“Chris Taneda is not only an inspirational Sensei to me, he's also my wonderful dad. I am so fortunate to have him as my dad growing up. He is not only my dad though. I had to share him with hundreds of other people as he is a definite father figure to those in his life. He has touched so many lives I don't even know where to begin... What makes Sensei Taneda special and different from all the rest is he will always lead by example. Our Dojo slogan is "Remain silent. Put into practice." Meaning he doesn't just sit back and order people around. He demonstrates and participates in all the classes and events. This is what everyone loves about him. He gains everyone's respect by his actions and his wisdom.”
—Michelle Hein Daughter and Student
For over thirty years, the Taneda Karate Dojo has been a positive member of the Okanagan community. Built upon the strength and enthusiasm of its students and instructors, the Dojo has touched thousands of lives along the way. Read what others have to say...
Karate is a fun and exciting way to develop confidence, discipline, awareness, fitness and self-defense. Whether your goal is to improve your physical fitness or simply to try something new, the study of karate will constantly challenge your perception of personal physical and mental boundaries. We believe the Dojo should be a safe place for people to learn and grow, an environment which fosters self-esteem and respect. Students train together, and grow together.
Our instructors are fully NCCP Certified (National Coaching Certification Program).
The Taneda Karate Dojo is a member of Karate BC. Benefits of being a member of Karate BC include:
- Accident Insurance (medical and dental) and $5,000,000 liability for members and instructors.
- Access to the Kidsport assistance program through Sport BC.
- Fees are eligible for the Canadian Child Fitness Tax Credit.
- Participation in the BC Winter Games.
- High school sport credits program and volunteer hours.
- NCCP certified instructors.
- Participation in Regional, Provincial and National Karate Teams.
Sensei Chris Taneda, Kyoshi
Nanadan 7th Degree Black Belt
Sensei Chris Taneda is a 7th Degree Black Belt with the title of Kyoshi. Sensei Taneda was 6-time Canadian National Kumite Champion and 4-time Chito-Ryu World Champion. Sensei Taneda is currently the head coach of the Zone 2 Karate Team and the Zone 2 BC Winter Games Team, and was awarded Karate BC Coach of the Year in 2005. As a proud ambassador of his community, Sensei Taneda was selected as a torch bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. In 2012, Sensei Taneda was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, and to honour the significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Mike Ditson, Shidoin
Yondan 4th Degree Black Belt
Senpai Mike Ditson is a 4th Degree Black Belt with the title of Shidoin. Senpai Mike has been a member of the Taneda Karate Dojo for 29 years, and full time instructor for 14 years. He has won multiple medals at the Canadian National Karate Championships, and is the current Chito-Ryu Kata World Champion. Senpai Mike is an assistant coach for the Zone 2 Karate Team, and for the last six years he has been a member of BC Karate Team coaching staff. In 2009, he was named Karate BC Coach of the Year, and in 2012 Karate BC High Performance Coach of the Year. Currently, Senpai Mike is the President of the Southern Interior Karate Association (Zone 2) and a member of the Karate BC High Performance Committee.
The Taneda Karate Dojo has served the Okanagan community since 1981, with classes in Kelowna, Westbank, Summerland and Penticton. Members of the Dojo have represented our community, province and country at numerous national and international competitions, earning the Dojo a reputation as one of the premier karate dojos in the world. The Taneda Karate Dojo is a multiple nominee and past recipient of the City of Kelowna Bryan Couling Memorial Award for the Athletic Team of Year.