Shihan Ron Forrester, 1927 - 2013

The Father of Canadian Jiu Jitsu

In 1958 Ronald Forrester transferred from Frank Hatashita's Judo class to Henk Jansen's Jiujitsu class. In 1962 he formulated the Canadian Jiujitsu System changing Jiujitsu from a grappling Martial Art to a Comprehensive Martial Art encompassing all combative techniques with emphasis on striking techniques.
To increase the technical efficiency of the newly formed System and to make it the best it possibly could be professional World Champions and World Renowned Instructors were brought to Canada to infuse their knowledge and skills into the System.
Professional World Kick Boxing Champions Bill Wallace (Middleweight) and Joe Lewis (Heavyweight) and Dan Inosanto (Jeet Kune Do and Kali), Prof. Wally Jay (Kodenkan Jiujitsu), Richard Kim (Dai Nippon Butokukai and Daito Ryu Aikijitsu), Jim Arvanitis (Greek Pankration), Police Inspector Alfred Hasemeir (European Jiujitsu) and Police Instructor George Sylvain (Pressure Points).




In addition Nick Cipriano (National Free Style Wrestling Champion and Coach), Jack Dugan (Canadian Middleweight Boxing Champion) and Instructors of Karate (Chito Ryu), Aikido (Yoshinkai), Korean Hapkido and Kempo all contributed to the development of the Canadian System of Jiujitsu.
In 1963 assisted by Frank Hatashita, Hal Batke (recently retired) and Bruce Stanton (still active) he founded the Canadian Jiujitsu Association holding the positions of President and Chief Instructor until he resigned in 1994.
In 1984 as a result of his proposal the first World Jiujitsu Championships were held at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and the World Council Of Jiujitsu Organizations was formed where he was unanimously elected the first Chairman.

Canadian Jiu Jitsu Council

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