ABOUT US

The Jiyu-Shin Karate School is the oldest karate club in Peterborough, founded by Sensei Mark Bell in 1972. Several of Sensei Bell's first black belts still teach and train. Chito-Ryu is our formal style of karate. We also incorporates aspects from other martial arts into our curriculum.

Find out more about our instructors below.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

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SENSEI JOHN MACCALLUM

Day Job: Technical Service Advisor

Started karate: 1990

Received my black belt: January 1996

Other martial arts training: Judo, Aiki jiu-jitsu

I joined karate because: I wanted to exercise and learn a martial art

I do karate now because: I enjoy breaking down technique I have performed over the year and am still able to find way to improve how I perform the techniques.

Other hobbies/interests: Motorcycles, volunteer firefighter, camping

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SENSEI RICK MULLIN

Day Job: Retired; industrial electrician

Started karate: September 1975

Received my black belt: August 1981

Other martial arts training: None

I joined karate because: I was talked into trying karate by my brother in 1974 then started in 1975

I do karate now because: I have trained and continue to train with many very good martial artists and I am honoured to continue from their example. Now, it is my way of life.

Other hobbies/interests: Hunting

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SENSEI MITCH MAXINE

Day Job: Business Owner - BAM Mascots

Started karate: 1985

Received my black belt: May 1988

Other martial arts training: Aikido (unranked), Judo (blue belt), grappling

I joined karate because: My brother convinced me to try it out

I do karate now because: I am slave to the structure and the physicality of the martial arts, karate specifically. That, and the undeniable link to an intellectual requirement are what keep me here

Other hobbies/interests: guitar, collecting miniature superhero replicas, working out

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SENSEI SEANA FOSTER

Day Job: Business Owner - 360 Wellness Clinic, Registered Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy instructor

Started karate: 1996, picked up as an adult again in 2007

Received my black belt: September 2010

Other martial arts training: None

I joined karate because: As a kid I got bullied a lot, and my parents wanted me to be able to protect myself

I do karate now because: I enjoy the challenge, exercise, and beauty of karate. Also,the people involved have become a second family. 

Other hobbies/interests: playing board games, Dungeons & Dragons, hand drumming

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SENSEI DEVON MACCALLUM

Day Job: Paramedic

Started karate: 2004

Received my black belt: November 2012

Other martial arts training: None

I joined karate because: I wanted to start a sport the ran year round.

I do karate now because: I enjoy the training and being pushed to constantly improve.

Other hobbies/interests: guitar, volunteer firefighter

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SENSEI MAX MACCALLUM

Day Job: University Student

Started karate: 2005

Received my black belt: June 2016

Other martial arts training: None

I joined karate because: My dad is the head instructor

I do karate now because: I enjoy it

Other hobbies/interests: Gaming