Sensei Derek Ridgway 2016 Trip to Canada

Sensei Derek Ridgway recently returned from his 19th trip to Vancouver and British Columbia. It was to prove another very popular trip with him visiting several dojo’s in the Vancouver area, along with 2 dojo’s on Vancouver Island and a visit to the Rockies to teach at the town called Hope.

Once again Chief instructor for Kazoku Kai Canada, Sensei Mike Scales, was in charge of organising the visit and making sure all ran smoothly. The main theme for the trip was Ko-Ryu kata and kata bunkai. The sessions were well attended and well received at all the dojo’s visited and a big thank you goes out from Sensei Ridgway to all those students who attended the seminars.


Seminars were as follows


–  Coquitlam Shotokan, Nestor School, 1266 Nestor St, Coquitlam

May 31st, June 2nd, 7th, & 9th, 7:00 pm. Organised by Sensei Mike Scales

Chief instructor for Kazoku Kai Canada


–  Nanaimo Shotokan, June 3rd 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Uplands Elementary School,

3821 Stronach Dr. Nanaimo Vancouver Island.

Organised by Sensei Nairn Semple and Sensei Mark Deugau.


  • CFB Esquimalt, Naden Gym, Naval Base, Victoria, Vancouver Island
  • June 4th. Organised by Sensei Mike Maxwell


  • Hope Yama Dojo, 336 Fort St. Hope, British Columbia.
  • June 5th.

Organised by Sensei  Norm Losier


-Ladner Shito-Ryu, June 6th, Organised by Sensei  Mert Horita


Message from Sensei Derek Ridgway 7th Dan Kyoshi:

My special thanks to everyone who helped to organise the above. Thank you for your hospitality and for inviting me to teach at your clubs. Also a big thanks to all who attended the seminars and made my trip such a success and I look forward to seeing you all again next year.

I would also personally like to thank Mike and Elizabeth Scales for organising and looking after me so well on my trip to Vancouver and B.C. Without them and their help these trips and seminars would simply not happen. I love them both very much and I consider them both my closest friends and family (Kazoku).

My sincerest thanks goes to you both.