A Brief History of Karate and its Link to Canada

Karate is a martial art developed from the indigenous Ryukyuan martial arts in the Ryukyu Kingdom. This martial art is predominantly considered a “striking” art that includes punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, as well as “open-hand” techniques such as knife hands, spear hands, and palm-heel strikes, and is strongly influenced by Chinese Kung Fu. Both historical and modern styles also include teaching techniques such as grappling, throws, restraints and striking vital points of the body. A person who practices the art of karate is called a karateka.

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Karate began in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s, as Japanese people began immigrating to the country. During World War II, many Japanese-Canadian families were moved to the interior of British Columbia so karate was originally practiced without much organization. A Japanese-Canadian named Masaru Shintani began to study karate in a Japanese internment camp when he was only thirteen years old. After training for nine years, Shintani travelled to Japan and met Hironori Otsuka who invited him to join his organization in 1958. Otsuka officially asked Shintani to call his style of karate ‘Wado’ in 1969.

Shintani eventually moved to Ontario and began teaching karate and judo at the Japanese Cultural Center in Hamilton. With the endorsement of Otsuka, he opened the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation. Shintani was appointed the Supreme Instructor of Wado Kai in North America and in 1979, Otsuka publicly promoted Shintani to hachidan (also called the 8th dan) and privately gave him a kudan certificate (9th dan), which was only revealed by Shintani in 1995. The men visited each other in Japan and Canada numerous times, prior to Otsuka’s death in the 1980s. Masaru Shintani passed away in May of 2000, leaving his legacy of helping bring karate to Canada.

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Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: Benefits of Semi-Retirement

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is a semi-retired businessman with decades of experience in dentistry and over a decade in investing. He’s an active trader on the stock market and he enjoys studying history or spending time with his family when he isn’t working.

If you’re trying to choose between full retirement and semi-retirement, benefits like these might convince you to follow Dr. Leslie Griesdorf’s lead and go for the latter:

  • Mental Health

Retirement can quickly lead to boredom, loneliness, a decreased sense of purpose and inactivity. In semi-retired life, though, you’re staving off all of the above by working part-time while still taking full advantage of a more open schedule.

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  • Extra Funds

Retirement demands frugality to make your money last, and it often causes financial stress. Working part-time will bring in extra funds to reduce how much you need to worry about your wealth so you can fully enjoy your new lifestyle.



  • Keep Learning

The longer you keep learning, the better your life will be in later years. By taking up a mentally-stimulating career like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf did with investing, you’ll keep your brain healthy for what could be decades longer than you would in full retirement.


Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: How to Start Saving for Retirement

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf has been enjoying semi-retirement and trading in the stock market since 2004, when he left his decades-long career as a dental surgeon. He’s become a self-taught financial specialist who leads a relaxed life and offers wealth advice to those close to him whenever they ask.

If you hope to enjoy retirement as much as Dr. Leslie Griesdorf, start saving now. The tips below will point you in the right direction:

  • Ask Your Employer

If you haven’t already, ask your employer about retirement plans and take full advantage of anything offered. This won’t apply to everyone, but it’s an excellent option for those who have it.

  • Set Up Your Own Account

If your employer doesn’t offer retirement plans, or if you work for yourself, set up your own account through a trustworthy organization. Speak with a financial advisor to find the best option for you and save as much as you’re allowed each year.

  • Follow a Budget

Design a budget to curb any overspending habits you might have and put as much money into savings as possible. Financial specialists like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf almost always follow a budget for this very reason.

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: Wealth Management Tips

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is the go-to guy among his friends and family when someone’s in need of wealth management or investing advice. In 2004, he retired from three-decades as a dentist and he’s since enjoyed a successful career trading in the stock market.

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If you don’t have someone like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf in your life to offer wealth management and investment advice, tips like these can help:

  • Save for Retirement

If you’re not saving for retirement, no matter what age you are, you should be. Open a retirement account and start protecting your future today. The sooner you start saving, and the more you save, the better off you’ll be when you’re older. This also serves as a financial cushion and a way to reduce your taxes, if you manage your retirement accounts accordingly.

  • Follow a Budget

To manage your wealth, you need to know how much you’re making, how much you’re spending and where your money goes, every month. Following a budget is one of the easiest ways to do this. Create a savings-oriented budget that allows enough wiggle room to enjoy life but doesn’t waste your money, record every expense and don’t go over your budget unless absolutely necessary.

  • Invest

By investing, Dr. Leslie Griesdorf makes his money work for him. Trading stocks and building an investment portfolio will help you grow your wealth steadily and achieve better finance security. If you’re not ready to learn about investing, or if you just don’t have time, hire a financial professional to manage your portfolio for you.

Leslie Griesdorf: What is the Key to a Successful Practice?

Leslie Griesdorf devoted his life to compassionate, caring dentistry for more than 30 years. The Owner and Founder of his own Toronto-based dental surgery office until 2004, Leslie Griesdorf set himself apart as a patient-oriented practitioner; someone who’s first and foremost goal was always to put the patient’s dental health, and the patient experience, above all else.

As someone who practiced dentistry for more than three decades, and did so through his own dental office, Leslie Griesdorf understands what it takes to sustain a successful operation, particularly in what continues to be such a competitive market. The main components of a successful, sustainable dentistry include:

Focusing on What Makes Your Practice Unique

Whether your focus is family dentistry, or your practice is strictly centered on dentures and dental prosthetics, it’s important to identify those services or aspects that make your practice unique. Doing so early on in your practice, and working continuously to emphasize those qualities that make you stand out, is key to remaining competitive.

Discovering and Building on Your Office Culture

Taking the time to understand your practice’s personality, your expectations, your values and your protocols for patient care help to give and strengthen your office identity. Making sure everyone is on the same page, and working toward the same patient-centered goals, is crucial to creating a place patients want to visit.

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Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: Work/Life Balance Tips

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is a semi-retired professional who spent over three decades working as a dentist through his private practice. Leslie Griesdorf  left dentistry in 2004 and began investing in the stock market, which he still does to this day. With more than a decade in semi-retirement, Dr. Griesdorf has found a productive work/life balance that allows him to spend as much time as possible with his loved ones.

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Tips like these can help you follow Dr. Leslie Griesdorf’s lead and find a similar work/life balance in your busy schedule:

  • Take a Few Irons Out of the Fire

If you’re always busy and don’t have much of a work/life balance, it’s time to step back and look at where your time goes. Unless all of your spare time goes to social media – in which case, it’s an easy fix to stop logging in more than once a day – you’ll likely need to take a few irons out of the fire.

For example, if you’re taking yoga classes, karate classes and spinning classes while trying to manage a business, pick one fitness focus and set the others aside.

  • Focus on the Present

A perfect work/life balance doesn’t do much if you’re constantly thinking about work when you’re with family and vice versa. Learn to focus on the present and set aside thoughts about anything that happened earlier in the day or anything you have to do later.

As an extension of being present, avoid talking to friends or family when you should be working and don’t worry about work tasks when you’re relaxing.

Though Dr. Leslie Griesdorf enjoys a positive work/life balance, he still makes adjustments as life changes. You’ll have to do the same, rebalancing as things enter and leave the equation.

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