Hi and welcome to our website! Over the past 47 years I have been involved in various Martial Arts at different parts of my life’s journey.
Starting when I was 5 my father started teaching me Kung Fu that he learned after coming back from serving in WWII. Later on while in high school I started taking Gōjū-ryū Karate and Kick Boxing and studied it up to just before receiving my Black Belt. Life got in the way when I entered Law Enforcement in 1987 and was transferred from my home town.
Fast forward several years with transferring back to London with my wife Lori, having a family and we come to where our Martial Art journey started again.
When our son was 6, in 2000 we were searching for an Art that would teach a well-rounded Martial Art which included self defense, something that was practicable both for the Dojo and real world.
What we found was Seikido with Grand Master Zeke Petkovic and Grand Master Doug Gagel.
The art is based on the teachings of Ōsensei Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido, and General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwondo. At the time the mixing of traditional Martial Arts was unheard of and this uniqueness is what still drives us today and what continues to evolve us as a Martial Art System.
Through the years the art has continued to evolve as we share with our other Martial Art friends from different styles learning new and improved skills and from honing and developing our inherent art.
The World Seikido Organization currently has grown to 6 locations within London, South Western Ontario.
In January of 2005 Ryoku Seikido was born. Shortly after receiving my 2nd Degree Black Belt I was given permission to open a Seikido School. We opened in a local east London public school renting space in their gym, and later moved to St Robert Catholic Elementary School.
In September 2018 we start a new chapter of our history by moving to St Pius X Catholic Elementary School due to St Roberts closing.
We at Ryoku are family and with this we take this to heart. Our goal as with our immediate family is to help and guide our students throughout life’s journey using Martial Arts as a foundation.
It doesn’t matter if you're young or older, have never taken Martial Arts or have like myself, drifted away there is always time to take up the journey again…..
We look forward to meeting you….
Master Steve McEvoy
4th Degree Black Belt
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Sensei Kristen Duever
3rd Degree Black Belt
Kristen has been practicing martial arts since her early twenties. She enjoys all aspects of her training even though she wishes doboks were a bit more flattering.
She earned her first and second degree black belts in WTF-style Taekwondo while training at a club in Niagara Falls. This period of training included a 10 month stretch in which she was the only female in her class – nevertheless, she enjoyed the challenge of sparring with stronger and heavier opponents.
After moving to London, Kristen started looking for a new place to train. Eventually she came across Ryoku Seikido where she was introduced to the ITF-style Taekwondo patterns and Aikido. Instantly attracted to both the diverse curriculum and the supportive learning environment, Kristen remained at Ryoku where she earned her first degree black belt in Seikido in 2013, her second degree in 2014 and her 3rd Degree in 2017.
When she is not busy teaching, training or drilling patterns in her living room, you can find her ballroom dancing with her husband, spending time in the garden or working on her freelance writing business.