22nd  Annual Sato Cup

BCIT Student Recreation Centre

Vancouver Canada

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Referees         Judges         Score      Keepers         Volunteers

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For individual reservations:



1-800-663-0298 and QUOTE GROUP ID  6381526 “Sato Cup”



for reservations online click here

All reservations will need to be made prior to October 3. 

Individuals can still cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival


We would like to invite you, your friends, classmates and family to join our Sato Kai Karate Club. Our traditional Japanese karate club was established in 1970 by our current Founder –  Sensei Akira Sato.

Sato Kai has students aged from 5 to 80 Years of age at all skill levels, from Beginner White Belt to Advanced Black Belt. We offer both private and group lessons.

First lesson is free.

Canada Open Karate Championship 2022

This year, the 5th annual Championships were held at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC.

Both our junior members and adults did an outstanding job and stepped up to the podium on multiple occasions. Our volunteers and referees also worked tirelessly to ensure that both days ran smoothly. A fantastic end to 2022!

For more pictures from the event, please click here. Photography credit goes to BC Sport Karate Snaps, whose page can be found here

What We Offer

Classes for All Ages


Opportunities to Compete Internationally




Soke Akira Sato
9th dan

In 2019, Soke 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. He is one of only a handful of practitioners in Canada to receive this rank.
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.

Soke Sato has been recognized as an international leader in the development and promotion of the sport of karate. Following karate’s induction into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Soke received special recognition from the Japan Karate Federation alongside well-known names such as Teruyuki Okazaki. More details of this honor can be found here

To read more about our founder and his incredible journey, please click here.