BWSK Instructors

Andy Allen, 7th dan, is the chief instructor of BWSK. He has been practicing Shotokan karate since he joined the Dalhousie karate club with senseis Tony and Danny Tam in 1990. His karate teaching experience includes instructing at Dal Tech (formerly T.U.N.S.) from 1994 to 1997. He also has been teaching an accredited martial arts course in the public school system since 2005. Sensei Allen has a keen interest in studying the practical application of kata. He has been active in tournaments at the provincial, national and recently the world level. Tournament accomplishments include;

2018 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Quebec City, PQ. Gold in kata senior division; Bronze in team kata adult division.

2017 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Saskatoon, Sk. Gold in kata senior division; Gold in kumite senior division

2016 ISKF World Championships, Cape Town, South Africa. Gold in kata senior division; quarter finalist in senior kumite.

2016 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Richmond, BC. Gold in kata senior division

2015 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Quebec City, PQ. 4th place in individual kata, Bronze in team kata division; 4th in team kumite.

2013 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Halifax NS. Silver in kata, Bronze in team kata, 4th in kumite; 4th in team kumite.

2007 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. 6th in individual kata, 4th in team kata,

2005 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. 3rd in team kata, 5th individual kumite.

2001 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Halifax NS. 6th in individual kata,

1999 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. 3rd in team kata,

1998 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. 3rd in team kata,

1997 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Montreal, PQ . 2nd in team kata,

1995 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Winnipeg, MN. 3rd in team kata,

1994 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Halifax, NS. Bronze in team kata, 6th in individual kata.

1993 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. Bronze in team kata.

Sensei Allen has had numerous provincial medals in team kata, individual kata and individual kumite.


Sensei Allen is committed to teaching effective self-defense oriented karate. He actively seeks opportunities to improve his knowledge and skills including regularly attending seminars and exploring other martial arts including jiu jutsu and judo.


Jake Crawford, 6th dan, began his karate training in 1994. He attained his 6th dan in 2017 Shotokan karate. He also holds a rank of 1st dan in Wado Kai karate which he received in 1998. Sensei Crawford has been teaching an accredited martial arts course in the public school system since 2006 and has been teaching at BWSK as assistant instructor since its opening in fall of 2016.

Sensei Crawford has been active in the tournament scene for many years at the provincial and national level. He has been a provincial team member since 1998 and has had a number of medal finishes;

2012 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Vancouver, BC. 5th in individual kata

2005 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. Bronze in team kata.

2003 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Vancouver, BC. Bronze in team kata.

2002 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Winnipeg, MN. Bronze in team kata, Silver in team kumite.

1999 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Toronto, ON. Bronze in team kata.


Sensei Crawford has had numerous provincial medals in team kata, individual kata and individual kumite.

Ryan McGuire, 3rd dan, began practicing karate at the Halifax dojo with senseis Tony and Danny Tam in 2008. He has been volunteering as an assistant instructor since 2010 with a number of nearby dojos including Murphy's Karate Academy, Prospect ISKF and with the family class at Halifax ISKF. He has been with BWSK since it opened in September 2016.

2017 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Saskatoon, Sk. Bronze in team kumite

Sempai Ryan has competed both nationally in 2012 and 2016. He placed 4th in team kumite in 2012. He has earned medals at the provincial level as well.

Felicia Strickland, 3rd dan, began her karate training in Gojo Ryu karate in 1995. She started training in Shotokan karate at the Truro Karate Club with Charles Surrette in 1998. Senpai Strickland has volunteered her time as an assistant instructor with the family class at Kings college as well as with Murphy's karate academy. She has been with BWSK since it opened in September 2016.

Senpai Strickland has been involved in competitive karate since 2006. Her achievements include;

2018 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Quebec City, PQ. Silver in team kumite

2017 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Saskatoon, Sk. Bronze in team kata; Bronze in team kumite

2016 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Richmond, BC. Bronze in team kata, bronze in individual kumite, silver in team kumite,

2015 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Quebec City, Quebec. Bronze in team kumite

2014 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Calgary , AB. Bronze in team kumite.

2013 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Halifax, NS. Bronze in team kumite.

2010 Canadian ISKF national Championships, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 4th in team kumite

2009 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Calgary. Silver in team kumite .

2008 ISKF World Championships, Toronto, Canada. Gold in kumite 15-17 junior division.

2008 Canadian ISKF National Championships, Quebec City, Quebec. Bronze in junior 15-17 Kumite.


Senpai Strickland has had numerous provincial medals in team kata, individual kata and individual kumite.