The KV Karate Story…


KV Karate is a martial arts club located in the Kennebecasis Valley of Greater Saint John, New Brunswick. The club was established by Robert McInnes in 1996 and has been located in numerous public schools throughout Rothesay and Quispamsis.

Sensei Robert McInnes is a 7th Dan, Kyoshi (senior instructor & leader), currently celebrating his 50th year teaching karate in New Brunswick and is widely known as the founder of Karate in NB. He is the Technical Director for Chito-Ryu Karate in New Brunswick and sits on the National Technical Committee of the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate Association and the World Chito-Ryu Karate Do Federation.

Neil Pond is a 4th Dan, Shihan (master instructor), currently the club manager and most senior student of Sensei McInnes at KV Karate. Neil is a Karate Canada National “A” referee and judge and is the President of N.B. Chito-Ryu Karate Association and a director if the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate Association. Neil is also a Director for Karate New Brunswick.

Brent Donovan, a 3rd Dan, junshidoin (junior instructor) is another key instructor and leader in the club. Brent holds a Karate Canada “B” referee and judge license.

There are several black belts under Sensei McInnes, Neil Pond and Brent Donovan that assist in the day to day operation of the club. In addition, this team has been responsible for organizing and executing several regional events and tournaments including the more recent 2016 Bogu Cup (a national Chito-Ryu tournament), and the 2017 & 2018 Atlantic Karate Open tournament in Saint John, N.B.