Instructors of the Welland Wado-Kai Karate Clubs

The instructors of the Welland Wado-Kai Karate Clubs are dedicated to the teaching of karate not only for self-defence purposes, but also for character building, and the development of self-confidence, physical fitness and camaraderie. As the clubs are a non-profit organization, all instructors are strictly volunteers, whose only goal is the development of students in the art rather than the collection of money. In short, they teach because they love karate, and they want to put back into the organization, the benefits which they obtained from it.

The fact that these instructors are volunteers, however, does not mean that they are less qualified than those of the more expensive dojos. Each instructor is a certified black belt or brown belt who practices his or her own skills in karate on a regular basis. By attending seminars and workshops in addition to their regular workout, each is able to improve on his or her ability as an instructor, a tournament judge, and a practitioner of karate. In fact, most of the senior instructors in Welland have been invited by black belts from other clubs in North America to conduct seminars of their own.

The instructors are as follows:

Sensei Denis Labbé – Hachidan (8th Dan) – Sensei Denis has been in Wado-Kai Karate since 1972, initially learning under the guidance of Sensei Masaru Shintani. Sensei Denis is responsible for the administrative duties in Welland and is the President of the Shintani Wado-Kai Karate Federation of Canada.


Sensei Ron Mattie – Shichidan (7th Dan) – Sensei Ron has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1973, initially learning under the guidance of Sensei Masaru Shintani. Sensei Ron chairs a number of committees in both the Welland Club and the Shintani Karate Federation. Besides teaching his Karate class, Sensei Ron also coaches the National Team and holds the position of Chief Instructor for the Shintani Karate Federation and was a member of the National Team from 1996-97. He also practices Iaido (Traditional Japanese Sword) where he is a 4th Dan and Kendo (2nd Dan).


Sensei Ray Poulin – Rokudan (6th Dan) – Sensei Ray has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1970, initially learning under the guidance of Sensei Masaru Shintani. Sensei Ray was the founder of the Welland YMCA Wado Kai Karate Club.


Sensei Alain Bisier – Godan (5th Dan) – Sensei Alain has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1984 under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie. He also practices Iaido (1st Dan).

Sensei John Thompson – Godan (5th Dan) – Sensei John has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1978 under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie. Sensei John is also the club’s Graphic Artist and practices Iaido (1st Dan).

Sensei Anne Readhead – Godan (5th Dan) – Sensei Anne has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1985 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé. Anne belongs to several committees in the Welland club and also practices Iaido (Traditional Japanese Sword) 1st Dan. Anne holds the position of Secretary/Treasurer.


Sensei Ron Bovine – Yondan (4th Dan) – Sensei Ron has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1986 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé.

Sensei Eddy Poulin – Yondan (4th Dan) – Sensei Eddy has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1987. He began Karate as a student of Sensei Vicki Baker, and is presently under the guidance of Sensei Alain Bisier. Eddy is member of the Grading Committee and runs our family classes.

Sensei Rod Sumbler ‑  Yondan (4th Dan) – Sensei Rod has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1994 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé.  Sensei Rod is the chairperson of the Special Events Committee and the Fund Raiser Committee.  Sensei Rod was a member of the Shintani National Team.


Sensei Janet Rodrigue – Sandan (3rd Dan) – Sensei Janet has been in Wado-Kai Karate since 1991 under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie and assist with our family classes.

Sensei Rick Rodrigue – Sandan (3rd Dan) – Sensei Rick has been in Wado-Kai Karate since 1991 under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie.   Sensei Rick is also the Dojo’s “repairs manager” and assist with our family classes.

Sensei Dean Brown ‑ Sandan (3rd Dan) ‑ Sensei Dean has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1996 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé.   Sensei Dean is a member of the Special Event Committee and the Fund Raiser Committee.

Sensei Dianne Mattie – Sandan (3nd Dan) ‑ Sensei Dianne has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1984.  She began Karate as a student of Sensei Denis Labbé.  She is presently under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie.

Sensei Daniel Mattie – Sandan (3nd Dan) – Sensei Daniel has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1984 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé. Sensei Daniel is a member of the special event committee and the fundraiser Committee.


Sensei Robert Primerano ‑ Nidan (2nd Dan) ‑ Sensei Robert has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1994 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé.   Sensei Robert is a member of the Special Event Committee and the Fund Raiser Committee.

Sensei Ron Ryan ‑ Nidan (2nd Dan) ‑ Sensei Ron has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1990.  He began Karate as a student of Sensei Peter Ciolfi.  He is presently under the guidance of Sensei Alain Bisier.  Sensei Ron is also a Shodan Black Belt in the Art of Judo.

Sensei Fortunato Scolaro – Nidan (2nd Dan) – Sensei Fortunato has been in Wado Kai Karate since 2001 under the guidance of Sensei Rod Sumbler. Sensei Fortunato teaches the Monday junior class.

Sensei Greg Veltri – Nidan –  (2nd Dan) ‑ Sensei Greg has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1994.  He began Karate as a student of Sensei Denis Labbé.  He is presently under the guidance of Sensei Rod Sumbler.  Sensei Greg is a member of the Special Event Committee.

Sensei Kristen Ryan – Nidan (2nd Dan) – Sensei Kristen has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1998 under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbe.  Sensei Kristen teaches the Monday junior classes.

Sensei Cassey Sumbler – Nidan (2nd Dan) – Sensei Cassey has been in Wado Kai Karate since 1995 under the guidance of Sensei Ron Mattie.  She is presently on the Shintani National Team of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation.


Sensei Mike Tarnawski ‑ Shodan (1st Dan) ‑ Sensei Mike has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1994.  He began Karate as a student of Sensei John Thompson.  He is presently under the guidance of Sensei Denis Labbé.

Sensei Keith Halborg ‑ Shodan (1st Dan) ‑ Sensei Keith has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1984.  He began Karate as a student of Sensei Peter Ciolfi.  He is presently under the guidance of Sensei Eddy Poulin.

Sensei Jacqueline Boisvert ‑ Shodan (1st Dan) ‑ Sensei Jacqueline has been in Wado‑Kai Karate since 1994.  She began Karate as a student of Sensei Rick Atamanyk then with Sensei Alain Bisier.  She is presently under the guidance of Sensei Rod Sumbler.  Sensei Jacqueline is a member of the Special Event Committee.

Dojo Location

40 Division St.
Welland, ON L3B 3Z6
Phone: 905-735-4998