Senior Black Belts: Leaders in Our Club

There’s no place like home. That’s why long-time members continue training at UTKC. Many of them assist with teaching duties or advisory roles as well, which makes these high-ranking black belts (or yudansha) essential to the club. We look up to our senior senpai for feedback, instruction, and mentoring.

You’ll find more information about our senior black belts below. Whether you’re new to our club or a martial arts veteran, our yudansha are here to help and give their best insights.

Steven Yap's Profile

Name:

Steven Yap

Rank:

5th Degree Black Belt (Godan 2005), conferred by National Karate Association and Jinbukai Canada

Member Since:

1981

Occupation:

Engineer

Known for:

Being fast and fearless

Other Achievements:

UTKC President

1995 Masuko Cup - Karate Ontario Sportsmanship Award

Hobbies:

Biking

Cross-country skiing

Soccer

Nature

Hockey

Competitive Achievements:

1998 World Championships, Men's Team Kata

1998 Nationals 1st Men's Team Kata, 3rd Men's Individual Kata

1997 Nationals 1st Men's Team Kata, 3rd Men's Individual Kata

1996 Nationals 2nd Men's Team Kata, 3rd Individual Kata

1995 Pan-Am Games, Men's Individual Kumite (pghtweight)

1995 Nationals 3rd Men's Individual Kata

1994 World Championships, Men Individual Kumite (-60kg)

1994 Pan-Ams, Men's Individual Kumite (-60kg)

1994 Nationals 1st Men's Individual Kumite (-60kg), 2nd Men's Individual Kata

1992 Nationals 3rd Men's Individual Kumite (-60kg)

1991 Nationals 1st Men's Team Kumite

1991 Top 8 placement in Pan-Ams, Men's Individual Kumite (-65kg)

1990 Nationals 3rd Men's Individual Kumite (Lightweight), 3rd Men's Team Kumite

1989 Nationals 3rd Men's Individual Kumite (Lightweight), 3rd Men's Individual Kumite (Open weight)

 

Steve Watanabe's Profile

Name:

Steve Watanabe

Rank:

5th Degree Black Belt (Godan 2011)

Member Since:

1990

Teaching Since:

1992-2007, 2017-present

Occupation:

Software Engineer

Favourite Quote:

"Train hard."

Known for:

Speed drills

Enjoys:

Raising his daughters Kira and Misa

Other Achievements:

UTKC President

UTKC Vice President

Karate Ontario Director/Secretary

Competitive Achievements

2001 Nationals - 6th, Men's Individual Kata

2000 Nationals - Men's Individual Kata

1999 Nationals - Men's Individual Kata

1998 Worlds - Men's Team Kata

1998 Nationals - Men's Individual Kata; 1st, Men's Team Kata

1997 Nationals - 1st, Men's Team Kata

1996 Nationals - 2nd, Men's Team Kata

 

Chris Achong's Profile

Name:

Chris Achong

Rank:

4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan karate (Yondan 2004)

Black Belt in Okinawan Goju Ryu karate

Member Since:

1992

Teaching since:

1994-2006, 2016-present

Occupation:

High School Teacher

Favourite Quote:

"If you think you're training hard, train harder!"

Hobbies:

Motorcycling

Inline skating

Road trips to tournaments

Known for:

Pure, clean basics, powerful kicks and punches with good lines, and a loud laugh

Other Achievements:

Pure, clean basics, powerful kicks and punches with good lines, and a loud laugh

UTKC President

UTKC Vice President

UTKC Membership Director

UTKC Banner Boy

 

Josephine Chen's Profile

Name:

Josephine Chen

Rank:

4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) conferred by Karate Canada

Member Since:

2001

Occupation:

Engineer

Favourite Quote:

"Execute the details, even when you are doing the techniques fast."

Hobbies:

Travelling

Cycling

playing piano

Trying different cuisines

Known for:

Being meticulous in detail and having a good sense of humor

Competitive Achievements

2009 NKA Canada National Championship, 2nd Women's Team Kata

2008 WKF World Championship, Women Team Kata

2008 NKA Canada National Championship, Women Team Kata, 3rd place

2008 Pan-American Championship, Women Team Kata

 

Shazam Williams's Profile

Name:

Shazam Williams

Rank:

4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan) conferred by Karate Canada

Member Since:

1995

Teaching Since:

2005-2015

Occupation:

Engineer

Favourite Quote:

"When you go...you go."

Hobbies:

Cuisine

Cycling

Scotch

Known for:

Being surly, having a keen eye and effective Kumite techniques

Other Achievements:

UTKC treasurer

Current treasurer of Jinbukai Canada

 

Moyo Williams's Profile

Name:

Moyo Williams

Rank:

3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan)

Member Since:

2003

Teaching Since:

2007 - present

Occupation:

Scientist

Favourite Quote:

"There is no right or wrong way, just more or less effective ways depending on your goals."

"Never fear answers, only fear running out of questions."

"Mathematics, science, war, politics and martial arts are all the same thing, ways of manipulating the world around you and bending it to your will."

Hobbies:

Politics

Science Fiction

Teaching fun and interesting classes

Known for:

Teaching fun and interesting classes

Other Achievements:

UTKC treasurer

Current treasurer of Jinbukai Canada