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Sensei Irek Slobodzian - Sandan (3rd Dan)

Sensei Irek has been a member of IKOK-C since early 1990. His exposure to Kyokushin Karate however, took place a few years earlier in his native Poland while attending secondary school in town of Brzeg.  After moving to Canada in 1990, he joined Edmonton Kyokushin Karate Club, where he trained under Shihan Les Banas and Shihan Mac Mierzejewski whom he considers as very influential in shaping his training and fighting style early on. He became Shodan in 1998, Nidan in 2003 and Sandan in 2014.

Sensei Irek is an experienced national an international fighter with numerous tournaments under his belt. Highlights of his fighting career include two time Junior Canadian National Champion, Alberta Open Champion and Calgary Cup Champion. He competed in numerous tournaments across Canada and in 2004 was a member of the Canadian National team at the 10th Oyama's Cup in Khabarovsk Russia.

In the summer of 2012, Sensei Irek became the head instructor of the Edmonton Kyokushin Karate Club. He succeeds Shihan Les Banas (1983), Shihan Mac Mierzejewski (1991), Sensei Nathan Howat (2000) and Senpai Joe Johnston (2008) as the head instructor.

In his personal and professional life Sensei Irek is a father of two daughters and an entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business (MBA), Undergraduate Degree in Science (BSc) and Chemical Technology Diploma (CET).

Senpai Alexey Athrazev - Shodan (1st Dan)

Senpai Michael Roberts - Shodan (1st Dan)

Senpai Amy Mikla - 1st KYU