Traditional karate, a Japanese martial art, focuses on good manners, self-discipline, physical fitness, and self defence. The Japanese word “karate” means “empty hand”, and while it is a devastating form of unarmed combat, karate begins and ends with courtesy.
The student develops a greater sense of self-confidence, focus and learns to respect themselves and others in their community.
Chito Ryu karate is one of the oldest styles of karate practiced in Canada. It is a traditional Okinawan style founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, a medical doctor and karate Master. It offers the student excellent physical conditioning and prepares the mind and body to defend against aggressive behaviour or assault. The student develops a greater sense of self confidence and learns to respect themselves and others in their community. The development of self esteem and learning the difference between violence and self-defence is taught.
Each person who practices karate, at whatever level or proficiency, perceives it uniquely. This is entirely appropriate since for each person, karate can fulfill a unique need. To some it represents an opportunity to compete with friends in an atmosphere of mutual development. Others see it in a more individual manner – where karate is the means to test and extend their limits and reach beyond previous personal achievements. Virtually everyone who participates in the art of karate finds that the physical fitness and mental discipline it requires will have a deep and lasting influence in many aspects of daily life.
Chito Ryu Karate in British Columbia is practiced in Armstrong, Burnaby, Cowichan Valley, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George, Summerland, Victoria, and Westbank; There are over 70 communities in Canada that practice Chito Ryu. Internationally, it is practiced in Australia, Hong Kong, Norway, United States, Scotland, Ireland, and of course, Japan.
At the Chilliwack Chito Ryu Karate Club, our instruction reflects each member’s needs and encourages individuals to advance according to their own rates of progress and potential.