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Grandmaster Daniel Verkerke


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Daniel Verkerke


Daniel Verkerke of Cambridge, Ontario Canada is a Internationally renowned martial arts master , lecturer and philosopher, who has devoted his life to helping others achieve physical, mental and spiritual development. He serves as the Communications manager as well as the Canadian Ambassador for the most prestigious Grandmaster's council in the world, and holds the position as International Vice President for the Circle of Masters.

He is most noted for creating a Canadian martial arts system which has gained International recognition and acceptance. His expertise and services are in constant demand by many organizations around the globe.

Mr. Verkerke began his martial arts studies with his older brother, then joined his first official Judo Club in 1973. Since then he has studied and trained in many martial arts before starting to teach his own system "Seicho Jutsu" while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981.

In 2003 during his Asian tour Daniel Verkerke was appointed as Canadian Ambassador for the International Martial Arts Research Institute. The I.M.A.R.I.  Headquarters for all of Asia is based in Malaysia. In 2005 Mr. Verkerke received his Doctorate degree in Martial Arts for his extensive dissertation, which included twenty instructional DVD's and his book titled "Spiritual Development Enlightenment of Life". The Doctorate degree was presented by the Minister of Sport in Malaysia during a grand ceremony in Kuching.

Apart from his vast DVD production library, Daniel Verkerke has also been featured on TV and has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and Internet articles. 

It is difficult to put a lifetime of achievements  and experiences such as Daniel Verkerke's in a short biography, so we invite you to visit his website at:  

Throughout the years Daniel Verkerke has taught and created programs for Law Enforcement, Military, Private Security, Public and continues to teach across Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.

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The Martial Arts became my medium to a higher understanding of Life.

Never deny yourself the opportunity to train, grow and develop.

My knowledge is a gift, which I love to share.

Current Martial Arts Positions

  • Grandmaster and Founder Seicho Jutsu.

  • Executive Member and Senior Technical Advisor, International Freestyle Martial Arts Organization.

  • Communications Manager, World Head Of Family Sokeship Council.
    Canadian Ambassador, World Head of Family Sokeship Council.

  • International Vice President, Circle Of Masters.

  • Canadian Ambassador Martial Arts Research Institute, Asia.

  • Director, Seicho Jutsu Institute of Advanced Studies

  • Advisor, Global Taekwon-Do Federation International


  • Rogers Cable 1992
  • C.K.C.O. TV 1993
  • Shaw Cable 2000


  • Inside Kung Fu 1985 (Freestyle Martial Arts)
  • Grandmaster Magazine
  • Manual - Jieitai Ryu Seicho Jutsu
  • Arnis Kali Escrima Newsletter
  • Spiritual Development Enlightenment of Life Book
  • Who's Who in the Martial Arts Elite Book 1987
  • Freestyle Martial Arts Magazine and numerous newspapers.
  • The World's Martial Arts Elite Book 2000
  • The Karate Voice 2002
  • Martial Arts Personalities of the World.  2003 (hard cover)
  • World Head of Family Sokeship Council 2008 (hard cover)
  • Black Belt magazine 2008 (video series)
  • Seni Martial Arts 2009 Malaysia    


  • The Emblem Theory (Taijutsu Taihenjutsu)
  • Learn The Nunchaku (Single & Double)
  • Master the Double Sticks
  • Advanced Knife Techniques
  • Amazing Arm Locks
  • Hanbo (Basic - Advanced)
  • Interview with the Grandmaster / 1st. Dan. Black Belt Requirements
  • Philosophy (The Mountain and it's Obstacles)
  • Seicho Jutsu Kama System
  • Seicho Jutsu Throw Reversals
  • NVS The Non Violent System
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 1. 1996
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 2.  1997
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 3.  1999
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 4.  2002
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 5. 2006
  • Black Belt Techniques Volume 6 . 2007
  • Revolutionary Sword Techniques
  • Philosophy Lecture Series
  • Advanced Ground Fighting
  • Combat Sense " Close Quarter Confrontations"
  • Combat Sense "Defending against control grabs "
  • Combat Sense " Attacks from behind"
  • Combat Sense " Defending against Kickers"
  • Combat Sense " Defending from a seated position"
  • Combat Sense " Defending against a Knife"


  • Global Taekwon-Do Federation International
  • Barrhead Judo Club (Senior membership)
  • International Circle of Masters
  • International Martial Arts Research Institute, Asia
  • Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall Of Fame Council International
  • Master Martial Artist International
  • Scientific Martial Arts International Association
  • World Black Belt Hall of Fame, Malaysia
  • World Combat Martial Arts Association
  • World Head of Family Sokeship Council
  • World Jug-Tai Head Society
  • Who's Who in the Martial Arts Elite


  • 1993, - World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, -
    "Outstanding Contribution of the Year"

  • 1996, - World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Famee"Grandmaster of the Year"

  • 1997, - I.S.C.M.A. Hall of Fame, -
    "Man of the Year"

  • 1997, - Master Martial Artists International Association, -
    "Grandmaster of the Year"

  • 1997, - International Circle of Masters Hall of Fame, -
    "Philosopher of the Year"

  • 1998, -Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall Of Fame,-
    "Grandmaster of the Year"

  • 1998,-World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame,
    "Grandmaster Instructor of the Year"

  • 1999,-Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall of Fame,-
     "Humanitarian of the Year"

  • 1999 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame, "Grandmaster Instructor of the Year & Outstanding Contribution"

  • 2000 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame, "Millennium Leadership Award"

  • 2001 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame, "Council Man of the Year"

  • 2002 International Circle of Masters,
     "Soke of the year award"

  • 2002 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame
      " Distinguished Man of the Year"

  • 2003 Hawaii Martial Arts International Society,
    "Inter'l Grandmaster of the Year".

  • 2003 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame (Malaysia)
    "Grandmaster of the Year"

  • 2003 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame. "Continued Excellence in the Martial Arts"

  • 2005 International Martial Arts Research Institute (Malaysia)
    "Doctor of Martial Arts"

  • 2006 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame.
    "Grandmaster Leadership Award"

  • 2007 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame (Malaysia)
    "Pioneer Award"

  • 2007 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame.
    "Grandmaster Continued Excellence Award"

  • 2008 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame.
    "Historical Member Award"

  • 2009 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors
    "Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award"

  • 2009 World Head of Family Sokeship Councils International Hall of Fame.
    "Grandmaster Pinnacle Award"

  • 2009 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame (Malaysia)
    "Living Legend Award"

SECURITY - Mr. Verkerke holds military qualifications TQ1, TQ2, TQ3, infantryman, Assault Pioneer, trained in weapons, escape and evasion, search and seizure, emergency first aid, arming and disarming of explosives, and was last deployed under the military police before receiving his honorable release. Mr. Verkerke as a security consultant for the Executive Protection Agency has also gained experience in public, private, and commercial security. He has conducted security for night clubs, hotels, concerts etc... Mr. Verkerke also holds a diploma in private investigations, and is a graduate of the Canadian School of Private Investigations and Security.

Soke Verkerke is available for seminars, camps, courses and private instructions.
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My Life, my art, my love. When I was a young boy I realized the Martial Arts were in my blood. I was never the best, but I never stopped training and studying. As a child I trained with my older brother who was then a champion in his Judo division. In 1973 I joined my brothers judo club. Throughout 1974 - 1975 we were members of the Ontario Judo Black Belt Association. I felt there was something still missing, so I began studying Tae Kwon Do and Karate during the mid 70's to 1980. This provided a greater foundation which I could expand upon. I joined the Armed Forces in 1980 in hopes to find a greater source of Martial Arts. To my dismay the military martial arts were only basics. This became an inspiration for me. It was like a stroke of enlightenment. I realized that I knew what I wanted to do all along and was just looking for someone or place where I could fit in. I stopped looking in vein and began creating. I began teaching my own style at the military base and was soon noticed for my expertise. Our Battalion formed a temporary Hand to Hand Combat team to perform at the Pacific National Exhibition in 1981. This was a spectacular event in which we demonstrated close quarter combat, sentry take downs repelling from the rafters as well as bayonet and firearms. The military also provided a great means of travel. Where ever we went I always made the opportunity to train in diverse martial arts from Base to Base. It was also at this time I began my studies of Ninjutsu.
I carried on teaching my own style in 1983 after my release and opened the Hombu Dojo at 91 Water St. (s) Cambridge, Ontario, Canada in 1984.
I have never stopped learning, studying and developing. Even though I teach Seicho Jutsu, I continued studying Ninjutsu with many of the great Masters throughout the 1980's and 90's. I have had the honor to train with Shihan Stephen Hayes and received Warriors Quest Level I and II 85 - 86. I also attended classes with Daron Navon from Israel during his stay in Canada 87 - 88 and attended the Tai Kai 1989 with Grandmaster Hatsumi. During the 1990's I was introduced to Grandmaster Dr. Dan McEaddy where I began my studies of Angelic Ninjutsu which stems from the teachings of Grandmaster Marc C. Ling and the Koga systems of Grandmaster Ronald Duncan. In 1994 I fulfilled the requirements for 9th degree Black belt and was promoted by Grandmaster McEaddy.

My belief, is to continue growing learning and developing. Every year I see things a bit differently. In the beginning it was mostly physical, then the knowledge spread to the mental philosophical aspects, and at last I emerged myself in the spiritual understanding of life.
The Martial Arts provides a path, it has become a vehicle that has taken me through various realms of life.


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