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History of Chito Ryu


Chito Ryu (pronounced “chee toe roo”) is one of the oldest styles of karate in Canada. Chito Ryu karate offers participants excellent physical conditioning and strong mental discipline, as well as a proven method of self-defense. Instruction at all Chito Ryu clubs is given by experienced Black Belt instructors, registered in Japan with the All Japan Karatedo Chito-Kai and with the National Karate Association in Canada.

Karate, which translates as empty hand, is a devastating form of unarmed combat. Chito Ryu karate is a traditional Okinawan karate style founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose . Characterized by blocks, punches, kicks and strikes, Chito Ryu karate is an ergonomically correct form of karate. It is designed to instill confidence and self-discipline while preparing the mind and body to defend against aggressive behaviour or assault.

Mr. Shane Higashi (right, Visit his website), 8th degree black belt and former karate champion, has been teaching martial arts for over 35 years. He is the chief instructor for over 80 Chito Ryu karate schools across North America and Europe, including the schools on Prince Edward Island. A member of the Technical Committee of the International Chito Ryu Karatedo Federation, he is also technical advisor for the National Karate Association (the governing body of Canada).


This Chito Ryu style of karate can be practiced by all ages. No special athletic abilities or flexibility is required. Chito Ryu karate, as a martial art, is designed for people of both sexes and of all walks of life. With its well- designed calisthenics to protect the body from injury, and painstaking attention given to the mastery of technique, Chito Ryu karate develops healthy bodies and sharply focused minds. These qualities are important at all stages of life. Children enjoy karate’s brisk physical activity, and parents appreciate the discipline it instills in them.

■To provide the best possible karate training, recognizing that each individual has different physical abilities.

■To help dedicated students progress in the knowledge and skills of karate, thus maximizing their physical and mental potential.

■To aim for the perfection of character for its participants.

Second Term 2018-2019

Our second term begins on Feb 1st at West Royalty School.  Adults and children of all ages are welcome to drop by and try a couple of classes for FREE!  Tuesday and Thursdays at 6:30  Cost is $155. (Included in … Continue reading

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New Term Starts Feb 1st!

Our second term starts on Feb 1st!  We look forward to seeing all returning faces along with some new ones.  We accept students from age 5 and up. We are members of Karate PEI and Sport PEI so all our … Continue reading

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Fall Registration 2017-2018

It’s been a great summer and now we are ready to get back to class!  You can check out our facebook page to see what we have been up to. Our first term starts on Tuesday Sept 12th at West … Continue reading

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Second Term

Our Second term starts on February 1st.  Looking forward to seeing some new faces.  Please feel free to try out some classes for free before joining. Karate is for everyone of any age and ability! Contact:

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Holiday Schedule

Our juniors classes are now on break for the holiday.  They will start back up again on Tuesday January 9th.  Adults continue to train during the break at an alternate location. When we start back up at West Royalty School … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our newest Shihan

Congratulations to Sensei Dale Nicholson on successfully achieving the instructors rank of Shihan at the recent Canadian Chito Ryu Associations AGM in Toronto. Check out for more pictures and news!  

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