About Us

The Canada Shotokan Karate -Vancouver Creekside Dojo teaches Shotokan Karate, a traditional Japanese martial art. The Dojo is lead by Joel Nitikman, who for many years led the dojo at the University of British Columbia (UBC) until starting the Creekside Dojo in 2010. The Dojo at Creekside is part of Canada Shotokan Karate (CSK), which is an affiliate of Shotokan Karate of America (SKA).


Shotokan Karate was initially founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi.

“The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.”

Gichin Funakoshi



One of Master Funakoshi’s last students was Mr. Tsutomu Ohshima. He is currently the Shihan (Chief Instructor) of Canada Shotokan Karate (CSK), Shotokan Karate of America (SKA) and many affiliated groups around the world. Mr. Ohshima’s branch of the Shotokan world has become known as Shotokan Ohshima Karate.

“We must be strong enough to express our true minds to any opponent, anytime, in any circumstance. We must be calm enough to express ourselves humbly.”

Mr. Ohshima


In 1955 Mr. Ohshima left Japan to continue his studies and in January 1956, he led his first U.S. practice. The first university karate club in the United States was founded by Mr. Ohshima in 1957 and in 1959 the Southern California Karate Association (SCKA) was founded. For the next ten years the reputation and membership of the SCKA continued to grow across the nation and in 1969 the organization was renamed Shotokan Karate of America (SKA).

In 1970, upon invitation by Mr. Ohshima, Norman Welch was invited to attend special training with SKA even though at that time he was not a member. This turned out to be a life changing experience for Norman Welch, who then proceeded to join Ohshima Sensei’s group and subsequently founded Canada Shotokan Karate (CSK) in the fall of 1972 along with Gene Malec and George Quessy.