My Shotokan Karate training began at the Yorkton Karate Club in 1989 and received my Shodan (1st degree blackbelt) in 1999 with my Nidan (2nd degree blackbelt) in 2006 followed by my Sandan (3rd degree blackbelt) in 2015.
I began instructing in 1994 and have taught at the Yorkon, Churchbridge, Canora and currently Esterhazy and Kamsack locations.
In my younger years I competed in regional, provincial and national competitions and won a bronze medal in kata and a silver medal in kumite at a national tournament in Montreal. Interesting fact: I lost the gold medal match to my daughter, Jennifer Wiley, in that match due to her amazing round house kicks!
I then took up refereeing and have refereed at regional, provincial and national levels while currently being certified as a judge by Karate Canada.
I have Competitive Development in Training Level One Certification which is part of the National Coaching Certification Program which is recognized by Karate Canada. In addition, I was one of four coaches for our Saskatchewan provincial team at the Karate Canada National Championships which was held in Richmond, BC in 2016.
Karate for me is a way of life, not just a sport, as I grow and nurture myself and others.