About Us
International Karate Daigaku Honbu (IKD)

About Us

The Naka Ima Karate club practices Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate-do at Naka Ima Aikikai in Oakwood Village, Toronto.   

We are a member of the International Karate Daigaku Honbu (IKD), an organization composed of 50 regional organizations in 30 countries throughout the world. The IKD was founded and is headed by Master Frank Woon-A-Tai, 9th Dan. The International Karate Daigaku follows the teachings of Masters Gichin Funakoshi and Masatoshi Nakayama. Master Woon-A-Tai was a student of Master Nakayama, and thus, our lineage is direct to the founders.

Although our karate is traditional, it is relevant to the 21st Century. Our aim is not only to provide karate training for men, women and children, but to help young people find direction in life, keep them off the streets, and help break the cycle of crime and violence that affect many big cities and countries. We teach karate as a means to character development, physical education and fitness, and self defense. Karate can also be practiced in a competative environment where one can test their technique and hone their skills against other karateka. Karate is an extremely powerful and effective martial art, but it is always taught and executed in a safe non-contact environment.
Some of our instructors have trained in Japan and all are Japanese trained and certified. They range from third to eighth degree black belts.

Sensei Timothy Mahoney, 5th Dan.

Sensei Tim Mahoney is a Godan (5th-degree black belt) in Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate. He began his martial arts training 34 years ago while attending school at the University of Minnesota.

As a member of the International Traditional Karate Federation, he eventually received his black belt rank under the late Shotokan legend Master Hidetaka Nishiyama.

Over the years he has also competed and successfully placed in karate tournaments throughout North America.

In 2002, he married a Canadian and moved to Toronto where he joined the JKA Toronto headed by Master Frank Woon-A-Tai. The Toronto JKA at the time was a member of the International Shotokan Karate Federation founded and directed by Master Teruyuki Okazaki. For many years he studied, trained hard, and tested successfully under these dedicated and experienced instructors.

In 2011, the International Karate Daigaku was formed by Master Frank Woon-A-Tai. Sensei Tim enthusiastically gravitated toward the IKD because of its dedication to furthering the art by exploring and studying all the technical and scientific aspects of karate. The IKD allows old ideas to be challenged and new ideas to be explored. That being said, the IKD will always stay loyal to the basic principles passed on by Masters Gichin Funakoshi and Masatoshi Nakayama. Master Funakoshi, in fact, said that karate was as an unfinished art that would grow with knowledge.

Sensei Tim has been teaching at the IKD Downsview dojo in North York since 2011. He now is now excited about starting up the brand new Naka Ima Karate Club in Oakwood Village.