UBC Shotokan Karate Club

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About Us

Welcome to the UBC Shotokan Karate Club home page. We are one of the oldest martial arts groups on campus. We practice an orthodox form of martial arts called Shotokan Karate-Do. Kara means empty and te means hand. Karate developed as a weaponless form of self-defense. Shotokan karate stresses mental and physical development.

Do literally means the way, so karate-do translates to the way of karate. This means that if one practices seriously, karate can become not only an effective form of self-defense, but also a way of life.

Our dojo is part of Canada Shotokan Karate, which is in turn associated with Shotokan Karate of America, which was founded and is still led by our chief instructor, Tsutomu Ohshima. Ohshima Sensei is one of the last direct students of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan karate and one of the masters who first brought karate from its native Okinawa to Japan.










Our classes are a part of the ARC instructional program. All classes are held in the Main Level Studio at the Life Building.

Currently, the practice schedule is:

Mondays: 7:30 pm ÔÇô 9:00 pm

Wednesdays: 7:30 pm ÔÇô 9:00 pm


Practice start and end dates for each term, as well as the applicable registration fees, are set by UBC Recreation. Please note that the first two classes of every term are free for students as part of UBC Recreation Free Week! Please go here and click Shotokan Karate for the latest dates and pricing.


Ryan Hill, dojo leader

Godan (5th degree black belt)

Ryan Hill began practicing karate as a teenager in Kamloops in 1983. He was awarded black belt the same summer that he graduated high school, and then spent one year in Tokyo practicing almost daily at the Waseda University Karate Club. Upon returning to Canada in 1988, Ryan joined the UBC Shotokan Karate Club, where he was an assistant instructor until 1999. After spending several years outside of BC, including starting and leading a highly successful dojo in Montreal, he returned to Vancouver in 2007 and re-joined the UBC dojo. Ryan became official leader at UBC in 2012.

Ryan has had the opportunity to practice karate throughout North America as well as in Japan and Europe. He was a member of the first place Canada West time in the 1995 Nisei week tournament in Los Angeles, the longest-running karate tournament in the United States. His experience, together with his passion and commitment to honest practice, make him an extremely effective and inspiring karate instructor.

Pat Angly

Nidan (2nd degree black belt)

Mark Angly

Shodan (1st degree black belt)