BMS Karate School was opened by Sensei Louis Rossi in September 2009. The school has since grown, opening two new locations in Spring 2017. Our dojos are a safe haven for many practitioners, becoming their home away from home.
In 2016, karate was officially recognized as an Olympic sport to be included in the 2020 games. BMS has joined the Ontario Karate Federation and is qualified to partake, being a traditional Karate dojo under Shotokan Karate International Federation.
What makes our school different is our commitment to our students. We invest our time into getting to know each student and giving them the best experience possible.
We are dedicated to introducing the benefits of martial arts to everyone through fun, fitness-oriented programs for children and adults.
Our head instructors are known as Sensei. They are mentors and role models to our students and they take pride in what they do. While they all hold impressive titles, rankings and qualifications, they remain students first and sensei second. Behind the scenes, the BMS sensei are training hard to become better katateka (practitioners of karate) to benefit their students.
Each sensei has their own passions, areas of interest, and experience which they bring to the school to create a diverse range of classes and a well-rounded atmosphere.
One thing they all have in common? They all believe they have the best job in the world.
Sensei Rossi started teaching karate in 1996 and opened BMS Karate in June 2009. He holds 5 th degree black belts in both Shotokan karate and Chito-ryu karate. While his experience in other martial art forms, such as Muay-Thai, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, BJJ, Kobu-jutsu, and Matayoshi Kobudo, allow him to deliver a class with varied systems and ideologies, his primary goal is to preserve the art of traditional Shotokan Karate around the world.
Sensei Joe moved to Canada when he was 12. Struggling to fit in, he started karate. He is now a 5 th degree black belt under the SKIF system by Antonio Terra Sensei. Sensei Joe won provincial traditional tournaments before stepping up to win Nationals in 1995 and 1996. As a NCCP level 1 coach, Muay Thai and Judo ka and father of two daughters, Sensei Joe brings a great dynamic to the Woodbridge North BMS Karate dojo.
Sensei Rick began his karate practice in 1992. Since then he has earned his 3 rd degree black belt as well as a Masters degree from the University of Toronto in Child Study and Education. In 2009, Sensei Rick represented team Canada in Israel and was awarded a bronze medal at the Maccabi games.
Sensei Marco started training at 5 years old after a run-in with a local bully. By 15 he was teaching classes as a Nidan, and at 22 he found a home in BMS Karate. He has since attained his Sandan, and studied Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Kick Boxing. Outside of the dojo, Marco pursues a career in Childhood Education and is also an illustrator, sculptor and musician.
Sensei Taran Sousa started his training in karate at the age of 7, in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, under the Shotokan Karate International system. After moving to Canada and taking some time off, Sensei Taran restarted his Karate career with BMS Karate in 2013 where he earned his black belt with great effort and determination.
Sensei Jose began training at the age of 8 and received his 2 nd degree black belt in 2012. At 15 years old, Sensei Jose was our first employee here at BMS. His hard work and dedication has helped us grow and maintain a high karate standard. You can find Sensei Jose teaching classes ranging from anti-bullying and street awareness, to weapon defense and jiu-jitsu.
Sensei Valentina began her training at BMS Karate at the age of 6, and has since earned her 2 nd degree black belt. With her experience in both running karate classes and directing our summer camps, Sensei Valentina has become a great role model for our female students.
Sensei David has been training at BMS Karate since 2010 and has since earned his 2 nd degree black belt. David began instructing full classes and teaching portions of our adult classes just after he graduated high school. David is the embodiment of the karate values of responsibility, perseverance and respect.
Sensei Marco began his karate training in 2001. Sensei Louis Rossi has been Marco’s instructor since he was 5 years old! He began teaching at BMS in 2011 and has since received his 2 nd degree black belt in 2015. With his experience in Police Foundations, Sensei Marco brings a unique approach to his self-defense and awareness classes.
All sensei are adults who have been qualified under our Instructor Program and maintain mandatory monthly training requirements. All helpers and senpai are qualified and have been training for a minimum of 4 years. Our staff are CPR certified and have their updated police background checks.
Karate-Do (Way of the Empty Hand) is a Japanese martial art originating from unarmed self-defense techniques.
At BMS Karate School, we practice a style of karate called Shotokan Karate.
Shotokan Karate was developed by Gichin Funakoshi in Japan in the 1930s and has become widely practiced around the world. What sets the Shotokan style of karate apart from other styles are its deep, exaggerated movements, the dedication to discipline and the style’s global reach and consistency.
We use time-honored training methods to teach traditional Shotokan Karate under the Karate International system. Our karate is recognized world-wide and registered under the Olympic umbrella.
At BMS, we focus our karate practice on harnessing strength, confidence and discipline. Through the physical practice we develop outer strength of body and inner strength of mind and spirit. We learn to move and speak with more confidence and build up a greater sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. The unique focus on traditional practices sets BMS Karate apart and helps students to gain respect for themselves and others by having greater discipline and self-control