richard hollandRichard Holland, Senpai currently holds a Black Belt 1st, Dan. Richard’s interest in martial arts in the late began 1970s won an Athletic Achievement Award in wrestling.  He kept active over the years with Tai Chi and took up karate in 1996.  He studied Chito Ryu, and Renshikan Shito Ryu and began studying Shotokan under Silvera in 2009. 

He has been fortunate enough to have attended seminars held by Sensei Mitchell German, past coach of the national Canadian Karate Team, Sensei Gary Sabean, Chito Ryu Soke Cup winner as well as seminars by Sensei Shane Higashi and the late O Sensei David Aktugawa. 

As well as practicing karate Richard holds a USA-NKF Judge’s License for kata and participates and judges in as many tournaments as possible.  He has also studied Aikido and Judo.

 

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Encouraging karate phrases

  • "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
  • "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Keep moving forward."
  • "Train hard, fight easy. Your dedication and effort will bring success."
  • "A black belt is a white belt who never quit. Stay persistent and determined."
  • "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
  • "Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up. Keep pushing your limits."
  • "In karate, the spirit and the mind are just as important as the body. Cultivate all three."
  • "Pain is temporary, but the pride of achieving your goals lasts forever."
  • "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. Give it your all."
  • "Karate is not about being better than someone else; it's about being better than you were yesterday."
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