Shitoryu Satokai Canada
Sato-Ha Shito-Ryu International Federation
Chairman and Chief Instructor:
Shihan Akira Sato

March 26, 2020

To all Karate-ka who visit our website,

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic in the world, Satokai Canada is abiding by the strict rules put in place for social distancing. We all need to do our part.

Keep the Karate Spirit,

Mert Horita

President, Satokai Canada

March 17, 2020

Hello all

As many of you have heard by now, the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments have all made strong recommendations to the public concerning ways to slow down the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

The Sato-ha Shitoryu Hombu dojo at the Peretz Centre will follow these recommendations and will be CLOSED for the next two weeks, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.  (Dojo closed from 17-31 March).   After these two weeks, we will re-evaluate the situation, email everyone and hopefully will be able to resume classes by Wednesday 1 April 2020.

Your understanding of the situation is much appreciated.

Thank you.

Rosella Ng

on behalf of Sensei Akira Sato


Akira Sato, 50th Annual Winter Beach Practice

This was a memorable and fittingly challenging event with the arrival of the “kamikaze” (Japanese divine-wind). A welcome test of the spirit of all to defy the winds of 40 to 60 kph and wind chills below zero. The 1.2 metre waves made it a real soaker going into the sea. This 50th year event January 11, 2020 will go down in our history as the “Kamikaze Winter Beach Practice”.

This annual winter ritual was started by Sensei Sato 50 years ago to develop the spirit of his karate students.

CBC News – 50th Satokai Annual Winter Beach Practice

Mert Horita

President, Satokai Canada


Akira Sato, Advisory Committee Special Certificate

Sensei Sato was honoured with a special Kudan (9th Dan) Certificate from two highly respected members of the advisory committee, Shihan Fumio Demura and Dr. David Suzuki.

On November 14, 2019, Shihan Fumio Demura presented Sensei Sato with this special certificate in recognition of his upcoming 50th year (2020) of karate in Canada.

Shihan Fumio Demura is the Soke (founder) and President/Chairman of his own international organization Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai. He is famous worldwide as a martial arts expert and participant in the film industry.

David Suzuki CC OBC FRSC is known worldwide as a Canadian academic, science broadcaster (The Nature of Things seen in over 40 countries) and an environmental activist. He co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation.

Mert Horita

President, Satokai Canada


Pam Ross, Sport BC, 2019 Coach of the Year

At Sport BC’s gala event on March 13, 2019, Pam Ross was awarded “2019 Coach of the Year”. This is truly an extraordinary achievement since Pam’s award is not only Karate sport specific but over the 25 major sports represented by Sport BC. Pam’s award is well-deserved because of her many years as a coach in Karate BC and at the national level with Karate Canada. Pam is a long-time member of Sato-Ha Courtenay Karate Club.


Akira Sato, Karate Canada 9th Dan

In the 56-year history of Karate Canada, Akira Sato is one of only 3 Kudans awarded. The first Kudan was the founder Masami Tsuruoka (1929-2014), the second is Shane Higashi. Sato Sensei and Higashi Sensei are the highest ranks in Canada.

Karate Canada is the only karate organization legitimately recognized, supported and funded by the Canadian government, and is the National governing body for the sport of karate in Canada. Karate Canada is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the World Karate Federation, the Pan American Karate Federation and the Commonwealth Karate Federation.

Mert Horita

President, Satokai Canada


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