Instructors
Rick Roberts Stephen Ferraro Steve D'Antonio Rob Ksiadz
Kyoshi Rick Roberts
Kyoshi Rick Roberts

 

Kyoshi Rick Roberts - Nanadan (7th Dan)
Okinawan Kobayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do

Sensei Roberts began his Karate training in Okinawan Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shoshin Nagamine/Tomari-Te) Karate in 1976 as a student of Sensei Gill Gauthier at Wong’s Karate in Orillia, Ontario.  By 1988, Sensei Roberts began teaching Karate in Guelph, Ontario, under the guidance of Rodney Willis.  In 1989, Sensei Roberts converted to the Kobayashi-Ryu (Shugoro Nagazato/Shuri-Te) system of Shorin-Ryu Karate-do under the guidance of Kyoshi Frank Hargrove and began teaching Karate at a dojo branch of Rodney Willis.  In that same year, Sensei Roberts was proclaimed NASKA Region #7 Kumite (fighting) points Champion, and ranked 3rd overall in Traditional Kata (forms).  In 1991 Sensei Roberts became owner of his own dojo in the south-end of Guelph, Ontario and began teaching Karate to his own students in the evenings.

Not only does Sensei Roberts hold Yudansha (Black Belt Rank) in both Matsubayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu and Kobayashi-Ryu Shorin-Ryu, but he has also had the honour and privilege of training with and testing for, Sensei Richard Kim; founder of the Zen Bei Butoku-Kai Karate Association and the late modern day Karate legend and author.

In 1997, Sensei Roberts ended his relationship with Rodney Willis and became a direct student of Kyoshi Frank Hargrove until 2005.  Sensei Roberts was then accepted as a student of Pat Haley - Hachidan (8th Dan) and North American Vice-President of Shugoro Nakazato's Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Association.

In those years, Sensei Roberts also managed to obtain his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, graduating in the year 2001.

By 2009, Sensei Roberts retired from his work as a Technical Manager of a Medical Diagnostic Imaging company with several x-ray, ultrasound and nuclear medical clinics.  Sensei Roberts has committed his extra time to teaching Karate full-time at his Guelph, Ontario dojo and to his expansion of Okinawan martial arts teachings, techniques and history.

In the fall of 2009, Sensei Roberts celebrated the 20th anniversary of opening his Dojo.  Since 1989, 33 students have attained promotion to Black Belt rank with several of these reaching Nidan, three to Sandan, and two to Yondan.

On July 29th, 2010 at the Hombu Dojo in Okinawa, Hanshi Shugoro Nakazato promoted Sensei Roberts to the rank of Kyoshi - 7th Dan.  Kyoshi Rick Roberts said that it was one of the most amazing experiences of his life and a treasured memory.

Sensei now resides on a farm near Woodstock, Ontario and lives with his wife Greta.  He has a son Michael, who is a police officer, and a grandson Dominic.

North American Shorinkan Kyoshi kai 2011
The Kyoshi Kai at the 2011 "Little Okinawa" Camp in North Carolina
 

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