Adrian Shum, Sensei (San-dan)
Head Instructor, Owner & Operator
Sensei Adrian Shum began his Kyokushin Karate training in 2005 under the tutelage of Shihan Diego Beltrán. In February 2010, he achieved the rank of Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Belt). In May 2012, Shihan Beltrán moved with his family to South America, appointing Sensei Adrian Shum as Head Instructor and successor to ownership & operations for Guardian Dojo – Kyokushin Karate Canada Inc., – in May 2017, he successfully tested for and received his San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) from Honbu, and subsequently appointed as a Branch Chief Representative (Manitoba, Canada).
Sensei Adrian has always had a passion for the martial arts. Prior to dedicating his studies to Kyokushin Karate in 2005, he trained in a variety of styles such as Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Judo, and Aikido. He has experience organizing, training for, competing in, and officiating events/tournaments. Sensei Adrian has attended the Kyokushin-kan International Black Belt Instructors Seminar (in Saitama, Tokyo, Japan) numerous times (2014, 2015, 2017), and in April 2017 he competed in the Kyokushin-kan World Kata Championships (finishing in the Top 20). Inquisitive by nature, he’s constantly researching and adapting new, scientifically proven effective (and safe), training methods to the Dojo curriculum. He works closely with Shihan Beltrán and his fellow Kyokushin Karate-kas within Canada to reinforce the high standards and principles of Kyokushin Karate.
Currently, Sensei Adrian resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He works full-time, as a CGD Certified, Senior Graphic Designer (in addition to owning and operating the Guardian Dojo school in Winnipeg).
Markus Erkelenz, Sensei (Sho-dan)
Sensei Markus Erkelenz began his Kyokushin Karate in 2004 under the tutelage of Shihan Diego Beltrán. In February 2010, he achieved the rank of Sho-Dan (1st Degree Black Belt). Sensei Markus works closely with Sensei Adrian Shum as an instructor and coach for the Guardian Dojo – Kyokushin Karate Canada students.
He has experience organizing, training for, competing in, and officiating Kyokushin and other relevant martial arts events/tournaments. Sensei Markus has had the privilege to visit Japan twice where he took part in the Kyokushin Kan international instructors seminar led by Kancho Royama himself.
Sensei Markus is a Principal Consultant with a Manitoba based Accounting, Consulting and Data Centre Technology firm. He is married to his wonderful wife Laurena and they have two lovely children. They currently reside just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Diego Beltrán, Shihan (Go-dan)
Dojo Founder & Advisor
With over 20 years of experience instructing and competing in international tournaments, Shihan Diego Beltran is an experienced veteran in Kyokushin Karate, Kickboxing and Self Defense.
In 1994, at the age of 22, he had become the Bolivian Full-Contact Champion, gaining his rank of 1st Degree Black belt in KickBoxing. By the time he was 23; he had achieved his 2nd Degree Black Belt in KickBoxing as well as his Ni-Dan in Wakkarukai Karate.
After completing his studies and graduating in Journalism and Social Work, Beltran moved to Canada where, in 1997, he participated in a SanShou (Chinese KickBoxing) National Tournament held in Edmonton, Alberta. He emerged victorious, becoming the Canadian KickBoxing Champion in his category (70-75 kg.). After winning an extra fight against the next category champion, he qualified for the World Championships in Italy. It was also in that year where Beltran got his San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Karate.
In March 2000, Beltran joined the International Kyokushin Organization (Matsushima Group) and in November of the same year he participated in the 6th Kyokushin World Open Tournament in Japan, finishing in 6th place and placing Canada amongst the Top 8 in the world.
Two years later he once again represented Canada in the 1st World Cup Tournament by Weight Division held in Lewiston, Maine USA in 2002. Beltran became the Vice-Champion of the World in the Light-Weight division (up to 70kg).
In March 2004, Beltran successfully completed his test for Yon-Dan (4th Degree Black Belt). Two years later a decision was made to resign from the IKO Matsushima organization.
In December 2006, Diego Beltran and the Guardian Dojo Schools were accepted into the KYOKUSHIN-KAN International Karate Organization under the leadership of Kancho Hatsuo Royama becoming proud members of this organization. A year later, he took part in the Renshi-Shihan test at the international Training Camp held annually in Japan.
At the age of 36, after over 22 years of practice and dedication to the art of Kyokushin karate, Beltran successfully completed his Renshi-Shihan certification and also successfully passed the test for Go-Dan (5th Degree Black Belt) during the same International Training Camp in February 2009.
Currently, Shihan Diego Beltran resides in Argentina. He works full-time, for a Top Canadian Agricultural Business in addition to owning and operating Guardian Dojo schools. Due to a severe injury, he was forced to retire from full-contact fighting competitions. However he is still actively involved in coaching his Guardian Dojo athletes, serving as a Canadian Coach as well as a main referee (Su-shin) or corner judge (Fuku-shin) in national and international events. Shihan Beltran also works closely with Canada, Argentina and Bolivia as he strives to reinforce the high standards and principles of Kyokushin Karate.