Grand Master and Leaders

Hanshi Manny Matias, 8th dan, is a grand master of tradional Japanese Contact Karate. He has learned and practiced his art under the direction of Soshu Shigeru Oyama and has made his mark thanks to his great performances as a champion lightweight fighter and to the oustanding quality of his teaching.

The strong team of leaders who assist Hanshi Manny within World Kanreikai Karaté is key to the success of the organization. Inspired by Shihan Denis Cordeiro, the Shihan and Sensei who manage the Kanreikai schools act with lots of diligency and entrepreneurship.


Grand Maitre Hanshi Manny Matias

Hanshi Manny Matias, grand master of World Kanreikai Karate

Hanshi Manny Matias, 8th dan, cofounder and Grand Master of World Kanreikai Karate, has been training students in the United States and Canada since 1971.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Manny Matias acquired a solid reputation as a lightweight fighter and a knockdown champion in North America. Since then, he has trained many champions for international full contact tournaments. He is highly regarded in martial arts circles worldwide as both a fighter and a technician in Japanese Karate.
Hanshi Manny has received numerous awards during his career. Namely, in 2003, he was admitted to the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and named “Shihan of the Year in Japanese Karate”.

Manny Matias started training in Tae Kwon Do and Aikido in the early 70’s. After obtaining his black belt, he taught Tae Kwon Do at two schools.

In the mid 70’s, after an extensive search, Hanshi Manny Matias chose to pursue his martial arts practice in traditional Japanese karate. He gave up his schools, black belt, and title as a Sensei to train under the guidance of the great Soshu Shigeru Oyama. Soshu Shigeru was then Saiko Shihan in the Kyokushinkai Karate Organization founded in Japan by grand master Mas Oyama. Training intensely, Hanshi Manny soon became a champion fighter of the organization and opened his Kyokushinkai dojo in Connecticut.

In mid 80's, when Soshu Shigeru Oyama separated from Kyokushinkai to form World Oyama Karate, Hanshi Manny followed him, contributing to the foundation and development of this new organization. He was 4th in charge within World Oyama Karate, an organization that counted thousands of students and members.

Hanshi Manny Matias faithfully followed his Master until Soshu Shigeru Oyama closed his dojo in New York and stepped down as director of the organization in 2004.

Thereafter, Hanshi Manny and his associates founded a new organization called World Kanreikai Karate. It is within this organization that he pursues the teachings of the great masters Mas Oyama and Shigeru Oyama.

World Kanreikai Karate Leaders

These are the leaders who are behind World Kanreikai Karate et who continue to work hard to develop this organization into a finial of Contact Karate in North America and in the world.

  • Founders
    Hanshi Manny Matias, 8th dan
    Sensei Robert Underhill, 3rd dan
    Shihan Denis Cordeiro, 5th dan
  • Grand Master and Chief Instructor
    Hanshi Manny Matias, 8th dan
  • President
    Shihan Denis Cordeiro, 5th dan
  • Branch Chiefs - USA
    Shihan Jose Cotton, 6th dan - NYC
    Suzanne Paquin - Connecticut
    Sensei Calvin Ortiz, 4th dan - New York
  • Branch Chiefs - Canada
    Shihan Carl Tremblay, 6th dan - Saguenay - Lac St-Jean
    Shihan Denis Cordeiro, 5th dan - Montreal
    Sensei Dominic Morin, 4th dan - Lanaudière
    Sensei John Pendergast, 2nd dan - Maritimes
  • Promotion Committee
    Shihan Jose Cotton, 6th dan
    Shihan Carl Tremblay, 6th dan
    Shihan Denis Cordeiro, 5th dan
    Sensei Robert Underhill, 3th dan