Ken Desjardins

Ken Desjardins

Brief Biography:

Sensei Ken Desjardins holds his 4th Degree Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate and has been teaching Karate to the children and adults of Penetanguishene and surrounding area for approximately 15 years.  He has lived his life in the community of Penetanguishene and is proud to call it his home.  Since opening his karate school in 1995, he has dedicated many hours to promoting fitness through karate and has become well known and widely respected in his community.  His unique teaching style combines a keen sense of humour with a firm, disciplined approach. This provides an environment that allows his students to have fun and enjoy themselves while performing the physically and mentally challenging task of learning karate. The fee for Ken’s classes has always been very affordable for families.  For many years his club was a non profit organization and now, even though the membership fee has increased, he does not turn away students for financial reasons and if needed, will provide transportation to class for students.

He joined Shito-Ryu Karate in 1986 at the age of 37 and has been involved with Shito-Kai Murayama, which is a world-wide karate organization, since 1992. For those who are not familiar with karate, Shito-Ryu describes the style of karate - Shito-Kai is the name of the specific karate organization.  His instructor - Shihan Sam Moledzki, 7th Degree Black Belt with over 40 years experience in teaching karate - is the chief instructor for Shito-Kai Murayama in Canada.  The head instructor of Shito-Kai Murayama is Master Kunio Murayama, 8th Degree Black Belt, of Mexico, who has over 45 years of teaching experience.  The chief instructor of the Shito-Kai headquarters school is Master Genzo Iwata, 8th Degree Black Belt, of Japan.  The significance of this information is that it has given Ken the opportunity to provide a very high quality of well connected and well affiliated karate to his students.  Over the years Ken has organized & hosted many local exhibitions & seminars, he and his students have represented Pentetanguishene at numerous tournaments & seminars throughout Ontario and Ken has represented Penetanguishene nationally and internationally with a few of the achievements highlighted as follows:

  • Competed at The 2nd World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championships in Puebla, Mexico at the age of 47 (1996)
  • Served as an assistant coach for the Canadian Team at the 3rd World Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Championships in Tokyo, Japan (2000)
  • Led a Team of students from Shito-Kai Murayama Penetanguishene to Monterrey, Mexico to participate in International Shito-Kai Karate Tournaments and to attend the seminars being presented by Masters from Japan and Mexico (2003, 2004)
  • Coached students that proudly represented the Shito-Kai Penetanguishene Karate School and the community of Penetanguishene at Canada’s National Black Belt Championships in Nova Scotia and British Columbia (2006, 2007)