Hanshi Scott Hogarth has been teaching martial arts at his own club for over 35 years. While he holds Master titles and black belts in 7 martial arts styles, he has chosen to teach traditional Okinawan Go Ju Ryu Karate and Hapkijitsu at Fighting Griffin Martial Arts.
A 12-time world champion, Hanshi has been awarded many honours, including the 2014 Masters Hall of Fame Golden Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sport Karate Museum Dragon Image Fighting Award. both for his lifelong contribution to sport karate where he helped to establish competition rules and a refereeing systems. Hanshi Scott has also appeared as an actor, stuntman and a fight choreographer in 10 action movies over the years.
Though Hanshi has earned many international awards over the years, he is particularly proud of is local achievements including being an inaugural inductee into Milton’s Sport Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame.
In 2015, Hanshi accepted the responsibility of heading up the Canadian arm World Martial Arts Organisation and, in 2016, made a last-minute decision to compete. Coming out of retirement after 23 years — he signed up for the international showcase just before the cut-off date as a tribute to his student Pam. “She was part of the family. After seeing how she battled it (cancer), it’s something I just felt I had to do – it had nothing to do with me, it was about honouring her.” Choosing Pam’s favourite kata — the Sei San — Hanshi Hogarth showed his technique hadn’t diminished after more than two-decades removed from the competition scene earning his 12th world title.
Having studied in Okinawa, Japan, his adopted homeland, Hogarth is part of a martial arts lineage that dates back to the mid-1800s. His long-time instructor and father figure, Toyama Zenshu, has suggested that one day students from the Far East will be coming to Milton to seek out his expertise.
“When man is bound by a single Way, that’s when he stops growing.”
8th Dan – Northern Lights Hap Ki Jitsu
8th Dan – Okinawan Go Ju Ryu Karate
7th Dun – Hap Ki Do (Kong Shin Bup)
4th Dan – Chito Ryu Karate
3rd Dan – Japanese Go Ju Ryu Karate
2nd Dan – Kempo/Kung Fu
1st Dan – Jiu-Jitsu
Kobudo (Weapons) Master
Lineage – Okinawan Go Ju Ryu
Lineage – Chito Ryu
Lineage – Jiu Jistu
Lineage – Siu lum kung fu
As Hanshi Scott became a student of each Sensei, he never stopped being a student of his previous Sensei’s. Even over the years; training, learning and developing kunder each Sensei has continued.
Toyama Zenshu Sensei
9th Dan – Go Ju Ryu Karate, Okinawa, Japan .
Ren Mei Association within the Tem Bu Kai Association of Okinawa, Japan.
Ryu Kyu (Koko) (Gi) Kobudo, Okinawa, Japan
Kai Shin Association
9th Dan Sensei Chito Ryu, Canada
Grand Master – Kong Shin Bup Association, Hap Ki Do, Korea
Yamane Ryu Okinawan Weapons
Hanshi Gibo – Kyoshi Morihiro Yagi
Shobu-Kan Shorin Ryu