Instructor - Karate-do and Kobudo 6th to 1st Kyu
Mr Parris began training at the Yume Da Po Dojo in 2007 with Sensei Jason R.P.Bassels. He presently studies the disciplines of GoJu Ryu Karate, Okinawan Kobudo, Arnis, TaiChiChuan, QiGong, and Baqua Chan respectively. He is a 2nd degree in GoJu Karate, and a 1st dan in Okinawan Kobudo.
Mr Parris has had the fortune of training with the head patriarch of Classical Martial Arts Canada, Hanshi W.M.Platt Goju Karate and Kobudo, Sensei C Dixon 6th Dan GoJu Karate and Kobudo, 2nd Dan ZKNR Iaido, Sensei F Titus 5th Dan GoJu Karate and 4th dan Kobudo, and Sensi Paul Sukys 4th Dan GoJu Ryu Karate, 3rd dan Kobudo, purple belt Brazilian JuJutsu and Muay Thai boxer and coach.
In 2012 he was appointed to the position of Shidoin (instructor) and presently teaches four to six hours a week.
He is also the recipient of the inaugural 2013 Musashi Award, which is awarded to one black belt annually who has demonstrated the highest level of integrity and commitment to the study of any martial art, along with their contribution to that or any other martial art.
Mr Parris is also an academic working on his honours bachelor's degree in English and history at the University Of Toronto, with the goal of completing a master's degree in education to pursue a career teaching at the secondary and post-secondary level. His long-term goal is to balance a scholastic teaching career with operating his own martial arts school.
Mr Parris believes that the importance of learning the classical martial arts is to become confident, energetic, motivated to succeed in achieving our goals, and to cultivate our sense of inner peace.
"The courage it takes to stand up and speak is the same courage it takes to sit down and listen."