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Varsity Performance Karate’s Head Coach, Kraig Devlin has been actively involved in the study and practise of karate for 34 years. For most of that time, Coach Devlin’s primary area of study has been competitive and sport karate. 


Coach Devlin's personal coaching philosophy is that be greatest benefits of karate training and the practice of martial arts in general lie in the development self that comes through exposure to mental, physical, environmental and competitive challenges.


Over time and with progressive preparation, individuals engaged in positive martial arts training will become more resilient, mentally tough and physically capable.


Coach Devlin also believes that people are generally better than they believe themselves to be and that with quality coaching, students will learn to focus more of the positive aspects of themselves and less on their perceived negative qualities.


Coach Devlin’s CV

High Performance Sport and Coaching Experience

  • Karate Canada Senior National Team Kumite Coach

    • 2010 – present

  • Karate Canada High Performance Manager 

    • June 2018- present

  • Karate BC High Performance Committee Member 

    • June 2017- present

  • Karate Canada Junior National Team Kumite Coach

    • 2007-2010

  • Karate Canada Long Term Athlete Development Committee Chair 

    • 2010-2011

  • Karate Canada Long Term Athlete Development Committee member             

    • 2008-2009

  • Karate BC Provincial Team Head Coach 

    • 2007-2008

  • Karate BC Provincial Team Kumite Coach

    •  2006

  • BC Winter Games Head Coach Zone 6 

    • 2009

  • Multi-time BC provincial medalist and BC Team member

    • 1997-2003

  • Multi-time national medalist and National Team Member

    • 1998-2003


High Performance Sport Education and Certification

  • University of British Columbia Master in Kinesiology candidate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership. Program completion in August of 2019.

  • University of British Columbia Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership.

  • Diploma in High Performance Coaching from National Coaching Institute, Victoria

  • World Karate Federation Accredited Kumite Coach


Other Karate Experience

  • Yondan (4th degree black belt) with Wado Canada

  • Nidan (2nd degree black belt) with Canadian Zenkuren Wado Karate Association

  • Multi-time World Police and Fire Games Medalist 

    • 1997-2009

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