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Daniel Verkerke of Cambridge, Ontario Canada is a Internationally renowned martial arts master , lecturer and philosopher, who has devoted his life to helping others achieve physical, mental and spiritual development. He serves as the Communications manager as well as the Canadian Ambassador for the most prestigious Grandmaster's council in the world, and holds the position as International Vice President for the Circle of Masters.
He is most noted for creating a Canadian martial arts system which has gained International recognition and acceptance. His expertise and services are in constant demand by many organizations around the globe.
Mr. Verkerke began his martial arts studies with his older brother, then joined his first official Judo Club in 1973. Since then he has studied and trained in many martial arts before starting to teach his own system "Seicho Jutsu" while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981.
In 2003 during his Asian tour Daniel Verkerke was appointed as Canadian Ambassador for the International Martial Arts Research Institute. The I.M.A.R.I. Headquarters for all of Asia is based in Malaysia. In 2005 Mr. Verkerke received his Doctorate degree in Martial Arts for his extensive dissertation, which included twenty instructional DVD's and his book titled "Spiritual Development Enlightenment of Life". The Doctorate degree was presented by the Minister of Sport in Malaysia during a grand ceremony in Kuching.
Apart from his vast DVD production library, Daniel Verkerke has also been featured on TV and has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and Internet articles.
It is difficult to put a lifetime of achievements and experiences such as Daniel Verkerke's in a short biography, so we invite you to visit his website at: www.bushido.org
Throughout the years Daniel Verkerke has taught and created programs for Law Enforcement, Military, Private Security, Public and continues to teach across Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.
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The Martial Arts became my medium to a higher understanding of Life.
Never deny yourself the opportunity to train, grow and develop.
My knowledge is a gift, which I love to share.
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SECURITY - Mr. Verkerke holds military qualifications TQ1, TQ2, TQ3, infantryman, Assault Pioneer, trained in weapons, escape and evasion, search and seizure, emergency first aid, arming and disarming of explosives, and was last deployed under the military police before receiving his honorable release. Mr. Verkerke as a security consultant for the Executive Protection Agency has also gained experience in public, private, and commercial security. He has conducted security for night clubs, hotels, concerts etc... Mr. Verkerke also holds a diploma in private investigations, and is a graduate of the Canadian School of Private Investigations and Security.
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My Life, my art, my love. When
I was a young boy I realized the Martial Arts were in my blood. I
was never the best, but I never stopped training and studying. As a
child I trained with my older brother who was then a champion in his
Judo division. In 1973 I joined my brothers judo club. Throughout
1974 - 1975 we were members of the Ontario Judo Black Belt
Association. I felt there was something still missing, so I began
studying Tae Kwon Do and Karate during the mid 70's to 1980. This
provided a greater foundation which I could expand upon. I joined
the Armed Forces in 1980 in hopes to find a greater source of
Martial Arts. To my dismay the military martial arts were only
basics. This became an inspiration for me. It was like a stroke of
enlightenment. I realized that I knew what I wanted to do all along
and was just looking for someone or place where I could fit in. I
stopped looking in vein and began creating. I began teaching my own
style at the military base and was soon noticed for my expertise.
Our Battalion formed a temporary Hand to Hand Combat team to perform
at the Pacific National Exhibition in 1981. This was a spectacular
event in which we demonstrated close quarter combat, sentry take
downs repelling from the rafters as well as bayonet and firearms.
The military also provided a great means of travel. Where ever we
went I always made the opportunity to train in diverse martial arts
from Base to Base. It was also at this time I began my studies of
I carried on teaching my own style in 1983 after my release and opened the Hombu Dojo at 91 Water St. (s) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada in 1984.
I have never stopped learning, studying and developing. Even though I teach Seicho Jutsu, I continued studying Ninjutsu with many of the great Masters throughout the 1980's and 90's. I have had the honor to train with Shihan Stephen Hayes and received Warriors Quest Level I and II 85 - 86. I also attended classes with Daron Navon from Israel during his stay in Canada 87 - 88 and attended the Tai Kai 1989 with Grandmaster Hatsumi. During the 1990's I was introduced to Grandmaster Dr. Dan McEaddy where I began my studies of Angelic Ninjutsu which stems from the teachings of Grandmaster Marc C. Ling and the Koga systems of Grandmaster Ronald Duncan. In 1994 I fulfilled the requirements for 9th degree Black belt and was promoted by Grandmaster McEaddy.
My belief, is to continue
growing learning and developing. Every year I see things a bit
differently. In the beginning it was mostly physical, then the
knowledge spread to the mental philosophical aspects, and at last I
emerged myself in the spiritual understanding of life.
The Martial Arts provides a path, it has become a vehicle that has taken me through various realms of life.
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