Richard is a 7th Degree Black Belt and a direct student of Sensei Joseph Rempel, 8th Degree Black Belt. Sensei Rempel is a direct student of Shintani Sensei who was a direct student of Ohtsuka Sensei, the founder of modern day Wado Karate.
Richard began his career in Karate in 1980 with Sensei Rempel in Edmonton Alberta Canada and achieved his Black Belt in 1985. Richard began teaching in 1984 and has been teaching and directing clubs since that time. Richard founded the Karate at SAIT Karate Club in 1993 and founded the Karate Hillhurst Karate Club in 2015. Richard has taught 100's of students and has developed leading edge Karate curriculum to teach Little Dragon Programs (Age 5 - 7), Children's Programs (Age 8 - 13), Youth Programs (Age 14 - 16) and Adult Programs (Age 17 and up). Richard continues to be active on the floor, teaching numerous classes per week including the new StrengthFit Karate class offered at Karate Hillhurst. Richard is also an active Breaker with many years experience breaking wood and bricks.
Richard was the Executive Sponsor/Project Manager for the “AKF Break the Cycle Guinness World Record” attempt. This was the successful Guinness World Record attempt on April 14, 2012 for the most boards broken simultaneously in a single location. The event raised over $30,000 for Calgary Counselling Centre (www.calgarycounselling.com) in Calgary Alberta Canada. Richard is also the Executive Sponsor/Project Manager for the Annual Break the Cycle Breaking Event fundraiser for various charities in Calgary including Redefin'd , a social enterprise that designs meaningful work for complex needs young adults.
In 2012, Richard was acknowledged and honoured as an Honoured Athletic Leader with the Calgary Booster Club.
In his professional life, Richard is a consultant in the field of people change management. Richard has worked for such diverse industries as energy (including electricity and gas) and banking. Richard is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and has worked for all types of organizations from entrepreneurial through to international organizations. Richard is, and has been, an Executive Board member of numerous nonprofit organizations including sports and performing arts organizations. Richard is a semi-professional trumpet player, a sessional instructor for the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary) and is currently extremely excited to be an EdD doctoral student at the Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary).
Trudy has been involved in Karate for over 20 years and has earned her 6th degree Black Belt. Martial Arts training has lead her to an interest in Self Defense, which she has incorporated into her classes. Trudy teaches the Little Dragons classes (ages 5-7), is a Leadership Instructor (Kohai Program) and assists with the Youth and Adult classes. She also offers separate Self Defense classes for groups that would like to have a short and active course. Groups that have taken this course (2 to 4 hours) include: Cubs, Girl Guides, Mother/Daughter, Realtors, Rig Workers, Girls in Residence, and some Corporate groups.
Trudy has developed Curriculums for Little Dragons (ages 5-7), Self Defense, and assisted in the Curriculum for the LDK Foundation.
Trudy’s Professional Career choice is Teaching, specializing in Music Education. Trudy has taught in Junior High Schools for over 20 years. She is a semi-professional Trumpet player and is currently performing in many musical groups, including the Calgary Civic Symphony (Principal Trumpet and Brass Section Leader), the Calgary Wind Symphony (Co-Principal Trumpet), Alberta Winds, and as the official bugler for the Calgary Peace Keepers. She is also a Clinician in Brass and Guest Conductor for the Clinic Line which serves all of Calgary.
Trudy serves on 4 Board of Directors and is the organizer of the Casino fundraisers for several of the organizations in which she is a member.
Andrew is a 4th Degree Black Belt and is a student of Richard Fossey, 7th Degree Black Belt and Joseph Rempel, 8th Degree Black Belt. Andrew began his study of Karate at the age of 7 in Grand Prairie Alberta. In his early training years, Andrew worked with a number of instructors before moving to Calgary and connecting with Richard at the Karate at SAIT Karate club. Since that time, Andrew has continued to pursue his love of Karate and his keen desire to work with students of all ages. Andrew has taught all types of programs including Little Dragon Programs (Age 5 - 7), Children's Programs (Age 8 - 13), Youth Programs (Age 14 - 16) and Adult Programs (Age 17 and up). Andrew continues to be active on the floor through his own training and teaching. Andrew is also an active breaker and has worked with Richard and other members of "the wrecking crew" to pursue the art of breaking.
In his professional life, Andrew is a graduate of Mount Royal University's Bachelor of Commerce program. Andrew works in business and has worked for diverse organizations including municipal government and a world-leading forestry company. Andrew is excited to be President of the LDK Foundation and is collaborating closely with Richard and Trudy to help create curriculum for leadership development in children, youth and adults.
Chris is a 4th Degree Black Belt and is a student of Sensei Joseph Rempel, 8th Degree Black Belt and Richard Fossey, 7th Degree Black Belt. Chris trains regularly with Richard, Trudy and Andrew at Karate Hillhurst. Chris began his study of Karate in Edmonton while in his mid 20’s but has trained in various types of martial arts since childhood. Chris studied Judo when he was a young boy and over the years, has studied other martial art disciplines such as JKD, Kung Fu and Escrima. At the start of his Karate training, Chris trained at the University of Alberta club before moving to Calgary and connecting with Richard at the Karate at SAIT Karate club. Since that time, Chris has continued to pursue his love of Karate and his keen desire to work with students of all ages. Chris has taught many types of programs including Children's (Age 8 - 13), Youth (Age 14 - 16), Adult (Age 17 and up) and leadership programs. Chris continues to be active on the floor through his own training and teaching. Chris is also an active breaker and continues to train with Richard, Andrew and other members of "the wrecking crew" to pursue the art of breaking.
In his professional life, Chris is a graduate of Grant MacEwan University's Information Technology program. Chris works in the Information Technology services industry, and has worked for diverse organizations including the Alberta government and world-leading IT services companies. Chris is a Director in the AKF and is collaborating closely with Richard, Trudy and Andrew to help create curriculum for leadership development in children, youth and adults.