JCCC Cultural and Heritage Programming is generously sponsored in part by the Toyota Foundation

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 they begin. Adults and children (as young as 8) excel at karate, leading to 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 (1853-1915), Kenwa Mabuni (1888-1952) and Ryusho Sakagami (1915-1992).

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.

Kids doing punches.

Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Karate and Kobudo is an affiliate member of the All Japan ShitoRyu Itosu-Kai Karate Association. The chief instructor in Japan is Sadaaki Sakagami Soke, 9th Dan.

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; Daniel Tsumura, 6th Dan; Peter Hanzal, 5th Dan; Jim Hung, 2nd Dan; Victor Korol, 1st Dan; Tim Chan, 1st Dan; Paul Takasaki, 1st Dan. All students at the JCCC are registered directly with the All Japan Shito-Ryu Itosu-Kai Association in Japan.


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

Introductory class
All who intend to register are required to attend an introductory session (offered monthly) before signing-up. Please speak with JCCC Reception regarding session dates.

Full two hour class - Last Saturday of each month (Holidays excepted)
9:00am - 11:00am, All belt level 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.

Please arrive and be ready for class 15 min before class start time.

To register, please see here.

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