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Instructor Certification Program

The certification program has 4 levels of certification, as follows:

    Targeted at Brown Belts and Shodan Black Belts.


    Targeted at Nidan and up.


    Targeted at Nidan and up.


    Targeted at Yodan and up.

    Typically, an individual who teaches regional workouts and programs offered by the organization.  This level would mentor Level 1, 2 and 3 students.

The core components of the certification include:

  1.  Shintani instructor course. This course consists of theory, practical work and assessment.

  2.  Additional Shintani Courses and Workshops.

  3.  Security Check.

  4.  Standard CPR / First Aid certification.

  5.  National Coaching Certification Program Courses (NCCP) or equivalent national program.

NCCP is a program sanctioned in Canada for all sports.


Refer to to create an NCCP Locker Account and provide access to Making Headway and Making Ethical Decisions courses.  There are other equivalent national programs that are acceptable and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

The different levels in the program will have different requirements that include programs from our organization as well as CPR / First Aid and official courses from Sport Canada or an equivalent national course if you choose to go that route. The requirements for each of the levels are as follows:

To provide flexibility and focus on the interests of our membership, the SWKKF has many different courses / training being offered by our senior instructors. The following courses can be used for credit towards one of the instructor certification levels:

  • Instructor Course (** Mandatory for all certification levels)

  • Judging and Tournament Course

  • Bunkai Courses (Level 1, 2, 3)

  • Shindo Courses (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

  • Shintani Kata Clinics

  • Sparring Strategies Course

  • Self Defense Courses (Level 1, 2, 3)

Click for information on Instructor Levels

You will need to submit an application form together with an administration fee of $50 to the Grading Committee. 



This will be reviewed to ensure that you are compliant with all the requirements in accordance with the certification level being requested.


Once this is satisfied, the Committee will notify the applicant.  Arrangements will then be made for the applicant to be presented with a certificate indicating successful completion of the appropriate level of the Instructor Certification Program.

Some of the key benefits for our organization include:

  • Instructors who are knowledgeable, skilled and effective in the delivery of both the skills and techniques taught in the SWKKF.

  • Consistency of our instruction throughout the SWKKF.

  • Value added certification for those who would like to begin, further or refresh their instructor abilities in the SWKKF.

  • Access to many programs being offered that will apply towards a certification level.

  • Offer additional training and certification for our Instructors across the organization.

External References

National Coaching Certification Program –

Canada Sport For Life -

Making Head Way -

Making Ethical Decisions -

NCCP Karate Instructor Beginner -

Karate Canada Documents that may be interesting for students:

Karate Canada Coaches Profile -

Karate Canada Long Term Athlete Development -

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