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Goshinkan Sensei's

Goshinkan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu currently has over 30 registered Black Belts, however, not everyone is driven to put in the additional time learning how to teach others.

For some, the achievement of earning a Black Belt is as far as they wish to go in their martial arts journey — a goal typically reached in three to five years. This is no small feat, but for others, the journey begins the moment they are awarded their first degree Black Belt.

It's hard to tell who the next generation of teachers will be just by watching a class, but in our experience, it is always the students who give 100% commitment to each and every class they attend. They are the students who, after they learn the macro-movements of a technique, seek refinement and a finer edge to their responses; they are always the first person to agree (oftentimes ask) to be someone's Uke, be it a higher belt or lower belt, grading or practice. And as they progress they are typically the Senpai found helping the lower belts.

Certified Instructors are those black belts that have passed their Shodan test (1st Degree black belt) and are working on achieving instructor levels one to three to attain their Goshinkan Menkyo (license). Generally, the Sensei who has achieved the Sandan level (3rd Degree black belt) should have completed their full teaching license. There are 28 courses that each instructor must endeavor to first learn from Shihan one at a time, then write a written exam and pass with a minimum score of 80%. Once the exam is passed the instructor must be able to teach the entire course correctly on their own, once they have met all the three parts of each of the course they will be able to then teach that course on their own.

It takes several weeks to complete the three-step process for each course, it is possible to complete one to two courses a month. The pace of completion is up to the instructor, it can be done in six months or several years.

To teach is to learn.

It is this top-tier of certified Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Black Belts who continues to share jujitsu with enthusiastic students across Canada. See the heading for Licensed Sensei for information on how to become a licensed Sensei.

  • Sensei Ray Martin, Shihan, 6th Degree Black Belt, Associate Master Instructor Pense, Sask
  • Sensei Kyle Griffin, Renshi, 5th Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Ont., Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Okotoks
  • Sensei Marc Bouchard, Renshi, 5th Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Okotoks
  • Sensei April Lintott, Renshi, 4th Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Okotoks,
  • Sensei Michael Douglas, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Okotoks & Red Deer,
  • Sensei Jacob Martin, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Grande Prairie, and Edmonton,
  • Sensei Torrin Douglas, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Okotoks,
  • Sensei Josh George, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Red Deer,
  • Sensei Tim Johnston, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Okotoks and Edmonton,
  • Sensei Janine O'Keefe, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Calgary, Okotoks & Red Deer,
  • Sensei John Hare, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Okotoks,
  • Sensei Keith Falk, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Edmonton,
  • Sensei Shawn Jordan, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Okotoks,
  • Sensei Laura Chute, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Okotoks,
  • Sensei Luke Lichty, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu Ju Jitsu Red Deer,
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