Instructors

 

All of our instructors are NCCP trained, and have been practicing karate for at least 20 years.

 
 
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Chief Instructor - Mitchell German


  • Practicing Chito Ryu Karate for over 35 years

  • Chief Instructor Halifax Ryuseikan since 2005

  • 6th Degree Black Belt and the rank of Renshi

  • Former WKF Canadian National Kumite Champion (-80 kg) and Canadian National Team member (1998-2001)

  • 6-time Chito-Ryu Soke Cup World Champion: 3-time Kumite (1995, 2010, 2013), 1-time Team Kumite (2013), 1-time Henshuho competition (1995), 1-time kata (2013)

  • Kakedemeshi (Chito-Ryu) Kumite Champion (2008)

  • Nova Scotia Karate Team (WKF) head coach 2001- present

  • Canada National Team Coach (WKF) 2002-2008

  • 3-time Karate Canada Coach of the Year

  • Current Karate Canada Assistant Regional Training Centre Coach (Atlantic)

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Chris Richards


  • Practicing Chito Ryu Karate for over 25 years and instructing for approximately 15 years

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt with the title of Shidoin

  • Began training in 1989 at the Central Nova Karate Club in Abercrombie, Nova Scotia, continued training at the Calgary Chito Ryu Club for 7 years, beginning in 2000, moved back to NS and began training with German Sensei at Ryuseikan Dojo in 2007

  • Former member of the Nova Scotia Karate Team, competed both Nationally and Internationally medaling in both the 2012 National Karate Championships and 2013 Commonwealth Karate Championships

  • Karate Nova Scotia Senior Sportsmanship Award Winner 2012 and 2014

  • Karate Nova Scotia Kata Athlete of the year 2012, 2015 and 2016

  • Yarmouth Karate Challenge, Senior Male Athlete in 2014 and 2015

Steve Gionet


  • Practiced Chito Ryu Karate since 1981

  • Teaching Chito Ryu Karate for over 35 years

  • Began training under Delaney Sensei (until his passing), at the Atlantic Karate Club

  • Training under German Sensei since 2005

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Performed demonstration for O'Sensei in 1982

  • Competed in various local tournaments in the 1980's and early 1990's, ranked in the top 3

  • Completed NCCP Level 1 Coaching Certification and Level 2 Theory

 

Rick Currie


  • Practicing Chito Ryu Karate for over 30 years

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt

  • Teaching kids and adults for the past 25 years

  • Formerly a member of the NS Karate Team

Dr. San Fung-German


  • Studying Chito Ryu Karate for over 25 years

  • Instructor at Halifax Ryuseikan 2011 to present

  • 3rd degree black belt

  • Former WKF Canadian Kumite Champion (-53kg) and multiple medallist (1994-2004), Kata bronze medalist (2001)

  • 6 Time Chito Ryu Soke Cup World Champion: 3 time Kumite (1998, 2004, 2013), 2 time Kata (1998, 2013), 1 time Team Kumite (2004), Kumite Grand Champion (winner of heavyweight vs lightweight match): 1998  

  • 2 time Soke Cup Grand Champion (overall best standings): 2008, 2013

  • Nova Scotia IKON Awards (Sport NS) - Female athlete of the year: 1999

  • NS team (WKF) Coach since 2005 (5 yr hiatus) to present 

Greg Da Ros


  • Studying Chito Ryu Karate since 2008

  • Junior Program Instructor

  • Previously studied Uechi-Ryu for 14 years, started in 1993, achieved the rank of Sandan under Sensei Dave Hunt

  • Competed in close to 100 provincial, national, and international tournaments

  • Chito Ryu Soke Cup World Silver Kumite Medalist (2010)

  • World Uechi Championships Bronze Kumite Medalist as a Brown Belt (1998)

  • Provincial Karate Team athlete from 2000 until 2008

  • Bronze medalist in 80kg Men's Kumite in 2004 National Canadian Championships (WKF)

  • Karate NS Team Assistant Coach 2005 - present

  • Recipient of Karate NS Male Athlete of the Year (multiple); Volunteer of Year (multiple); Sensei Michael S. Delaney Builder (2009); Club Contributor (multiple)

  • Nova Scotia RICOH Awards (Sports NS) Volunteer of the Year (2011)

  • Nova Scotia IKON Awards (Sports NS) Volunteer of the Year (2009)

  • Member of Karate NS Executive since 2003, held Athlete Rep, Secretary, Membership Coordinator, currently Vice President

  • Provincial Tournament Official

  • Karate NS Tournament Director since 2009

  • NCCP Competition Introduction in training

 
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Ryan O’Neil


  • Bronze medallist -67 kg men's kumite 2018 Senior Pan American Championships

  • Gold medalist team kumite Senior Pan American Championships

  • Multiple time Canadian Champion

  • Bronze medalist 2017 Junior Pan American Championships