Our Founders and Instructors
In 1999 Michael and Lucy Beardwood founded Kumanomori Martial Arts.
Michael Beardwood, CD., 6th Dan Renshi
Shihan Michael Beardwood holds his 6th degree black belt and is the chief instructor of Kumanomori.
He began studying karate in the Canadian military in 1986.
In addition to founding and directing the training at Kumanomori, he travels across Ontario and Canada
assisting the head of Seiwa kai Canada, Isao Yabunaka, in conducting seminars
and training opportunities. He is also a Class A Referee with Karate Canada.
Lucy Gerritsen Beardwood, Hons. B.A., 4th Dan, Jokyo
In 1974, at the age of 14, Sensei Lucy began studying Judo with one of the founding fathers of judo in Canada,
Sensei Masatoshi Umetsu. By 1978, she took on the role of Jokyo (assistant) at the club and ran
Seikeikan Judo Dojo for ten years.
In 1983 to 1984 he spent three months in Japan with Sensei Umetsu. There she studied at the Kodokan,
the world headquarters of Judo, where she practised 6 days a week for 5 weeks. She had the honour of training
with world renowned instructors Sensei Haruko Niboshi and Toshiro Daigo. Sensei Beardwood is one of very
few women in Canada to have this experience, and deeper knowledge of Ju-no-Kata.
Sensei Beardwood is no stranger to competition, winning Silver at the Quebec Open and medaling at various
local and provincial tournaments.She won a spot on the Ontario Provincial Judo Team in 1986;
and was a National Competitor at the Canadian Judo Championships.
She began her training in Karate in 1999, and received her 4th degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate in 2009.