Chief Instructor: David Denov

David is a 3rd degree black belt who has more than 30 years experience in the Martial Arts and enjoys teaching Shotokan, Chito-Ryu, Shoryn-Ryu, and various systems of Ju Jitsu (learned training with members of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Emergency Task Force). He has trained extensively in each of these as well as dabbled in the Arts of Tae Kwon-Do, Hapkido, and Mixed Martial Arts.

David was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2002 as Instructor of the Year and the World Wide Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2004 as Master of the Year. He has received numerous awards competing at Local, Provincial, National and International Karate Tournaments representing Canada. He has been the #1 rated Self-Defence competitor in North America as ranked by the National Blackbelt League multiple times since 1999, and in 2006 he won the National Black-Belt League (NBL) Traditional Self-Defence World Championship (write up from Sport Karate Magazine below).

David has also been very successful on the traditional international karate scene, having won a Bronze Medal (1988 - Chicago) and a Gold Medal (1990 - Detroit) at the Youth World Maccabiah Games and has competed three times in Israel at the Senior Maccabiah Games, finishing in fourth place in both 2001 and 2005, and acting as the team's Captain in 2001. In addition, David placed 2nd at the World Seido Karate Chamionships in 1992, held in Kingston, Jamaica, having tied for first place and losing the tie breaker by a mere 1/100th of a point. David also won the 2003 IKA World Championship in Adult Black Belt Self Defence at the Kubota World Cup tournament held in Toronto,Canada and successfully defended that title in both 2004 and 2005.

David also travels extensively all over the world for seminars and symposiums to maintain his high level of skill. Some symposiums were hosted by Ju Jitsu International, YKKF, World Kobudo Federation, and the World Ju Jitsu Federation, each having given David the opportunity to train with the some of the best instructors in the world including Richard Morris (UK), Alain Saille (France), Michael Lamonica (USA), John Therien (Canada), and Jean-Yves Theriault (Canada).

David is the founder of Kingsbridge Martial Arts Karate club, teaching students ranging in age from from ages 6 to 60. David has also coached locally, provincially, nationally and internationally rated Karate students, including coaching students to a total of six amateur world title wins during the 1999 and 2000 Sport Karate International World Games in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and Savannah, Georgia, USA. David is an Internationally recognized referee for forms, point fighting, continuous fighting, weapons, self defence and grappling (pankration) divisions.

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Chief Instructor David Denov - January 1991