Michael Seamark, Owner and Chief Instructor Sadohana-Kai
His students and peers have come to know him as a wicked technician, one that is able to easily transmit Jiu Jitsu concepts with a great sense of humor and love for the art.
Michael fell in love with martial arts in the 1980's, began Jiu Jitsu in the 1990. He squeezed out 2 University Degrees in Geology and Geoscience and roamed our great globe for a few years doing exploration and finding gold.
All the while finding wrists to bend and bodies to grapple.
After years of direct study under the Headmaster of KoKoDo, Irie Yasuhiro Soke, Michael was the first student of KoKoDo to receive the teaching recognition and title of Kyoshi or Professor of KoKoDo. Michael is 1 of only 2 in the world to be promoted to the rank of 8th degree black Hanshi in KoKoDo and has received the branding of JIKIMON (extremely rare) from Soke for 6 years straight.
He is considered to be one of Soke’s most trusted upon students. Michael has also received every technical level available in KoKoDo which include: Shihan , Renshi Shihan, Menkyo Kaiden Shihan and lastly KoGyoku. The KoGyoku level which includes Soke’s Shin Tai Gi and San Dan Kichu is so indeepth that Michael has went back to review this level every years since he received it in 2011.
Michael regularly travels to assist Soke during JuJutsu seminars in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and to conduct seminars for his Affiliates. He received a special certificate of appreciation from the Japanese Government for his special teachings of Goshinjutsu to Japan Probation Officers
Michael was first Introduced to BJJ in the 90’s and often attended seminars and camps and would bring what he learned into his self-defense. He has trained with notable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts; Joe Hoffer, Keith Owen, Royce Gracie, Xande Ribeiro, Saulo Ribeiro and Master Pedro Sauer.
After proving proficiency under fire and logging over 800 BJJ mat hours he was promoted to purple belt in Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu by non other than Professor Saulo Ribeiro himself. This took place at the annual instructors training Course at the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Headquarters in San Diego.
Michael currently teaches a successful BJJ Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Affiliate Program at Sadohana where he focuses on sound basics and keeping the self-defense mindset will training and rolling.
Currently Michael is and his wife Diane, together own and operate Sadohana. With the help of the many Shihan and Instructors at Sadohana, we have grown to become one of the most successful Japanese JuJutsu Dojo’s in the region.
1980s Wrestling, Aikijujutsu/Aikido and Judo
1990 Begins training JiuJitsu seriously with Sensei Jim Fry in Lindsay Ontario
1990 Introduction to KoHo Shiatsu – In dojo trainings
1990 First training session with Sensei Michael LaMonica at Jiu Jitsu International Camp
1993 Graduates with degree in Geology from Sir Sanford Fleming College
1994 Graduates with a degree as a Geo-Technologist from Sir Sanford Fleming College
1994 Works Geo-Con in NWT Canada
1995 Works advanced Geo Camp in Northern Ontario
1995 Is Promoted to BlackBelt in JiuJitsu in Timmins Ontario
1995 Rank of Shodan in Hakkoryu & Goshinryu JiuJitsu
1995 Works in NWT – Geo Exploration
1996 Training for first time with Soke Irie at the World Kobudo
1996 Works Geo-Recon in Albania
1997 Works Geo-Exploration in South America
1997 Open Sadohana Dojo in Vancouver
1999 Promoted to the Rank of Nidan in JiuJitsu
2000 Travels with Sensei LaMonica to Omiya Japan. Seamark’s first trip to Japan.
2002 Promoted to the Rank of Sandan in JiuJitsu HDJF/KKD Remnei
2002 Receives Basic KoKoDo Shiatsu Certification
2003 Gracie Law Enforcement Seminar Completion with Royce Gracie
2004 Promoted to the Rank of Yondan in JiuJitsu
2005 Received Advanced Shiatsu Training and certification in KoKoDo Shiatsu
2005 Earns rank of Shihan and 5th Dan in Hakko Denshin Ryu JuJutsu & KoKoDo Remnei.
2007 Earns Renshi Shihan – 6th Dan in Hakko Denshin - KoKoDo Remnei