“To all those whose progress remains hampered by ego-related distractions, let humility – the spiritual cornerstone upon which Karate rests – serve to remind one to place virtue before vice, values before vanity and principles before personalities.”
MORE ABOUT SENSEI KENNY
Sensei Kenny Lim started his karate training in Shito-Ryu Itosukai with Sensei Tony Kim in the fall of 1992. Upon the death of the late Soke Ryushu Sakagami, the style converted over to Shito-Ryu Seiko-Kai under the leadership of Shihan Akira Sato, the Chief Instructor of Canada. Sensei Kenny Lim attained his black belt at the age of 16, and was the only member under the age of 18 in the style to receive full fledged black belt status. Upon receiving his black belt he became the assistant instructor to Sensei Tony Kim at the Richmond Shito-Ryu dojo. Due to the retirement of Sensei Tony Kim in 2004, Sensei Kenny Lim continued to train under Seito Shito-Ryu Karate with Sensei Mark Cheng and Sensei William Chung. In the beginning of 2006, Sensei Kenny Lim made the decision to break away and take karate under his own banner, this being Hayashi Ryu.
Sensei Kenny Lim began his competitive karate career in 1997. His first major win was a gold and bronze medal at the 1997 BC Winter Games. He was a provincial champion for several years after that. When he made his transition from a junior to senior athlete, Sensei Kenny Lim continued on his path of becoming one of B.C.’s best. In 1998 he made the provincial junior team and was off to nationals. With each passing year his hunger for competition grew. By 2000, he had been a member of the provincial team for 3 consecutive years. Sensei Kenny Lim was then a senior on the team, and as most athletes would tell you the transition from junior to senior is something only a few can get through, but for Sensei Kenny Lim it was just another nationals. He won a Gold medal in the Team Kata division along with Team mates Sensei William Chung and Sensei Mark Cheng, a Silver medal in his individual Kata division and Bronze medal in his respected Kumite division. He would go on to compete on the B.C. Team till 2002, winning more medals and qualifying to make the Canadian National Team for 3 consecutive years prior to his retirement in 2003.
A New Beginning…
In January of 2006, Kenny Lim took his karate training into a whole new direction. Sensei Kenny Lim created the West River Hayashi Ryu Karate-Do system of karate, and is the Chief Instructor at the Sunset Community Centre in Vancouver. He was the Kata Coach for B.C. Provincial Karate Team at the National Canadian Black Belt Championships St.John’s Newfoundland, and the Japanese Forms Coach for the Canadian National Martial Arts Association at the 1st World Martial Arts Games held in Victoria, British Columbia in 2006.