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Instructors

David Dash

David Dash

David Dash was born in 1966 in the city of Iserlohn, Germany.  His father was a Canadian soldier at the time and his mother a German citizen.  The following year the Dash family moved to Canada and settled in Ottawa. 

David was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 25 years.  He served in the Navy for 5 years and the Army for the other 20.  In the Navy he held the position of a Naval Combat Information Operator, serving time on HMCS Fraser a Canadian destroyer and later becoming a Navy Diver.  In the army he served as an Infantry Officer retiring at the rank of Captain.

David graduated from Carleton University with a BA in History/Political Science and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT in Boston, Mass., USA.

David's newest venture in opening Zen Martial Arts has allowed him to blend his personal passion for Martial Arts and his entrepreneurial skills to launch a company that is focused on helping people achieve a healthy balance in their lives in mind, body and spirit.

Kyle Seabrook

Kyle Seabrook

Kyle was born Dec 1988 in the small town of Haliburton, ON about three hours southeast of Ottawa.  Kyle lived in Haliburton until the age of 18.

In 2007, Kyle moved to Peterborough, where he attended Sir Sanford Fleming College taking the two-year travel and tourism program until his graduation in June of 2009 at the age of 20.  After graduating from college he moved to Ottawa.

Kyle started his Karate training in Haliburton at the age of 12, after watching his father and older brother train for a year. For the next 6 years Kyle trained under Sensei Michael Chapman of Kai Shin Karate North, a 5th degree black belt in Chito Ryu Karate. Kyle trained an average of four days a week under Chapman, and at the age of 16 tested for and received his 1st degree black belt at Kai Shin’s head dojo in Missisauga, run by 7th degree black belt Monty Guest. In March of 2014, Kyle tested for and received his 2nd Degree Black Belt from Sensei Michael Chapman.

Kyle then went on to train in Peterborough at the age of 18 for 2 years in the Chito Ryu club there, Jiyu Shin Karate School, also practicing some Jiyu Jitsu with some of the other black belts at the club.  Upon moving to Ottawa, Kyle began training at Ottawa Chito Kai Karate under 5th degree black belt Steve Parker and also for the first 6 months at a WTF Taekwondo school in Orleans. Kyle is continuing to train, to further his knowledge and ability in karate, while actively competing in tournaments. He is broadening his martial arts knowledge by training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well at Zen under head instructor David Dash.

David Laraby

David Laraby

David was born in Ottawa Ontario in 1994, he is in his third and final year of the architectural engineering program at Algonquin college. 

David has always been passionate about all sports, playing on many teams throughout school but his main passion is the sport of karate. David started taking Shitokan martial arts when he was 5 years old with his father and two sisters where he achieved his black belt at 16. Since then he has has trained in aikido and most recently trains and instructs in Chito-Ryu karate at Zen.  

David's biggest influence and inspiration growing up has been Bruce Lee and he hopes that one day he can be as big of an inspiration to his students as Bruce Lee was to him. 

Stephen Baranyi

Stephen Baranyi

In 1987, after seven years of study under Sensei Burt Konzak at the Toronto Academy of Karate, Stephen received his black belt. Konzak had earned his black belt under Hidy Ochiai, the internationally-acclaimed master who brought Washin Ryu Karate to the United States in the 1960s. Stephen taught youth and adult classes regularly at the Academy and in its satellite programs at the University of Toronto.  

When he moved to Costa Rica to do his doctoral research in 1990-1992, Stephen taught at a Kyokushin Kai Karate school with Sensei Mario Murillo. He also began training in Shotokan Karate under Sensei Carlos Perez in Panama. After returning to Toronto, he deepened his Shotokan training under Sensei Tim Suzuki and under his teacher, Grand Master Masami Tsuruoka. In 1993 Stephen completed the Level 1 Theory course of the National Coaching Certification Program.  In 1993, while completing his post-doctoral work at the London School of Economics, Stephen trained in Wu Shu under Master Sandy Hemingway. 

Stephen is married with two children and is employed as a Professor of International Development at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University in 2008, he worked as a human rights advocate in the European Union, a policy adviser to government agencies in Canada, a grant manager at the International Development Research Centre and a principal researcher at the North-South Institute. He has lived in Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, and has conducted field missions to numerous countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia.