Our instructors are all seasoned Karateka who passionately volunteer their time in order to pass on their skill, knowledge and love of Karate.

 
 
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Harvey Hiob

Chief Instructor
Godan (5th degree black belt)
Renshi (Expert International Master Instructor Certification)

Sensei Hiob began his martial arts training in Edmonton in January, 1984 under Sensei John Shaw. He received his 1st and 2nd degree black belt under Sensei David Aukutagawa, his 3rd degree from Hanshi Shane Yukio Higashi (Toronto) and his 4th degree from Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose (Kumamoto, Japan). Sensei Hiob received his Shihan certification in November of 2008, his 5th degree black belt in October, 2014 and his Renshi certification in November, 2016 from Hanshi Higashi and the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Association. He is presently continuing his study of the martial arts under the guidance of Hanshi Shane Higashi, Chief Instructor of Chito-Ryu karate in Canada. Sensei Hiob is the Alberta Technical Director for the CCRKA.

 
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Yee Ngan

Karate/Kobujutsu Instructor
Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)
Shihan (International Master Instructor Certification)
Shodan (Ryukyu Kobujutsu)

 
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Vlad Pohnert

Head Children’s Instructor
Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)
Junshidoin (International Assistant Instructor Certification)

Sensei Vlad began his karate training in 1999 at the age of 34. He joined
the Edmonton Yoseikan Karate Club and began his Chito-Ryu training
under Sensei Harvey Hiob in June, 2000. Sensei Vlad recently received
his third degree black belt from Hanshi Shane Higashi.   He enjoys teaching karate to young people and has been actively involved in teaching the club’s children’s class for the last 8 years.  Sensei Vlad enjoys training with anyone interested in karate and greatly appreciates the good friendships he has made through this martial art.

 
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Kevin Galbraith

Instructor 
Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Sensei Kevin began his martial arts training in Saskatchewan at an early age. Upon moving to Edmonton in 1970, he continued training at Four Seasons Karate, Canadian Karate and Panther Gym. In 1986 he joined the Edmonton Yoseikan Karate Club and began training under Sensei John Shaw. Sensei Kevin received his 1st degree black belt in 1996 from Sensei David Aukutagawa and his 2nd degree black belt in 2012 from Hanshi Shane Yukio Higashi (Toronto) and the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Association.  Kevin enjoys meeting past karateka friends and looks forward to developing new friendships with anyone interested in training
in Chito-Ryu Karatedo.

 
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David Gannon

Instructor
Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) and Junshidoin (International Assistant Instructor Certification)

Sensei Gannon first began his martial arts training in Grande Prairie in 1994
at age 22 in Shorin Ryu.  After a few years sabbatical, he trained in European Swordsmanship in Edmonton for 2 years before joining the Edmonton Yoseikan Karate club in 2008 under Sensei Hiob.  His plan was to train with his children and continue his journey in the Japanese Martial Arts.  Sensei Gannon received his 2nd degree black belt and Junshidoin certification in November, 2017 from Hanshi Shane Yukio Higashi (Toronto) and the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate-Do Association. 
He enjoys teaching karate to younger people and the Edmonton Yoseikan Karate Club is his second family.