Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Koglin Sensei is a fourth degree black belt registered with Judo Canada, Judo Ontario and the Kodokan Judo Institute in Japan and, by association, the International Judo Federation (IJF). He has practiced judo since 1976 competing at the junior Canadian National level with several National (Canadian) and Ontario Provincial championships to his credit.
He was very fortunate to begin his practice of judo under the guidance of Sensei Chris Toule of the original Budokai Toronto Judo Club. Sensei Toule’s judo lessons focused on excellent technique. A gifted judo instructor and teacher, Rick – still a teenager – was assisting him in his club and many community judo programs. A love of teaching judo was fostered and flourished into many years of teaching.
Besides Budokai Judo Club, Koglin Sensei also trained under Frank Hatashita (Hatashita Toronto Judo Club), the father of Canadian Judo and has trained in Japan at the Kodokan. Rick regularly attends judo seminars to keep abreast of the latest judo techniques and rule changes in judo competition.
Today, Rick is Budokai Judo Club’s head judo instructor. He is considered by many to be an expert kids judo instructor and coach and has introduced thousands of kids in Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to the sport and martial art of judo, keeping the spirit alive. Senior instructor of Toronto’s Budokai Judo Club, Ray Litvak says, “Rick is passionate about what he does. It’s apparent in his teaching. His passion paired with his knowledge makes him an expert and he is hands down the best kids judo instructor in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).”
As well as Budokai Judo Club, Koglin Sensei also teaches judo lessons and classes at North Hill Private Schools, Associated Hebrew Schools, and for Native Child and Family Services Toronto. He has previously instructed for North York Parks and Recreation, the North York YMCA Judo Club, Yamanaka Budo Life Centre, The University of Toronto Judo Club, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Crescent Boys Academy and the Centre for Martial Arts – Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Off the mat, Koglin Sensei enjoys writing reviews of judo books and dvds, and has used these skills previously to edit and produce the Toraki Judo Times, the Judo Ontario Newsletter, a Standardized Judo Curriculum for Public and Private Schools in Ontario, and a promotional video for Judo Ontario. He has also served on the Junior Development and Aboriginal Development Committees for Judo Ontario.
Recently, he has become a certified yoga teacher, and enjoys bringing the knowledge of proper body alignment and meditation to complement his judo lessons.
He sees learning judo as both a path for physical development and an opportunity to develop a well grounded, enlightened character.