Chito Ryu (pronounced "chee
toe roo") is one of the oldest styles of
karate in Canada. Chito Ryu karate offers participants excellent physical
conditioning and strong mental discipline, as well as a proven method of
self-defense. Instruction at all Chito Ryu clubs is given by experienced
Black Belt instructors, registered in Japan with the All Japan Karatedo
Chito-Kai and with the National Karate Association in Canada.
Karate, which translates as empty hand, is
a devastating form of unarmed combat. Chito Ryu karate is a traditional
Okinawan karate style founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose (below left).
Characterized by blocks,
punches, kicks and strikes, Chito Ryu karate is an ergonomically correct
form of karate. It is designed to instill confidence and self-discipline
while preparing the mind and body to defend against aggressive behaviour
PEI Chito Ryu
is a member of the Canadian Chito-Ryu
under the direction of Higashi Sensei,
Higashi (right, Visit his
degree black belt and former karate champion, has been teaching
martial arts for over 35 years. He is the chief instructor for over
80 Chito Ryu karate schools across North America and Europe,
including the schools on Prince Edward Island. A member of the Technical
Committee of the International Chito Ryu Karatedo Federation, he is
also technical advisor for the National Karate Association (the
governing body of Canada).
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Edward Island (PEI) Chito Ryu Karate Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the preservation of the Chito Ryu style of Karate. The founding club
was established in 1970 and held classes at St. Jeans
Elementary School (in Charlottetown) until the end of 2005 (it has
relocated to a new 3,200 sq.ft dojo in the Royalty Centre on Enman
Crescent in Charlottetown).
Several clubs operate in PEI under the guidance of
several, black-belt, senior instructors. For more information on
PEI classes, schedules, fees & etiquette, go to the section on
DOJOS (or click here)
as Technical Head of Chito Ryu for
has been in karate for over 30 years and
runs the West Island
Karate Club in Elmsdale, PEI.
Sensei Ken Roper
National Director representing PEI,
has been in karate for almost 20 years
is the senior instructor in Charlottetown & Hunter River.
This Chito Ryu style of karate can be practiced by all
ages. No special athletic abilities or flexibility is required. Chito Ryu karate, as a martial art, is
designed for people of both sexes and of all walks of life. With its well-
designed calisthenics to protect the body from injury, and painstaking
attention given to the mastery of technique, Chito Ryu karate develops
healthy bodies and sharply focused minds. These qualities are important at
all stages of life. Children enjoy karate's brisk physical
activity, and parents appreciate the discipline it instills in them.
the best possible karate training, recognizing that each individual has
different physical abilities.
dedicated students progress in the knowledge and skills of karate, thus
maximizing their physical and mental potential.
To aim for
the perfection of character for its participants.
To learn about the
meaning behind the Chito Ryu crest - Click
(Most of the text, above,
is borrowed from Sensei Higashi's website)