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Girl blocks attack.

Shito-ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo

Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai is one of the main karate styles from Japan. Like all martial arts, Karate is physically and mentally demanding. Beginners are not expected to be in top condition; they are expected only to try their best and to have a positive mental attitude. Great physical and mental development will take place as the student progresses. Students are advised to explore any physical limitations with their physician before beginning.

Adults and children (as young as 6) excel at Karate, receiving great physical and emotional benefits. They experience greater self-confidence and achievement at school or work. Members in their sixties have earned black belts and continue active participation into their eighties. Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai combines the greatest traditions of Okinawan and Japanese Karate, the styles evolving from the life works of such legendary masters as Yasutsune Itosu (1830-1915), Kanryo Higashionna (?-1915), Kenwa Mabuni (1888-1952) and Ryusho Sakagami (1915-1992).

Kids doing punches.

Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo has been at the JCCC since 1963 under the instruction of Kei Tsumura Shihan, 8th Dan, chief instructor of Canada. Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo is an affiliate member of the All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate Association. The chief instructor in Japan is Sadaaki

Sakagami Soke, 9th Dan. Here at the JCCC, the chief instructor is Kei Tsumura Shihan, 8th Dan. JCCC sensei include Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo, Mark Uyeda, 6th Dan; Nada Bendoff, 6th Dan; Daniel Tsumura, 5th Dan; Peter Hanzal, 4th Dan; Marjorie Hunter, 4th Dan. All students at the JCCC are registered directly with the All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Association in Japan.

Schedule

Day Time Age Level
Tuesday 7:00-7:55pm All (7yrs & older) White, Yellow and Orange belts
8:00-9:00pm All (7yrs & older) Green, Blue, Brown, Shodan-ho
and Jr. Black belts
Thursday 7:00-7:55pm All (7yrs & older) White, Yellow and Orange belts
8:00-9:00pm All (7yrs & older) Green, Blue, Brown, Shodan-ho
and Jr. Black belts
Saturday 9:00-9:55am All(7yrs & older) All
10:00-11:00am All (7yrs & older) Green, Blue, Brown, Shodan-ho
and Jr. Black belts

New Introductory Beginners class - First Saturday of each month (holidays excepted)
8:00am - 8:55am - All new students of all ages will be introduced to Dojo Etiquette, Basic Stances, Blocks, Punches & Kicks. New Students may join in regular classes following introductory class.

Jr. Black & Black Belts, All Black belts attending class must attend full 2 hour class times.

Classes may be cancelled due to weather conditions. Please check with the JCCC reception desk.

For more information about the Canadian Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Honbu please visit karatetoronto.com.

The All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Association page is available here.

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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5
(416) 441-2345