CHIEF INSTRUCTOR – Sensei Roy Tippenhauer is the Sato Ha Chief Instructor for Kobudo He lives and trains in Campbell River, BC, Canada.



Contact Sensei Roy directly via email for more details and access codes for Zoom at [email protected]

Zoom Practice Times            

Wednesdays    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm  and every two weeks
Zoom Kobudo Class Fee       $20 per class
Group Kobudo Class Fee      $20 per class
Private Kobudo Class Fee     $40 per hour

NOTE: Zoom is a free app


ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR – Ryan Poitras – Ni Dan, who trains at Sato Kai Hombu Dojo – Vancouver supports Sensei Roy Tippenhauer by offering Kobudo [weapons] training and instruction at Hombu Dojo in Vancouver.

Ryan Poitras began training in Karate and Kobudo at the age of 7 years in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada. Ryan is currently a well-respected and valuable Ni Dan in Sato Ha Hombu Dojo in Vancouver.

Ryan began his Karate and Kobudo training in Genbu Kai and has participated in numerous seminars led by Shihan Fumio Demura in Canada and Los Angeles for many years.

While Ryan’s favourite weapon is the Sai, he has been studying and practicing a range of  techniques and practical applications using the Bo, Eku bo, Nunchaku, Kama and Tonfa. Ryan has competed successfully in tournaments using all of these weapons for many years.

Ryan believes that Karate and Kobudo are lifelong activities that require constant practice and attention. If students are dedicated and willing to learn, they will develop skills that allow them to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

If you would like to learn more about Sato Ha Kobudo training, please use the contact information shown below.

We will connect you with Chief Kobudo Instructor Sensei Roy Tippenhauer located on Vancouver Island, or Ryan Poitras located at in Sato Kai Hombu Dojo.

Hombu Dojo:   Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 3G9
Phone:                 (604) 321-1815
Email:                  [email protected]

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR – Jascha Espley, Sandan (Satoha Karate), Shodan (Satoha Kobudo) is the Kobudo instructor at both PoCo Karate (Port Coquitlam) and Nikkei Karate (Burnaby).
Jascha began training in Karate in 1987 and Kobudo in 1989.  He is the Head Instructor at PoCo Karate in Port Coquitlam.
Jascha has been training under Sensei Roy Tippenhauer in order to carry on our long tradition of Kobudo passed down from Shinken Taira, Yabiku Moden, and Ryusho Sakagami.
Sensei Jascha is a strong supporter of the new kyu belt curriculum, and has been actively teaching it to students at both PoCo Karate and Nikkei Karate.
His favourite weapon is the Eku bo.  Jascha, along with several of his students, are regular Kobudo competitors at the BC Provincials and Canada Open.
Kobudo Instruction is available at the following Sato Ha Dojos
Comox/Courtenay       William McLaren
Kaigan Karate               Laurel Sakkau
Nikkei Karate                Jascha Espley
PoCo Karate                  Jascha Espley
UBC Karate                   Mike Nakatsu
Victoria                          Ted Gibson