Instructors

  • Ken Maneker Sensei– Hachidan Kyoshi [8th. Degree High Master]
    • Vancouver
  • Cat Maneker– Nanadan Renshi [7th Degree Master]
    • Vancouver
  • Chee Ling– Nanadan Renshi [7th Degree Master]
    • Ladner
  • Rob Ingram– Rokudan Renshi [6th. Degree Master]
    • Whitehorse
  • Eric L’Heureux– Rokudan Renshi [6th. Degree Master]
    • Montreal
  • Dave Rathnow– Rokudan [6th. degree]
    • Calgary
  • Gabor Csaszar– Sandan [3rd. Degree]
    • Szombathely, Hungary

PLEASE NOTE THAT SHIN KEN KAI IS A FOUNDING MEMBER OF HAKU SHIN KAI KOBUDO KYOKAI.  WE HAVE ASSOCIATE DOJO IN OSAKA AND KYOTO, JAPAN.  PRACTICING MEMBER OF SHIN KEN KAI MUST BE MEMBERS OF HAKU SHIN KAI IN ORDER TO ATTEND SEMINARS, CHALLENGE GRADINGS, AND BE WELCOME IN ALL AFFILIATE DOJO.

Ken Maneker – Hachidan Kyoshi  {8th. Degree Master Teacher}

1985-1986 Began Iaido practice in Kyoto, Japan under Omori Masao Sensei, hanshi hachidan. Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Joined the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei.
1990 Began practice of Zen Ken Ren Iaido with Konaka Hiroyuki Sensei {hanshi hachidan} in Kyoto. Began Shin Ken Kai dojo in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
1994 Began practice with Iwata Norikazu Sensei, hanshi hachidan in Kagawaken, Shikoku Island. Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.
1999 Successfully passed Rokudan grading in Tokyo, Japan under the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei
2000 Successfully passed Renshi exam in Kyoto, Japan under the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei.
2008 Began the practice of Hoki Ryu with Kuze Takashi Sensei, hanshi hachidan.Joined the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei.
2009 Successfully passed Nanadan {7th. Degree} exam in Kyoto, Japan under the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei.
2011 Successfully passed Kyoshi, 2nd. Level teaching license in Kyoto, Japan.
2012                 Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei Shibucho and 3rd. level Judging Certificate.
2016                 Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei Hachidan [8th.Degree] exam in Kyoto, Japan

 

  • Most of my practice has been one to one with each of my four primary sensei.    I have been honoured to have all of my teachers Hanshi Hachidan; master sensei.  I have also spent much time  in classes and at seminars in various parts of Japan.
  • All of my sensei have come to Canada to teach seminars.
  • All of my gradings have been done in Japan either with the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei or the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei..

Affiliations:

  • Shin Ken Kai- Vancouver, B.C.
  • Shin Ken Kai Affiliated Dojo
  • BC Kendo Federation
  • Hakushinkai- Japan
  • Hoki Ryu- Kyoto and Osaka, Japan

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Cat Maneker – Nanadan Renshi [7th. degree Teacher]

  • 1980 became Zen student of Robert Aiken Roshi .
  • 1981 to 1986 Student of Shito Ryu Karate.
  • Began studying Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu in 1986 in Japan under Omori Sensei, Iwata Sensei, the late Konaka Sensei, and Maneker Sensei.
  • Received Iaido Godan from the Canadian Kendo Federation in 2000.
  • Received Iaido Rokudan from the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei in 2010.

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Chee Ling- Nanadan Renshi [7th. degree Teacher]

Ladner Dojo

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Dave Rathnow- Rokudan

  • Chief instructor of Shin Ken Kai no Bara in Calgary, Alberta.
  • 1984- began Karate training under the instruction of Thor Tandy Sensei and Roger Keeping Sensei in Victoria, B.C. First introduction to Iaidoat this time.
  • 1986- moved to Vancouver.  Studied Karate until 1993.
  • 1993- began studying Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido under Ken Maneker Sensei.
  • 2002- began teaching Iaidoin Calgary.
  • 2003- passed yondan in Iaido with the Canadian Kendo Federation.
  • 2010- passed godan examination with the Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei.
  • I still return regularly to Vancouver to attend Iaido seminars and spend time with Maneker Sensei.
  • Currently continues to teach in Calgary and volunteer at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he give talks on the history of Iaido and perform demonstrations of the art.

 

Eric L’heureux- Rokudan Renshi [6th. degree Teacher]

Montreal Dojo

Rob Ingram- Rokudan Renshi [6th. degree Teacher]

Chief instructor of Kita Kaze Dojo in Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • 1973- began karate training under Masami Tsuruoka sensei in Chito Ryu.
  • 1979- began training with the Whitehorse Shorin Ryu club.
  • In 1985, he achieved shodan and became president of the Yukon Karate Association, a position he has held ever since.
  • 1986- Australia and New Zealand training with Frank Nowak sensei and Mark Willis sensei.
  • 1991- achieved sandan rank.
  • 1992- started Kita Kaze {North Wind} Dojo.
  • 1994- became member of the technical committee of the CSKA.  President of ShotoCanada until 2007.
  • Practices and teaches Kobudo; the arts traditional Karate weapon arts.
  • 2000- began the study of Iaido with Ken Maneker sensei.
  • 2007- achieved sandan in Iaido.
  • 2012- achieved godan in Iaido.
  • 2015- achieved rokudan in Iaido.