From Sensei Vern Tilley:
As a professional Karate Instructor, I have developed my own unique training methods, all aimed at syncing the body and mind in preparation to be the best you can be. I believe that a rigorous training system not only develops physical strength, but also the mental stamina required to compete at the highest levels of the game.
At Tilley's Karate, I keep up with the latest training techniques and methodologies, and consistently push my athletes to the limit. My karate students do well in all their endeavors throughout their lives.
World Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-Do Association ™ :
The art of Matsubayashi-Ryu was founded in 1947 by O'Sensei Shoshin Nagamine. The WMKA was established by him to preserve and perpetuate the art. It has branches throughout the world. As his father's successor, Soke Takayoshi Nagamine dedicated himself to preserving his father's teachings and the legacy of Matsubayashi-Ryu.
After the loss of Soke Nagamine, the WMKA board elected Yoshitaka Taira, Hanshi, 10th Dan to serve as the current WMKA President.
I first started training in 1962 and obtained the rank of Shodan Black Belt between 1972 - 1973 in Matsubyashi Ryu. I opened my first Dojo in 1980 in east end Toronto and in 1982 I associated with Northern Karate in Toronto. I was there until 1984 when I started Tilley’s Fitness and Self Defence and operated under Tilley’s Karate on Queen Street in East end Toronto.
In 1990 I moved my club to Scarborough Ontario and operated my Dojo which was open 6 days a week. I switched to Shogen Ryu in 1999 and In this period I trained with TABA Kensei Sensei where in 2002 I attained the rank of Kyoshi 8th Dan.
I stayed in Scarborough Ontario until I decided to move my club to Lindsay Ontario in 2004 where I teach and operate my club to this day. I maintained my dojo in Scarborough and operated in Lindsay at the same time, for one year after I opened in Lindsay. I then made the decision to close in Scarborough and solely operated in Lindsay.
In 2014 I returned to Okinawa because I made the decision to return to Matsubyashi Ryu. On my most recent trip to Okinawa in 2017 I graded to the rank of Kyoshi 7th Dan in front of Chairman Taira Sensei 10th Dan and Vice Chairman Arakaki Sensei 10th Dan and Higa Sensei 9th Dan of our Karate association. During my 2017 visit to Okinawa both Sensei Daryl Guitto now 4th Dan and I were the first ever to be graded (in our style) at the new Karate Kaikan Center. Since 1982 I have traveled to Naha, Okinawa to train many different times with the ranking leaders of our association.
In addition to my study and training in Karate I studied Jiu jitsu starting in 1985 and obtained the rank of Sandan 3rd degree in 1995. It’s been 55 years since I started training and I have trained in numerous martial arts styles and disciplines. I have travelled and studied Karate all over the World and it’s been an amazing journey in my life.
I started my Karate training in 1990 at the age of 26 and for 14 years I studied Shotokan Karate. I first trained under Sensei Don Wright in Smith Falls, Ont. and later went to train under Shihan Paul Kerr (no relation) in Perth, Ont. attaining the rank of 3rd Dan. In 2004 after a work transfer brought me to the Lindsay area, I met Sensei Vern Tilley and made the switch to Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu, where I continue to train. In 2016 while in Okinawa I graded for and received my 5th Dan. Over the years training in the martial arts I have made a lot of good friends and have had the privilege to train with and meet people from all over the world. As an instructor I try to help students be the best that they can be and with a little hard work and practice they can be.
I have been involved with Karate for over 30 years and I am one of the primary assistant trainers at Tilley's Karate School. I live for Karate!! and most of all I have enjoyed seeing new students progress in their training over the years. I have seen new students go from their first days of training right through to senior black belts at our club. I have a lot of respect for the dedication that our club puts forth to train at all levels of our sport. In 2017 I flew to the Island of Okinawa and graded to my 4th dan in front of our assocation, and I attend Japan almost every year to keep my skills at the top. I look forward to helping our student's progress and I hope to see you at the dojo!