Chito-ryu Karate will help you improve your focus, concentration, self-discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. In addition to the mental benefits, you will also experience a stronger cardiovascular system, increased strength, better balance, coordination and flexilbility.

What is Chito-Ryu Karate?

We teach a style of martial arts called Chitō-ryū Karate. Chitō-ryū Karate is a style of karate founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose. The name of the style translates loosely as "1,000 year old Chinese style", or “the 1,000 year old style originating from the Tang dynasty”. The style was officially founded in 1946.

Dr. Chitose was a trained pysician. He used his medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology to modify traditional techniques of Chitō-ryū to make them both more effective against opponents, as well as less detrimental to the bodies and joints of long-term practitioners. Unlike kickboxing, our karate classes are taught in a manner to reduce any high impact effects on the body enabling students of Chito-ryu karate to train well into their older years.

Compared with other Japanese karate styles, Chito ryu is more fluid, with higher and shorter stances. The style emphasizes the use of hand techniques and kicks. In Chito-ryu a progression is in place where your technical skills improve as you practice, get better, and move to more advanced kata. Typically the lower kata contains techniques that are forceful and that use fists, while the higher kata are more based on soft and flowing techniques using open hands.

We offer 3 adult classes a week. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday’s. We limit our adult karate program to 24 students. Please enquire for available spots.

Tsuyoshi Chitose
O’ Sensei Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose, Founder
Tsuyoshi Chitose

We offer 5 Adult Karate classes a week to both men and women. The Chito-Ryu Karate for Adults program is for anyone 14 and older. We limit our adult karate program to 36 students. Please en-quire for available spots.


David Dash

David Dash

David Dash was born in 1966 in the city of Iserlohn, Germany.  His father was a Canadian soldier at the time and his mother a German citizen.  The following year the Dash family moved to Canada and settled in Ottawa. 

David was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 25 years.  He served in the Navy for 5 years and the Army for the other 20.  In the Navy he held the position of a Naval Combat Information Operator, serving time on HMCS Fraser a Canadian destroyer and later becoming a Navy Diver.  In the army he served as an Infantry Officer retiring at the rank of Captain.

David graduated from Carleton University with a BA in History/Political Science and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT in Boston, Mass., USA.

David's newest venture in opening Zen Mixed Martial Arts has allowed him to blend his personal passion for Martial Arts and his entrepreneurial skills to launch a company that is focused on helping people achieve a healthy balance in their lives in mind, body and spirit.

Kyle Seabrook

Kyle Seabrook

Kyle was born Dec 1988 in the small town of Haliburton, ON about three hours southeast of Ottawa. Kyle lived in Haliburton until the age of 18.

In 2007, Kyle moved to Peterborough, where he attended Sir Sanford Fleming College taking the two-year travel and tourism program until his graduation in June of 2009 at the age of 20. After graduating from college he moved to Ottawa.

Kyle started his Karate training in Haliburton at the age of 12, after watching his father and older brother train for a year. For the next 6 years Kyle trained under Sensei Michael Chapman of Kai Shin Karate North, a 5th degree black belt in Chito Ryu Karate. Kyle trained an average of four days a week under Chapman, and at the age of 16 tested for and received his 1st degree black belt at Kai Shin’s head dojo in Missisauga, run by 7th degree black belt Monty Guest. He received his 2nd Degree Black Belt from Sensei Michael Chapman March of 2014 and his 3rd degree black belt in November 2017 from the Traditional Martial Arts Alliance.

Upon moving to Ottawa, Kyle began training at Ottawa Chito Kai Karate under 5th degree black belt Steve Parker and also for the first 6 months at a WTF Tae kwon do school in Orleans. Kyle is continuing to train, to further his knowledge and ability in karate, while actively competing in tournaments. He is broadening his martial arts knowledge by training in Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under head instructor David Dash at Zen.

Kyle has competed in more than 30 karate tournaments in Ontario, achieving gold and silver medals in more than 20 and bronze in the rest.

David Laraby

David Laraby

David was born in Ottawa Ontario in 1994, he is in his third and final year of the architectural engineering program at Algonquin college. 

David has always been passionate about all sports, playing on many teams throughout school but his main passion is the sport of karate. David started taking Shitokan martial arts when he was 5 years old with his father and two sisters where he achieved his black belt at 16. Since then he has has trained in aikido and most recently trains and instructs in Chito-Ryu karate at Zen.  

David's biggest influence and inspiration growing up has been Bruce Lee and he hopes that one day he can be as big of an inspiration to his students as Bruce Lee was to him. 

Stephen Baranyi

Stephen Baranyi

In 1987, after seven years of study under Sensei Burt Konzak at the Toronto Academy of Karate, Stephen received his black belt. Konzak had earned his black belt under Hidy Ochiai, the internationally-acclaimed master who brought Washin Ryu Karate to the United States in the 1960s. Stephen taught youth and adult classes regularly at the Academy and in its satellite programs at the University of Toronto.  

When he moved to Costa Rica to do his doctoral research in 1990-1992, Stephen taught at a Kyokushin Kai Karate school with Sensei Mario Murillo. He also began training in Shotokan Karate under Sensei Carlos Perez in Panama. After returning to Toronto, he deepened his Shotokan training under Sensei Tim Suzuki and under his teacher, Grand Master Masami Tsuruoka. In 1993 Stephen completed the Level 1 Theory course of the National Coaching Certification Program.  In 1993, while completing his post-doctoral work at the London School of Economics, Stephen trained in Wu Shu under Master Sandy Hemingway. 

Stephen is married with two children and is employed as a Professor of International Development at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University in 2008, he worked as a human rights advocate in the European Union, a policy adviser to government agencies in Canada, a grant manager at the International Development Research Centre and a principal researcher at the North-South Institute. He has lived in Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, and has conducted field missions to numerous countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Kyle Gibson

Kyle Gibson

Kyle was born In 1988 and raised in the countryside near Kingston, Ontario. A lifelong advocate of health and fitness, he has worked as a personal powerlifting trainer, an event coordinator for health-based fundraisers with the Canadian Cancer Society, and as the manager of a gym. In his free time, Kyle enjoys advocating for environmental groups and programming games.

Kyle has trained in Chito-Ryu karate since 2001, receiving his shodan in 2007 under Ken Sakamoto (son-in-law of Chito-ryu founder Tsuyoshi Chitose). His passion for karate stems from its potential to develop self-discipline, fitness, and perseverance in the face of life's obstacles. Through his time in the martial arts, he has also studied Okinawan kobudo, Chinese broadsword, tai chi, and is a current Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student at Zen under David Dash.


2016 Zen Chito Ryu Canadian Open