Jodo Class Instruction
Jodo classes at Renseikan Dojo are taught by our chief instructor, Ward Jardine. He is assisted in classes by his experienced Jodo blackbelt students.
|Renseikan's Chief Instructor - Ward Jardine|
Ward Jardine is the owner and chief instructor (Sensei) of Renseikan Dojo in Pickering,
Ontario. In addition to teaching martial arts full-time for the past 30 years,
he also created and ran a martial arts program within the Montessori school system for
10 years, and facilitated several martial arts workshops in the Ontario public school system.
Sensei holds a rokudan (6th degree black belt) in Matsubayashi-Ryu Karate and the title of Renshi was awarded him by Soke Nagamine in Okinawa, Japan. He holds a Godan (5th dan black belt) in Yoshinkan Aikido and a Godan (5th degree black belt) in Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo and a Shodan (1st degreee black belt) in Kodokan Judo. He has also trained in Iaido and Kempo Karate.
He has trained extensively in the martial arts for over 35 years. With over 30 years of experience teaching the martial arts, he has instructed thousands of children and adults in Karate-do, Aikido, Judo and Jodo. He has also been a guest participant/instructor at martial arts demonstrations in Canada, the United States and Japan.
Renseikan's Jodo Blackbelts/Assistant Instructors
|Chuka Iweze began his Jodo training in 2012. He currently holds a Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Jodo.|
|Thinh Tran began his Jodo training in 2012. He currently holds a Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Jodo.|
Renseikan's Alumni Jodo Blackbelts
|Joe Vallejo began his Jodo training in 2000. He currently holds a Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) in Jodo.|
|Steve Kubien has been training in Jodo under Sensei since 2004. He currently holds a Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) in Jodo|
Carl Ignatius has trained under Sensei for over 13 years, in the martial arts of Karate, Aikido, Jodo and Judo. He began his Jodo training in 2000. He currently holds a shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Jodo and shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Aikido.
Lynn Elwood has been training in Jodo under Sensei since 2000. She currently holds a shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in Jodo and continues to train in Karate-do under Sensei as a Yondan (4th degree balckbelt) in Karate-Do.
On Saturday November 22nd, 2008 Robert Tompkins passed away. He was in a battle with cancer and fought until the end. Robert,an accomplished martial artist, trained under Sensei in Jodo from 2004, and he had attained the rank of Shodan but would have been Nidan if he hadn't had to take the last year off to focus all his efforts in this battle. He is sadly missed by all at the dojo.
Don Croft joined Renseikan Dojo to start his training in Jodo in 2000, under Sensei. He currently holds a yondan (4th degree blackbelt) in Jodo. He left Renseikan Dojo in 2011 to teach Jodo in Mississauga.
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