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Canadian Naha-te Goju Karate is an organization of Canadian Karate Schools dedicated to helping people improve their lives through traditional martial arts training.

A Celebration of Life

Tribute Messages

After a life full of love, laughter, music, and karate, it is with great sadness that the family and friends of Jay Purdy announce his passing on September 27, 2021. He passed away peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario, surrounded by his loved ones in his 77th year. 

Beloved partner of Brenda Motyl (Julia and Vanessa), cherished father of Blair (Pip Dwyer) and Ryan (Elena Jiminez Gomez); loving grandfather of Amelia, Ella, and Jake; survived by his dear sister Sandra Purdy, Jay Purdy will be truly missed by many extended family and friends.  

Whether it was with trumpet or drums - around a campfire with friends, or on stage with Jazz ‘greats’… or whether he was teaching karate to advanced karate Instructors, or new junior students, he gave his all to each person.  Jay had a great impact on those he met and was a blessing to so many. In his life roles as father, grandfather, partner, friend, brother, musician, Sensei, he was steadfast in his care and concern for others.  Without a doubt, Jay Purdy’s influence and impact on the martial arts world has been immeasurable over the past 55 years.  He will be greatly missed by his Canadian Naha Te Goju Ryu Karate family.  

Jay Purdy has  taught us about lifelong commitment, joy in the details, and perseverance.  We will also cherish his clever wit and sense of humour;  he had an uncanny ability to find happiness in his daily activities. He has left a legacy for all of us, encouraging us each to live life to the fullest.  For those who were honoured to share the path with Hanshi Jay Purdy, he will be greatly missed.  


A private family celebration of life is planned; a memorial and tribute will take place October 17, 2021.  More information to follow.

Memorial Service

A celebration of life will take place on Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Date:  Sunday, October 17th, 2021

Time:  2:00 pm 



Please feel free to drop by to celebrate the life of Hanshi Jay Purdy, share memories, and connect with family and friends.  Although this is an informal gathering, please make note of the following schedule:

2:00 pm - start time, refreshments 

3:00 pm - Rev Ed Charleton will officiate speeches.  If you would like to share a memory or few words, they would be welcomed at this time. 


Location: Inverhaugh, ON


For location information and directions, please contact Tom Cako (226 979 5440) or



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Canadian Naha Te Goju Ryu Karate organization would like to extend a warm welcome to Kyoshi Mike Robertson (Elmira, ON), newly appointed Chief Instructor and Head Adjudicator.


Kyoshi Mike has been teaching and training Goju Karate for over 35 years.   He is a 7th degree black belt and is the longest training student of Hanshi Jay Purdy. As well, he was fortunate to receive personal instruction from Dai Sensei Meitoku Yagi, direct successor to the founder of Goju-ryu Karate, Master Chojun Miyagi.  Kyoshi Mike's Kata speciality and expertise of the entire curriculum and karate system, will serve as a tremendous asset to the organization. 

Canadian Naha Te Goju Karate Dojo Heads and students look forward to training under the leadership of Kyoshi Mike and all of the CNGK Head Instructors.  

OCT 17

Hanshi Jay Purdy

Memorial Celebration


Tel: ​519 669 0853


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