About Us

Our Family:

At RHKA we are all family. Period. It’s as simple as that. We are all equal and support each other throughout life, inside and outside of the dojo.  Within RHKA you will find caring, kind and motivated people who are focused on making positive life changes. Whether you are a Little Ninja student who is there to learn balance, structure and discipline or a parent who wants to gain self-esteem and lose weight while gaining practical skills, you will find what you are after.  We have been graced the honor of working with hundreds of families currently, and thousands of families over the year and built lasting positive relationships with everyone. Karate changes lives.

Our Instructors:

Sensei Rodney Hobson
    6th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Hobson has been involved in karate since 1985. He currently holds the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt under O’Sensei Masami Tsuruoka, and 1st Degree Black Belt under Master Hidetaka Nishiyama. Sensei Hobson has trained students to regional, provincial, national and international gold medals. He currently is the Tournament Director of the Tsurouka Karate Organization, and Chief Instructor of all RHKA. He is also the winningest adult competitor in the history of the Tsuruoka Karate National Championships.

Senpai Jayden Whittemore
    1st Degree Black Belt

Senpai Jayden has been training in Karate at RHKA for over 10 years. He has attained success on all levels of competition, recently becoming a 4x Gold Medalist at the Tsuruoka Karate National Championships (Kata, Kumite, Team Kata, Team Kumite). Senpai Jayden teaches at the YMCA location of RHKA, boasting a 400 student following.

 

Our instructors are fully NCCP Certified (National Coaching Certification Program).

Rodney Hobson Karate Academy is a member of Karate BC. Benefits of being a member of Karate BC include:

  • Accident Insurance (medical and dental) and $5,000,000 liability for members and instructors.
  • Access to the Kidsport assistance program through Sport BC.
  • Fees are eligible for the Canadian Child Fitness Tax Credit.
  • Participation in the BC Winter Games.
  • High school sport credits program and volunteer hours.
  • NCCP certified instructors.
  • Participation in Regional, Provincial and National Karate Teams.

 

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