ShotoCanada is a nationally incorporated, non-profit organization dedicated to the instruction of traditional Shotokan Karate. While many of our senior instructors were trained in the JKA, Tsuruoka, ISKF and other Shotokan traditions, we believe we have developed an art that is at once distinctly Canadian yet steeped in the traditions of Japanese karate-do.


Our organization is headed by an elected executive and a Technical Committee. The latter is a group of senior dans in ShotoCanada who provide technical direction, including developing the grading syllabus which in turn acts as a guide for training and belt tests.


Some of our events include:• annual summer camp,• invitational tournament called the Shotokan Challenge - a traditional ippon kumite event.• instructor training program and seminars.• area training seminars with our senior instructors and visiting experts.


Chief Instructor of ShotoCanada 

Mike Scales 8 dan 


President and contact person for ShotoCanada

Jean-Sebastien Rodrigue


Technical Committee

Mike Scales 8 dan

Rob Ingram 6 dan

Elizabeth Wijnstra 6 dan

Mike Maxwell 5 dan

Doug Rathy 5 dan

Jessica Moore, 5 dan

Mark Deugau, 5 dan

Guido Arnaud, 4 dan


Members of Executive Board of Directors

Mark Deugau president

Jessica Moore vice- president

Mike McGrath, treasurer

Harvey Chow, secretary

Judy Boyko, Guido Arnaud, and Gordon Doerksen  directors- at-large

Our instructors November 2018. Front row, l-r: mark deugau, Elizabeth Wijnstra, Mike Scales, Rob Ingram, Jessica Moore, Mike Maxwell. Back row: Doug Rathy, Jean-Sebastien Rodrigue.

Missing Guido Arnaud, Nairn Semple