Sensei John Snook and Sensei Michael Den Tandt both studied for many years under the leadership of Sensei Bill Hind, Hanshi 9th Dan. Both Sensei Den Tandt and Sensei Snook received their Shodan degrees from Hind Sensei, who was himself a senior student of Canadian Karate pioneer Bob Dalgleish. Sensei Snook was a long-time student of Kyoshi Jay Purdy, Kyoshi 7th Dan.
We are grateful to the teachers who formed us, for the knowledge that they generously passed on to us over the years.
In 2008, as part of his search for the roots of Okinawan Karate, Sensei Den Tandt had the good fortune to meet Luis Morales Sensei, Hanshi 9th Dan, who is the senior North American student of Hokama Tetsuhiro, Hanshi 10th Dan, of Okinawa. Hokama Sensei is a GrandMaster of the art, having studied Karate since childhood and trained originally with Chojun Myagi Sensei's most senior and immediate successor, Higa Seiko Sensei, and later with Higa's senior student, Fukuchi Seiko Sensei. Morales Sensei, in addition to being a Master of Goju-Ryu, is also a Grandmaster of Torite-Jutsu, the art of The Dragon Society, under Grandmasters Rick Moneymaker, Hanshi 10th Dan, and Grandmaster Tom Muncy, Hanshi 10th Dan.
Morales Sensei has travelled to the four corners of the globe to discover the heart of Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, and has spent the past 40 years of his life pursuing this knowledge. He is relentless in his search for knowledge and generous in sharing what he has learned. It is our humble opinion that Morales Sensei's expression of the ancient, complete system of Goju-Ryu Karate-Jutsu is among the most sophisticated expressions of this art anywhere. His instructional seminars are in demand worldwide, not only in Karate circles but also by martial artists of other styles.
Morales Sensei regularly visits the Owen Sound area to present seminars and teach, and Sensei Den Tandt regularly travels to New Jersey to receive on-on-one instruction. Morales Sensei's annual Gasshuku or "sleep-away" camp in September is a highlight of these exchanges.