Shihan Bernice Hughes, 7th Dan
Bernice Hughes, 7th Dan, began her karate training in 1982 with Sensei Frank Woon-A-Tai, a year after he arrived in Canada. Since then, she has been his most loyal and staunchest supporter and is today, his executive assistant. Since she began training, Bernice has attended every
major karate event from Master Camps in 1983, to Pan American and Shoto Cups in Japan and around the World.
In 2009, she was promoted to sixth dan by Masters Okazaki and Yaguchi and in 2011; she graduated from the Instructor Programme and is now IKD Instructor B, Examiner B, and Judge B. Bernice joined the Instructor Programme in 1987.
Sensei Bernice has been ‘Aunt’ to all of Master Woon-A-Tai’s children: Diandra, Michelle, and Ken. Today, she continues to be Aunt Bernice to his four grandchildren who spend many weekends at her home.
She is an Instructor at IKD Headquarters and has trained with Masters: Nakayama, Nishiyama, Okazaki, Yaguchi, Mikami, Koyama, Takashina, Enoeda, Ueki, Tanaka, Osaka, Ochi, Miura, and the legendary Kanazawa among others.
Sensei Bernice has been a tremendous assistant to Master Woon-A-Tai, helping him to administer, JKA/ISKF Ontario, JKA/ISKF Canada, and now, the International Karate Daigaku. Bernice has sponsored karate-do training to a deserving individual in Guyana.
At the 2016 IKD World Camp, she was admitted into the Shihan Kai.
In October 2018, Shihan Bernice was named the first recipient of the IKD National Medal of Service.