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, 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.
Gima-ha Karate Association Membership Registration Form click here.
Please have a look at our website and then visit a club link to find the Gima-ha dojo that is most convenient for you or, contact us by e-mail. For more information on membership, click here.
2013 Gima-ha Summer Camp - Whistler, BC
Congratulations to the Aldergrove club for winning the annual Best Demonstration Trophy, kindly sponsored by Jim and Winnie Drescher. The instructors from Gima-ha would like to thank the parents and spouses who attended this year's summer camp in Whistler for helping to make it a great time for all.
Thank you the organizing committee for a fine job...a wonderful successful year at Summer Camp...Ted
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 was held in May and hosted this year by the Chilliwack dojo. Congratulations to all competitors and the volunteers who helped make it a tournament.
Tokyo wins 2020 Olympic Bid
2013 Gima-ha Annual General Meeting
Saturday, November 16th at 12:30 pm
Elks Hall, White Rock
BC Winter Games Zone 3 Playoffs Aldergorve, BC
April 13, 2014
Karate BC Provincial Tournament
Zone 3 Playoffs Chilliwack, BC
May 31-June 1, 2014 BC Provincials
Richmond Oval, Richmond BC
Shihan Tak Sameshima, 7th dan
Chief Instructor Gima-ha Canada
Classes offer advanced training (green belt level and up) 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
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.