Senseis and Sempais

Jose-Carlos Garcia, Shichi-dan (7th Dan)

Sensei Jose-Carlos Garcia has studied karate for over 44 years and Tae Kwon Do for almost 4 years. In May 26, 2007, he received his 7th degree in Wado (Shichidan). He also holds the rank of 5th degree in Shindo and the 3rd Dan in Iaido. Sensei Garcia was born in Madrid, Spain and in the early 70's he started his Wado training as student of Sensei Manara. Today Sensei Garcia resides in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada where he continues instructing and he has graded over 3,000 students and over 100 have achieved the rank of various Black Belt degrees. Sensei Garcia continues traveling to receive training from Sensei Manara and practice with members of the Sensei Shintani Federation. Sensei Garcia is presently a Member of the Senior Dan Council for the Toronto Wado-Kai. He is a recipient of the 1988 DKI and 1991 TWK appreciation awards.

Founder of the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 1, 1981
Achieved the rank of 7th Dan in May 26, 2007
Stephen Zulauf, Yo-dan (4th Dan)

My name is Stephen Zulauf and I started karate in September 1991. I achieved my 1st Dan in Karate in April 1996 and a rank of 1st Dan in Shindo in September 1996. I started karate just to understand what it is about, but I have learned much more than just karate. I have learned about teaching, and gained confidence in working with other people. I have also learned just a little about what you can do if you just try.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 1, 1991
Achieved the rank of 4th Dan in February 6, 2013
Ryan Weatherilt, San-dan (3rd Dan)

The practice of Wado has been a gratifying unending journey, one that is responsible for many aspects of my own personal growth. Confidence, fitness, friends, humility, patience, and integrity are but a few things I have gained through my training and instruction. In truth most of the credit goes to the wonderful people associated with the club. The instructors, the students, and the volunteers are what truly make this club something special.
My advice to those who are beginning martial arts training is the same as for those who are advanced practitioner's; always keep an open mind and be willing to learn, put forth your best effort into everything you do, and try your best to be humble, respectful, kind and polite. The skills and knowledge you will aquire through training in this manner will transfer over into aspects of your own life. It is my hope that then you will have found your own "way". "Violent action may be understood as the way of martial arts, but the true meaning of martial arts is to seek and attain the way of peace and harmony" - Hironori Otsuka "The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants." - Gichin Funakoshi

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 16, 1991
Achieved the rank of 3rd Dan in February 6, 2013
Jennifer Virgin, San-dan (3rd Dan)

My name is Jennifer Virgin. I have been in Karate for 9 years. I am currently a Shodan-Ho. When I am not in Karate I attend high school. I like to swim, and play baseball. I enjoy watching TV (just like every other teenager). I play Clarinet in my school band. For the past two years I have been part of the Theater Company of my school, last year I was even the stage manager. My first two years of high school I was in a business club called F.B.L.A.. We went to Philadelphia for a conference. I helped run a conference we had in Toronto. My first class in Karate, I remember it like it was yesterday. Sensei Jose-Carlos came up to me and said, "Jennifer, you are going to be in Karate for a long time, I can tell!. Now do 10 push ups!" and I did all of them, my arms hurt so much. Karate has trained me for what I want to become, a police officer, in the future I hope to be hired by the Durham Region Police Force.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 12, 1995
Achieved the rank of 3rd Dan in November 2, 2015
Anson Burnett, Ni-dan (2nd Dan)

My name is Anson Burnett and I am 27 years old. I have achieved the rank of 1st Dan (Black Belt) in the Wado-Kai organization in August 2002. I first became a student of Sensei Jose-Carlos in September 1994. Karate has always been an interest of mine and under the tutelage of Sense Jose-Carlos, I have enjoyed it immensely. Through proper training and discipline it has helped me gain more self-confidence in my professional and personal life. Once a week I devoted some of my spare to assist sensei's Jose-Carlos and Steve Zulauf teach the children's class. From my experience I take great please in helping the kids achieve their self-confidence and encourage them to reach beyond their limits. Currently I am employed as an armed guard for Brink's Canada Ltd. I hope to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a Police Officer.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 4, 1994
Achieved the rank of 2nd Dan in April 27, 2009
Kathryn Kuczkowski, Ni-dan (2nd Dan)

I started my karate studies at the age of 6 and have achieved several milestones in such a small timeframe. Along with all the tournament successes and special recognitions, on February 5, 2007 at the age of 13, I was very proud to have become the youngest female to achieve a 1st degree black belt in our club's history which allowed me to wear the Red belt (1st degree jr) until 16, at which time, April 2009, I repeated the ranking process and am equally proud to done the traditional Black colored belt. In addition, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to run my own class at one of our Whitby locations and feel humbled at 17 years old that I have been instrumental in the growth as these karatekas achieved their next belt levels. Karate is an important part of my life, I enjoy the challenges that allow me to grow and teach and through these travels I have met some amazing people within the Wado organization from across Canada. I continue my studies with Sensei Jose-Carlos Garcia, our club founder in all disciplines: Karate, Shindo and Bokken as well as participating in several tournaments and clinics throughout Ontario.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in April 4, 2000
Achieved the rank of 2nd Dan in November 1, 2010
Daina Als, Ni-dan (2nd Dan)

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in July 3, 2003
Achieved the rank of 2nd Dan in August 3, 2016
Natalie Garcia, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

My name is Natalie Garcia and I am 20 years old. I've been doing karate since 1992. For me Karate has been and is my way of life. It has encouraged me to expand my talents and strengths. Without karate I wouldn't have found half my friends I have now and I wouldn't have found the joys in teaching and helping others in my way of life, the art of karate.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in January 13, 1992
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan in May 8, 2006
Adam Moore, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

I began studying karate when I was about eight years old, and worked my way up to Shodan-Ho in the children's class before quitting. For the next 15 years, I was wishing that I was back. and at the beginning of 2006, I finally re-joined Oshawa Wado-Kai and worked towards obtaining my black belt in February 2007.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 24, 1986
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan in February 5, 2007
Michael Kuczkowski, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

I was first introduced to karate at the age of 2 while watching my older sister Kathryn. I had to wait until I was five to join and have been studying karate ever since. I received my first-degree black belt JR.(signified by a Red colored belt) in April 2009 at the age of 12, becoming the youngest to achieve a first degree in our club's history (beating my sister Kathryn who held that position before me). February 2013, repeating the process, as an adult (black colored belt), in an unprecedented 8 Oshawa member ranking for various black belt degrees. I have been trained by incredible teachers, Sensei Jose-Carlos Garcia, our club founder and Sensei Steve Zulauf formerly the head of the Children's YWCA class. In addition, I am very proud to have been given the responsibility to teach my own class (for 7 years) at one of our Whitby dojos. I also learn Shindo under the direction of Sensei Garcia and participate in several tournaments across Ontario as well as National Team Training in Welland and Alberta and various clinics and Instructor training. Training does not end with a black belt, it's just the beginning. I look forward to my continued studies and challenges.

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in July 6, 2002
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan February 6, 2013
Jay Popert, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in May 20, 2008
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan April 5, 2015
Brian Smith, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in January 10, 2006
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan May 1, 2017
Caleb Layden, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in March 29, 2010
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan (Junior) November 7, 2016 and 1st Dan July 26, 2018
Tobi Jones, Sho-dan (1st Dan)

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 26, 2011
Achieved the rank of 1st Dan July 26, 2018
Nikolas Morado, Shodan-Ho

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in January 15, 2013
Achieved the rank of Shodan-Ho February 22, 2018
Alexandra Morado, Shodan-Ho

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in January 15, 2013
Achieved the rank of Shodan-Ho February 22, 2018
Adam McCarthy, Shodan-Ho

Registered with the Oshawa Wado-Kai in September 25, 2013
Achieved the rank of Shodan-Ho April 18, 2019