Welcome to Gima-ha Canada
Members during a visit to the Niigata dojo in Japan.
Gima-ha Shotokan-ryu is a traditional Japanese karate style with roots to the original Shotokan School of Karate that was first introduced to Japan by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Gima-ha in Canada, has produced a number top-level karate students, many of whom have competed at the provincial and national level; the World Karate Championships and Pan-Am games.
Our dojos are located in Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Chilliwack, South Surrey and White Rock, BC, with affiliated dojos in Japan, U.K., Germany, India, Norway and most recently Sri Lanka.
The Canadian honbu (head) dojo, is located in White Rock, BC under the direction of Canadian Gima-ha organization chief instructor, Shihan Takayuki Sameshima, a 7th degree (dan), provincial coach for nationals (1980-85), national coach (1982-88) for North American Pan-American, Commonwealth and world championships.
Please have a look at our website and then visit the Dojo link to find the Gima-ha dojo that is most convenient for you or, contact us by e-mail.
New summer schedule for White Rock dojo effective June 6 ... more
Gima-ha Summer Camp - Whistler, BC July 5-7 Register Now!
Mark your calendar now for the annual summer camp in Whistler. Invite family and friends and enjoy all that the resort of Whistler has to offer. The camp runs for three days and includes specialized training in kata, kumite, self-defense and kobudo (weapons). A group dinner will be held in Whistler Village that offers the chance to get to know fellow participants from other dojos in a relaxed atmosphere. More.
WKF Competition Rules - Updated version 8.0
Click here for the updated version of Competition Rules and Regulations. A complete guide for competitors, referees and judges.
Kobudo - Bukai news
Congratulations to Hardeep Gill for achieving his Shodan rank in Ryukyu Kobudo (weapons) during the grading test on February 23, 2013. Hardeep is the first black belt for Ryukyu Kobudo in Gima-ha Shotokan-ryu Canada. He is also a 5th degree in karate.
Ben Berkiw of the the Gima-ha Chilliwack dojo, successfully passed the brown belt grading for Ryukyu Kobudo.
Grading Test and Requirements
A complete grading syllabus for every level is available in PDF on the grading test page of this site. Click here.
BC Provincial Results
The 2012 BC Provincial tournament was held November 17-18, at BCIT and members from the White Rock Gima-ha dojo took home a total of four medals. Read more.
2012 Gima-ha World Seminar in Hamburg, Germany
Photo: Courtesy of Kay Bohlmann Photography
The Gima-ha World Meetings were held in Hamburg, Germany August 10-12. Special classes, gradings and demonstrations were led by visiting instructors Shihan Ikuo Higuchi (Tokyo, Japan), Shihan Mitsunori Kobayashi (Niigata, Japan) and Shihan Tak Sameshima (Canada).
Annual Gima-ha Shiai Tournament
The 32nd annual Gima-ha Shiai will be held in May and hosted this year by the Chilliwack dojo. Preparations are underway and details will be posted once they become available.
July 5-7, 2013
Gima-ha Summer Camp
Join us for the annual summer camp at the beautiful resort of Whistler. Bring your family and friends and enjoy all that Whistler has to offer. More.
Shihan Tak Sameshima, 7th dan
Chief Instructor Gima-ha Canada
Classes offer advanced training in kata, kumite and Ryukyu Kobudo Weapons.
Learn Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Kama and Tekko
Ryukyu Kobudo Weapons style based on
Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinkokai
(The Society for the Promotion and Preservation of Ryukyu Classic Martial Arts).
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00
Elks Hall, White Rock, BC New Summer Schedule
Kata training tip
When practicing kata, imagine an opponent is attacking you and perform each movement with precision.
Interested in learning more? Visit a dojo to view a class.