- Second Degree Black Belt

- Over 10 years of teaching experience

- Member of the 2015 WKC Canadian National Karate Team

- 2015 WKC Southern Ontario Bronze Medalist in Women's +70kg Continuous Fighting

- 2008 Ontario Provincial Open Women's Sparring Champion (Intermediate Level)

- Winner of Chancellor Cory Entrance  Scholarship from York University for maintaining a 95% average


"Studying and practicing Karate has been the most rewarding experience in my life thus far. I love now having the knowledge to be able to give confidence to others, and seeing them take pride in their accomplisments."

- Sensei Vanessa Sherwood

"I love Karate. I've dedicated my life to the study and practice of the Martial Arts.  I am thankful for the opportunity to influence by example the myriad of benefits of Karate training. It is truly a lifelong study."

- Sensei Jeff Kotzen

Chief Instructor

Sensei Jeff Kotzen

Senior Instructor

Sensei Vanessa Sherwood


- Third Degree Black Belt

- Over 15 years of teaching experience

- Member of the 2010, 2011 & 2013 WKC Canadian National Karate Team, medaling at provincial, national & international levels

- Certified Personal Trainer

- 3M National Coaching Levels I & II

- Heart Savers CPR Certified

- Level Two Reiki Standing

- Early Childhood Education background



North York Karate & Fitness

Where modern meets traditional...  Where philosophical meets practical...  Where hard work & effort meets accomplishment