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Mark Jaques

3rd Dan, Beikoku Shidokan Karatedo Association  


2nd Dan in Wado Ryu Karate under Sensei Masaru Shintani from 1982 to 1993

2007 with Grand River Karate


Manulife Securities

Why I Started

At the age of 19, I started karate because I wanted to learn a sport that was individualized, as I was never good at "team sports" in school. The concept of athleticism, building confidence, self improvement, and learning self defense was attractive to me as a rather shy person. I quickly took to the art and began forming the building blocks that has lead me to the better person I am today.

Why I like Shidokan

This style is relaxed and focuses on natural movements. The basics and kata are similar to Wado Ryu, yet different enough to constantly challenge me. My instructors are very patient.

What I Enjoy About Teaching

Although I've always felt I'm a better student than teacher, the enjoyment in teaching comes from helping myself with a greater understanding, while I assist others in learning. So it's a two way street - teaching and learning go hand in hand.

Other Interests

Avid motorcyclist, mountain biking, fitness training 

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