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's 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 (often times ask) to be someone's Uke, be it higher belt or lower belt, grading or practice. And as they progress they are typically the Senpai found helping the lower belts.
Certified Instructor's 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 Sandan level (3rd Degree black belt) should have completed their full teaching license. There is a 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 too two courses a month. The pace of completion is up 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 ju jitsu with enthusiastic students across Canada. See the heading for Licensed Sensei's for information on how to become a licensed Sensei.
- Sensei Michael Dargie, Renshi, 4th Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Okotoks
- Sensei Rod Heinricks, 4th Degree Black Belt, Associate Master Instructor Edmonton
- Sensei Ray Martin, 4th Degree Black Belt, Associate Master Instructor Pense, Sask
- Sensei Marc Bouchard, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Calgary, Okotoks
- Sensei Matt Bailey, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Calgary
- Sensei Kyle Griffin, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Ontario
- Sensei April Lintott, 2nd Degree Black Belt, Head Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Red Deer
- Sensei Amy McKinnon, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor Goshinkan-Ryu JuJitsu Calgary, Okotoks