Our instructors


Joel Deschenes (Sensei)

Joel has lived in Cantley since 2001 and practised karate for more than 30 years. He started Karate at 16 and practised as frequently as possible since. He has practised Karate with many instructors most notably, Remy Girard (Sept-Iles), Jacques Petit (Montreal), Denis Beaudoin (Gatineau), Sensei Saeki (Ottawa) and his present instructor, Hanshi Gilles Lavigne (Gatineau). Since July 2017 he has the rank of Godan.


Michel Chartrand (Sampai)

Michel has lived in Cantley since 1972. Now retired he was a teacher at polyvalente L'Érablière. During his youth, Michel practised judo. He started practising karate with his two sons when André and Guy Bisson opened the first karate club in Cantley in 1999.


Robert St-Laurent (instructor)

Robert has lived in Cantley since 1983. He is married and has two sons, Simon and Olivier. In September 2001, he enrolled Simon and Olivier in Karate with Sensei André Bisson. After the first class, he joined his sons in the dojo and began his training in Shotokan Karate. Robert received his 3rd dan black belt in October 2013, Robert loves karate for fitness, self-defence and the social aspect of the Shotokan Karate Cantley dojo.


Manon Lacroix (instructor)

Manon practiced Karate Shito-Ryu style for 4 years and Shotokan style for the last 10 years in Cantley. She obtained her black belt (3rd dan) in March 2015. Manon enjoys Karate not only the self defence techniques, but for the fitness and stress relief it brings her. She also really likes to teach and transfer her skills to other karatekas.


Richard Phillips (instructor)

Richard moved to Cantley in 1999 with his wife. He practiced Karate and Ju-jitsu as a teen-ager, only to set it aside to attend university. He began practicing again after the birth of his first child after his wife prompted him too, and quickly discovered how much he had missed practicing and teaching.

Michel, Manon, Kyoshi Lavigne, Jasper et Sensei

Yudansha (ceinture noire) 2015

In march, Michel Chartrand got his 4 degre (Yondan). Manon Lacrois get her 3rd degré (Sandan) andt Japer Hupé graduated to Shodan.

Robert, Marie-Pier et Joffré

Yudansha (ceinture noire) 2013

In novembre, Robert St-Laurent got his 3rd degre (Sandan). Marie-Pier Beauseigle et Joffré Malette graduated to Shodan.

Cassandra et Ghislain Trottier

Yudansha (ceinture noire) 2013

En juin 2013, Cassandra Trottier et Ghislain Trottier got there 2nd degré black belt (Nidan)


Yudansha (black belts) 2012

In April 2012, Daan Beijer got his black belt.


Yudansha (black belts) 2011

In June 2011, 5 students from our dojo graduated to Shodan. From left to right: Cassandra Trottier, Louis André Cardinal, Carole Grenier, Myriam Ravignat et Ghislain Trottier.