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137 Pruden  Street

                                   7th Dan  Sensei John D. Salonen

               6th Dan  Sensei Eugne Sacevich


   The Thunder Bay Karate School originally began as the Fort William School of Karate in 1968, with Norm Welch as the Chief Training Instructor, and head of the school. Sensei Peter Hladyniuk was also there at that time. We were affiliated with Tsuruoka Karate in Toronto from the start, and by the year 1976 the school had graduated 10 black belts, including one of the first women in Canada. Classes were held at St. Luke's Church Gym at first and then moved  to the Simpson Street location where they had the convenience of showers after the workouts. In 1976, in the spirit of the amalgamation of Port Arthur & Fort William, a name change took place and the Thunder Bay Karate School was born. in 1983, feeling that the objectives of the school would be better served, the Thunder Bay Karate School became incorporated under Ontario law as a non profit corporation, whose mission statement is the promotion of the traditional way of Japanese Karate. The school has four directors that oversee the day to day operations. 
   In the mid seventies, the Thunder Bay Karate School was designated by the Ontario Karate Association  ( OKA ) as it's Northwestern Ontario training center  with a mandate to promote the training of Karate not only at a local level, but on a regional level by sponsoring clinics and other related events. The OKA is the governing body for Karate in Ontario as recognized by Sports Canada, the governing body for amateur sport in Canada.
As the regional training center, the school was constantly involved in instructor training to give our students first class instruction, so that they can train in any Dojo in the country with ease.
   In the spring of 1984 the school moved into 936 Tungsten Street, giving it a central location. This location was ours until the end of 2005. On January 2nd, 2006, we relocated to a bigger venue on the corner of Northern Ave. and North Vickers Street. We trained there for two years and in the Summer of 2008, we relocated once again to 137 Pruden Street where we train Mondays and Wednesdays

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