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About Toshikan Traditional Karate and Kobudō

Sensei Mac Newton has been an educator for over 25 years. He holds a BA in English, an MA in English and a Masters of Education. Sensei Mac brings his knowledge of teaching and learning into practice in the dojo. He has been teaching karate and kobudo (traditional weapons) to adults and children on Vancouver Island since 1999. His philosophy is that a dojo (training place) is a community and that the learning of martial arts must be both fun and challenging enough that students grow and develop in mind, body and spirit.

Sensei Mac’s style of karate is Goju-Ryu, a traditional karate style that originates in Okinawa, Japan. His sensei is Tetsuji Nakamura Sensei, who now lives in Toronto, and his master sensei is Morio Higaonna Sensei, who lives in Okinawa, but travels the world leading seminars.

Nakamura Sensei, Higaonna Sensei, Sensei MacIn the practice of traditional weapons (kobudo), Sensei Mac’s teacher is Tamayose Hidemi Sensei, who lives in Okinawa. Much of Mac’s life is engaged with teaching. In his full-time work he has taught for more than 25 years in both the K-12 school system and in adult education. Since 1995, he has taught with North Island College. He currently works at the Campbell River and Courtenay campuses.