Photo of Sensei and student bowing

Hope Yama Dojo

Hope, British Columbia, Canada

"All things begin with one." - Tatsuo Shimabuku

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Who We Are

Hope Yama Dojo is a place to learn, and train in, Isshin Ryu Karate, a martial art founded in Okinawa in the mid-1950s by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku. Our Dojo offers Isshin Ryu Karate from the Sensei A.J. Advincula lineage, as well as Ryukyu Kobudo from the Taira Shinken lineage.

Students as young as five years old, with or without previous karate ability, are welcomed at Hope Yama Dojo. Our Sensei, Norm Losier, has 36 years experience in martial arts, and is a 7th degree black belt (Nana Dan) in Isshin Ryu Karate. Sensei teaches his classes with skilfulness, enthusiasm, energy and dedication.

Our Location

Map of Hope, BC
Map of Hope, BC
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(The red star indicates the location of Hope Yama Dojo.)

Hope Yama Dojo is situated in Hope, British Columbia, Canada. Our community is approximately two hours east of Vancouver, and is located in the beautiful Cascade Mountains range. Hope is at the junction of several major highways (#1, 3, 5, 7), where the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers meet.

Our Website's Purpose

Hope Yama Dojo has had an Internet presence since 2001, when it was first created by Dojo student Jackie Gartner. The website's maintenance was subsequently taken over by Yvonne Demoskoff, who re-styled the site in April 2003. A major renovation to the website took place in July 2005.

Our website's purpose is to inform both the casual and interested reader about our Dojo, Isshin Ryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo, to keep in touch with current and former students, and to provide original and accurate material that is faithful to Master Shimabuku and Sensei A.J. Advincula's vision of Isshin Ryu.

We invite you to visit us, observe a class, or train with us. We look forward to seeing you!

What's New On Our Site

To see a list of the most recent updates to Hope Yama Dojo's website, see What's New On Our Site.

Special Notes

Hope Yama Dojo respects the online privacy of its young students (age 16 and under), and does not use their family names in our site's text or photo captions.

For an explanation on how Japanese words or phrases are used throughout this website, see Hope Yama Dojo Writing Conventions.

Credits, Copyright, Disclaimer

Website Designer and Maintainer:
Yvonne Demoskoff

Contributions by:
A.J. Advincula, Jackie Gartner, Norm Losier.

Copyright 2003 - 2009 by Hope Yama Dojo. All rights reserved.

All original text and images used on this website are copyrighted by Hope Yama Dojo. Please do not copy and paste our site's information and put it on your website. You may link to our site without sending us an email to ask for our permission.


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