Practicing classical Japanese karate in a safe and collegial setting.



Charles Fink, Sensei

Owner and Operator/Chief Instructor: Charles Fink Karate Dojo (est. 2017)

KARATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Menkyo (Licenses)

  • Shihan, Renshi: Seiwa Kai, July 24, 2018
    • Issued by Seiichi Fujiwara, Hanshi
  • Jokyo: Canada Seiwa Kai, October 20, 2007
    • Issued by Shuji Tasaki, Hanshi; Isao Yabunaka, Daiho Shihan
  • Shidoin: Canada Seiwa Kai
    • Issued by Shuji Tasaki, Hanshi; Isao Yabunaka, Daiho Shihan
  • Sensei: International Karatedo Gojukai Association, Canada, December 20, 2004
    • Issued by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan

Dan Ranks

  • Godan: Karate Canada, April 25, 2019
    • Issued by Craig Vokey, President; Shane Higashi, Chair
  • Godan: Seiwa Kai, May 4, 2014
    • Issued by Seiichi Fujiwara, Hanshi; Craig Vokey, Shihan
  • Yondan: Karate Canada, November 27, 2011
    • Issued by Rébecca Khoury, President; Masami Tsuruoka, Chair
  • Yondan: Canada Seiwa Kai, October 14, 2007
    • Issued by Shuji Tasaki, Hanshi; Isao Yabunaka, Daiho Shihan; Craig Vokey, Shihan
  • Sandan: National Karate Association of Canada, July 10, 2005
    • Issued by Sebastien Pironne, President; Masami Tsuruoka, Chair
  • Sandan: International Karatedo Gojukai Association, Canada, October 16, 2004
    • Issued by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan; Craig Vokey, Sensei
  • Nidan: International Karatedo Gojukai Association, Canada, November 10, 2002
    • Issued by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan; Craig Vokey, Sensei
  • Nidan-Ho: International Karatedo Gojukai Association, Canada, February 17, 2002
    • Issued by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan; Craig Vokey, Sensei
  • Shodan: International Karatedo Gojukai Association, Canada, September 4, 1999
    • Issued by Goshi Yamaguchi, Saiko Shihan; Craig Vokey, Sensei

Profile

  • Training in the traditional Japanese style of Goju Ryu Karate Do since 1994
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Licensed Instructor, Goju Ryu Karatedo
  • Certified NCCP level 1 Karate Coach
  • Provincially Certified Official
  • Assistant Instructor – Laurentian Karate Club: Craig Vokey, Shihan
  • Provincial Bronze Medalist, 2003 – Kumite (sparring)
  • Inter-University Kata Champion, 2008
  • Author: Goshukan Canada Masters (2018)
  • Lecturer – Various aspects of the martial arts
  • Frequently conduct self-defense seminars
  • Frequently conduct stage fighting (combat in the theatrical setting) seminars
  • Translator for Karate Canada
  • Attends numerous regional, provincial, national, and international seminars

PEDAGOGY

  • Sessional Instructor, Karate
    • Laurentian University, School of Human Kinetics, Sudbury, Ontario
    Instruct and evaluate students in the art of karatedo blending traditional Japanese methods with modern North-American ideals of sport-science while respecting the rules, regulations, and standards of Laurentian University.  This course has been offered regularly since 2007.  (EDPH 3269: Karaté, 1.5 credits; PHED/EDPH 4029, Special Physical Activities: Karate, 1.5 credits)
  • Professor, Personal Safety Techniques
    • Cambrian College, Schools of Justice, Community Services, and General Studies, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Delivered the Personal Safety Techniques course to students in Police Foundations and Corporate Safety and Security programs.  Instructing and evaluating students in de-escalation, non-violent intervention, self-defence and use of force models while respecting the rules, regulations, and standards of Cambrian College. (SEC 1002: Personal Safety Techniques, 3 credits)

EDUCATION

  • Master of Education (M.Ed) – Higher Education Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate – Higher Education Leadership
    • University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Primary / Junior Division
    • Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
    • Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT)
        Additional Qualifications
        • French as a Second Language
        • Religious Education in Schools
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Concentration in Psychology
    • Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma – OAC
    • École secondaire publique De La Salle, Ottawa, Ontario
      Concentration in performing arts – Instrumental Music (saxophone, percussion)

OTHER SKILLS & ACCREDITATIONS

  • Member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers since 1999
  • Member in good standing of the Ontario Karate Federation; Karate Canada; World Karate Federation
  • Fluently bilingual (French – English) oral and written; limited Japanese
  • Certified in First Aid, Mental First Aid, and C.P.R.

COMMITTEE WORK

  • Karate Canada MC/Ring Announcer (in English, French, and Japanese) for the National Karate Championships
  • Karate Canada Awards Committee, Chair
  • Karate Canada Hall of Fame Committee, Chair