Sensei Peter Ruch - Hachidan – (8th)
Advisor to the Senate
"I first met Sensei Masaru Shintani in 1977 when I went to a workout in Hamilton, Ontario with Sensei Roland Day. I knew from this first meeting that Sensei Shintani was someone very special. I dedicated myself along with others to helping Sensei implement his plans for the future of the SWKKF. In Sensei’s memory, I will continue to assist the organization.” - Sensei Peter Ruch
Sensei Peter started his karate career in 1976, when he and his children, (Sensei Corry Ruch/Sensei Steven Ruch) joined the Fort Erie Wado Kai Karate Club under the instruction of Sensei Rollie Day. With hard work and dedication, Sensei Peter Ruch worked through the ranks and was graded to Shodan by Sensei Shintani. In the early 80’s Sensei Rollie moved from Fort Erie leaving the club to Sensei Peter.
Sensei Peter was instrumental in writing the first Constitution and By-Laws of the SWKKF. He also played a pivotal role in organizing the Harmonizer Magazine, as well as the first National Black Belt tournament, which later became the process for selection of the National Team members.
As a member of the Senate, under the direction of Sensei Shintani, Sensei Peter continued to assist the organization of the meetings and writing of the agenda and minutes. When Sensei Shintani passed away, and Sensei Denis Labbé became president, Sensei Peter became the Secretary-General.
At the June 2010 meeting of the Senate, with the future of the SWKKF in mind, Sensei Peter informed the members present that he would be standing down as a Senate Member. He wished the Senate every success in the future and later in the meeting Sensei Jim Atkinson was installed as a new Senate Member.
He would accept the position as an advisor to the Senate and would continue to support their efforts to build the SWKKF into a world class organization.
Sensei Peter received the rank of Shichidan (7th) from Otsuka Sensei Sr. of the All Japan Karate-do Federation, prior to his death, at the request of Shintani Sensei coming into effect September 05, 2009 and subsequently awarded the Hachidan rank from the SWKKF senate August 15th, 2013.
For a more detailed biography of Sensei Peter Ruch, as well as some personal stories of his training with Sensei Shintani please read the article in the April 2007 Harmonizer.