Welcome to Sackville Shotokan Karate

Sackville Shotokan Karate, formerly known as Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club, offers instruction in tradition Japanese Karate.

The club has been in operation for over 40 years on the campus of Mount Allison University.

Many current High Ranking Karate Masters and local legendary instructors have trained and taught at the club over the years. IKD Shihan David Pyke started his training here in 1980. At the time the club was run by Sensei Tony and Danny Tam. (Currently Shihans with the ISKF.) Previous to the Tams, Sensei Barry Ripley and Sensei Tony Fahey taught karate in Sackville. Shihan Pyke would take over the club after the Tams moved but he was forced to close it due to low enrolment. In 2002, Sensei Norm Robitza reopened the club as a brown belt.

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What is Karate?

Karate (empty hand) was created 100’s of years ago by the people of Okinawa, a small island off the coast of Japan. Originally called Te (hand) it was developed to allow the people of the island defend themselves after the Japanese ruled they could not own weapons.

In the early 1900’s, Gichin Funakoshi introducted the art of Karate to mainland Japan. He would go on to become one of the most famous masters in karate history. Gichin Funakoshi was an elementary school teacher and was nicknamed Shoto (Pine Waves) after the sound of the wind blowing through the needles of a pine tree. He would sit amongst the pine trees and write poetry.

We practice his style of karate which is called Shotokan (Pine Waves’ School).

Gichin Funakoshi

International & Regional Membership

Sackville Shotokan Karate is affiliated with an international Karate organization. The International Karate Daigaku (College) is a relatively new international organization. It formed in 2011 after Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai departed the International Shotokan Karate Federation. The club was one of the first to join the new organization back in 2011 along with most of the old ISKF dojos in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The region would become the Maritime IKD lead by Shihan David and Shihan Janice Pyke.