Belleville Karate & Jiu Jitsu

Goju-Ryu Karate

Traditional Goju-Ryu Karate in the lineage of Gogen Yamaguchi. Our dojo is directly affiliated with the Koubu Kai hombu dojo located in Chiba, Japan under the instruction of Hanshi Yutaka Hayashi, 8th Dan. Learn about Koubukan

Juko Ryu Jiu Jitsu

Juko Ryu Jiu Jitsu.  A comprehensive, self-defence oriented style developed from Japanese roots in Britain by Professor Richard Morris and Robert Clark. Learn about Juku Ryu

 

New Club Branding

Hello BKJJ friends! You may notice that there are some changes to the logo on our Facebook page, our website and, thanks to our very own Sensei Norm Clifton at Mr. Print Canada, new signs in the parking lot and dojo entrance. Not only were the old signs SUPER run down, but the logo needed some updating as it was last refreshed over 20 years ago.
The red and gold colours in our logo remain the same as they have since our inception. Gold symbolizes (the pursuit of) wisdom and red symbolizes power and passion for what we do. The white background symbolizes purity of spirit.
The main changes are the combination of the maple leaf and the hinomaru (Japanese sun), which represents the joining of our Canadian and Japanese Koubukan dojo together as one family; and the ensō (circle) outline. In Zen, Ensō symbolizes many things including enlightenment, strength and the all-encompassing universe, but what speaks to me is the idea of creating ensō. Zen practitioners may draw ensō as a spiritual practise using one fluid, uninterrupted stroke. Once drawn, it is not changed, but contemplated and appreciated in its natural state for its simplicity, its imperfections. As Kancho often says when asked about the intricacies of a technique – it should be natural. Tomorrow’s circle may be different and, with practice, more elegant and more perfect but, as in our training, while we strive for improvement we must also allow ourselves to appreciate every moment as it is.

 


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