Sensei Jusleen Virk has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to the discipline of Karate. She began karate at the age of 6 in St. Albert, Alberta where her Dad, who taught hand-to-hand combat to fellow officers in the RCMP, introduced her to the sport. Jusleen proceeded to make her debut onto the BC Provincial Team in 2006 where she qualified for the Canadian National Team the same year. Having won multiple awards over her decades of service to Karate BC such as the BC Premiers Athletic Award, Karate BC Female Athlete of the Year, as well as earning one of the only 2 Pan American Games Medals ever earned by a BC Karate athlete, Jusleen is passionate about continuing the legacy of the Canadian Karate Academy as they continue to inspire new generations of competitors each day. Jusleen is detail oriented and meticulous in nature and is using her competitive skill set to tackle a new field in post-secondary education, dentistry. She has been an active member of the community and has spent many years volunteering at outpatient centres and dental outreach programs providing care to low income individuals and families. Some of Jusleen’s awards and accolades can be referenced below.
Canadian National Team Member 2006 - Present
12x National Champion
Junior Pan American Champion
6x Pan-American Championship Medalist
North American Champion
Common Wealth Champion
Pan American Games Bronze Medalist
Premier League Bronze Medalist
US Open 4x Vice Champion
World Championships Top 7
BC Premier’s Athletic Award
Karate BC Female Athlete of the Year
Canadian National Junior Team Captain
Sensei Shaun’s journey includes two accomplished stories - one of a National Team Athlete and National Level Coach. Shaun began practising karate at the age of 8 and earned his position on the National Team in 2005. He quickly became one of Karate Canada’s top performing athletes, earning multiple National titles and Olympic Carding status. His greatest competitive accomplishment came in 2011 where he earned a Bronze medal at the Pan-American Games. This achievement made him the first of two BC Karate athletes to ever medal at these Games. The other athlete? Our very own Sensei Jusleen Virk.
Sensei Shaun began his journey as a coach in 2008 when he opened up his first Karate Academy in Abbotsford, BC. He learned to balance being a young dedicated coach while still continuing to travel, train and compete at the highest levels with the National Team. This balance proved to be quite advantageous as he was able to incorporate the most advanced concepts and lessons from his own competitions straight to his own students. Shaun was even able to successfully compete at the National Championships as well as coach his students at the very same event! He became a Junior National Team coach in 2019 and is passionate to continue sharing his knowledge with athletes of all ages. Some of Shauns awards and accolades can be referenced below:
Canadian National Team Member for 10+ years
5x National Champion
Pan-American Games Bronze Medalist
3x Pan-American Championships Medalist
3x North American Champion
BC Premier's Athletic Award
Karate BC Athlete of the Year
Karate Canada Athlete of the Year
Sensei Arash started practicing Karate in 2001, under the instruction of a former UAE Head Coach and Full Contact World Champion. During this elite level training, he made the Provincial team and competed at the Canadian National Championships within a year of starting Karate. In 2004, he received his Shodan (1st Degree) Black belt in Shotokan style and was named to the Canadian National Team the following year. Arash is currently, a second degree black belt through the Japan Shotokan Karate Association, an accomplished competitor, with previous years of experience in dojo instruction and elite level coaching. Some accolades and former positions held include:
BC Provincial Team Athlete
Canadian National Team Athlete
BC Provincial Team Captain
BC Provincial Team Coach
Karate BC High Performance Committee Member
Multi-time BC Provincial Champion
Multi-time Canadian National Champion
North American Cup Medalist
Pan-American Championships Medalist
Pan-American Sports Festival Medalist
Arash is passionate about sport, coaching, athletic and personal development. He enjoys working with kids, young adults and adults of any age!
Sensei Maansi Virk is a young, accomplished athlete following in the footsteps of her older sister, Sensei Jusleen Virk. Born in rural Alberta, joining the Canadian military reserves, and attending JIBC for law enforcement studies – in conjunction with her numerous karate accolades, challenges have been second nature to Maansi – and she’s faced every single one of them head on. Maansi has been instilled with a high level of respect, honour, and dignity from an early age having lived in an RCMP-based family and has leveraged these qualities to be successful both in life and in sport.
The pinnacle of Maansi’s young tenure in karate came from her finishes at 5 consecutive podium finishes at the Canadian National Championships where she continued to accumulate valuable points in the world standings. Her passions are centred primarily around working with and developing youth through rigorous sport and healthy competition. She looks forward to contributing to the ongoing success and legacy of Canadian Karate Academy as an instructor at multiple locations. Some of Maansi’s accomplishments can be seen below.
BC Provincial Team Athlete
Canadian National Team Athlete
3x National Vice Champion
5x National Championships medalist
BC Team Captain
US Open Junior Champion
North American Championships Medalist
With over 20 years of karate experience in both WKF Sport Karate and Shotokan styles, a multi-time provincial medalist and Winter Games medalist. Varinder was fortunate enough to have many great sensei’s that made it a priority to help guide their students in setting personal goals. They did everything within their power to help their students succeed. Varinder looks forward to doing the same for his students. Whether you are focusing on developing confidence, learning self-defence, increasing your fitness level, or participating in competitions, Varinder can help your reach your goals. Guiding and molding his students to be the best they can be inside and outside of the Dojo. Varinder has years of experience teaching karate in Clearwater and Abbotsford, British Columbia, as well as experience with youth mentorship programs and coaching youth basketball.
Varinder currently work with the Alberta Ministry of Justice and prior to that he worked with the Canadian Red Cross where he helped develop their water safety and first aid courses.
Varinder is committed to keeping his first aid certification up to date in order to provide the safest environment for his students to train in.
When not teaching karate or training, Varinder enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and their strong willed three year old daughter, who is looking forward to joining the dojo.