I.C.K.F. stands for International Chito Ryu Karate & Fitness. I.C.K.F. is one of the many Chito Ryu Karate schools spread across Canada and around the world. Our School was established in January 2000 and our facility opened on May 1st, 2002. The 2500 sq. ft. facility bolsters a large training area equipped with mirrored walls and W.K.F. (World Karate Federation) mats to train on. The facility also has men’s and women’s change rooms and washrooms, equipped with showers as well as a waiting and viewing area.
ICKF Karate School offers three great programs to choose from; Pee Wee program (ages 4-6), Children’s program (ages 7-12) and Adult program (ages 13 and up). Great care has been taken to ensure that each program at ICKF is tailored specifically for the needs of each age category. The positive atmosphere at ICKF is contagious and creates a healthy learning environment. Positive reinforcement is used throughout all of our programs helping to build self esteem and confidence. Children and adult memberships can train as often as they wish. The flexibility of the schedule allows ICKF children and adult students many opportunities to take part in our excellent classes.
Karate-Do is a martial art that was developed on the island of Okinawa (Japan) long ago. Karate is comprised of blocks, kicks, punches, throws and holds. It is practiced by millions of people worldwide. Karate is a proven form of self defence, a great physical workout, a fast action sport, excellent confidence builder, and can instill discipline.
Chito Ryu is one of the many styles of Japanese/Okinawan Karate-Do. Chito Ryu was founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, 10 th degree black belt (1898-1984), who based his style of Karate on the ancient Karate he had learned. He combined what he had learned with his knowledge of physiology and anatomy. Chito Ryu’s roots can be traced back one thousand years to the “TO” era in China.
About Ryusei Karate-Do
Ryusei Karate-Do is Chito-Ryu through the vision and mastery of Sensei Ken Sakamoto Hanshi (Grandmaster). Sakamoto Sensei lives in Kumamoto Japan, he is the son in law of O Sensei Dr. Chitose and was an Uchi Deshi (inside student) of O Sensei. Sakamoto Sensei’s technique is of the highest skill and like no other. Ryusei Karate-Do is the product of Sakamoto Sensei’s many years of hard work and deep research into O Sensei’s technique and Koryu (old school) Karate-Do. Sakamoto Sensei’s technique is legendary and his dedication to practice is a fantastic example to all karateka. Sakamoto Sensei is the head of Ryusei Karate-Do International. All kyu (colour belt) and Dan (black belt) levels at ICKF Karate School are recognized by Sakamoto Sensei and Ryusei Karate-Do International.
Ryusei Karate-Do Canada
The head Instructor of Ryusei Karate-Do Canada is Sensei Peter Giffen Kyoshi 7th Dan. Sensei Giffen has been training since childhood. He has made numerous trips to Japan to train with O Sensei Dr. Chitose as well as Hanshi Ken Sakamoto. In his competition years, Sensei Giffen was the Canadian Heavyweight Karate Champion and Captain of the Canadian team. He competed at; IAKF, WUKO and Soke Cup World Championships. Sensei Giffen is an excellent Martial Artist and great example of the benefits of working on all areas of Karate-Do practice.
ICKF Karate School is proud to be a member of Ryusei Karate-Do International & Ryusei Karate-Do Canada