Glen and Tannis Smith
Karate Instructors, Kanto Sho Karate Club
Glen started training Renbukai karate in 1978 and he began teaching in 1979. Glen travelled to Japan in 1984 to grade for his Blackbelt (Shodan) and to compete in the All Japan karate tournament. This was the first of many trips which continue to this day. He is currently a 6th degree Blackbelt in Renbukai karate, the highest ranked non-Japanese person in the world. Glen is registered and licenced to teach karate anywhere in the world by the All Japan Karate-do Federation. He was also appointed as the Canadian Director of Renbukai in 2017. Glen has been the owner and operator of the Kanto Sho Karate Club since 2002. Glen is a retired Police Officer with the Calgary Police Service.
Tannis trained karate as a young girl in Regina, Sask. and decided to re-new her pursuit of training in 2002 here in Calgary with the Kanto Sho Karate Club. Tannis has traveled to Japan several times to train and in 2010 she graded for her Blackbelt (Shodan) and competed for team Canada in the All Japan karate tournament. She currently holds the rank of 3rd degree Blackbelt and is registered with the All Japan Karate-do Federation. Tannis is co-owner and operator of the Kanto Sho Karate Club. Prior to becoming a full-time teacher, Tannis worked with Aspen Family (a non-profit social services agency) for 13 years.
More important than these credentials, Glen and Tannis love to train and teach karate, (it is a family affair as their daughter trains and teaches with them as well). They believe that karate can change lives and should be accessible to everyone. Along with Glen and Tannis, numerous volunteer teachers from their dojo assist in teaching classes. This allows us to provide individual attention to each student’s unique needs and allow for growth in their training.
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