Kenzen Karate owners Richard Mosdell and Nick Smith have received dozens of phone calls from concerned Greater Victoria residents regarding credit card charges to a “Kaizen Martial Arts,” which is unrelated. Travis Paterson/News Staff

‘It’s not us,’ local karate club caught in pot shop mix-up

Kenzen Karate name mistaken for account linked to Victoria pot shop

It has been an interesting few weeks for the owners at Kenzen Karate in Saanich.

Since October the two co-owners, Nick Smith and Richard Mosdell, began to receive calls from confused residents about credit card charges.

Smith confirmed dozens of people have called regarding charges to a different martial arts business they’ve mistakenly confused with Kenzen Karate. The callers were not among Kenzen’s 200 club members.

“It’s not us,” said Smith. “We sound similar in name and we have received dozens of phone calls, at least one or two a day about this.”

It was later discovered by the Victoria News that the charges on the callers’ credit card bills were for a similarly named business, Kaizen Martial Arts in Victoria. Kaizen Martial Arts, it turns out, is the account name of Pineapple Express dispensary on Esquimalt Road.

Pineapple Express owners wouldn’t comment but it is confirmed Kaizen is linked to the dispensary.

Kenzen Karate has been open since September 2014 in a space rented below the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s facility on West Saanich Road.

reporter@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

Castaway Wanderers men, women advance to B.C. semifinals

Castaway Wanderers men trounce UVic 59-29 in playoffs

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Most Read