Michael Beardwood

Chief Instructor
7th Degree Black Belt (Renshi) Goju Ryu Karate
Served as Class A
National & Provincial Referee

Head Instructor Shuseikan Canada

Shihan Beardwood began studying karate in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986. In 1999 he became associated with the Seiwakai organization under Japan Karate Federation Gojukai.

Shihan Beardwood received 7th degree black belt in 2023. He continues his study and lifelong love of combative theories as well as Japanese language and culture. He works to instill this attitude of challenging oneself and continuous improvement in all his students.

He is also the founder of Shuseikan Canada, a member organization of Seiwakai International.

Lucy Gerritsen Beardwood

Assistant Instructor
4th Degree Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate
Served as Provincial Referee

1st Degree Black Belt, Judo
Past Provincial & National competitor
Senior Advisor Women’s Program
Instructor of Martial Movements Program

Sensei Gerritsen Beardwood began studying Judo in 1974 earning her black belt in 1984. In 1983 she travelled to Japan and trained at the Kodokan, the world headquarters of Judo.
In 1999, she helped to establish Advance Combative Theories with Shihan Beardwood and began to study karate. In 2009 she received her 4th degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate.
Sensei Lucy is passionate about sharing her knowledge of both practices and highlighting the connections between the two.

John Passmore

Assistant Instructor
4th Degree Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate
Brown Belt Judo

Sensei Passmore began his martial arts journey studying judo. Through his association in the Canadian Armed Forces reserve, he also began the study of Goju Ryu Karate. Now a 4th Dan Instructor Sensei Passmore shares his knowledge of both arts.