Vic Hargitt Shihan


My History in Shorei-Kan Training
By Vic Hargitt Shihan

I began my training due to my son Keith. We had been looking for an activity for him to do and I had a friend recommend the karate class he was taking his son to. We went along one night to watch the class and Keith participated. This was late 1980 I believe. Keith seemed to enjoy the class and as my friend and I watched from the back I was impressed by the workout they did and at how well the class was run. This all took place at Delview High School and the class was run by Tomoaki Koyabu Shihan. After a few nights of watching my friend and I decided to try it out. This was just after the Christmas break and we started in January of 1981. I was hooked after a couple of classes. It was exciting to me as there was something new each night. The classes were very large at that time. The focus was on Kata for the most part.

During the 1982 visit of Master Toguchi to Canada I tested for Green belt and in 1983 Keith and I joined the Black Belts for a journey to Okinawa for the 30th Anniversary of the passing of Master Miyagi. Though we had not trained at all for any kind of a demonstration, Mr. Laurie Pierce, Keith and myself were told we were to be a part of the celebration. We were all so nervous that we could hardly move. Team kata #2 sounds easy but not when so many high ranking Black Belts are watching!

September of 1984 brought about our Shodan test. Also late that year I was elected as President of Shorei-Kan Canada at the wishes of my Sensei at the time, Tony Wilson. The idea of this was that we would build a full time dojo. With a lot of hard work from everyone and many good donations of time and material, a dojo was built. It was finished in the spring of 1985. It was a great dojo and was filled with students for five classes per week, almost immediately. It was almost too successful as it took so much time to run, and we all had our regular jobs too. When Toguchi Kaicho visited later that year he was very happy with the new dojo. That year Keith and I tested for Nidan while Toguchi Kaicho was here.

Summer of 1987 I went to Japan with three others to be a part of the celebration of the Masters 70th birthday. This supposedly was to give me "experience"" I have since been told. Sandan test was later that year.

1989 I decided to leave the Surrey dojo to start one nearer my home. That was the start of Guildford Dojo. It was very difficult to find a school gym that was not in use in the evenings that we could rent. I was afraid that I had made a mistake and I would not get any students. The first night the Van Dusen family walked in and we were off and running. Rick, Brad, And Jamie were my first students there.

1990 I tested for Yondan during the Masters visit to Canada. I was not too happy with that one. I did not want to test but Koyabu Shihan insisted and during the test I was asked to do Kaisai. Never heard of it. Did try it with not great results. Never wanted to test ever again!!!

During the Summer of 1994 I visited Ikihara Sensei in Okinawa to try and get a student exchange going with Canada After discussion with the Mayor of Kin City we put together a plan to begin the next year. The parents visited here December of 1994, and some of them saw frozen ground for the first time in their lives. Mr. Okuma and Mr. Iwama of the Okinawan Society in Vancouver were very helpful in putting the exchange to together The main reason that I wanted this to happen was during the 1983 visit to Okinawa I saw the profound effect visiting a different country had on our son Keith. There had also been talk of doing an exchange for many years but with a non-karate group.

1995 I was privileged to be in Okinawa for the Pre-World Tournament and this was the same time as our student exchange. The same happened for the next several years. During the exchanges we met many great you Okinawan teenagers, and took many nice kids to Okinawa.

June, 1997 I was invited to attend the Masters 80th Birthday and during the visit, there was a Shorei-Kai board meeting which I attended. At that meeting, much to my surprise I was recommended for testing to Godan by the entire Board I had no idea this would happen. It was one heck of a week as I had not seen one of the subjects I was expected to know. Thanks to Masaru Nose Shihan and the staff at Hombu Tokyo, who worked with me late into the night I was able to pass the examination.

At the 1997 World Tournament I was honored to lead a Go-ju group through their demonstration. This included Shorei-Kan Hombu and Okinawa groups plus a few other schools. 1997 also saw Master Toguchi take ill. He never recovered from this illness. I only hope that he knew of how many lives he had changed with the teachings of his Shorei-Kan. During the following several summers the student exchanges involved a Junior Tournament sponsored by the Okinawa Shimbun newspaper.

January 2000 I was made Hombu-cho Shorei-Kan Canada by Haruko Toguchi Kaicho and the members of the Shorei-Kai. Later that year Sensei Harry Bergeest, Keith Hargitt Sensei and I visited Hombu. Keith was invited to examine but was told he had not been properly registered as Yondan, however they did test him and awarded him Godan. I am sure he never had a harder more stressful exam and as Harry was his partner he got the brunt of it.

That brings us up to the present. I have recently moved away from the Vancouver area with the consent of Hombu Tokyo and plan to start a dojo in the Okanagan area where I now live. I have been fortunate to train with many good Karate people in the past few years and feel honored to call them my friends. They include my friend Hidiki Ikihara from Okinawa, with whom the student exchanges were held, and of course my present Sensei, Masaru Nose Shihan of Chiba Dojo. Also Darrell Brewer Sense who is the Chief Instructor of our newest dojo, Lake Wales Florida.

I hope that with good health I will be able to teach Shorei-Kan for the rest of my days.

Vic Hargitt Shihan,
Shorei-Kan Canada Hombu-cho

Canadian & USA Instructors

Keith Hargitt Shihan

Rank - Godan

Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1980
Shorei-Kan Canada Chief Technical Advisor

 


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George Main Shihan

Rank - Godan

Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1984
Past President of Shorei-Kan Canada Karate Association
Instructor at Surrey Dojo, Surrey B.C.

Phong Tran Sensei

Phong Tran Sensei Rank - Yondan Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1994 Chief Instructor at Surrey Dojo, Surrey B.C.Rank - Yondan


Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1994
Chief Instructor at Surrey Dojo, Surrey B.C.


Jack Matches Sensei

Jack Matches Sensei Rank - Nidan  Living in Kamloops BC but instructing part time at South Langley Dojo, Langley BCRank - Yondan

Practising Shorei-Kan since 1986
Living in Kamloops B.C.
Instructor at Hombu Shuswap Dojo
Blind Bay, Sorrento, BC
Instructor at Honbu ShuswapSorrento, BC

Wayne Choi Sensei

Wayne Choi Sensei Rank - Sandan Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1986 Assistant Chief Instructor at Surrey Dojo, Surrey, BCRank - Sandan

Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1986
Assistant Chief Instructor at Surrey Dojo,
Surrey, B.C.


Ennio Gasbarri Sensei

Ennio Gasbarri Sensei Rank -Nidan Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1983 Instructor at South Langley Dojo, Langley, BCRank -Sandan

Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1983
Chief Instructor South Langley Dojo
Langley, B.C.

Conrad Northeast Sensei

Rank - Nidan

Living in Kamloops B.C.
Instructor at Hombu Shuswap Dojo
Blind Bay, Sorrento, BC
Instructor at Honbu Shuswap Dojo
Blind Bay, Sorrento, BC

Maureen Miller Sensei

Maureen Miller Sensei Rank - Nidan Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1991 Sec/Trea. Shorei-Kan Canada Karate Assoc.-Treasurer Honbu Dojo - Instructor at Surrey Dojo, Surrey, B.C. & South Langley Dojo, Langley BCRank - Nidan
Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1991
Sec/Trea. Shorei-Kan Canada Karate Assoc.
Treasurer Hombu Dojo
Instructor at South Langley Dojo,
Langley B.C.

Greg Smith Sensei

Rank-Shodan

Practiced Shorei-Kan since 2004
Instructor at South Langley Dojo,
Langley B.C.

Louise Hale Sensei

Rank - Shodan



Instructor at Pincher Creek Dojo,
Pincher Creek, AB.

USA INSTRUCTORS





Chris Fay Shihan - Oklahoma USA

Rank - Godan
Practiced Shorei-Kan style 40 years
Re-certified in Shorei Kai 2014
Chief Instructor
Okinawa Karate School Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Darrell Brewer Sensei - Florida USA

Darrell Brewer Sensei Rank - Sandan, Recertified in Shorei-Kai 2004 Practicing Shorei-Kan since Chief Instructor, Lake Wales Dojo Florida, USARank - Yondan 

Recertified in Shorei-Kai 2004
Chief Instructor, Lake Wales Dojo
Florida, USA


Dave Williams Sensei - Texas USA

Rank - Sandan

Re-certified in Shorei Kai 2010
Instructor, Texas USA







Matt Townsend Sensei - Florida USA

matt townsendRank - Shodan


Instructor, Lake Wales Dojo
Florida, USA


Harry Bergeest Shihan - Australia

Rank - Rokudan
Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1982
Past Vice President. Shorei-Kan
Canada Karate Assoc.
Chief Instructor, Mandurah Dojo
Mandurah, W.A. Australia

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Aurian Stark

Aurian Stark Rank - Yondan Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1986 (Currently in the Canadian Navel Reserves) Not ActiveRank - Yondan


Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1986
Not Active


Steve White Sensei

Rank - Yondan


Chief Instructor at Princeton Dojo,
Princeton, B.C.

Bill Wiseman Sensei

Bill Wiseman Sensei Rank - Sandan Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1986 Past Vice President of Shorei-Kan Canada Karate Association - Instructor at South Langley Dojo, Langley, BCRank - Yondan
Practiced Shorei-Kan since 1986
Past Vice President Shorei-Kan
Canada Karate Assoc.
Assistant Chief Instructor at Langley Dojo,
South Langley Dojo, Langley B.C.

Peter Dressler Sensei

Peter Dressler Sensei Rank - Sandan Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1991 Chief Instructor ad Pincher Creek Dojo, Pincher Creek, AlbertaRank - Sandan

Practicing Shorei-Kan since 1991
Chief Instructor ad Pincher Creek Dojo,
Pincher Creek, Alberta

Jean-Luc Degroseilliers

Rank - Nidan
Practising Go Ju Ryu since 1998
Joined Shorei Kai in 2011
Instructor at
Hombu Shuswap Dojo
Blind Bay, Sorrento B.C.

Kavindra Parmar Sensei

Kavindra Parmar Sensei Rank - Nidan Not ActiveRank - Nidan


Instructor at Surrey Dojo,
Surrey, BC


Miranda Grigg Sensei

Rank - Shodan



Instructor at Princeton Dojo,
Princeton B.C.

Lynn Smith Sensei

Rank - Shodan


Practiced Shorei-Kan since 2004
Instructor at South Langley Dojo,
Langley B.C.

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USA INSTRUCTORS





Roger Hurt Shihan - Oklahoma USA

Rank - Godan
Practiced Shorei-Kan style 47 years
Re-certified in Shorei Kai 2014
Assistant Chief Instructor
Okinawa Karate School Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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Ty Yocham Shihan- Texas USA

Rank - Godan

Re-certified in Shorei Kai 2010
Instructor Texas USA


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Rachel Spiwak Sensei - Florida USA

Rachel Spiwak Sensei Rank - Shodan, Practicing Shorei-Kan since Instructor, Lake Wales Dojo Florida, USARank - Nidan


Instructor, Lake Wales Dojo
Florida, USA
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