About Us

Mission Statement

Shoshinkan Martial Arts is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose sole purpose is to perpetuate the spirit of Budo by the practice of traditional martial arts. 

We seek to foster positive virtues in our colleagues, friends, and community, and to cultivate a spirit upon which to build character, sincerity, integrity, perseverance, and respect, through sharing and learning with an open mind.  

Our objectives focus on the preservation and practice of traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-do, according to the teachings of the founder, Master Chojun Miyagi. 

The Origin of our Name


The state of shoshin is that of a beginner’s mind.  It is a state of awareness that remains always fully conscious, aware, and prepared to see things for the first time.  The attitude of shoshin is essential to continued learning.   

Shoshin can free a student from a frustrating plateau of learning, giving them the sight to see what they would not see before.

The name was inspired by the title of the famous Zen book, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind", by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.


Kan is the Japanese word for house.


Hence, Shoshinkan is "the house of the beginner's mind".

Shoshinkan is also very proud to be one of the first martial arts organizations in Canada to be a registered member of True Sport.

True Sport is a national movement for sport and community.

Its core mission is to be a catalyst to help sport live up to its full potential as a public asset for Canada and Canadian society – making a significant contribution to the development of youth, the well-being of individuals, and quality of life in our communities.

At the heart of True Sport is a simple idea: good sport can make a great difference!

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