shorinji kan

Davis Cook visits Jitsu Toronto

One of our ovrseas compatriots is the incomparable Davis Cook sensei. All the way from Pretoria, South Africa he brought us some new ideas to push our Shorinji Kan training. Davis is always thinking about how to make Shorinji Kan more practical and the realities of employing it in dangerous situations. 

Always a pleasure to learn from Cook sensei. May there be many more excuses to bring him to Toronto in the future!

A new Jitsu season is upon us!

Hard to believe it's already mid-August. If you're like us, you've been having a wonderful summer filled with all sorts of adventures. You might be looking forward to getting back on the mats in a more serious way when clubs get rolling again in September.

If you're feeling rusty, here are a few things you could do to get yourself ready:

  1. Yoga: the stretching is really good to increase flexibility (and to avoid injury) when you get back into training mode. It also works magic on your balance and posture.
  2. Hit the gym. Acquire a little more strength before you come back. We may practice the gentle art but doing a few squats before you come back can make a 2-hour session feel a lot shorter!
  3. Jogging: work your cardio back up. Reminds you how to keep breathing as you train!
  4. Some light ukemi: find a soft and safe patch of grass and practice your rolls. Remind yourself which shoulder is which and work your core strength a bit in preparation for training.

And here are a couple of events you might want to attend:

BOOTCAMPSeptember 9-11 there's a camping trip to shake the rust off your Jiu Jitsu by training in Shorinji Kan and also Chokushin Aikijujutsu Kai. It's always a fun-filled weekend (there is less boot and more camp), especially if you're looking to get out of the city one more time before getting back to the Fall grind.

DIRECTIONAL WORKSHOP: For Assistant Instructors and Instructors, September 17 there's a workshop aimed at giving you some new tools and focuses for the new season. It's followed by a dinner and workshop.

Check out the timetable over at for more information. 

See you on the mats!


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!