Senior Instructor Neil McGillivray - 5th Degree Black Belt
5th Degree – Kenpo Karate (IKKA) International Kenpo Karate Academies
1st Degree – Modern Arnis (CMATS) Canadian Modern Arnis Training Studios
Executive Director/Senior Instructor Karate for Christ Canada
Chief Instructor S.M.A.K.K. Defence Systems (Specialized Modern Arnis & Kenpo Karate)

Board Member International Kenpo Karate Academies - Canadian Director
Member of the Elite Kenpo Council

Member of the Kenpo International Hall of Fame - GOE 2017 Dallas, TX
Ontario Representative of the Canadian Modern Arnis Training Studios

National Judge/Referee World Kickboxing Federation (WKF Canada)

Certified in Ontario Use of Force Theory

Advanced Driving and Skid Control Certification - Driving Dynamics

Close Protection Specialist Level I - Universal Training Solutions

Handcuffing and Subject Restraint Certification - Durham College
Cane Instructor - Cane Masters International
Kickboxing Instructor - Joe Lewis Fighting Systems
Women’s Self Defence Instructor – SMAKK Defense Systems

Certified in Emergency First Aid, CPR Level C and AED

Neil McGillivray began his martial arts training in 1983 in the study of Tracy’s Kenpo Karate
and Modern Arnis under Master Michael Donovan in London, Ontario. 
Neil McGillivray is uniquely qualified to teach martial arts from a Christian perspective. He is an Ordained Minister with Anchor Ministerial Fellowship and a Chaplain with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada. He has served as a full-time Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Emmanuel Bible College, and is an experienced Christian leader.

Sensei Keith Elka, Head Instructor Kitchener Dojo, 2nd Degree Black Belt, KFCC
1st Degree Black Belt - Kenpo Karate - Karate for Christ Canada

Green Belt - Modern Arnis - Karate for Christ Canada

Head Instructor Karate for Christ - Kitchener Dojo

Keith began his martial arts training with Karate for Christ back in 2007 at Grace Bible Dojo in Preston. Keith has been on the leadership team since 2012. Keith is excellent with weapons and in particular with the Bo staff and Kama's. Keith has led men's ministry's over the years and has been on several short term missions trips. Keith has a heart for missions and for the lost. He is a very loving and strong Christian leader.

Sensei Gary Schnurr, Head Instructor Woodstock Dojo, 1st Degree Black Belt, KFCC

1st Degree Black Belt - Kenpo Karate - Karate for Christ Canada

Head Instructor Karate for Christ - Woodstock Dojo

Gary started his martial arts training while attending college. He studied fencing and Aikido. Gary earned his brown belt in Aikido. Gary started training in Kenpo in 2007 with Karate for Christ at our Cedar Creek dojo. In 2008 Gary and his wife Lani joined our leadership team. Gary earned his Black Belt in 2012 and shortly after started up our Karate for Christ program in Woodstock at Faithway Baptist Church in the fall of 2012. They outgrew the facility at Faithway and moved to The Rock Community Church in Woodstock in 2015. Gary is one of the best bible teachers I have ever heard. He is soft spoken and tender hearted and can brings forth the word with knowledge and  conviction. Gary likes to train hard and is an excellent kick boxer.


Sensei Laura Gardham, Head Instructor Brighton Dojo, 1st Degree Black Belt, Shito Ryu

Brown Belt - Kenpo Karate - Karate for Christ Canada

Laura earned her Black Belt in Shito Ryu in 2010, afterwhich God called her to start a Karate Ministry in Alliston. Sensei Laura found Karate for Christ on the internet and reached out to us. We immediately realized that Laura would be a good fit for Karate for Christ, so we partnered together to start a ministry in 2011 at Alliston Pentecostal Church. We remained there for the next 6 years and then moved our location to the Alliston Community Christian School. Laura moved out of the area but we are so glad to have her back with us and now teaching the love of Christ and martial arts in Brighton, Ontairo.