Fitness With A Purpose

Senior Instructors

Sensei James Freeman

6th Dan, Head Instructor
Sensei James Freeman, 6th Dan, has been teaching youth programs in the University area since 1989. Sensei started karate in September 1985 at the University of Alberta and received his Shodan by August 1990. He has competed in many competitions over the years, winning in both kata and kumite, and went to the National SWKKF Tournament in 1992 and 1996.

Sensei Freeman has also studied Iyengar yoga and has competed in numerous triathlon and running competitions since 2003. He is a two-time 1/2 Ironman finisher, and a six-time 1/2 marathon finisher with a personal best at the 2007 Okanagan Half Marathon of 1:27:35. He studied Resistance Training with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association, and has brought free weights, resistance bands, and stability balls into the core karate training program for adults. In 2008, Sensei was certified by Sensei Iain Abernethy as an Instructor in his Bunkai Jutsu teaching methods. Since 2010, Sensei has been an Outdoor and Indoor Soccer coach with the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association. Sensei Freeman is a Professional Engineer with APEGA, and received both an MBA and a MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He owns his own consulting company Valentis International Inc, sits on two Boards, and is Chief Technology Officer and President, New Ventures with Zedi Inc.

Sensei Freeman achieved his 6th Dan on May 5th, 2018, in Edmonton.

Sensei Craig Pettie

4th Dan, Head Instructor
Sensei Craig Pettie, 4th Dan, started karate in 1989 and received his first degree black belt rank in 1992. He has been teaching youth and adult karate programs since 1991. 

In addition to karate instruction, Sensei Pettie has many years of experience working with children in a variety of therapeutic settings and disciplines (Psychology, School Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy). In 2002 Sensei Pettie shifted careers and is now in the Information Technology industry as a Systems Analyst/Developer.

Sensei Scott Knowles

3rd Dan, Senior Instructor
Canadian National Team Member
Sensei Scott Knowles, 3rd Dan, began training in Wado-Kai Karate in 1994 age six. He earned his Shodan in May of 2007, his Nidan in May of 2010, and his Sandan in May of 2014. Sensei has been teaching youth and adult students since 2002, and is currently an active instructor with the BKA youth and adult programs. Scott has also received certification as an Introductory Instructor in the Bunkai principles of Sensei Iain Abernethy. Sensei also received a Salute to Sports Excellence award from the City of Edmonton for his successes in Karate.

Sensei Scott is very active on the tournament circuit, achieving success in both kata and kumite divisions at events across the country. He attended the Shintani National Team Tryouts in 2008, 2010, and 2012, and currently holds a middleweight spot on the Shintani Canadian National Team.

Sensei Scott earned his BSc in Computing Science at the University of Alberta (with specialization in Business), and has gone on to form his own web development company.

When he's not working or training, Sensei has a passion for photography, skiing, and cycling. Over the years he has competed provincially in several Track and Field events, with his forte in the 100m and 200m sprints.

Sensei Elliott Knowles

3rd Dan, Senior Instructor
Sensei Elliott Knowles has been studying karate since the spring of 2002. He has been active in teaching various programs in southwest Edmonton since 2004. Originally training with the University of Alberta club, he moved to and joined the SWKKF and the Bushido Karate Association in October 2006. He received his Shodan ranking in May of 2008.

Sensei Elliott has been an active athlete most of his adult life and has focused on karate, triathlons, skiing, scuba diving, and weightlifting as his primary areas of interest. He has competed in and won within his division at multiple karate tournaments within the province. He has travelled the country and North America to compete in triathlons, and was highly ranked within his age group nationally and provincially. His personal best in an Olympic distance event was 2:18 in Calgary.

Sensei Elliott is married with two children, both of whom also train under Sensei Freeman at the Bushido Karate Association, he is extremely proud of both of them.

Since graduating from Business he has worked in the advertising and marketing community in Edmonton. He has been self employed as a Marketing / Advertising and Design consultant for the past 8 years. E Graphics and Design representing several retailers in the Edmonton area.