

John Snow, sandan

Jessica Snow, nidan

Ron Casey, nidan

Erin Clelland, nidan

Jeff London, nidan

Erik Teitz, nidan

Katrina Teitz, shodan

Bill Shirley, shodan - In Memorium (July 04, 1961 - December 22, 2010)

Nadia Graham, shodan

Kevin Hodak, shodan

Craig Derksen, shodan

Bill Cochlin, shodan

Marissa McIntyre, shodan

Dustin Gelok, shodan

 

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