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Our Past Senseis

Sensei..."He who has gone before"

Thank you to all of our Senseis who continue to unselfishly donate their time and expertise.

Sensei Al Warburton


Sensei Al Warburton started judo in 1966 at a summer school program. Instructor was Masao "Harry" Kawasaki.

Sensei Al joined Rendokan Judo Academy in 1967 at the Ottawa Street Y. He moved with the club thru the Barton St. location, Kenilworth Ave, Onteora, and currently the CJCC.

Sensei Al received rank of Shodan on August 13th 1979, Nidan on May 23rd 1994 and Sandan on August 20th 2009. He is NCCP Level 2 Judo Certified.

Sensei Al married a wonderful girl he met at judo. Chris is a brown belt (retired) and the mother of their two sons. They tried judo but it was not the sport for them.

Sensei Michael Morgenroth, Ni Dan


Sensei Michael Morgenroth started Judo in 1975, Sho Dan 1983; accomplishments

  • 1983/84 member of German U21 National Team, 3rd Alternate for 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles

  • 1984 - 1991 on Bundesliga Teams (Heilbronn, Duesseldorf & Karlsruhe)

  • 1990 (last ever) West German University Champion

  • 1999 Welland, 2000 Sydney, 2005 Mississauga & 2010 Montreal: World Masters Champion, 2002 Derry: Vice Champion; also read athlete's oath in 2005

  • 5th at 2014 IJF World Veterans in Malaga, registered for 2016 Fort Lauderdale

  • German Non-Professional coaching license and Coach Canada Dojo Instructor

  • Cross training in multiple sports including handball (2016 on Ontario Team at Nationals), cycling, soccer, volleyball and badminton

Karate Belt

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Sensei Paul Kim


Sensei Paul Kim started Judo when he was 12 years old with Sensei Chiaki Ishii (Olympic Bronze Medalist - 1972 in Munich W. Germany).

Sensei Paul Kim immigrated to Canada in 1974 and joined Hatashita Judo and started competing in 1977 at a Provincial and National Level. In 1981 Sensei Kim moved to Edmonton and joined U of A Judo Club with Yosh Sendas Son's Club. In 1982 Sensei Kim moved back to Toronto. 

In 1986 Sensei Kim became a Provincial Champion and in 1988 he joined Rendokan Kawaski Judo in Hamilton. Sensei Kim served as the President of Korean Judo Association in Canada in 1992, helping Korean delegation for World Judo Championships at Copps Coliseum in 1993.

Sensei Kim has offered ongoing assistance with Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy since the 1993 World Judo Championships at Copps Coliseum.

Sensei Kimberly Ribble-Orr


Sensei Kimberly Ribble-Orr has been practicing Judo for the past 34 years and currently holds a red and white belt rank of Rokudan (6th Dan). Sensei Kimberly became a member of Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy at the age of 17 where she truly began her competitive career.

Sensei Kimberly was one of Ontario's world class athletes during the 1990's where she earned over 21 top 7 finishes in international competitions during her career and represented Canada with distinction. Her last competition was the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Sensei Kimberly planned to continue but was in a life changing car accident. The Doctors credit her judo conditioning for saving her live.

Sensei Kimberly is now competing in Kata as part of her life long therapy but as always the competitor she plans on competing at the worlds.

Sensei Kimberly is a NCCP Level 3 Coach Certified, motivational speaker and fitness professional and loves to mentor up and coming young athletes in the club.

Sensei Herman Vermeiren
(Original student of Sensei Masao Harry Kawasaki)


Sensei Herman Vermeiren is the longest member of Kawasaki Rendokan Judo Academy (56 years). He started Judo at Kawasaki Judo Club in 1960 at the age of 27 after immigrating from Belgium. Sensei Herman obtained rank of Shodan in 1966, Nidan in 1968, Sandan in 1972, Yondan in 1978 and Godan in 2006.

Through his career he was involved in the development of many successful provincial and national (junior/senior) champions - some competed with the national / pan-american teams.

As a Judo Veteran, Sensei Herman participated in the following World Championships in -90kg division: in 2006 in Tours / France (silver medal), in 2008 in Brussels / Belgium (silver medal), in 2009 in Atlanta / USA (silver medal), in 2010 in Montreal / Canada (silver medal), in 2011 in Frankfurt / Germany (gold medal).

In 2009 he won gold at Pan American Championships in M10 -90kg division.

At the age of 82, Sensei Herman competed in the 8th International Judo Federation (IJF) World Veteran Championships in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida USA on November 18, 2016 and won a special GOLD medal competing in the 80+ year old division.

Sensei Herman Vermeiren received Rokudan 6th Dan in 2019 by Judo Canada.


He sums his judo career by saying: Judo is my life.

Nakano Sensei and his family from Japan who was visiting Hamilton for several years as an exchange McMaster University Professor. We learned a lot from Nakano Sensei during his stay in Hamilton.

Paul Kereliuk was one of the original students under founder Sensei Harry Masao Kawasaki along with current instructors Al Warburton, and Ron Hampson. Paul went on to become Canadian Champion and represent Canada at several World Championships and he was Sensei Mitchell Kawasaki's uke for Kata demonstrations.

Sensei Doug Binkley was an original student of Sensei and founder Harry Masao Kawasaki and he instructed during the 60's and 70's. 

Other notable former Sensei are David Ide, Mitch Hilton, and Natalia An.
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