Sensei Ken Sumner started training in Martial Arts at the tender age of four. He trained in Hap-Ki-Do under Grand Master Park for nine years until he achieved his black belto. He was the youngest person ever to achieve this rank outside of Korea. Sensei Ken then moved from Calgary to Red Deer with his family and started training under Sensei Gary Vig in 2000. He trained in Red Deer for a number of years, achieving his Black Belt in Arashi-Do Karate. He started teaching with Sensei Gary and found that he really enjoyed it. After teaching martial arts with Sensei Gary for three years, Ken left to pursue post-secondary education. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce Degree, he came back to Arashi-Do, and was offered the chance to teach in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, which he eagerly accepted. He now also teaches in Caroline, taking over from Sensei Mike Bonde. This year Sensei Ken received his Second Degree Black Belt from Arashi-Do Karate. This was a huge achievement for him, coming close a couple of times, but never being able to actually get it.
Karate has always been a family event for Ken. He started training with his dad when he was aged four. His sister joined a year later, starting age three. Then when his dad was unable to continue due to work concerns, his mom started instead. Sensei Ken, his sister and mom all trained in Hap-Ki-Do together. His mother also achieving her Hap-Ki-Do Black Belt. When the family moved to Red Deer, Kim achieved her Black Belt at the same time as Ken did.
Sensei Ken has had some impressive achievements in his martial arts career so far. He has gone out to the Tiger Balm International Competition in Vancouver, B.C. and won the National Sport Jiu Jitsu title, two years, and second place for the third year. He really enjoys kata, as well as sparring. He has been one of 14 judges chosen from all over Alberta, as one of the Head Judges for the Capital City Championships held in Edmonton every year. Sensei Ken enjoys teaching, and learning about the different styles of Martial Arts. He has recently branched into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and other personal studies.
His next goal is to continue to improve the quality of the Sylvan Lake and Caroline Schools. He says, “There is lots of potential in the students and I’m excited to see that talent come out!”