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Disclaimer: This site is not the official website of the Karate Association of Manitoba. All the information you find here do not represent the Karate Association of Manitoba. The official site of the Karate of Manitoba is :


Karate Manitoba
200 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 4M2
Phone 925-5682
Fax 925-5703
Web page :
E-mail : 

Karate Manitoba Inc., is the official Sports Governing Body for Karate in the province. It is a non-style organization, respecting the rights of legitimate karate groups to participate within our organization. The goal of Karate Manitoba is to promote and develop the art of Karate in Manitoba. The organization either hosts or supports events that provide for officials development, coaches development (NCCP), junior and elite athletic development for provincial, regional and national competitions.

The Karate Manitoba membership is approaching six hundred with members in all of the seven Regional Sport zones in Manitoba. We are especially encouraged with the growth in junior membership, and the development of karate in rural Manitoba.

Shotokan, Shito, Wado, Goju, and Chito make up the major different Karate systems in the world.  All of these systems are recognized by Karate Manitoba and have been members of this association since its inception 30 years ago.

The Manitoba Karate Association (MKA) was founded in 1969 by Mr. Richard (Tug) Wilson.  Mr. Wilson retired from teaching martial arts in 1977 with the ranks of 4th Dan in both Karate and Judo.

Karate Manitoba is also a member of Traditional Karate Canada, which is a member of the International Traditional Karate Federation.  (ITKF, World-Wide Organization)

With it's increase in popularity, interest in holding competitions has grown. Karate Manitoba sanctions local, regional, and provincial tournaments.  Competitors go on to represent Manitoba nationally and internationally.

Karate Manitoba as a member of Sport Manitoba acts as a provincial sport governing body for Karate in Manitoba.

Through the affiliation with the Coaches Association of Canada, Karate Manitoba stands firm in the overall development of Traditional Karate in Manitoba.

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Meron Solonynka
210 Marcoux Avenue
Lorrette, Manitoba
R0A 0Y0
Bus. (204) 878-2530
Res. (204)878-2530
Leon Flannigan
1st Vice President
114 Whillier Drive
Brandon, Manitoba
R7B 0R9
Bus. (204) 725-8823
Res. (204) 728-5178
Lorne Davis
2nd Vice President
55 Homewood
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2M 4Z6
Ph. (204) 256-6840

Cindy Glacken
58 Carmen Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2L 0E3
Bus. (204) 985-2847
Res. (204) 654-0209
Jack Hebert
PO Box 612
The Pas, Manitoba
R9A 1L4
Bus. (204) 627-8456
Res. (204) 623-5696
Wendy Flannigan
114 Whillier Dr.
Brandon, Manitoba
R7B 0R9
Bus. (204) 725-8823
Res. (204) 728-5178
Neil Crawford
Marketing Director
539 Berwick Place
Winnipeg, Mantioba
R2H 1B3
Ph: (204)231-3610


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CharlesWood Karate Club
2 Jasmine Close
Contact: Ron Porath

Dakota Karate Club
67 Southwalk Bay
Contact: Kelly Neale
(204) 256-7823

JKA St. James
#36-151 Greenway Crescent E.
Contact: John Selinger
(204) 885-1458

Midwest Earl Grey
484 McNaughton Avenue
Contact: Don McKenzie
(204) 475-8021

Midwest Karate
902 Home Street
Contact: Jerry Marr
(204) 774-8828

Wellness Institute
30 Reiny Drive
Contact: Gordon Boyko
(204) 668-7628

Southport Shotokan Karate Club
121 Wildwood Park
Contact: Marlene Smith
(204) 452-2482

South Winnipeg Isshin Ryu
531 Rosedale Avenue
Contact: David Read
(204) 284-8653


Nanzan Karate Dojo
46 Berrydale Avenue
Contact: William Sutherland
(204) 254-9017


Karate Club
23 Harwick Lane
R2J 3H2

Contact: Larry F. Loreth
(204) 254-5894



Karate' St. Boniface
Contacts: Eugene Fillion
Daniel Piche
Location: Ecole Precieux Sang
209 Kenny
Victoria Karate Club
605 Townsend
Contact: Ed Clary
(204) 941-2862




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Brandon & Area
Midwest Karate

Rapid City /Minnedosa/Rivers
Contact: Wendy & Leon Flannigan
(204) 727-8625
The Pas
The Pas Karate Club

PO Box 1602
Contact: Jack Hebert
(204) 623-5696 
Portage La Prairie
Portage Karate Club

820 3rd Street, N.W.
Contact: Robert Mulvey
(204) 857-7506

Roblin Karate Club

PO Box 707
Contact: Todd Delaurier
(204) 937-8435
St. Claude
Contact: Bob Mulvey


Contact: Kevin Phillips
North of 54 ( Flin Flon, Creighton) Karate Club
Contact: Neil Crawford
Swan River Karate Club
PO Box 2376
Contact: Bob Fraser
(204) 734-4951
Thompson Karate Club
15-124 Wolf Street
Micheal Bourguignon
(204) 677-3769

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What is Karate?

Karate appears fearful and destructive to many people. Movies have contributed to popularizing Karate in the wrong way. There are also many people who think that Karate is only a type of callisthenics or, perhaps, even a type of dance. This shows undeniably the lack of a proper view of what Karate really is.

Karate is a martial art, for many people it is a way of life, and it shares the common aim with Judo, Kendo, Aikido, the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and Japanese flower arranging of cultivating through physical and spiritual training. It is also within reason to claim that Karate, as the original martial art, through physical and spiritual training and discipline, makes the impossible possible, even to the unarmed, and helps one in pursuing the aim of his life. A physical training so strict naturally involves a demanding psychological training as well. Karate is a method of unifying the body and spirit and of making human life at once broader and deeper.

"Karate" is a combination of two Japanese words, "Kara" meaning empty or open and "Te", meaning hand, and is therefore used to describe a style of unarmed combat.  Karate not always had this meaning of empty hands, this modern phrase started in a meeting of the Okinawan masters sponsored by an Okinawan newspaper, at which the use of the T'ang character in the word Karate was discussed. The ideograph for Kara was altered to erase the Chinese connection for political reasons. So, the character " T'ang" (Kara) was replaced for "Empty" (Kara).

It is generally accepted that the origins of karate are to be found in India(525 A.D.). The credit is given to a Buddhist priest named Daruma Taishi,also known as Bohdidharma, who was the third child of a king and a brilliant student of Zen. Daruma studied the attacking techniques of animals and insects and the forces of nature, and, combining these with a special breathing technique, he created the basis for a legendary system of weaponless fighting and mental concentration. Daruma created in China the Shao-Lin temple in the province of Honan and in that monastery he instructed other monks in his particular style of unarmed combat.

The system developed at the temple gradually disseminated throughout Asia, spreading to Okinawa, Korea and Mongolia. By 1130 A.D., aspects of this system had even been incorporated into the indigenous military disciplines of geographically and culturally isolated Japan.

The Asia fighting arts were historically taught and refined in secrecy, as their practice was routinely prohibited in different regions. Consequently, various regionally and family-based styles and schools evolved, one of these being the Kempo style of Okinawa.

By 1901, Kempo was being taught openly in Okinawa, and in 1916, was demonstrated in Japan by master Gichin Funakoshi. There, under the name of Karate, practical applications of the system were further refined and united with the Zen-based philosophy of the Japanese disciplines. The popularity of karate as both a martial art and a sport spread quickly in Japan and beyond, contributing to the development of diverse systems and schools.


The word empty also carries the connotation from Zen philosophy to 'render oneself empty'. That is, to achieve a psychological state of awareness without unnecessary emotion. The Karateka must operate like a mirror that reflects everything evenly. Through development of physical techniques and the psychological perception the Karateka learns to defend against a surprise attack. The process of karate training also builds character.

In the Japanese language, contests in the martial arts are called 'shiai' (she-i). Literally this means to 'test each other' or 'mutual try out'. It differs significantly in meaning from the idea of competition applicable to sports in general. Shiai means to test ones' personal level of attainment through the use of mutual engagement.

Two kinds of contest form the tournament competition. Kumite or free sparring and Kata or the formal exercises of Karate. These introduce the viewer to additional aspects of Karate and the Martial Arts.

Victory itself is not the ultimate objective of a Karate contest. A contest is but one of many methods of Karate training.

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