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Sensei Ron Yeates - Kyoshi

Senior Instructor

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  • 8th Degree Black Belt in Can. Combat Arts

  • 7th Degree Black Belt in Wado Kai Karate

  • 7th Degree Black Belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

  • Black Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu

  • Black Sash in Do Pi Kung Fu

  • Brown belt in Judo

  • Brown belt in Aikido

  • Instructor - Jeet Kune Do

  • Instructor - (Level 3) in CDT

  • Instructor - Edged Weapons

  • Instructor - Police "Use of Force" 

  • instructor - Police "Officer Safety"

  • Instructor - Police Tactical Training

  • Instructor - G.A.G.E. 

  • Instructor - P.P.C.T. 

Karate/Jiu-Jitsu Lineage
Gichin Funakoshi (Father of Karate)
Hironori Otsuka (Creator of Wado Kai)

Masaru Shintani (Can. Supreme Instr.)
Lou Roentgen
Ron Yeates


Ron Yeates has dedicated 59 years of his life to martial arts. He opened his first school (Southam Wado Ryu) in 1972. He's the co-founder & Senior Instructor at Global and teaches youth and adult programs. He teaches both the Canadian Combat Arts & Japanese Jiu-Jitsu through private lessons. Sensei Ron started his martial arts training in Judo at the age of 12 and has, over the course of his career, trained in 14 martial arts systems, obtaining a Black Belt (or Black Sash) in 5 different arts and "Instructor" certifications in 7 other systems.


Ron was a police officer for 31 years and worked a variety of assignments during his career. His theories & skills were tested in real street encounters against single & multi-attacker situations, and against weapons and empty-hand attacks. His teaching is based on his police experiences of what works and what doesn't work, providing functionality over theory. He encourages his students to train in a variety of martial art systems. 


Due to his extensive knowledge and experience in martial arts, self-defense, and law enforcement, Ron continues to train police and military personnel and is a "Use of Force" and "Officer Safety" Instructor for Police Foundation students.


One of his greatest privileges was when he was hired to provide personal protection to the late Rt. Hon. Lincoln Alexander when he attended social events. Ron held this position for 2 years. In addition, Lincoln's adult son, Keith Alexander, became one of Ron's students.

Police assignments included: 

  • Recruiting Officer (involved in the selection of over 240 new officers)

  • Behavioural Interview Instructor - Constable Selection System

  • Criminal Investigation Division (CID Detective/Constable)

  • Motorcycle Patrol

  • "Coach" Officer - 9 Yrs. (training & evaluating new recruits on the street)

  • Specialty Units (gangs, drugs, vice, surveillance)

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor

  • Court Documents Branch

  • Laser and Radar Instructor

  • High-Risk Entry Unit

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