Hanshi John Therien – CANADA
WKF Founder and President

Hanshi John Therien is in great demand around the world for teaching seminars, speaking and promoting/organizing martial arts conferences.

He’s the founder of Therien Jiu-Jitsu & Kickboxing Dojo, established 1968, one of Canada’s largest and most successful Martial Arts school. His school is celebrating 50 years of excellence this year (2018), which is a milestone unheard of in this era and industry.

He has certified and graduated over a thousand Black Belts. Head instructor for more than 3000 active students in the Can-Ryu system.

Co-founder of World Kobudo Federation (WKF). A non-political martial arts organization with affiliates in 32 countries and thousands of members.

Approximately 200 schools, in Canada and around the world are link either directly to him or to his lineage of his black belts.
Executive Director for the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Founder (1991) Promoter of Capital Conquest, one of the largest & most successful martial arts training camp in the world.

Some of Hanshi John Therien’s martial arts achievements include:

  • Title of Hanshi (Leader of Leaders)
  • 9th degree Black Belt in Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu
  • Man of the Decade 1980’s – PKA (Professional Karate Association)
  • 1982 – PKA Promoter of the Year
  • 1996 – Inducted into the CJA Hall of Fame
  • Canadian Government Award for achievement in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Golden Belt Award for being a pioneer of Jiu-Jitsu in Canada
  • Golden Belt Award for being a pioneer of Kickboxing in Canada
  • Ranked #1 Jiu-Jitsu instructor in Canada by his peers
  • Manager of 23-time world Kickboxing Champion, Jean-Yves Thériault
  • Canadian Black Belt Martial Arts Hall of Fame May 2010
  • Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame Pierre Elliott Trudeau Award Humanitarian Award 2014
  • City Builders Award 2014 for Ottawa Ontario Canada
  • President of the BIA (Vanier Ontario Canada) Merchants & Professional Association 2007-2015
  • Published in the Who’s Who in the Martial Arts 2017
  • Joe Lewis Eternal Warrior for World Changer Award 2018

With no sign of slowing down, Hanshi John Therien is a hard man to keep up with, with the same great energy, enthusiasm and ideas that he kicked off his career with. There’s no sign of this man backing away. Martial Arts truly feeds the blood in his veins.


Hanshi Alain Sailly – FRANCE 
WKF World Ambassador and Vice President

 Alain Sailly was born in 1958, and started Judo with his father at the age of 5.

In his childhood, he trained with the adults, so it was very demanding. In his teens and early twenties he competed at an international level in judo, free style and greco roman wrestling, sambo and full-contact jitsu.

A World Class Martial Artist with movement like no other! Even those with years of martial arts training can not show such a blend of skills at as high a level as Alain Sailly, Master of Goshindo, the Way of Protecting Oneself. The best of Aikido, karate, judo, grappling, and jiujitsu combine in unique combinations that will improve flow, coordination, strength, flexibility, and mental calm.

He has a physical education degree from Sport University Vichy.

Currently, Monsieur Alain Sailly lives in the north of France on the Belgium Border, in Carignan. Moving back to that area recently, He has a new dojo that is now the international headquarters for Goshindo.

The Way of Self-Defense

Through expert instruction, guided practice, and an insightful ideas into training, this website, and the materials it offers shows how!
The Website includes:

• Kyoshi Sailly’s unique series of defenses: defenses from a choke, wrist grabs, knife hand strikes and hook punches. The defenses are crammed with strikes and joint-locks, throws, and pins in dizzying combination!
• Basic instruction in key elements of Martial Arts practice. How to improve your kicking, punching, grappling, falling, throwing.
• angles, slo-motions, closeups and stills of all techniques.
• Complete explanations from Kyoshi Sailly himself!.
• Creative drills for instructors to teach skill sets.

About Sailly & His Art

Goshindo is a Japanese term which could be translated as “The Way of Self-defense”.
Some have likened, defined, Goshindo as an volatile, explosive cocktail of self-defense techniques.

It is a martial art in constant evolution, the work of Alain Sailly, 7th Dan, of France. He based this on the lessons of several traditional schools such as Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu and Daito Ryu aikijujutsu. These schools are the origins for the modern forms of Judo, Ju-Jitsu, or of Aikido.

Until 1978, Alain Sailly mainly studied these traditional martial arts of Japanese origin. He noticed that body mechanics in these combat arts were not always optimal, not always practical. He also noticed that the forms of throws and projections as they were practiced in Judo, Sambo,Wrestling or in other forms of Ju-Jitsu were often similar and complementary.

Similarly he noticed was the same one as for the striking and kicking forms, the joint-locks, controls, and strangle.

He then undertook to seek other forms of techniques, other approaches to self-defence. During 10 years of research, Alain Sailly learned from his meetings with various professors of several styles. Prof. Roland Maroteaux (hakko ryu) (aikido), Gozo Shioda, Prof. Morris (modern jujitsu), John Therien (jujitsu & pressure points), Lucien Manicacci (wrestling & sambo) the founder of Goshindo started to build a program of techniques to increase martial effectiveness, contribute to the development of the body and spirit. He selected a large range of techniques and did a work of synthesis around these elements, while refusing to let itself lock up in a particular style or mode.

This set of diverse origins makes Goshindo a martial art in constant evolution and which reflects, the universalization of martial arts.

Hanshi Sailly is the International Ambassador of the WKF travelling to over 30 countries every year, spreading the skills and values of the martial arts and the mission of the World Kobudo Federation


Sensei Matt Dorsey – USA
USA Director and Membership Coordinator

Sensei Matt Dorsey has over 40 years of martial arts experience, including 8th dan in Isshin ryu karate and 2nd dan in Muso Shinden ryu iaido (samurai sword).  Sensei Dorsey first became aware of the WKF in 1992 when he arranged seminars in the USA for Hanshi Alain Sailly and has been coordinating his seminars there ever since.

He officially became involved with the World Kobudo Federation in 2012 after attending the Capitol Conquest in Ottawa, Canada where he met Hanshi Therien.  In 2014 Hanshi Therien and Hanshi Sailly asked Sensei Dorsey to help run the 2016 World Convention in Rochester, NY.  The convention brought in over 700 participants from over 20 countries and included seminars, tournaments, dinners and social events.

Sensei Dorsey has been a full-time martial arts instructor since 1980 and currently runs 3 dojos in Rochester, New Y,ork USA overseeing over 500 students.

He is also a co-director of the International Isshin Ryu Karate Federation (IIKF).


Master Michael Kossivakis – GREECE
Balkans – Cyprus Director / Website Administrator

Michael Kossyvakis was born in Athens on January 27, 1965. At the early age of six, he started playing basketball and, until 1980, participated in many official matches. Michael entered the world of martial arts in March of 1974 starting with the American martial art Kajukenbo, and since then he has actively, faithfully and tirelessly been devoted to them.

In 1979, Michael Kossivakis was a pioneer of Full-Contact kick Boxing in Greece and, simultaneously, he began his apprenticeship in Jiu-Jitsu. In 1980, he also started Boxing.

Michael has been a professional instructor since September 1985, honouring the teaching of martial arts as his exclusive and sole occupation, in his own martial arts schools. He served his military service as a Special Forces Operator (Green Beret) and Paratroopers Instructor.

During his 44 years of experience in the field of martial arts, 33 years of Michael’s professional career have been spent in his own schools, investing over 70,000 hours to teaching. Over this period, he attained the following qualifications:

  • Master 6th Dan Black Belt in KARATE 2000 / USA by USAKF and AKBBA
  • Master Instructor 5th Dan Black Belt JU-JITSU 1997 / USA by USMA
  • International Master KICK BOXING 1995 / ENGLAND by WAKO
  • Instructor FILIPINO COMBAT SYSTEMS 2006 / USA by FCS
  • Senior Instructor – Lakan Antas Tatlo MODERN ARNIS 2010 / USA by MARRPIO
  • Police Defensive Tactics Trainer 1993 / USA by DSI
  • Certified Karate Coach, by the Hellenic General Secretariat of Sports – 1995

Public Positions of Authority:

  • Academic Instructor of Self-Defence in the GREEK POLICE Officers’ Academy.
  • Academic Trainer of Self Defence in the post-secondary public education institution (IEK).
  • Speciality: Security & Infrastructure Skilled Personnel (IEK Patras / IEK Vocational Saint Demetrios / IEK Korydallou).

Michael began specializing in the combat usage and application of the stick in 1991 in Ireland, and in the usage and application of the combat knife in the U.S. in 1993. Since then, he has remained dedicated to the expansion of his own knowledge, participating in over 200 specialized martial arts seminars in Greece, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and the U.S.

Currently, Michael is responsible for the overall operation of the FMA programme in 11 martial arts schools and 11 training centres in Greece, while the FMA POLAND (Filipino Arnis De Mano Poland) and one school in WALES have incorporated his knife training program (FCS International Blade Programme) since 2010.

He has also established 23 instructor schools, attended by over 200 scholars, teachers and coaches (up to 8th Dan) from over 75 different martial art styles, and has performed as FMA – Blade Specialist over 2000 (two thousands) FMA seminars in Greece, Cyprus, Europe (Austria – Poland – Germany – Spain – England – Hungary – Italy – France – Belgium – Switzerland – Monaco – Ireland – Albania…), USA and Canada.

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