Sensei Ling (“Sensei” means teacher) is the chief instructor and founder of Delta Martial Arts. Also a family physician and clinical professor for UBC, Dr Ling has been practicing martial arts for over 55 years. He started Judo in 1962 in Toronto, Ontario before beginning karate training in 1970 in Kitimat, B.C. with Sensei David Akutagawa who achieved his eighth degree blackbelt directly from Mabuni Kenie Soke, the eldest son of the founder of Shito-Ryu Karate. Alongside his Karate studies, Dr. Ling also pursued Iaido from 1987.
While living in northern B.C., he helped establish, and was senior instructor of the Kitimat Karate Club for over 15 years. Now, Dr. Ling’s focus of instruction is on teaching Blackbelt level Karate, Iaido and Kobudo weapons to adults.
- 7th degree blackbelt in Takeda Ryu Iaido
- 6th degree blackbelt in Eishin Ryu Iaido from Dai Nihon Iaido Renmei (DNIR).
- 6th degree blackbelt & Shihan in Renshikan Shito-Ryu Karate.
In the past, Dr. Ling served as Secretary of the National Karate Association, member of the World Medical Commission of the World Karate Federation (WKF), and was a top National A Level Referee. He was also Director representing the sport of Karate on the Canadian Olympic Committee for 17 years.
The curriculum of Iai he currently teaches is Eishin Ryu Iaido, Takeda Ryu Iaido and Seitei Iai. The curriculum of Kobudo he teaches is Ryukyu Kobudo in Bo, Jo, Tonfa, Sai and Kama.
A motto he lives by is, “The pen and the sword are best kept in accord.” This means that one persons academic studies and studies in physical activity must be balanced. For if someone focuses on academic studies and not their physical activity, they will not do well in sports. Same if someone focuses too hard on their physical activity they will not excel academically.
Sensei Rassamee learned martial arts under the tutelage of her father, Dr. Ling and Sensei David Akutagawa. She has over 40 years of martial arts practice. She shares the teaching of children’s classes with her husband Marshall Cheng. Her primary focus of instruction is on basics, kata and bunkai (kata applications for self-defense).
A few highlights from her accomplishments:
5th degree blackbelt & Shihan in Renshikan Shito-Ryu Karate-Do
1st degree blackbelt in Eishin Ryu Iaido
1st degree blackbelt in Ryukyu Kobudo Fukyukai
Bronze Medal, Kumite, 1989 PanAmerican Karate Championships, Venezuela
5th place, Women’s Team Kata, 1990 World Championships, Mexico
4-time Canadian National Kata Champion
5-time Canadian National Team Kata Champion
Sensei Rassamee is also currently a National A Level Referee for Karate Canada and is often seen refereeing at Provincial and National level karate competitions.
Having two sons who have studied and competed in karate, her focus in the children’s karate program is on a balance of physical, emotional and character development that empowers young people to feel confident, capable, compassionate and aware of their own and others’ needs.
Sensei Marshall began his training as a youth studying Goju-Ryu Karate with Nomada Sensei in Delta, B.C. He has over 30 years training in martial arts and focuses on fitness, athlete development and kumite training in his karate classes with youth and adults.
He is a third degree blackbelt in Renshikan Shito-Ryu Karate and a five-time Canadian National Kumite medalist, winning gold in 1999. He placed 5th in his kumite weight division in the 1999 PanAmerican Karate Championships in Havana, Cuba. Holding his Competition Development certification with Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program, he has served as a B.C. Karate Team Assistant Coach 2003, 2014 & 2015.