A Chronological History of Arashi-Do Martial Arts

1985
Arashi-Do Karate First Founded

Mr. Mark Brzak creates the concept of Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Mark Brzak opens and operates a Karate school in Rocky Mountain House Alberta.

1986

Mr. Dan Brzak, another of the first instructors, achieves Black Belt in Karate.

1988

Mr. Craig Janiszewski and Mr. Dustin Moberg achieve Black Belt in Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig achieves Black Belt in Karate and starts teaching Karate.

1990

Mr. Mike Bonde achieves Black Belt in Karate and starts teaching.

1992
Arashi-Do Karate is official

Members of the organization agree on a unifying name to the system, “Arashi-Do Karate” is official.

Mr. Mike Bonde opens 2nd location in Sylvan Lake with the 3rd to soon follow with Mr. Gary Vig in Red Deer.

1994

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde receive Second Degree Black Belt.

Mr. Mark Brzak resigns as Head Instructor of Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde succeed Mr. Brzak as Co-Head Instructors of Arashi-Do Karate

Dec. 4, Mr. Chris Bonde starts Arashi-Do Caroline.

1995

May. 7, Mr. Chris Bonde receives his Black Belt in Arashi-Do Karate.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde create research and development mandate for several new martial arts programs.

1996
Black Belt Certification Committee (B.B.C.C.) is formed

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde receive 3rd Degree Black Belt from Coach Ron Beer from Ont. Canada.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde promote three Chief Instructors to 2nd Degree Black Belt including Mr. Chris Bonde.

The Black Belt Certification Committee (B.B.C.C.) is formed with five new directors, establishing their mission to expand and grow Arashi-Do Karate.

A new curriculum is developed for several new Martial Arts programs to be introduced at Arashi-Do Karate schools.

New curriculum is developed for the new programs being offered at Arashi-Do Karate.

1999

Arashi-Do expands to 7 locations and breaks the 300 student mark system-wide.

2000

With five Chief Instructors & over 300 students, the next few years produce many new Black Belts.

Arashi-Do Karate passes 70 black belts in the organization and has ten schools.

Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde achieve Black Belt level grading in a Mixed Martial Art (Shoot wrestling).

2001
Education & Competition

The 5 directors travel to numerous seminars and conferences to continue their martial arts education.

Mr. Chris Bonde competes and wins Middleweight Championship at the WKA Canadian Golden Gloves.

2002
Continued Training & Research

Arashi-Do has produced over 100 Black Belts system wide, including its 1st MMA Black Belts.

The B.B.C.C. charges new Black Belts with research and development to refine future martial arts programs.

Mr. Chris Bonde starts actively pursuing Muay Thai training and research for the B.B.C.C.

Mr. Mike Yackulic starts actively pursuing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and research for the B.B.C.C.

Mr. Steven Hart retires from the B.B.C.C. The B.B.C.C. then proceeds with four members.

2004

Mr. Mike Yackulic and Ms. Lynn Jennyc become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.

Mr. Mike Yackulic travels to Brazil to train BJJ and explore an opportunity of partnership with Behring Jiu Jitsu.

2005
Arashi-Do Martial Arts is official

The Arashi-Do B.B.C.C. officially changes the name from Arashi-Do Karate to Arashi-Do Martial Arts.

Mr. Gary Vig competes and wins a silver medal at the WKA World Championship in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

2006

Mr. Gary Vig competes and wins a gold medal at the WKA World Championship in Benidorm, Spain.

Arashi-Do becomes affiliated with the Canadian Ging Wu Martial Arts Association.

Mr. Chris Bonde achieves Black Prajied in Muay Thai from the WMC vice president Stephan Fox in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Gary Vig, Mr. Mike Bonde and Mr. Chris Bonde receive their 5th and 3rd degree in Karate respectively, Sensei Dale Lee of the Canadian Ging Wu Martial Arts Association.

2007

Mr. Dean Forsyth retires from the B.B.C.C. The BBCC then proceeds with three members.

Mr. Chris Bonde competes and wins the Canadian Modified Muay Thai Middleweight Title Belt.

Several new candidates for franchise ownership emerge and go through the qualifying process.

2008
New Schools

Mr. Gary Vig trains 2 Jr. Black Belts from Arashi-Do to a WKA World Championship in Ontario.

Mr. Trevor Clarke (Arashi-Do Springbank) Mr. Russell Dahms (Rocky Mountain House), Mr. Jason Bryant (Arashi-Do Calgary N.E.) and Mr. Ken Sumner (Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake), become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.

2009
Expansion to 20 Schools

Mr. Chris Bonde receives his 4th Degree in Arashi-Do Karate, from Mr. Gary Vig and Mr. Mike Bonde.

Mr. Ryan Timoffee (Arashi-Do Sherwood Park), Ms. Rem Amparo and Mr. Lane Binetruy (Arashi-Do Edm. West), become the next to own an Arashi-Do franchise.

Mr. Ken Sumner becomes Head Instructor/Owner of Arashi-Do Caroline.

The number of Arashi-Do Martial Arts schools reaches 20 with an active student count of over 1000.

Mr. Mike Yackulic achieves his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Sylvio Behring.

Arashi-Do Martial Arts becomes an Umbrella organization with each new program being named officially.

Arashi-Do Franco Behring BJJ and Lom Pa Yu Muay Thai were launched under the Arashi-Do umbrella.

2010

Arashi-Do reaches another milestone awarding it’s 250th Black Belt and has over 1500 students.

2011

Jun. 6, Mr. Chris Bonde opens Arashi-Do Martial Arts Leduc, AB., with head instructor Mr. Manuel Hernandez.

2012

Feb. 1, Mr. Mike Yackulic starts Arashi-Do Martial Arts Whyte Ave, Edm., AB. w/ head instructor Mr. Andrew Gummer.

Jul. 8, Mr. Mike Bonde starts Arashi-Do Martial Arts Drayton Valley, AB., with head instructor/owner Mr. Ken Sumner.

2013
28th Anniversary

Mr. Mike Yackulic becomes a partner in the Black Belt Certification Committee, the B.B.C.C. then proceeds with 4 members.

Jul. 12-14, Arashi-Do Martial Arts hosts 28th anniversary party at the AGM with many dignitaries.

2014
Renshi & Kyoshi

Feb., Arashi-Do M.A. adopts Japanese honorifics “Renshi” for 3rd and 4th degree, and “Kyoshi” for 5th degree and higher.

Oct. 25, Mr. Chris Bonde receives Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Grand Master Alvaro Barreto and Master Sylvio Behring.

2015

Sept. 1, Edson Martial Arts joins Arashi-Do with Mr. Troy Sorensen as Owner/Head Instructor.

2016

Sept. 11, Arashi-Do Martial Arts St. Albert opens with Mr. Tyson LaRone as Manager/Head Instructor.

2017
New Locations

Jan. 1, Arashi-Do Martial Arts West Edmonton Mayfield is opened with Mr. Lane Binetruy as Owner/Head Instructor.

Aug. 17, Mr. Chris Bonde took possession of the new south dojo, began rough in Aug. 31, Mezz Nov. and main Jan. 3, 2018.

Apr. 30, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton South officially vacated the original location after 19 years.

May 27, Mr. Mike Yackulic receives his 2nd degree in Karate from the Arashi-Do Black Belt Certification Committee.

Dec. 2, Mr. Gary Vig receives his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Josh Russell.

2018

Apr. 10, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton South holds first classes in the new almost finished south location.

May 6, Mr. Vig and Bonde receive their 6th degree in Karate from the Jing Ying representatives, Master Dale Lee and SiGung Edmond Poon. The Jing Ying also awarded Mr. Chris Bonde 5th degree in Karate.

Sept. 1, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Olds opens with Mr. Jamie Hart as Manager/Head Instructor.

Sept., Mr. Russell Dahms moves the Arashi-Do Martial Arts Rocky Mtn. Hse. dojo into its new location.

2019

Jul. 15, Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton East opens with Mr. Neil Armstrong as Manager/Head Instructor.

Summer sees the move and creation of the new Arashi-Do Martial Arts Red Deer dojo and Event center.

Aug. 1, Mr. Tyson LaRone becomes franchise owner of Arashi-Do Martial Arts St. Albert.

Sept. 30, Mr. Jamie Hart becomes franchise owner of Arashi-Do Martial Arts Olds.

2020

January sees the Arashi-Do Martial Arts Edmonton North location expand to the next bay after 16 years.

April 17, Mr. Mike Bonde receives Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Master Sylvio Behring.

Arashi-Do has 19 schools, over 2500 members, and 384 Black Belts. (339 Karate, 9 Shoot wrestling, 20 Muay Thai, 18 BJJ).

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