Dojo Information

Wado Ryu uses the force of the attacker against him (or her…), combining kicks and punches from Okinawa karate with the soft yielding techniques, joint locks, and throwing techniques of jujutsu. The name wado has two parts: ‘wa’ and ‘do’. ‘Wa’ is a word that means something like ‘harmony’ or ‘peace’. Harmony is found when the defender moves in accord with the attacker. Harmony is also found in moving in accordance with the forces of nature. At the same time ‘wa’ can refer to ‘Japan’, to indicate wado is a Japanese style of karate. The ‘do’ part of wado can be translated as ‘way’. So wado means ‘the way of harmony’. If you’d like to learn more come join. Overall, Karate will improve your focus, strength and balance while helping you de-stress and deepen your martial arts knowledge.

About the Dojo
Dojo Name Guseikai Karate Vancouver
Contact Email
Phone 778-877-3147
Address Willingdon Community Centre
1491 Carleton Avenue
Burnaby, BC
Chief Instructor Sensei Bob Mooney
Sessions (fall, winter spring, summer) Full-time
Days/times at main dojo address 1930-2100 hrs Monday January-June; 1930-2100 Monday/Friday July-August; 1930-2100 Monday September-December
Secondary Location Kitchener Elementary School
1351 Gilmore Avenue
Burnaby, BC
Days/Times or services at secondary dojo location 1930-2100 Wednesday September-December; 1930-2100 January-June
Range of students accepted All ranks up to 2nd Dan and ages over 10, some under 10 accepted after screening.
Speciality training available? Bob facilitates, schedules and trains with the TSYR Study Group Vancouver.


Name Years Teaching Wado Dan
Sensei Bob Mooney (Chief Instructor)   3rd
Fuji Mooney   2nd
Nidan Shane Atienza   2nd

Chief Instructor

Bob has studied Wado Ryu karate with Norma Foster, Nanadan (7th degree black belt) since 2000, and continues to study periodically with Norma Foster, Peter Stoddart (6th degree black belt) and Richard Mosdell (6th degree black belt).

Bob is a member of the Canadian Zenkuren Wado Kai Association, the official Canadian representative of the Japan Karate Federation Wadokai (JKF Wadokai) and Karate Canada.

Bob is the owner of Guseikai Karate Vancouver and has been training children, youth and adults in Burnaby since 2011. He provides basic Wado Ryu karate and martial arts physical movement training as part of school outreach programs offered by Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, and since 2012 teaches Wado Ryu Karate in a recreational format at Simon Fraser University (SFU) located at the Burnaby campus.

Bob also Studies Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan, Eishin Ryu Iaido and Takamura-Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu.

Tel: 778-877-3147 Follow Bob on twitter @wadobob

Chief Instructor Credentials
JKF WADO KAI Dan rank  3rd Dan
Other style Dan rank Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan 3rd Dan
Years Teaching Wado Kai Karate 8+
Years practicing Wado Kai Karate 19+
Most Influential Teacher Norma Foster, Toru Arakawa, Hideho Takagi
Other Related Qualifications Karate BC regional kata and kumite judge under the auspices of Karate BC
NCCP Certification NCCP 1
Member of Provincial Sport Organization Yes
Current police and Vulnerable Sector Checks Yes – Coquitlam RCMP