Our Instructors

Head Instructors

The Head Instructors of the Bushido Karate Association have each been training in karate for at least 25 years, each with at least 15 years of experience instructing karate, fitness, and self defence programs in the Edmonton area.   Our instructors are committed to creating a training environment for members to train in a safe, fun, and engaging way.

Sensei James Freeman

Sensei James Freeman

6th Dan, Head Instructor

Adult Program Lead

Founder of The Bushido Karate Association

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.

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Sensei Craig Pettie

Sensei Craig Pettie

5th Dan, Head Instructor

Adult Program Lead

Founder of The Bushido Karate Association

Sensei Craig Pettie, 5th 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.  He received his Godan in May of 2019.

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.

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Sensei Scott Knowles

Sensei Scott Knowles

4th Dan, Head Instructor

Adult Program Lead, Youth Program Lead

Former National Team Member

2021 SWKKF Leadership Award

Sensei Scott Knowles, 4th Dan, began training in karate in 1994 at the age six.  He earned the rank of Shodan in May of 2007, Nidan in May of 2010, Sandan in May of 2014, and Yodan in May of 2019.  Sensei Scott has been teaching youth and adult students since 2002, and has taken on the role of Head Instructor for the BKA youth and adult programs.  

Sensei Scott has received certification as an instructor in the Bunkai principles of Sensei Iain Abernethy.  He has also received a Salute to Sports Excellence award from the City of Edmonton, and the 2021 SWKKF Leadership Award.

Sensei Scott is active on the tournament circuit, achieving success in both kata and kumite decisions at events across the country.  He attended the Shintani National Team Tryouts in 2008, 2010, and 2012, and held a middleweight position 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 development company, with several clients across the province.

When he’s not working or training, Sensei has a passion for photography, art, video games, and skiing.

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Instructors

Our instructors are a phenomenal team of people who are excited to share their knowledge with our youth and adult members.  These instructors have a passion for karate and are always ready to get to work with our students.

Sensei Elliott Knowles

Sensei Elliott Knowles

3rd Dan, Instructor

Adult Program

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.

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Sensei Bernadine Jugdutt

Sensei Bernadine Jugdutt

3rd Dan, Instructor

Adult Program, Youth Program Lead

Former National Team Member

2020 SWKKF Leadership Award

Sensei Bernadine Jugdutt, 3rd Dan, has been training in Wado-Kai karate since 1994. She started training with the Bushido Karate Association in 2004, and since then earned her Shodan rank in 2010, her Nidan in 2016, and her Sandan in May 2019. She is currently an active instructor with the BKA Grandview program as well as one of the head coaches of the BKA Tournament Team. 

Bernadine received her B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Alberta in 2012. In the summer of 2012, she relocated to Montreal to purse an M.Sc. in Physics. During this time she was fortunate to secure the lightweight women’s position on the 2012-2014 Shintani Canadian National Team, and had the opportunity to train and compete in dojos across Canada.  

After completing her M.Sc. in 2015, Bernadine returned to Edmonton and resumed a teaching role with the BKA. She is currently attending medical school at the U of A, with an anticipated MD completion date of 2021. 

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Sensei Adam Knowles

Sensei Adam Knowles

3rd Dan, Instructor

Adult Program, Youth Program

Sensei Adam Knowles, 3rd Dan, began training in the year 2000 in the Riverbend area, transferred to the University area in 2002, and began training in the Grandview area since 2006. He received his Shodan in May of 2012,  his Nidan in May of 2016, and his Sandan in May of 2021.  He has competed in several tournaments across the province.

Sensei Mike Reynolds

Sensei Mike Reynolds

3rd Dan, Instructor

Youth Program

Sensei Michael Reynolds, 3rd Dan, began training in Wado Kai Karate in 2008 with the Bushido Karate Association. He earned his Shodan ranking in May of 2013, his Nidan in May 2016, and his Sandan in May of 2021. Michael began teaching youth at Grandview in 2012, and is currently an active youth instructor with the BKA.

Over the years Sensei Michael has enjoyed attending many clinics to hone his karate, and has trained with Sensei Iain Abernethy exploring bunkai jutsu. He has also competed in numerous tournaments, consistently winning or placing in both kata and kumite.

Outside of karate, Sensei Michael received a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Medical Physics in 2015, being awarded many scholastic prizes and scholarships over his post-secondary tenure. Currently he is part of the (ART)2 team investigating a novel hybrid Linear accelerator – MRI device for the treatment of various cancers, carrying out extensive research into radiation detector design.

Sensei Michael is an avid recreational athlete and fitness buff, and has completed the AFLCA exercise theory course. While karate and weightlifting form the cornerstones of his training, he also enjoys soccer, biking, running, hiking, and swimming in his free time.

Sensei Michael Chmay

Sensei Michael Chmay

2nd Dan, Assistant Instructor

Youth Program

Bio Coming Soon.

Sensei Sidney Taylor

Sensei Sidney Taylor

2nd Dan, Assistant Instructor

Youth Program

Sensei Sidney Taylor, 2nd Dan, began training in 2003 at eight years old in Spruce Grove. In 2013 she earned her 1st Dan and soon after became one of the head instructors of her club. She taught for a year before taking a short break and moving to Edmonton where she began training with Bushido Karate Association in 2016. Sensei Sidney began assisting in teaching and has helped organize the Bushido Karate Camp with Sensei Bernadine in 2018/2019. She earned her 2nd Dan May 2018.

Sensei Sidney has training as an EMR and has found a passion in understanding the mechanisms of the human body. She is in her second year of post-secondary for biology and hopes to obtain a major in physiotherapy.

In her spare time Sensei Sidney enjoys painting, going to see movies, climbing semi-competitively and trying new sports, foods or other experiences.