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Thomas Llewellyn - Yondan (4th Dan), Jokyo

Thomas Llewellyn, Sandan-ho, Jun-Shidoin

Thomas Llewellyn Sensei started training at the Calgary Gojukai Dojo in 2001, under the instruction of Rob Richardson Shihan, Yukiko Hirayama Sensei, and Brent Regan Sensei. He quickly found a love for Gojukai Karate, and a profound respect for the exceptional instructors at the Ranchlands Dojo. Thomas obtained the rank of Shodan (black-belt) in the summer of 2005, during the North American Block Seminar in held in Edmonton that year. Thomas continued training at the Calgary Gojukai Dojo, eventually earning his Nidan-Ho (2nd degree) in 2008, and soon tested for and received his IKGA Canada Junior Instructor certification (Jun-Shidoin).

In 2005 Thomas competed in the 4th IKGA World Championships in Holland, and placed in the top ten for the Junior Male Kata Division. Thomas Sensei has since represented Calgary Gojukai in several local and provincial tournaments, including the 2006 Alberta Winter Games where he placed First (Gold) in Kata, Kumite, and Team Kumite. Thomas Sensei has also had the privilege to help represent Karate Alberta in the Canadian National Championships twice, and hopes to continue doing so in the near future.

In 2017, Thomas Sensei participated in the 7th IKGA Global Championships in Richmond, BC, where he earned a Bronze Medal in Kumite. Thomas Sensei was also an Assistant Coach for the Canadian team, helping all the members of IKGA Canada to acheive their best results.

Thomas Sensei successfully passed his examination for 4th Dan (Yondan), Jokyo in Richmond, BC with Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi.

Thomas Sensei enjoys assisting Rob Richardson Shihan at the Ranchlands Dojo, working with karate students and seeing them grow. Thomas shares his enthusiasm for competitive sport karate with other students by training with them while they are preparing for competitions, and offering coaching advice under the guidance of Rob Shihan.

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