Sensei Joël has had two run ins with karate. Like many martial arts students, he first started practicing at age 10. He studied Wado-Kai karate for two years in his home town of Hearst, ON, progressing through the first half of the colour belt ranks.
Years later, after graduating from high school, and then university (BMath, Computer Science, University of Waterloo), Sensei Joël restarted his martial arts career. He started again as a White Belt in 2005 in a new style, Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, at Bonsai Martial Arts Waterloo. Sensei Larose earned his Shodan rank (1st degree Black Belt) in June 2011, and was promoted to his current rank of Nidan (2nd degree Black Belt) one year later.
During the summer of 2013, Sensei Joël had the privilege of going to Okinawa to train under Shorinkan’s grand master, Hanshi Minoru Nakazato (10th Degree Black Belt) and his North American representative Kyoshi Pat Haley (8th Degree Black Belt). There he met other members of the extended Shorinkan family from around the world, including United States, South Africa, Australia, Viêt-Nam and of course Canada.
Upon the sad news that Bonsai Martial Arts was closing, Sensei Joël was compelled to open a new karate school in Waterloo by his need to continue practicing, and the duty he felt towards his students who lost their dojo. February 24, 2014 was the first class at Larose Karate, a proud moment to be sure.
Sensei Joël continued his training under Kyoshi Rick Roberts, teaching at both Larose Karate and Roberts Karate. On June 12, 2015, Sensei Joël had the honour and privilege of testing in front of panel of judges which included Nakazato Sensei and a few Hachidan (8th degree black belts). They promoted him to Sandan (3rd degree black belt).
Outside the world of martial arts, Sensei Joël works as a computer technician in Kitchener-Waterloo. You’ll often see him out and about on his bicycle. He enjoys playing board games with good company.