Rankings; 9th Dan - Kentokukan; 7th Dan Kenkokan; 8th Dan Koshiki
Shinan Wayne Donivan was born on July 27th, 1949 in Chapleau, Ontario. His family relocated to Ville St-Laurent, Quebec in 1960 when his father's employer transferred him to Montreal.
Shinan began his practice in Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo at Seidokwan Academy of Karatedo and Judo on November 7th, 1967. Hanshi Masayuki Hisataka had been teaching there since September and Shinan Donivan was one of his first students. In June 1969, Shinan Donivan became the first Canadian to receive a 1st degree black belt (Shodan) in Shorinjiryu Kenkokan. In 1971, he was promoted to the rank of Nidan, second degree black belt and by July 1974, he had attained his Sandan (third degree black belt) in the Kenkokan School. Shinan Donivan also attended McGill University and earned a B.Ed. in Physical Education. Having studied various fighting techniques and martial arts such as Boxing, Wrestling, Aikido, Kendo, Kenjitsu, Iaido, and Ju-Jutsu, Shinan Donivan incorporated all these forms in the Kentokukan School of Shorinjiryu.
Between the years 1971 to 1974, Shinan Donivan won the title of North America Champion four times in Shorinjiryu Kenkokan as well as a Triple Crown winner in 1972 (first place kata, kumite, and shiai). In the past, Shinan Donivan has traveled to various parts of the world, from Jamaica to Japan giving clinics for Shorinjiryu Kenkokan and Koshiki.
In 1974, Hanshi Hisataka was asked by his father (Kaiso Masayoshi Hisataka, founder of the Kenkokan School) to return to Tokyo, Japan to teach at the Kenkokan Hombu Dojo. By the Sumer of 1976, Shihan Donivan had received his fourth degree black belt (the official teaching degree) and was asked by Hanshi Hisataka to assume the additional responsibility of being the Chief Instructor of Kenkokan in North America as well as continuing his role of Sensei at both Seidokwan and McGill Dojos.
In 1977, Shinan Wayne Donivan traveled to Japan to train and live with the Hisataka family for three months. Kaiso Masayoshi Hisataka, who had previously retired from teaching three years earlier, made an exception for Shinan and his five students. By the end of his three months of intense training in Japan, Shinan Donivan was presented his 5th degree black belt by Kaiso Masayoshi Hisataka at the Kenkokan Hombu Dojo.
Shinan Donivan assisted Hanshi Hisataka in his research that lead to the development of the Koshiki fighting rules in the late 70's and also served as the technical director of Koshiki for Canada and Quebec. In addition, Shinan Donivan was also the director of the Competition Rules committee of the World Koshiki Karate Federation and the Canada Koshiki Karate Federation, as well as the first instructor to introduce the regular practice of Koshiki in Canada. In 1985, at the Australian International Koshiki Tournament, Shinan Donivan was selected as the Chief Referee and was presented his sixth degree black belt. He has conducted many seminars on Koshiki fighting in Quebec and many of his students have known national and international success since 1980.
On January8th, 1994, Shinan Donivan decided to leave the Kenkokan School after 26 years with the Hisataka family. This resulted in the birth of Shorinjiryu Kentokukan Karatedo. He has chosen to emphasize aspects of Karatedo, which he feels better to serve the individual student. The name "Kentokukan", which was given to Shinan Donivan by Hanshi Hisataka for his dojo located at Dawson College has become has become the Hombu Dojo (or headquarters) of Shorinjiryu Kentokukan Karatedo. Kentokukan is an evolving, ever-growing school and Karatedo style; it spans across Canada, into the United States and Japan. A relatively young style, Shorinjiryu Kentokukan Karatedo has made his mark nationally and internationally through participation in competitions and seminars throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.
Koshiki Karate 8th Dan
Kenkokan Karatedo 7th Dan
Combat Arnis/ Escrima 7th Dan
Muso Jikkiden Eishin Ryu Iaido 5th Dan
Kobudo 5th Dan
Aikido 4th Dan
Goyu Ryu Karate 1st Dan
Judo 1st Dan
Tai Chi Chuan/ Qi Qong Instructor
Hanshi Olaf Lotze-Leoni was born in 1968 in Hannover, Germany.
He commenced martial arts training in 1985, starting with Aikido and followed by Shorinjiryu Karatedo in Hannover, Germany. In the following years he joined different dojos and also trained in Tai Chi Chuan, Combat Arnis, Iaido, Kobudo at the same time. Over the years he participated in various national and international tournaments and seminars. He became national champion in various disciplines, also European champion.
In 1994 he travelled to Japan and joined the Kenkokan Hombu Dojo for six months under the leadership of Hanshi Masayuki Kukan Hisataka. He participated at the World Championship in Tokyo and received his Nidan in Kenkokan and Sandan in Koshiki in 1994. He became head of Shorinjiryu Kenkokan and Koshiki Karatedo in Germany and opened his first full time dojo. He then continuously travelled to Japan to train at the Hombu Dojo. In 1998 he became Yondan from Hanshi Hisataka and received the official teacher license. In 2000 he founded the German Shorinjiryu Kenkokan and Koshiki Karate Association.
He assists Hanshi Masayuki Kukan Hisataka in many tournaments and clinics all around the world being chief referee or co instructor and gave clinics in different martial arts. Hanshi Lotze-Leoni travelled extensively to meet senior instructors from various decades of teaching to train with them and research Shorinjiryu Kenkokan Karatedo. He attended the Shorinjiryu summer camp on Okinawa and Kudaka island.
Hanshi Lotze-Leoni wrote two books about Shorinjiryu Karatedo and Koshiki Karatedo, he translates all books written in the topics of Shorinjiryu and Koshiki Karatedo into German. He further developed under the leadership of Hanshi Hisataka the rules and regulations of Bunkai Kumite Shiai which are used in the WKKF. He was the first to win the world title in Bunkai Kumite Shiai in Japan and Portugal.
In 2002 Hanshi Lotze-Leoni awarded 6 Dan Shihan by Hanshi Hisataka in Portugal and from then on he was many times chief referee in Japan and Europe and organized many national and international championships.
Hanshi Lotze-Leoni is still a full-time martial arts instructor, in 2019 he became 8th Dan Hanshi Koshiki Karate and 7th Dan Kyoshi Shorinjiryu Kenkokan from Hanshi Hisataka at the Karate Kaikan on Okinawa.