Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Rengo

Fernando Correia School of Karate
Serving the Cowichan Valley since 1981

About Us

FCSK is committed to the study, education and preservation of authentic, traditional Karate from childhood through maturity. The development of the Shito-Ryu curriculum includes Kata (forms) from many Karate styles including Shito-ryu, Chito-ryu, and more; Kumite (sparring); Mat-work/Self-Defence as well as Traditional Karate Weapons training. FCSK is a recognized member of Karate BC, Karate Canada, Sports BC and

was founded in the Cowichan Valley in 1981 by Sensei Fernando Correia. 


Fernando Correia


Fernando Correia started Karate in Kitimat, BC in the early 1970's under Sensei Murray Johnson (RCMP). After Sensei Johnson was transferred, Fernando began training with Sensei David Akutagawa (6th Dan - Chito-Ryu Karate/8th Dan - Shito Ryu Karate and head instruction of Shito-Ryu Renshikan Karate-Do 

Correia moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1981, after having achieved his 2nd degree Black belt (Nidan).

Correia was instrumental in getting Zone 6 (Vancouver Island / Sunshine Coast) Karate into the BC Winter Games. It was in 1982 when he put a team together from the Island (Karate BC members) to compete at their first but not last Winter Games.

Fernando Correia's qualifications and Karate history:

He is a 4th Dan in Chito-Ryu Karate, 6th Dan in Shito-Ryu Karate with a Shihan Certificate and is the chief instructor for Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Rengo with an Instructor's Certificate recognized by Karate Canada and Karate BC.

All Instructors through Karate BC must have a Criminal Record Check.

Correia also holds an "A" National Referee Certificate.

He has been the Junior Provincial Karate Team Coach; Karate BC Team Manager; and Zone 6 Winter Games Coach for many years.

He is a certified NCCP Coach, and has a current First-Aid Certificate.

He was a member of the Officials Council and Winter Games Provincial Advisor for many years.

Correia has also been a competitor. He has competed here in Canada, in Japan, and his most notable achievement was getting double golds in Australia in 1992.

Fernando Correia School of Karate is recognized by Karate Canada.


Fernando Correia recieves his Karate Canada 6th Dan recognition.


David Akutagawa

February 28, 1937 - October 8, 2008


David Akutagawa, 8th Dan (Shito-Ryu) and Shihan, 6th Dan (Chito-Ryu) and Renshi, has a dedicated history spanning half a century. David Akutagawa's background at that time was in the Shito-Ryu and Shotokan styles. In 1967 he began teaching Karate at the Self Defence Depot in Penhold, Alberta and at the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he taught the RCMP for over a decade.

Sensei Akutagawa traveled to Toronto to meet and train under Sensei Mas Tsuruoka, the "Father of Canadian Karate", as well as the head instructor of Chito-Ryu in Canada. It was Sensei Tsuruoka who introduced Sensei Akutagawa to O'Sensei, Dr Tsuyoshi Chitose, founder and supreme instructor of Chito-Ryu. Thus began Sensei Akutagawa's training in Chito-Ryu.

In 1974 Sensei Akutagawa helped develop the National Karate Association and was Chairman of the Officials Committee for 5 years.

In December of 1996 Sensei Akutagawa resigned as Vice Councilor of Canadian Chito-Ryu and then in January of 1997 he founded Renshikan Karate-Do. He based Renshikan upon traditional Karate, focusing on the Chito-Ryu, Shito-Ryu and Goju-Ryu styles.



 Soke Kenei Mabuni

February 13, 1918. - December 19, 2015


Kenei Mabuni was born in Shuri, Okinawa. He was the first born of the three children of master Kenwa Mabuni, founder of Shito ryu Karate do. Because of his father, he was involved in Karate from a very early age.

On May 23, 1952, Kenwa Mabuni passed away and Kenei Sensei succeeded his father as the Soke of Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. Kensei Sensei dilligently promoted martial arts as President of Shito-Ryu Federation and traveled the world to instruct in Shito-Ryu Karate. In 1972, the Federation of All Japan Karate-Do Organizations (FAJKO) certified Kenei Sensei as a first class examiner.

On January 15, 1984, Kenei Sensei was awarded with the "Distinguished Service Medal", for his his years of contribution to the martial arts by the Japan Martial Arts Council.

On March 17, 1993, Kenei Sensei helped establish the World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation and was named it's governor.