Developing Sport Culture and Lifestyle amongst youth, adults and families in Kitsilano, Vancouver.

Children 3-7 years old

Wed 6-7 pm Fri 5-6 pm Saturdays 11-12 pm

Children 8-11 years old

Wed 6-7 pm Fri 6-7pm Sat 12-1pm

Adults and Teen Youth (12 years +)

Wed & Fri 7-8 pm, Sat 1-2 pm

Location: Ron Zalko (1807 West 1st Ave)

We also have classes in Richmond.

We teach WKF Sport Karate – also commonly called “Olympic Karate” with an individual approach in a scaffolded group setting.

Our Chief Instructor and Curriculum Planner, Valentyna Zolotarova, is the only international athlete residing in BC who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualification Tournament in Kumite (sparring) where she represented Team Jamaica. She also coached Jamaican athletes at the 2021 World and Panamerican Championships, Judged International Athletes at the 2015 and 2016 World Championships and Received the BC Premier’s Athletic Award six years in a row when she competed for the Canadian Team. Some of her students have qualified and competed Internationally for Team Jamaica and Team Canada.

At Hayabusa Karate, we work with each student individually to meet personal goals. Whether your aim is to reach high performance levels in sport or just to gain confidence and learn a new skill, we will help you along the way. Our dojo is a community where versatility is encouraged and diversity is embraced.

Finally, we scout talented athletes through this program for potential competition development with a rigorous technical, tactical and physical preparation program designed to develop athletes to become the best version of themselves and assist them on a pathway to elite level competition.

Our chief instructor is an international athlete who recently competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament representing Jamaica. Likewise, our junior athletes are National Canadian medallists. Furthermore, they receive invitations to the Canadian National Team Trials and Provincial Team Selection Competitions.

In addition, our elite athletes attend are involved and aim to inspire beginners. We also scout talented and hard working students in this program to assist them with long-term development in competitive karate.

Quality Over Quantity

We teach correct technique acquired by our Chief Instructor through years of technical and tactical training with some of the world’s best coaches from leading countries in the sport of karate. When teaching our students, we pay close attention to detail and share our expertise and a love for karate.

Tactics and Defence

We introduce tactics and defence at an early stage in the development of our karate-ka and continue to perfect their application at every stage.

Our instructor and senior students embody the concept of karate-do and transfer their knowledge of the history, values and culture of traditional karate to younger students through their attitude.

Karate-Do, Focus, Discipline, Respect

Quality is a must, but it is only the beginning. Firstly, aside from physical training, our students learn strategies to focus. Secondly, we build self-motivated and self-disciplined individuals. Furthermore, we aim to include each individual and family to build a community of strong, respectful and kind individuals. Lastly, we foster excellence in technique, strength in character and passion in spirit. Classes are taught by Valentyna Zolotarova who is a 4th Degree Black belt, an international competitor , an NCCP, WKF and PKF internationally certified coach and a BC Certified Teacher.


Karate has many health, physical and social benefits for every age group. Most importantly, it fosters life-long learning and an ongoing pursuit of the perfection of  character.


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