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: 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: How to Start Saving Money

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf retired from his career as a dental surgeon to become an investment professional in 2004. He’s since become an active trader on the stock market and the go-to for any financial questions that his friends or family might have. Without saving money beforehand, though, Dr. Griesdorf wouldn’t be where he is today.

Tips like these can help you save money now so you can enjoy a relaxing semi-retired life like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf later:

Don’t Change a Thing
For the first month, don’t change a thing about your spending, but save every receipt and log every purchase. At the end of the month, look at where your money is going. This alone is often motivation for people to stop extraneous expenses. Use it to identify things you don’t need to spend money on.

Draft a Plan
With your month’s spending report in hand, complete with identified areas where you can save, draft a plan. People like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf follow budgets because it helps them save money, and you should too. Give yourself a modest allowance for extraneous expenses and put every dollar you save in a saving’s account.

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Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: Why Follow a Budget?

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf is an experienced dentist who, until his retirement in 2004, maintained an excellent standing with the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association. He’s now a semi-retired investment professional who’s passionate about finances, and he learns more every day.

Financial specialists like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf succeed with careful wealth management and informed decisions, and it all starts with a budget. If you’re not following a budget to keep your finances in check, consider reasons like these to start:

  • Know Where Your Money Goes

Most people who spend hundreds of dollars on snacks, coffees and random purchases every month don’t realize they’re doing it. By following a budget, you join the group of financially-savvy people who know where their money goes and change their spending accordingly.

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  • Protect Your Future

Following a budget will allow you to start saving money for retirement, emergency expenses and personal activities like vacation. All money saved protects you from an uncertain future and can improve your life when you’re older.

If you don’t have someone like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf in your circle to ask for advice, consider speaking with a financial advisor to fine-turn your budget before you begin.

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.

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf: Saving for the Future

Dr. Leslie Griesdorf trades in the stock market and has dedicated himself to succeeding as an investor since he retired from his decades-long career as a dentist in 2004. He’s enjoying semi-retired life and enjoying the process of improving his wealth management abilities, and he offers advice to friends and family when they’d like to do the same.

Saving for the future allows you to pursue endeavors like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf’s stock marketing trading, which can then help you accrue even more wealth to protect yourself in retired life. Tips like these can help:

  • Save Every Month

Even if you’re in an unfavorable financial situation and can only save a few dollars every month, make it a habit. As saving becomes engrained in your mind, you’ll come to enjoy it more and prioritize it even higher for every monthly paycheck. Automate the minimum you can afford each month so you don’t forget.

  • Plan for the Unforeseeable

Life will always be full of unforeseeable expenses. From emergencies like a car breaking down to spontaneous events like a fun night with an old friend, you can’t avoid the unexpected, but you can expect it. Create an emergency fund in your savings account with enough money to live on for at least three months and carve out space in your budget for one unexpected event each month. If nothing unexpected happens, put that chunk of money in savings.

  • Reduce Monthly Bills

To save as much as you can every month, follow the lead of people like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf and reduce your monthly bills. Eliminate things that you don’t need, subscriptions you don’t use and habits that aren’t good for your finances. Also, call the companies you pay your bills to and ask for lower payments.

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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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