Director and Head Instructor
Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1972 as a first generation Canadian, Sensei Bassels brings to the study of the martial arts a comprehensive skillset that stems from life experience.
Throughout his childhood he received instruction in judo, karate, boxing, and wrestling, through various youth and mentor programs, the Y.M.C.A., and school.
At age twenty, he turned down an option to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design, and decided to travel throughout North America. By his mid-twenties he had amassed nearly 1 million miles of driving between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and about as many stories to complement. Years of traveling and working throughout North America provided many unique experiences and life lessons that still shape the lessons he teaches children and youth today.
In 2003 he opened his first school for the martial arts in St. Catharines, Ontario at St. Andrews, and in 2005 opened his second school in Mississauga, Ontario at Dream Crest Road.
Martial Arts Education and Ranks
Sensei Bassels is a 4th Degree Black Belt in GoJu Ryu (Hard and Soft) Karate, Kobudo (Okinawan weapons), and a 4th level (Laoshi) in the internal energy arts - Tai Chi Chuan (Yang and Wu styles) and Qi Gong, certified by Classical Martial Arts Canada,
and a Dalawa Lakan rank (2nd degree) in Modern and Classical Arnis (Escrima/Kali) certified by IMAF Philippines.
His training includes the study of other styles of Karate as well--Shotokan, Shorinji Ryu, and Shorin Ryu. He holds a 1st Kyu (Brown belt) in JoDo through the Kendo Federation of Canada, along with fifteen years of study of Koryu Iaido and Aiki JuJutsu. He has trained in China - BaGua Chuan at the Purple Cloud Temple in Wudangshan (2004, 2007, 2011), Shaolin Chuan Fa from both the Southern Shaolin in Quangzhou and the Northern Shaolin of Songshan in Dengfeng (2004, 2007, 2011), and White Crane System (Bai Hei Chuan) in Yong Chuan, Fuzhou (2011). He has also trained and studied in the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan (2007), and in Negros Occidental, Manila and Subic in the Philippines (2011, 2012, 2014).
"The way is in training."
Everyone comes into the world knowing how to fight. Martial arts is about learning to not be oppressed by it.