Jules Robson sensei, 4th Dan, visit

It's that time of year in New Zealand when its friendly inhabitants escape its winter to less beautiful parts of the world (which is everywhere!). You might say a New Zealander has no real concept of winter. It's 10 C in Aukland right now... which pales in comparison to our -30 C in our winter... but let's not get bogged down in details!

The point is:

Jules Robson is visiting us and it's well worth making sure you can train with him. Here's a little bit about his experiences:

After teaching in the UK (Bath & Plymouth) Jules moved to Cyprus in 1992 where he ran the Cyprus Jitsu Association for 5 years.  From 1997-2000 he lived in Japan and then, after teaching in the UK in 2001 (Cambridge University) he moved to New Zealand and took up the position of Chief Instructor for Jitsu Australasia from 2003 - 2012. In 2012 he established a dojo in Laingholm, Auckland to promote a range of Japanese Jiu Jutsu styles.

Robson sensei started studying ShorinjiKan (Gendai Goshin) Jiu Jutsu in 1987. He also trains and leads study groups in both Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin ryu (Koryu) and Kokodo (Nihon densho) Jiu Jutsu.

We are very grateful he is able to visit us on his Canadian travels to share some of his deep knowledge of budo. Here's the rest of his tour in case you're able to visit him 'on the road':

Mon 17th & 24th in Toronto - at the Ryerson University Jiu Jitsu Club
Wed 19th in Kingston
Thu 20th in Ottawa
Sat 22nd in Peterborough
Sun 23rd (tentative) Peterborough Youth

The International is upon us!

It's been coming for three years and now the wait is over! The biggest, bestest International is taking place in just over a month at Blue Mountain resort in Collingwood. 

A couple of updates:

Check it out. See you on the mats!

Boot Camp Fast Approaching

Boot Camp is fast approaching, May 27-29.

The Facebook Page is here.

The Jitsu Canada Timetable is here.

Don't be fooled by the name... it's not really about "booting" anything. It's about relaxing around bonfires, getting hit in the face with frisbees (or you can use your hands to catch them, suit yourself), and learning some martial arts outdoors.

In fact it might be the most poorly named event all year. Boot camp sounds like it's no fun at all but the opposite is true! We'd better talk to someone about that... 


Last we checked, Friday night was optional and you can arrive Saturday morning as well. But honestly, why not try and get up there Friday to hang out and get to know some of the people from other towns and other styles? Usually there are some Karate friends, some Aiki-Jutsu friends - there was a Capoeira session one year (the ginga is deceptively hard to pull off by the way) - everyone is friendly and there to have a nice weekend sharing martial arts.

We highly recommend you go give it a try if you like "glamping" and spending time outside.

Ontario Provincial Course March 5-6, 2016

Click through for info on the Jitsu Canada website.

Tickets available here or through your instructor.

Now, if you're on the fence about attending:  there are lots of people from all levels who attend, so don't worry that you'll be the only yellow belt of purple belt or whatever! Consider this a road trip with a Jitsu theme. It will be an awful lot of fun, you'll learn lots - it's like 3 weeks of training in 2 days - and you'll make lots of new friends on and off the mats. 

Really, consider going to this one. Kingston is fun. And heck, if you're really keen, visit the Queen's Jiu Jitsu Club for their Friday night session ahead of time!

See you on the mats!

Toronto Regional Course a big success!

This past Saturday Feb 6, 2016 we were visited by Lori O'Connell sensei of Pacific Wave Jiu Jitsu. She shared with us the intersection between Jiu Jitsu and stunt fighting. A great time was had by all, and some fun videos ensued.

A few more joined us for a tower themed "towerful" social after :). We look forward to seeing O'Connell sensei on the mats again soon.

Nage No-Kata Course Feb 21, 2016

If there has ever been a reason to trek to Peterborough this is it! Organize your rides for a great opportunity to practice Nage No-Kata.

Nage-no-kata (set form of throws) was created by Kano Shihan (founder of judo) as a means of furthering understanding of the principles behind throwing techniques. The kata consists of fifteen throws, three from each different type of throw. In depth study of this kata dramatically improves understanding of how to set up and execute throws.
During the seminar, we will look at reiho (etiquette) & the spirit of the kata, we will cover different throw groups for the grades present, and we will look at a NNK training drill for instructors.

The seminar is open to everyone. Although not required for grading until blue belt, all will benefit – the earlier you start studying this, the better.


Buy tickets here: http://www.jitsucanada.com/store.php