About Us

Welcome to Guseikai Calgary

Guseikai Calgary Wado Group teaches the traditional style of Wado Ryu.  Guseikai Calgary is the only karate club located in the South-West of Calgary that is registered with the Canadian ZenKuRen Wado Karate Association (CZWKA), a member of the Japan Karate Federation (JKF) Wado Kai.  We are also members of Karate Alberta (the only governing body for amateur karate that is recognized by the Alberta Government) and Karate Canada.  The CZWKA is affiliated to the JKF Wado Kai which is located in Tokyo, Japan.  The Japan Karate Federation is the only organization recognized by the Japanese government to represent karate in Japan.  The CZWKA, under the leadership by Sensei Norma Foster (7th Dan), is the only official Wado-Kai group recognized in Canada.

Meet Our Team

Our instructors have a vast amount of knowledge and experience teaching karate to people of all ages. We have a wide range of classes from teaching our little dragons (4 to 6 years old) to youths (7 to 12 years old), teens, adults/parents. Our instructors are NCCP certified and First Aid/CPR certified.

Sensei Barry Welch

Sensei Barry Welch is a fifth (Godan) degree black belt with the JKF Wado-Kai and has over 30 years of Wado experience.  Sensei Welch is also a founding member of the CZWKA and is the highest ranked JKF Wado-kai instructor in Alberta.  He has represented England at multiple regional and national championships in Kata and Kumite and Canada at the 2000 World Wado Championships in Kata and Team Kumite.  He was part of the Karate Alberta coaching team from 2009 to 2012 and he is currently a provincial referee and a technical representative for the CZWKA.

Sensei Nicole Levesque-Welch

Sensei Nicole Levesque-Welch is a fourth (Yondan) degree black belt with the JKF Wado-kai and has over 10 years of Wado experience.  Sensei Nicole has competed at multiple provincial and national events in Kata and in Kumite.  She also represented Canada at the 2008 World Wado Championships in Vancouver, BC.  In March 2011, she placed 5th in kumite (-61Kg) at the Karate Canada National Championships. In addition of being a sensei and a competitor, she is actively involved with Karate Alberta as a Provincial Referee and with CZWKA as Membership Director.