Fernando Correia started Karate in Kitimat, BC in the early 1970's under Sensei Murray Johnson (RCMP). After Sensei Johnson was transferred, Fernando began training with Sensei David Akutagawa (6th Dan - Chito-Ryu Karate/8th Dan - Shito Ryu Karate and head instruction of Shito-Ryu Renshikan Karate-Do
Correia moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1981, after having achieved his 2nd degree Black belt (Nidan).
Correia was instrumental in getting Zone 6 (Vancouver Island / Sunshine Coast) Karate into the BC Winter Games. It was in 1982 when he put a team together from the Island (Karate BC members) to compete at their first but not last Winter Games.
Fernando Correia's qualifications and Karate history:
He is a 4th Dan in Chito-Ryu Karate, 6th Dan in Shito-Ryu Karate with a Shihan Certificate and is the chief instructor for Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Rengo with an Instructor's Certificate recognized by Karate Canada and Karate BC.
All Instructors through Karate BC must have a Criminal Record Check.
Correia also holds an "A" National Referee Certificate.
He has been the Junior Provincial Karate Team Coach; Karate BC Team Manager; and Zone 6 Winter Games Coach for many years.
He is a certified NCCP Coach, and has a current First-Aid Certificate.
He was a member of the Officials Council and Winter Games Provincial Advisor for many years.
Correia has also been a competitor. He has competed here in Canada, in Japan, and his most notable achievement was getting double golds in Australia in 1992.
Fernando Correia School of Karate is recognized by Karate Canada.
Fernando Correia recieves his Karate Canada 6th Dan recognition.