Chito Ryu Karate Do
Chito Ryu Karate-Do is an Okinawan martial art based on anatomy and physiology that was started by O'Sensei Tsuyoshi Chitose (10th Dan). It blends the hard and soft styles of Naha-te and Shuri-te to create a martial art that can be practiced by men, women and children of all ages for years without detriment to the body.
Chito Ryu Karate-Do was the first style of karate brought to Canada in 1956 by Sensei Masami Tsuruoka who gained his black belt from O'Sensei in Kumamoto, Japan. Sensei Tsuruoka's top student, Shane Higashi, went on to later become a 9th degree black belt, Saiko Shihan (Chief Instructor), and the head of the style in Canada. Sensei Higashi also helped to spread Chito Ryu Karate-Do all around the world to places like Norway, Australia, Jamaica and others. In Canada, Chito Ryu Karate-Do remains one of the few recognized styles on the provincial and national level, while Sensei Higashi serves as a Technical Advisor to the Board of Karate Canada.
The New Hamburg Karate Club has been active in the Township of Wilmot for over 30 years. The success of the club is owed to the quality of teaching provided by the chief instructors throughout its history. Sensei Richard Hesch is the current chief instructor, taking this role in 2002, and is supported a team of volunteer instructors.