Hanshi Michel Laurin, an 9th Dan and founder of the Shorinjiryu Shindo Shindo Budo Kwai, is a six time world champion in koshiki karate and three time Japan champion.
Hanshi Laurin opened the first school in 1981, there are over 20 Shorinjiryu Shindo Budo Kwai dojos (schools) located in Canada and United States, in addition Chili, Australia, Japan, Germany dojos have been trained by Hanshi Michel Laurin.
Hanshi Laurin's experience covers over 45 years. His dojos in Canada have been opened for over 36 years.
At the early age of 12, Hanshi Laurin set a goal to study karate in Japan. When he was just 19 years old, a year after winning the International championship in Canada, Hanshi Laurin left to Japan, the first of several times where he would live and study karate. Hanshi studied under the founder of the Kenkokan school of Shorinjiryu Karatedo, Honorable Doctor Masayoshi Kori Hisataka and his son, Sensei Masayuki Hisataka.