KTK Martial Arts is renowned for the quality of its instructors and excellent teaching techniques.
Sylvain Aubé Sensei, 5th Dan, is a direct student of Sensei Yutaka Katsumata, 8th Dan. He is a karateka of international level. He has trained extensively with several key Masters in karate: Sensei Hidetaka Nishiyama, a direct student of Master Gichin Funakoshi, founder of Shotokan karate traditional. In July 2007, Sylvain earned his Grade B International Referee from the International Traditional Karate Federation (ITKF) in kata and kumite. Sylvain has a bachelor in science, physical education and has been teaching police techniques at Cegep and martial arts classes at the University of Ottawa. Sylvain is devoted to the transmission of karate as a method of self-defense and budo concepts of karate.
Chief Instructor (Aylmer Dojo)
Sensei Adamira Tijerino-Aubé loves teaching karate and assisting all of the students in achieving their goals. She trains regularly with Master Yutaka Katsumata Sensei and has participated in several international seminars. Her previous teaching background as a Criminology professor enables her to teach in an engaging and structured manner. She also founded the KTK Aylmer dojo in September 2016. Adamira is passionate about finding ways to maximize the full individual potential of each student.
The KTK instructors train under Sensei Sylvain Aubé.
They also follow the teachings of Sensei Yutaka Katsumata at seminars and camps in the dojo and throughout the province of Quebec.
They are all passionate about traditional karate and transmit its techniques to karatekas at the dojo.
Instructor 3rd dan
Eric Boudreault, 3rd dan, has been training since he was 5 years old. From the Quebec Games to the Canadian championships, to the national championship in Japan and to various world championships, Eric has become a dedicated karate practicioner. His athletic career led him to train with Toru Yamaguchi Sensei, Tetsuhiko Asai Sensei to finally return to his roots with Yutaka Katsumata Sensei and his karate companion, Sylvain Aubé Sensei.
Instructor 2nd dan
Richard Vermette, 2nd dan, has been practicing traditional karate since 2007. He has participated in many provincial, national and international advanced training seminars with renowned senseis. He was selected for the Canadian team for the WTKF World Championships in Switzerland in 2014, then for the Pan-American Championships in Brazil in 2015. He has been teaching karate since 2011, and became a coach for the KTK team in view to prepare the next generation of karatekas in the region for international competitions. Richard loves to see the progress of students, but his passion remains in learning and perfecting his art.
Instructor 2nd dan
Pierre “Purufu” Plouffe, 2nd dan, joins the KTK Dojo in January 2001. In addition to participating in the provincial camp and advanced seminars of the Shotokan Karate Association (AKS), he flew for Japan in 2005 where he worked with Arai Sensei and Yamaguchi Sensei with Yutaka Katsumata Sensei. In June 2007, he benefited from the teachings of Hidetaka Nishiyama Sensei and continued this path with Avi Rokah Sensei and Mark Minarik Sensei in June 2009. He refereed ITKF competitions at regional and national level.
Instructor 2nd dan
Always in search of the perfection of his person, Luc Lacasse, second dan, has practiced karate for more than twenty years. He was fortunate enough to follow the direct teaching of Master Tetsuhito Asai, Master Hidetaka Nishiyama and Master Toru Yamaguchi, in addition to Master Masao Kagawa’s teaching as well as all the guest masters from Japan and elsewhere, without forget of course the invaluable teaching of Master Yutaka Katsumata and our dedicated sensei Sylvain Aubé. Luke knows how to take what suits him of all these valuable lessons to integrate into his personal practice. He has been an instructor at intervals since the nineties and has refereed at level C for AKS and for ITKF.
Instructor 2nd dan
Laurent practices traditional shotokan karate under Sylvain Aubé since 1995. He obtained his first dan black belt in 2006 and his second dan in 2012. Laurent has participated over the years in several provincial and national competitions, as well as many seminars and training camps. He has won some provincial titles in kata and kata team. In 2009, he won the medal of gold with his two teammates in kata team at the championships Canadian National Karate Federation Championships in Regina (Saskatchewan). Laurent continues his research to understand and render each studied technique useful and practical. Laurent holds a master’s degree in condensed matter physics from the University of Ottawa.
Rita Cerutti has been practicing shotokan karate since 2008 when, after enrolling her son in a class and seeing how much he enjoyed it, decided to try it out for herself. Since that time, she has trained regularly at KTK Arts Martiaux under Sensei Sylvain Aubé, and has participated in numerous training camps and seminars led by Sensei Katsumata. She appreciates the continuous learning aspect of karate, its contribution to stress relief and physical fitness, and intends to continue practicing karate until she is well into her 90s and beyond!
Dominique Kenney is a black belt in karate and instructor at the Dojos St-Raymond and Aylmer. He trains with Sensei Sylvain Aubé and Adamira Tijerino, participates in provincial competitions and perfects his apprenticeships at training camps and provincial seminars led by Sensei Katsumata. He is a public servant and an education enthusiast, where he has contributed to the field of education over a period of more than 20 years, and he likes to share his experiences with the students of the dojo. Dominique is also a certified fitness instructor of our Cross Training program.