NB prepares to host the World Chito Ryu Bogu Tournament 2016!

An international karate tournament will be held at Rothesay Netherwood School this weekend. Chito-Ryu karate is a form of the martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan and was introduced to Canada in the 1950s. “This karate is a bogu tournament and bogu is a piece of body protection. It’s a head protective piece and a chest protector,” said Neil Pond, president of N.B. Chito-Ryu karate. “It was developed by […]

Canmore Camp 2016

A taste of the beautiful scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer Many thanks to participants who came from all over the world to participate in this year’s Canmore Camp. Each of you made this a very special event. These photographd are for use on the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate Association website only. Downloading or reproduction is prohibited.

Sensei Higashi receives lifetime achievement award!

We are very proud to announce that Sensei Higashi was presented with the Masami Tsuruoka Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame ceremony in Toronto on June 4th. Many Chito-Ryu members from Alberta, PEI, Nova Scotia, NB, Quebec and Ontario were present at the ceremonies to help him celebrate this wonderful honor.

Punta Cana Higashi Getaway 2016 was a huge success!

On April 9th 2016 a group of 40 people traveled from Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI to Punta Cana. The week consisted of karate, Tai Chi, Dune Buggies, Bocce Ball, volley ball and more. It was an experience of a lifetime and for some people it was their first trip south. The resort was amazing and weather was incredible, we could not have asked for anything else. […]

Chito Ryu’s Kate Campbell Earns International title at Dutch open!

Fredericton karate star Kate Campbell has added another medal to her collection. Campbell won a bronze at the Dutch Open Karate 1 Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands. “It’s a really high level tournament,” said Campbell. The tournament saw nearly 800 competitors, and around 50 in her category. The only match she lost was in the semi-finals. She was defeated by France’s Emilie Thouy by one point, a woman she beat late last year. She […]

Germain Bisson, ChPC – Karate

Winning is important, but not at the expense of holistic athlete development The competitive experience must serve the athlete. Of course, when they enter a competition, they’re hoping to win a medal or step onto the podium. Unfortunately, often these young athletes feel excessive pressure to win at all costs. Many parents and coaches live vicariously through the victories of their children and athletes. It isn’t rare to see athletes […]

Shane Y. Higashi: A Life Lived in Karate

The following is a piece I wrote about my teacher, Shane Higashi – 9th dan, head of the Canadian Chito-Ryu Karate Association –  for the program given out at the celebration of his 50 years of teaching karate, held last April in Toronto. *   *   * To the cheers of 1,500 enthusiastic fans a 24-year-old Torontonian was crowned the new Karate champion of Canada. Shane Higashi, 1st Degree […]

New Kyoshis

At the Canadian Chito Ryu Karate-Do Associations AGM there were five individuals that were successful in their testing for 7th dan. They were tested by Sensei Higashi and along with their 7th dans they were promoted the title of Kyoshi. These five karate kas are the first in the history of the association to receive the rank of 7th dan and title of Kyoshi. They are pictured here with Sensei […]