Renshi Ken Marchtaler

“Thank you Ken! I know my father would be thrilled to know he touched your life. Thank you for touching the lives of others through your support!" Shannon Lee (daughter of the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee)

5th Degree Black Belt, Okinawa Karate
Qigong Instructor/Practitioner
25 years Experience
2 Time World Forms Champion
Best-Selling Author (The Secret to Winning Big with Brian Tracy)

“I knew when I met Sensei Ken Marchtaler that I had found someone I could trust to help me work towards my dream of earning a black belt in karate. As I began to train with Sensei Ken I learned the skills of self defence, the ancient art of the empty hand and the confidence of knowing how to respond in the event of personal danger. As I continue my karate training in the Seattle area, where I now live, I will always remember my humble beginnings and the patience and shining example of Sensei Ken, who helped me start on this path of discipline and personal development. I am so grateful to have made the choice to train at Warrior Martial Arts!” Rebekah Demiral

Ken Marchtaler has studied and taught martial arts for more than 25 years. He holds the distinguished Samurai title of Renshi and Black Belt degrees in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate, Shorin-Ryu Shinkokai Karate, Okinawa Kobudo and Ryu Kyu Kobudo. He also holds a Brown Belt in Yoshinkan Aikido. He operates the Warrior Martial Arts studio in Victoria, teaching Okinawa Karate, Okinawa Kobudo, Martial Wellness® Qigong, Taijiquan, Martial Wellness® Meditation, Xtreme Martial Arts and self-defense techniques to children and adults of all ages. He is a member of the Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate-Do Kyokai & Okinawa Kobudo Kokusai Rengokai of Naha, Japan, Martial Artist Industry Association, Canadian National Martial Arts Association and Greater Victoria Film Commission.

Ken draws his ability to design and instruct successful programs from his experience in various senior management positions outside of martial arts. He also believes in contributing to his community and has served as a volunteer director on several non-profit boards, including Martial Arts Commissioner for TAFISA, President of the Canadian National Martial Arts Association (CNMAA), Past-Chairman of the World Martial Arts Games Committee (WMAGC), Past Vice President of Sport for All Canada, Past President of Crime Stoppers, Past Vice Chairman of the Victoria Heritage Foundation and the steering committee for 2003 Island Martial Arts Challenge. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Community Service Award from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, presented to him at a special gathering of community officials and police. He has been guest speaker at many events and academic schools and has made several appearances on radio, international news and television. When not immersed in other activities, he enjoys writing. His written articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines internally, and he recently co-authored the Best-Selling book “The Secret to Winning Big” with Brian Tracy and others.

Since 2005, Ken has served as Head Coach for the Canadian National Martial Arts Team and has coached many of his own students to world titles.   He has also competed on an international level himself securing 1st Place, Gold Medal, World Champion in Black Belt Empty Hand Forms and 1st Place, Gold Medal, World Champion in Black Belt Bladed Weapons Forms at the WOMAA World Martial Games VI in 2005.