The instructors of Seikikai Martial Arts are dedicated to the teaching of karate not only for self-defense purposes, but also for character building, and the development of self-confidence, physical fitness and camaraderie. All instructors are strictly volunteers, whose only goal is the development of students in the art rather than the collection of money. In short, they teach because they love karate, and they want to put back into the organization, the benefits which they obtained from it.
The fact that these instructors are volunteers, however, does not mean that they are less qualified than those of the more expensive dojos. Each instructor is a certified black belt who practices his or her own skills in karate on a regular basis. By attending seminars and workshops in addition to their regular workout, each is able to improve on his or her ability as an instructor, a tournament judge, and a practitioner of karate.
Etobicoke Dojo Instructor
Sensei Larry O'Grady
Rokudan (7th Dan)
Sensei O'Grady began studying Shotokan karate in 1980 and joined Toronto Wado Kai in 1986. In 1995 he became an instructor with Toronto Wado Kai and Seikikai Martial Arts. Sensei O'Grady holds an internationally recognized 6th degree black belt in Karate and has studied Shindo under Sensei Manara. He is a respected member of the martial arts community and is presently a member of the Toronto Wado Kai Senior Dan Council and is a recipient of the 2009 Shintani Karate Award and the Toronto Wado Kai 2002 Appreciation award.
Sensei O'Grady is a graduate of Ryerson with a degree in bachelors of Arts in Photographic arts. He is a member of the Toronto Police Service and currently holds the position of manager in the Forensic photo department