The Home of Traditional Goju-Ryu Karate and Kobudō in the Comox Valley
Toshikan is a martial arts training centre for the whole family – for children ages 7 and up and teens and adults. It is for people who are interested in gaining fitness and self-defense skills in a respectful environment and in self-improvement for both the mind and the body.
Toshikan is a traditional Okinawan karate and kobudo dojo. The instructor, Sensei Mac Newton, holds yon dan level in goju ryu karate and godan level in kobudo (Okinawan weapons) and regularly receives guidance and instruction from his Okinawan and Japanese teachers, Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei and Tamayose Hidemi Sensei. Karate students of Toshikan dojo become part of the IOGKF, the International Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Federation, the longest-running and largest Okinawan traditional karate organization in the world.
The Toshikan Dojo is a place for learning the skills of karate (empty hand) or kobudo (traditional weapons), or both. It is a place for learning self-defense, for becoming physically fit, stronger and more flexible. It is also a place where one becomes more focused and self-disciplined, more confident, more comfortable with leadership and more empathetic with others.