Mr. Shane Higashi, a 9th degree black belt and former karate champion, has been teaching martial arts for almost 50 years. He is the chief instructor for over 80 Chito-Ryu karate schools across North America and Europe, of which 11 are in Southern Ontario. He is also technical adviser for Karate Canada, the karate governing body of Canada, and has been inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Mr. Higashi is the National Chief Instructor for the Canadian Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association.
SensEi Robert McInnes
Provincial Leader & Technical Director for NB Chito-Ryu and the Provincial Director for Ryukyu Kobujutsu.
Mr. Robert McInnes has been involved in Chito-Ryu Karate since he first came in contact with Sensei Higashi in 1971. and with his continued guidance and support Chito-Ryu in New Brunswick has matured into a well established and vibrant association. He is currently a 7th Dan Kyoshi, a member of the National Technical Committee for The Canadian Chito-Ryu Association, the Techinical Director of Chito-Ryu in New Brunswick, and is on the Technical Committee for Karate New Brunswick. In addition to his Chito-Ryu rank, Mr. McInnes also holds the rank of shodan in Ryukyu Kobujutsu, the art of ancient weapons of Okinawa and is the Provincial Director for the Canadian Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association.
He is the most senior ranked instructor for Chito-Ryu Karate in the Province. He introduced karate to the Saint John area in 1968, and in 1972 established the Hampton Karate Club. In the late 1970’s, he was the KNB Provincial Coach and successfully led KNB team members to the medal podium on a number of occasions. In 1995 he established KV Karate in Gondola Point which later relocated to Rothesay. In 2010, he established Apohoqui Karate Club and in 2014 started a new location in Saint John North. Mr. McInnes is one of the founders of Karate New Brunswick (Provincial Karate Association) of which he holds an honorary lifetime membership for his achievements in karate.