Heiwa Karate-Do

Karate is a system of self-defence that has developed over many years. It contains elements of fitness and keeping a healthy body. Students regularly exercise heart, muscles, and bones for a stronger body and improved mental health. Karate is an excellent way to promote overall health and is an excellent activity for personal development and fitness for all, from children to adults to the elderly. Natural strength and size are not primary considerations for participation.

While making new friends, getting into shape, and learning self-defence in our dojo’s non-competitive atmosphere, students (especially children and youth) will gain confidence and the tools for countering the temptations of peer pressure. All classes begin and end with respect and courtesy.

"Heiwa" is Japanese for "peace." The way of Karate leads to self-discipline, endurance, perseverance, commitment, patience and hard work resulting in an equilibrium which is what helps maintain peace, productivity and courtesy in our society.

The guiding principles of karate-do emphasized in our Dojo Kun are:
• Seek perfection of character!
• Be faithful!
• Endeavor to excel!
• Respect others!

• Refrain from violent behaviour!

About Karate
Our Style

Our dojo trains in Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-do, a form of traditional Okinawan karate. We are a member of the International Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate-do Association under the teaching of Master Meitatsu YAGI, son of Meibukan founder Dai Sensei Meitoku YAGI. Sensei Deo and many of our black belts have travelled to Okinawa to train, and members of the YAGI family regularly visit Winnipeg for special training sessions.

Our Mission

To provide participants with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the study of the way of karate, as well as to promote healthy living and peacemaking. We are a member of Karate for Christ International, a non-denominational Christian Martial Arts association.

Our Sensei

Our Sensei, Dr. Deo Namwira, achieved his black belt certification in Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do in 2007 and was promoted to Sensei in June 2011. Sensei Deo holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Birmingham and was promoted to 5th Dan IMGKA in 2022.

Meibukan Gojyu-Ryu Karate

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada