Our Instructors

Head Sensei Mark Stevens


Rokudan (6th degree black belt)

Nidan Kobudo (2nd dan weaponry)

Level II NCCP Coach

Level B National Referee

Level A Kata Judge

67 Years old, started his karate journey when he was 20 in 1972.  

Mark is a college professor and credits his love of teaching to Karate.  

"My journey in karate has been my guide to life. Respect, hard work and awesome camaraderie. 

Watching others find the love he has for the art is why he enjoys teaching so much. Mark's future goals include working towards higher referee and coaching rankings. He also loves riding his Harley, training for core strength and yoga.

Sensei Paul Rabishaw


Godan (5th degree)

Shodan Kobudo (1st degree weaponry

Level II NCCP Coach

Paul is 50 years old, Started his karate journey in January of 1993 at the age of 24 years, earning his Shodan (1st dan black belt) around the year 2000. Paul is a cornerstone to our club, always pushing students to be their best, pushing himself even harder and always learning our history and application of traditional karate and kobudo. 

Paul is an extremely valuable resource that we are lucky to have as a major part of our karate family.  

Sensei Richard McGuire


Yondan (4th degree)

Richard is 66 years old, he started his karate journey in 1991 when he was 38 years old. He earned his Shodan (1st dan black belt) when he was 48 years old and didn't stop there. Richard is a fantastic teacher who loves to chat with the students and get to know them. He has a huge heart and really treats the club as a family!

Richard is a Dad and a Grandfather, he loves flying, riding his motorcycle, downhill skiing and golfing. His best memories with karate are the friends he has made and sees every belt he has earned as his biggest accomplishments. His future goals with the PKC are to keep teaching with his fellow blackbelts and to always improve and advance his skills. 

Sensei Codie Stevens


Yondan (4rd Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Codie is 32 years old and started as a youngster as her Dad is the head Sensei. Her whole life Codie remembers being in the Karate family. She earned her Shodan (1st degree black belt) when she was 17 years old. 

Codie is a mom of two and works as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Her other hobbies include Downhill skiing, camping and anything involving family & friends. 

Her biggest accomplishment was being invited to train in Japan in April, 2019 with Soke Sadaaki Sakagami. 

"My favourite memories are definitely all of the lifelong friendships I've made through the PKC. I have close friends from across the country & globally that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet if it wasn't for karate. The doors it has opened for me still blows my mind. Being able to be a part of my Dad's club and work side by side with him has been the biggest honour of all.

My goals include furthering my karate skills and knowledge as well as seeing my kids make as many memories here as I have!"

Sensei Ben Lazarus


Nidan (2nd Degree)

Level I NCCP Coach

Ben is 28 years old, he started in 2001 when he was 10 years old, receiving his black belt at 17 years old. Ben has been a constant at our club and is always willing to lend a hand, be a practice partner and jumps at the opportunity to help anyone he can. 

Ben owns his own business as an Electrician and is a new Dad. He has a love for travel. 

"One of the best parts of karate is the friends I've made that seem just like family now. My biggest accomplishments would be the World Championships I have been lucky enough to attend. My favourite one was in Japan because of the largest number of competitors from the PKC. Everyone did a great job and it was nice to have so many people cheering each other on. 

Sensei Janice Stevens


Nidan (2nd Degree)

Level I NCCP Coach

Janice is 54 years old, she started in 2007 when she was 42 with her youngest daughter was 5 at the time. She earned her Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 2013.

Janice's other hobbies include running, yoga and spending time with family & friends. Janice has a really great teaching style and loves getting to know students individually. 

"Some of my proudest moments in life have been experienced with my karate family. Starting with learning my first kata to competing in 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Sharing in gradings with my daughter and watching her confidence grow. Learning what we are capable of when we dig deep and what heights we can achieve through hard work, patience and perseverance. 

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Sensei Ayron O'Grady


Nidan (2nd Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach.

Ayron is 31 years old and joined the PKC as an 8 year old. He earned his Shodan (1st dan black belt) at the young age of 15. Ayron works at CNL as a Radiation Surveyor. 

His other hobbies include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kayaking, rock climbing and playing guitar. 

Ayron's top karate memory was receiving his black belt and competing at the National Canadian Itosu-Kai Championships bi-annually. 

Sensei Julie Chartrand


Shodan (1st Degree)

Julie is 32 years old and started at around 8 years old. She received her Shodan in 2004. 

Julie is a staff accountant and loves reading, yoga, cross-fit and spending time with family. 

"Too many memories to count! Getting my black belt and competing in National competitions. I am really looking forward to having my children join class.

Sensei Becky Sack


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Becky is 42 years old, and started her karate journey at the age of 32, earning her black belt at the age of 39. Becky works as a dietician assistant. 

Her hobbies include hanging out with her family, target shooting and riding her trike. 

Becky's goal is "wanting to encourage everyone to keep going and to believe in themselves".

Becky has been a huge inspiration to all of us at the club for being a very strong female role model for kids and adults alike while battling MS and coming out as often as she can, even with an awesome cane! 

Sensei Emma Stevens


Shodan (1st Degree) 

Emma is 17 years old, starting karate in 2007 when she was 5 years old. She received her Shodan (1st dan black belt) in 2016 when she was 15 years old. 

Emma currently is enrolled at Algonquin College as well as being a lifeguard and swim instructor at Kinsmen Pool. 

Her hobbies include fishing, being outdoors, and teaching swimming.

Emma's favourite memory was going to Japan for the International Itosu-Kai tournament. Her biggest accomplishment was getting over her fear of presenting in front of a group of people, in the dojo as well as tournaments. 

Sensei John TerHuurne


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level I NCCP Coach

John is 65 years old, he started his karate career with the PKC at 56 years old and earned his Shodan (1st dan black belt) in 2017. John is a retired (almost haha) homebuilder. His hobbies include; karate, cycling, ballroom dancing, camping and travelling. 

John enjoys both learning and teaching karate with old and new friends of every age. 

Sensei Charlotte Pentecost


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Charlotte is 18 years old. She started at 8 years old and received her Shodan (1st degree black belt) at the age of 15 years old. 

Charlotte is a student who loves writing and music. Her future hope is to be able to support others in their karate journey like others did for her. 

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Sensei Noah Peplinski


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Noah is 18 years old, he started karate at 8 years old and received his Shodan (1st dan black belt) in Dec 2015.  

Noah is a student studying mechanical engineering. He loves karate, camping, skiing, running, and knee boarding. 

"I really enjoy being able to go from white belt to black belt with the same people and see how everyone including myself are able to grow."

Sensei Myah Peplinski


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Sensei Jansen Campbell


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Jansen is 19 year old and started as a 9 year old. He received his Shodan (1st degree black belt) around 2016. 

Jansen works as a labourer and his main hobbies is karate. His favourite memory was walking into the dojo for the first time seeing his mom (Sensei Becky Sack) with her black belt, knowing if she could do it in her situation, that anyone can do it. She inspired me and my sister McKayla!"

Sensei Patricia Fraser


Shodan (1st Degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Trish began her karate journey at 43 years old and fast tracked to her Shodan with hard work and a positive attitude in the dojo. She earned her first dan black belt at 47 years old. 

Trish teaches for a living. She also loves mountain biking, skiing and kayaking. Her favourite memories are ranking with her two sons and having to spar with them. 

Sensei Sylvain Chaput


Shodan (1st degree)

Level II NCCP Coach

Sylvain is 34 years old, he joined PKC when he was 6 years old, he left as an older teen and returned back as an adult with his kids and earned his Shodan in May of 2019. 

His occupation is a military mechanic. He loves karate, kickboxing,fishing, hunting, quads, skidoo, camping, science and the outdoors. 

His favourite memories are the good times had with great people. Helping/teaching and seeing the improvement of all students & making new friends. Sylvain is looking forward to representing our club and instuctors at future tournaments. 

Sensei McKayla Campbell


McKayla is 16 years old and started as a 6 year old, receiving her black belt at 16 years old. 

McKayla is currently a student. Her hobbies also include playing guitar