The author is a 6th Dan black belt shihan (master) in Kyokushin Karate from the IFK (Fédération Internationale  by Karate Kyokushinkai), art  which he has been practicing since 1971. Towards the end of the eighties, he integrated a base of verbal self-defense into his physical self-defense seminars. Then came the idea of creating a self-defense course that would focus solely on the psychological, emotional and verbal aspects of conflict, unlike classical martial arts which teach responding to purely physical threats.


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Shihan Gaëtan Sauvé, 5th Dan in Karate Kyokushinkai. Gaëtan has been practicing Karate since 1971 .   He was the student of Soshu  Shigeru Oyama 10th dan,  for more than ten years. He joined the International Karate Federation (IFK) in 1994. Hanshi Steve Arneil 10th dan is the international president. He still continues to teach Kyokushin Karate today.



He took part in a dozen Knockdown competitions. He represented Canada at the second world championship in Japan in 1979 . He won Canadian titles in 1984, 1985 and 1986 . He was the first Canadian to win the North American Knockdown Champion title in New York, United States on October 13, 1985.


  • 1979  Represents Canada at the second Kyokushin Open World Championship in Tokyo, Japan;

  • 1980 Second  place in the championship of Connecticut, USA;

  • nineteen eighty one  Participation in the first North American KnockDown Championship in Connecticut, USA;

  • 1982  Participation in the 2nd North American KnockDown Championship in New York, USA;

  • 1983 Third  place won in 4th  North American Championship in Connecticut, USA;

  • 1983  Participation in the 3rd North American KnockDown Championship in New York, USA;

  • 1984 Champion  at the 3rd Canadian Full Contact Karate Championship in Laval, Quebec;

  • 1985 Champion  at the 4th Canadian Full Contact Karate Championship in Laval, Quebec;

  • 1985 Champion  at the 7th North American KnockDown Championship in Connecticut, USA;

  • 1986 Champion  of the 5th Canadian Full Contact Karate Championship in Laval, Quebec.



He was appointed world referee by Hanshi Steve Arneil during an internship in Russia. Shihan Gaëtan refereed the IFK Knockdown World Championship which took place in Moscow, Russia in 1997.


  • Since 1987  National Arbitrator  full contact karate competitions;

  • Since 1995  World referee;

  • 1997  1st championship referee  Kyokushin Karate IFK World Championship in Moscow, Russia;

  • 1998  Selected as referee of the second IFK Kyokushin Karate World Championship.



He has coached at several international championships and his students have won more than fifty championships.


Shihan Michael Monaco, President of Kyokushin IFK in the United States, said of Gaëtan Sauvé: “Shihan Gaëtan is the only one I know who fought in all three weight categories (light-medium-heavy) in KnockDown combat and to have fought in Japan when there was no weight class. "  


Author and personal studies

Gaëtan Sauvé is also a writer , he wrote two books on psychoverbal self-defense. At the same time, he studied several psychological approaches (transpersonal, Jungian, transactional analysis, psychosynthesis ...), Zen meditation, rebirth, psycho cybernetics, general semantics, Ericksonian hypnosis, homeopathy, energetics. Chinese, naturology and various methods of expanding consciousness. He taught Tai chi for over ten years.


Gaëtan Sauvé is a Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) at the Quebec NLP Center (3-year study completed in 1996). He brings together all his knowledge on psychology , beliefs , communication and values and he has done intensive research for more than 20 years to develop and form the bases of the first psychological and verbal martial art: Aiki-psychoverbal .




Author :

  •   Book The crystal and its powers. Louise Courteau editions. (1990) 210 pages

  •   The Voice of the Peaceful Warrior (7th type martial arts). (2011). Forthcoming. 425 pages.

  • Self-defense Pyschoverbale (to express oneself without pain). Louise Courteau editor. (2013). Available in digital version (soon in paper version).



  • 1994  Personal Growth Magazine, Les Publications Neomag inc. Column on tai chi.


Conception and co-animation of a television series:

  •   1994  "L'Ultime Karate-Do": 11 weekly programs broadcast on channel 9, CFCF-Cable production house.


Creator and designer:

  • Since 1991 Development of AMPV (PsychoVerbal Martial Arts), PsychoVerbal Self-Defense (ADPV), 5 powers of 5 Shaolin Forms


Trainer, speaker and facilitator:  


  • Gives conferences and workshops on this unique approach that is PsychoVerbal Self-Defense to express yourself without pain.