Chito-Ryu traditional karate focuses on good manners, self-discipline, physical fitness and self-defense. Karate begins and ends with courtesy.


Chito-Ryu karate is one of the oldest styles of karate practiced in Canada. It is a traditional Japanese martial art which 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-defense is taught. 




Chito-Ryu Karate is practiced in Victoria, Duncan, Courtenay and six other cities on the mainland of British Columbia as well as over 70 communities across Canada with thousands of active students. Internationally Chito-Ryu Karate is also practiced in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, United States, Scotland and Ireland.



No special athletic abilities or flexibility is required to learn karate. Chito-Ryu can be practiced by all ages, regardless of gender. Special accommodations are generally made for those with inabilities by the instructor, who aims to work with each student’s level of ability. 



As a martial art, Chito-Ryu karate aims at the development of students’ capabilities. 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.



Chito Ryu Karate training is based on Kihon (basics), Kata (form) and Kumite (fighting) practice. Its Kata is Kihon-Kata, Shiho-Hai, Niseishi, Seisan, Rohai, Bassai and Chinto.