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 […]

Switzerland Camp – June 2015

From June 29 to July 03, 2015, a group of 21 Chito Ryu karatekas from Canada and Norway, lead by Hanshi Higashi Sensei and Kyoshi Golz, travelled through Switzerland during a trip organized by Sensei Andre Buret. The trip started with a 2 day karate camp in Vaumarcus, by the city of Neuchatel. From there, the group crossed the Lake on boat and stayed in a mountain chalet in le […]

Kate Campbell wins silver in karate at Pan Am Games

Kate lost to Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the final of the women’s 55-kilogram event Kate Campbell, a member of the New Maryland Chito-Ryu Dojo in Fredericton, won a silver medal in karate at the Pan Am Games in Toronto on Thursday. Campbell defeated Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the round robin portion of the event, but lost to the Brazilian in the final. Campbell fought Brazil’s Valeria Kumizaki in the final […]