Traditional Japanese Karate at UBC


Learning Has No Bounds

We study Goju Ryu Karate under the guidance of Fujino Shihan.

We founded Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Do with one goal in mind: giving our students an authentic, rewarding and lasting traditional martial arts experience.

The Nihon Goju Ryu Karate Dojo is located in the Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Our passionate and skilled members are here to help students achieve their personal goals. Are you ready to explore karate? Join us today!



Everyone is Welcome


Our dojo community consists of a diverse mix of students, faculty, staff as well as members of the general public.

We welcome all beginners and experienced karateka regardless of skill level or style.



Our instructors have more than 45 years of experience in traditional martial arts combined. 

Raymond Fujino has been practicing karate since 1976. He studied under the Yamashita brothers at the first Yamaguchi Goju-Kai Dojo established in Canada, and since then has travelled many times to Japan to train with Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi.

Fujino Sensei received his current rank of Godan (5th dan) at an international senior black belt examination in 2001. He was later awarded Shihan – Renshi status at the 2003 I.K.G.A. Canada Annual Training Camp/International Seminar.


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Kelvin Po has been training under Raymond Fujino Shihan since 2005, and currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd dan). He lived in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima (Japan), where he trained with Ozeki Toshiaki Sensei in Okinawan Goju Ryu with the Aizu Shuu Ren Kai. He has also trained with Futawatari Masahiko Shihan and Futawatari Toshie Shihan at the Goshinkai in Saitama.


Additionally, Po Sensei holds a Godan (5th dan) in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido, which he has practiced since 2004 and also pursued in Japan, as well as a rank of Mokuroku in Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu.


Year Round Training

New members may sign up for either one or two classes per term; however, we recommend that members register for both.  As with any martial art, regular practice is essential for learning and developing proficiency in traditional karate.

On-Site Schedule

Thu: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Sun: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Per UBC Recreation, on-site classes at the UBC Student Recreation Center will resume in September 2020.

Online Schedule

Tue: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Thu: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Sun:11:30am to 12:30pm

We continue to host online classes.  Please contact us via Facebook, Instagram, or the form below for details.


We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. 

You can also register for trial classes offered every term during UBC Recreation Free Week .

Student Recreation Centre (SRC Dojo)
6000 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, V6T 1Z1, Canada


Stay in the Loop

  • 2020-10-27

    The Seiwakai International Women’s Advisory Board (SIWAB) is holding its first international online seminar on November 15th 2020, 9am PST. This seminar is open to all female members of Seiwakai. To register, please follow the instructions provided through WhatsApp or reach out to Gina. If you choose to participate, please ensure you are warmed up, stretched and ready to train at 9am.

  • 2020-09-12

    UBC Recreation confirmed that we will return to the SRC dojo this month. Here are a few dates to mark in your calendar:

    Free Week Classes
    17 Sept 2020 | Thursday
    20 Sept 2020 | Sunday

    Fall Classes
    24 Sept 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

    New/Existing Members can register online for Free Week and the Regular Program on the UBC Recreation website. See details below:

    Program Registration

    Please read the following prior to attending class as it is imperative that everyone in the dojo has a clear understanding of the new health and safety protocols.

    Things to Know

    Fujino Shihan and Po Sensei look forward to seeing you in the dojo. Until then we ask that you continue to “be kind, be calm and be safe” as you return to training.



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