There is no normal day, which is the motto of my daily journey!
I'm learning and then trying to practice what I learn.
First, I'm a father, as my two children are everything.
Clubs - I've built 4 dynamic karate clubs over the past 30 years in both Canada and Japan, the latest being Kenzen Sports Karate in Victoria, BC Canada.
Book - My book Sonny Leads Volume 1 manga begins the fictional 3 volume story of what it is really like to try to succeed training karate in today's 21st century fast-paced and karate-mecca of Tokyo. Illustrated by the master, Genshi Kamobayashi.
Events - Also, I've been the event manager for landmark karate tournaments including the BC Games, the Vancouver Karate Cup and the new Canada Open Karate Championships, June 3/4, 2017.
From Canada to Japan, the main theme for almost four decades has been martial arts, and eventually my ongoing development as a professional karate sensei.
While karate is a martial art and a new Olympic sport, it's truly about challenging oneself to figure out concepts, to unlock one's self-resilience, to become super fit and most importantly to meet amazing people of all ages from all walks of life.
Since 2014 in Victoria, Canada, I've been the chief instructor of Kenzen Sports Karate where my closest friends, family and myself teach classical and sport karate in recreational programs for different ages all the way through to coaching elite high-performance athletes with Olympic aspirations.
From the 1980s until 1995, my journey started in several martial arts, finally focusing on karate, on traveling several times to Japan to learn its deeper roots and on discovering who I was as an adult. How could I be better at karate, especially how could I teach it to others in clear and effective ways became my passion.
In Vancouver from the 1995-2004, I was the chief instructor of Kenzen Karate Vancouver, a BC Team athlete, a BC Team coach, a Canadian Sports Institute high-performance coaching student, a Vancouver Film School writer/director/producer student, a brand name company marketing & sales rep and a pro karate coach to 25 schools annually.
In Tokyo from 2004-2014, I was the head coach of Seiritsu Gakuen's famous karate club 7 days a week attending hundreds of karate events, a karate student of world champion Toshiaki Maeda among many others, a masters grad student in global studies at Sophia University, a phd candidate in peace & conflict studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, a bilingual columnist for JKF Karate Magazine and the writer of Sonny Leads, Volume 1, an English manga about karate in Japan.
Each moment was a new opportunity to learn karate further, to learn how to be a better teacher and to learn that meeting new people brings the greatest experiences for growth and discover.
Again, there is no normal day on this journey.
Twitter English @MosdellRichard
5th degree (godan) Japan Karatedo Federation, Wadokai
3rd rank (kyu) Wadokai licensed instructor
3rd degree (sandan), Japan Karatedo Federation, generic
Coaching Canada certified karate instructor
Karate BC certified official, provincial rank
JKF Wadokai Canada (CZ) technical committee, member
Karate BC executive committee, director at large
Karate BC high-performance committee, chair
Canada Open Karate Championships, event manager
BC Winter Games provincial advisor (karate)
viaSport funded Sports on Mats elementary school program, Victoria facilitator
PhD candidate, Peace & Conflict Studies
Graduate School of Global Studies,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
平和構築・紛争予防英語博士課程在学中 (2013 ~)
M.A. in Global Studies
Graduate Program in Global Studies
Sophia University, Tokyo
Self-Employment ProgramDouglas College (2001-02)
Diploma, Foundation Film ProgramVancouver Film School (1998-99)
BA, Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Victoria (1990-95)