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Founder/Senior Instructor

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Founder/Executive Director
Master Instructor -  Neil McGillivray
6th Degree Black Belt

6th Degree – Tracy's Kenpo Karate (Tracy International Studios of Self Defense)
1st Degree – Modern Arnis (CMATS) Canadian Modern Arnis Training Studios
Executive Director/Senior Instructor Karate for Christ Canada
Chief Instructor S.M.A.K.K. Defence Systems (Specialized Modern Arnis & Kenpo Karate)

Board Member Gospel Martial Arts Union

Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame - GOE 2017 Dallas, TX
Ontario Representative of the Canadian Modern Arnis Training Studios

National Judge/Referee World Kickboxing Federation (WKF Canada)

Certified in Ontario Use of Force Theory

Close Protection Specialist Level I - Universal Training Solutions

Handcuffing and Subject Restraint Certification - Durham College
Cane Instructor - Cane Masters International
Kickboxing Instructor - Joe Lewis Fighting Systems
Women’s Self Defence Instructor – SMAKK Defense Systems

Certified in Emergency First Aid, CPR Level C and AED

Neil McGillivray began his martial arts training in 1983 in the study of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate
and Modern Arnis under Grand Master Michael Donovan in London, Ontario. 
Neil McGillivray is uniquely qualified to teach martial arts from a Christian perspective. He is an Ordained Minister  and Chaplain.  He has served as a Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor and has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Emmanuel Bible College, and is an experienced Christian leader.

Kitchener Instructors

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Head Instructor

Sensei Keith Elka
3rd Degree Black Belt

2nd Degree Black Belt - Kenpo Karate - Karate for Christ Canada
Black Belt - Modern Arnis - Karate for Christ Canada
Head Instructor Karate for Christ - Kitchener Dojo
Keith began his martial arts training with Karate for Christ back in 2007 at Grace Bible Dojo in Preston, and has been on the leadership team since 2012. Keith is excellent with weapons and in particular with the Bo staff and Kama's. He is a church  elder at Kitchener Gospel Temple. Keith has led men's ministry's over the years and has been on several short term missions trips. He has a heart for missions and for the lost. He is a very loving and strong Christian leader.

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Sensei Ron Poulin
3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Ron, is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a Black Belt in Modern Arnis, and former soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, with over 10 years of martial arts training.

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Sensei Richard
3rd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Richard,  is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, in Kenpo Karate, a Black Belt in Wado Ryu, and a Black Belt in Modern Arnis with over 15 years experience in martial arts.

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Sensei Scott Wagner
2nd Degree Black Belt

Sensei Scott, is a 1st Degree Black Belt, and Bible College graduate, with nearly 8 years of martial arts training. He loves to train in karate but even more he loves to preach the gospel.

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Sensei Nathan Kloestra
1st Degree Black Belt

Sensei Nathan is a 1st Degree Black Belt. Nathan keeps me on my toes by making sure our manuals are

up to date and accurate. Nathan is a stickler for detail, and perfectionist which makes him a demanding  and excellent Instructor.

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Sempai Brandon Colvin

Sempai Brandon started training with KFC back in 2002. He left to study BJJ and Krav Maga and has returned to brush up his Kenpo and to join our Leadership Team. Brandon is a natural teacher and a tough competitor.

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Bradford Instructors

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Sensei Timon Lau

3rd Degree Black Belt - Shotokan Karate - Northern Karate Schools
Timon is an Ordained Minister and has taught karate for over 8 years, and has taught in China.

Ingersoll Instructors

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Head Instructor


Calvin Smith

Calvin holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Purple Belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As the founder of the CMFA program, his desire is to see many people benefit in whatever way they need from the group- whether new-found Christian fellowship, physical fitness, self-confidence and/or spiritual support (hopefully all of the above!).
Calvin teaches most of the adult classes available from the CMFA and oversees the other programs.

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Brandon Colvin

Brandon has been training in various martial arts (including Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga) since 2002. He holds a Blue Belt in BJJ. He has also been teaching classes with the Christian ministry Karate for Christ for many years and is well equipped to instruct the CMFA Dragon Slayer program in an effective and Christ-like manner. Brandon leads all of kids and youth classes offered by CMFA and will occasionally teach an adult class.

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