About the Style

Jitsu-Do Karate

Jitsu-Do Karate is a modern take on a traditional martial art that was developed in 2016 by Sensei Michael Ginn. With a focus on practicality and a scientific approach, Jitsu-Do Karate shows practitioners ways to defend themselves, get in shape and be positive members in society. The three pillars of Jitsu-Do Karate are self-defense, fitness, and character development and are each reinforced in students through deliberate practice and holding the highest standards. All of our techniques and concepts are constantly being evaluated to see if improvement is possible and when it is, we adopt the better version to always be at the cutting edge of available knowledge. Jitsu-Do Karate is derived heavily from Chito-Ryu Karate-Do but also borrows from Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kobudo and other martial arts to produce a well-rounded system that eliminates waste and focuses on improvement and results. With a focus broader than only striking, as one would find in traditional karate, Jitsu-Do students learn how to transition between different modes of self-defense to make them well-versed in protecting themselves wherever a fight might take place.

Chito-Ryu Karate-do

Chito-Ryu Karate-do is an Okinawan martial art based on anatomy and physiology that was started by O Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose (10th Dan).  It blends the hard and soft styles of Naha-te and Shuri-te to create a martial art that can be practiced by men, women and children of all ages for years without detriment to the body.  Chito-Ryu Karate-do was the first style of karate brought over to Canada in 1956 by Sensei Masami Tsuruoka who gained his black belt from O’Sensei in Kumamoto, Japan.  Sensei Tsuruoka’s top student, Shane Higashi, went on to later become a 10th degree black belt, Saiko Shihan (Chief Instructor), and the head of the style in Canada.  Sensei Higashi also helped to spread Chito-Ryu Karate-do all around the world to places like Norway, Australia, Jamaica and others.  In Canada, Chito-Ryu Karate-do remains one of the few recognized styles on the provincial and national level, while Shane Higashi serves as a Technical Advisor to the Board of Karate Canada.


O Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose
Chito-Ryu Crest
Sensei Shane Higashi