132 Federal Road, Brookfield

Welcome to

Kanreikai Karate

Traditional Japanese Karate

At Kanreikai Karate, we practice and teach karate according to Japanese tradition. We ensure respectful and safe behavior with all our students and help to perpetuate the Japanese tradition of our art throughout the organization.


The name of our organization is significant. It was chosen with care and reflects the values and principles of our leaders, instructors and students:

KAN – Go beyond your limits

REI – Develop your skills to the fullest

KAI – Group / together

In other words, we train together and support each other to develop our skills and always go beyond our limits!

Following the teachings of World Kanreikai Karate grand master Hanshi Manny Matias, we focus on each student’s development in terms of physical abilities, concentration and self-confidence. Our goal is to prepare each student to face challenges both in the dojo (school) and in their everyday life. We encourage individual development with the mutual support of other students.


Instructors and students use this word consistently. It encompasses the principles of our martial art and translates to a search for harmony and conviviality at the dojo.

Patience – Every promotion must be earned by hard work and determination. Karate is not a race, but a continual surpassing of oneself.

Respect – Students shows respect for him/her self by training seriously and regularly. They respect their instructor and the other students.

Appreciation – OSU reflects appreciation for instructors and other students. It’s a way of saying thank you. It evokes our membership in the dojo, solidarity and goodwill.

Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct ensures a respectful, safe and orderly environment. By observing this code, each student contributes to maintaining the core values of our martial art and optimizes his/her experience as a karateka (karate practitioner).

  • Greet by saying “Osu” when entering and exiting the dojo (school)
  • Shake hands with all black belt karateka’s (in order of rank) with both hands
  • Express patience, respect and appreciation by saying “Osu” to instructors and fellow students
  • When speaking to our Grand Master or Chief Instructor, identify them as Hanshi or Sensei
  • When speaking to the instructors, identify them as Sensei or Senpai
  • Address a black belt karateka by the name Sensei or Senpai
  • Move quickly in a straight line when called by the Instructor at the beginning of class
  • Answer “Osu” loud and clear when called by name When late, stay at the entrance of the mat in a kneeling position and wait for instructor to invite you to join the class
  • When instructed to withdraw from the class, kneel along the wall of the dojo and wait for the instructor’s permission before sitting down calmly to observe the workout
  • Ask the instructor for permission when the need arises to leave the dojo during class
  • Do not speak profanity or insults at any time
  • Make sure to always wear a clean dogi (uniform)
  • Make sure you have short fingernails and toenails
  • Do not wear shoes
  • Do not wear jewelry
  • Do not eat, drink or chew gum in the dojo
  • Do not fight without the instructor’s permission
  • Do not use fighting techniques outside the dojo
  • Do not use equipment or weapons without the instructor’s permission
  • Respect and properly use all equipment during training

Japanese Glossary

At Kanreikai Karate, we use Japanese terms to describe the techniques and to count. Common to all World Kanreikai Karate schools, these expressions create a sense of belonging and allow students from all schools in the organization to visit and train together.

Japanese Terms

Anza: Sitting, relaxed, with legs crossed and back straight
Dan: Level of qualification of a black belt
Dojo: Room where we practice the martial art (martial art school)
Hajime: To start
Hanshi: Grand Master
Hidari: Left
Ibuki: Expiration method (long exhalation followed by abrupt expiration)
Kamaete: Starting position
Karate: Empty hand; martial art of Japanese origin practiced with bare hands and feet
Karateka: Person who practices karate
Kata: Combat with an invisible opponent
Kiai: Scream to focus energy (energy explosion)
Kiai Irete: Movement with cry (Kiai)
Kihon Waza: Basic techniques
Kohai: Junior student according to rank (kyu)
Kumite: Fight
Kyu: Rank (from white belt to black tip)
Mawate: Turn
Migi: Right
Mokuso: Meditation
Naore: Return to the starting position
Nidan: Second Dan (second degree black belt karateka)
Obi: Belt
SandanThird Dan (third degree black belt karateka)
SeizaKneeling position, fist on hips, back straight
SenpaiSenior student according to rank
SenseiHead teacher of the school
ShodanFirst Dan (first degree black belt karateka)
Tatami: Training mat
Yoi: Ready

Japanese Numbers

Ichi: 1
Ni: 2
San: 3
Chi (Yon): 4
Roku: 6
Sishi :7
Hachi: 8
Ku: 9
Ju: 10
Nuji: 20
Sanju: 30
Yonju: 40
Goju: 50
Kyaku: 100