What is Kitsune Ryu Jiu Jitsu?
Kitsune Ryu Jiu-Jitsu is a modern (gendai) Jiu-Jitsu system that is based on several older forms of Jiu-Jitsu. It is a strong reflection of the eclectic background of its founder, Steve Reynolds.
Kitsune Ryu Jiu-Jitsu was founded in 1973, with the opening of the Richmond Hill Jiu-Jitsu Kai (currently, Richmond Hill Budokan), though the name Kitsune Ryu was not adopted until much later.
The Martial Arts Facility has been in Richmond Hill, Ontario for over 45 years. Honoured by the city and its Regional and Federal dignitaries for the Budokans commitment to supporting its community, residents and organizations.
Mayor Dave Barrow
MP Majid Jowhari
MPP michael Parsa
The Kitsune Kata has been used
by many students in competition.
Our 11 Time World Champion,
used this Kata as his primary
competive piece in
World Championships with
the WKC, WKA and NASKA.
Students of Kitsune Ryu Jiu-Jitsu study from an organized and extremely robust curriculum that addresses all ranges of combat/self defense, traditional weapons, budo and more. Many of our students have continued there practice with us long after receiving their Black Belt, there is always more to learn.
Unique to Kitsune Ryu Jiu-Jitsu are several original kata (one-man combat sequences), developed by the founder to better illustrate his style. We have ten Katas from white belt to first degree black belt, with a secondary set of katas reserved for black belts and their further development.
Many of these kata have been adopted by other styles as their principles are universal. (the most famous of these kata is probably, the style's signature kata, Kitsune)
Our Founder - O'Sensei Steve Reynolds
For well over 50 years, O-Sensei Steve Reynolds has been a respected practitioner/instructor of the martial arts. He started his lifelong journey in the martial arts as a boy in Newfoundland, studying Kung Fu.
He continued his martial arts journey in the Canadian military, where he was exposed to several martial art styles and had the opportunity to learn from the British SAS. O-Sensei had the opportunity to test his martial skill on several occasions while serving with NATO forces in (then) West Germany.
Upon his return to Canada, he continued his study with the fledgling Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association (CJA), under Prof. Ronald W. Forrester, where he had the opportunity to network with high ranking martial artists, such as Prof. Wally Jay (Kodenkan Jiu-Jitsu, Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu), Hanshi Richard Kim (Shorinji Ryu Karate, Daito Ryu Aiki-jujutsu) as well as countless high-ranking Canadian Martial Artists.
O'Sensei Reynolds holds Senior Black Belt/Instructor Ranks in: Canadian Jiu-Jitsu, Several systems of Kung Fu, Wado Kai Karate Do, Ike Shin Do Karate Do, Kempo Karate, Canadian Goju Ryu Karate.
In October of 1973, O-Sensei opened his own dojo, originally called the Richmond Hill Jiu-Jitsu Academy, later the Richmond Hill Jiu-Jitsu Kai. (This dojo is now known as the Richmond Hill Budokan)