Shihan André Gilbert, 7th dan

Shihan André Gilbert has been practicing karate for more than 40 years. In 1956, karate was seen for the first time in Montréal. This incredible martial arts adventure started in the '60 in Montréal where Shihan Gilbert started to train with many martial arts followers. Then, in 1970, he went to New York to study the basics of karate with Shigeru Oyama, 6th dan (no family relationships with Sosai Masutatsu Oyama) and Tadachi Nakamura, 6th dan. These two masters were the first Japanese sent by Sosai Oyama to promote Kyokushinkai Karate in North America.

Some important dates in Shihan André Gilbert's life.

  • 1967: He did an exhibition performance for the opening of Expo '67 in Montréal.
  • 1968: He obtained his black belt and started to teach karate in the Montréal suburbs.
  • 1971: He opened his first karate school on November 26, 1971 in Saint-Michel, Montréal.
  • 1974: Sosai Oyama assigns him as the Branch Chief of Canada.
  • 1975: He is chosen to represent Canada for the First World Championship in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1979: He made an astonishing demonstration for television advertising when he broke four ice blocks with his head.
  • 1985: In New York City, before Sosai Oyama, he successfully did his pretest to obtain his 6th dan.
  • 1986: He made an astonishing breaking. Shihan André Gilbert broke 16 ice blocks (4 X 4) with his bare hand (shuto) before a huge audience. He is the only person who did it.
  • 1986: He opened the Honbu at 4010 Sainte-Catherine St West, Montréal. At this moment the organization had more than 8,000 members including the dojos affiliated to Karaté André Gilbert.
  • 1987: He created a non profit organization, the International André Gilbert Foundation, to help disadvantaged children.
  • 1988: He started to organize international full contact championships, one match tournaments, and kick-boxing and karate matches for television.
  • 1990: He received his 6th dan from Sosai Oyama.
  • 2001: The Canadian Government approved Shihan André Gilbert's request to create the Kyokushinkai Karate Federation of Canada.
  • 2007: Before Kancho Shokei Matsui, he successfully achieved his test to obtain his 7th dan.
  • 2012: He gave an international seminar in Lyons, France.

Shihan André Gilbert participated in numerous seminars with many masters around the world.