Sensei David Akutagawa, 8th Dan (Shito Ryu) and Renshi title
(equivalent to professor), has a dedicated Karate history spanning more than 40 years. He came to Canada after graduating from the
University of Kohan, Kobe Japan, with an Economic Science
Degree. Once arriving in Canada he began to take courses at the University of Calgary. His Karate background at that time was in the Shito-Ryu and Shotokan styles. He began teaching Karate at the
RCMP academy in Regina in 1967 and taught the RCMP until
In order to further his Karate career, 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
Sensei Tsuruoka left Chito-Ryu in the early 1970's, whereby
O'Sensei appointed Sensei Shane Higashi of Toronto as the
Councilor, and Sensei Akutagawa as Vice Councilor of Canadian Chito-Ryu. In the late 1970's 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 founded Renshikan
Karate-Do in January 1997. He has based Renshikan upon
traditional Karate, focusing on the Chito-Ryu, Shito-Ryu and
Sadly, Sensei David Akutagawa passed away in June of 2008.
Head instructor for FCSK
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.
Correia also holds an "A" National Referee Certificate.
He was the Junior Provincial Karate Team Coach; Karate BC Team Manager; and Zone 6 Winter Games Coach for many years, but has now retired from the position.
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 currently trains and teaches at his club in Duncan, B.C. Canada.
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