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Canadian Karate Pioneer

Shane Higashi was born on October 14, 1940, in Chemainus, British Columbia. His family moved to Japan in 1946 and then later returned in 1956. In 1961, he began studying Karate at 21 yrs of age under the instruction of Masami Tsuroka. He became his star pupil and later became the Grand Champion of the 1st Canadian Open Karate Tournament. This was also the first tournament ever in North America.

His interest in karate was prompted by a deep interest in the philosophy of the Oriental martial arts. Kyoshi Higashi returned to Japan in 1966 and received personal training from Dr. Chitose - the founder of Chito Ryu Karate. Years later he received his 8th dan from Chitose Soke, the son of the founder of Chito Ryu.

Becoming involved in the many aspects of the Martial Arts, he officiated at the first Canadian Black Belt Championships in Alberta. In 1975 he was designated as the leading authority in Canada for Kobujutsu of the Ryu Kyu Hozonshin Ko Kai by its founder Inoue Sensei.

He formed the Canadian Society for the promotion and preservation of RyuKyu Classical Martial Arts to coordinate the development of Kobujutsu and Kobudo in Canada. In 1979 he was designated as the leading authority in Canada for Chito Ryu Karate by its founder, Dr. Tsyuoshi Chitose.

He is the chief instructor for over 80 Chito Ryu karate schools across North America and Europe, of which 11 are in Southern Ontario. A member of the Technical Committee of the International Chito Ryu Karate-do Federation, he is also technical advisor for the National Karate Association (the Karate governing body of Canada).

Higashi has been instrumental in spreading Chito Ryu Karate around the world. He has assisted various instructors from all over the world to help them establish schools in their own countries.

Currently, he spends his time traveling around the world conducting gradings and clinics. He
still runs and operates his own dojo, Higashi School of Karate in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



Shane Higashi Poster