Paul Fox (Canada)
Has been practicing the martial arts since the early 70's when he had a short introduction to Judo through the Hatashita Judo club in Waterloo, Ontario. In the late 70's Paul restarted his martial arts studies at the University of Waterloo Aiki club. In the early 80's Paul received his Kirikami (Black Belt) rank through Chokushin Aiki Jujutsu under the tutelage of Alan Evans Sensei and Mark Sprague Sensei (Waterloo, Ontario).
Over the better part of the past 3 decades Fox Sensei has continued to train and teach. At the present time he is the Canadian Head of Style for Chokushin Aiki Jujutsu, following the retirement of Evans Sensei, and holds the rank of Menkyo/Kaiden. He also holds a 6th Degree Black Belt through the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Council (Ronald Forrester Sensei) and is an active member of the CJC Black Belt grading board and a CJC Regional Director.
Fox Sensei is most interested in the personal growth and development of his students on all levels, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. To meet these ends he has personally expanded his horizons by embracing a variety of esoteric practices and studies.
Fox Sensei began his Reiki apprenticeship in 1995 and was confirmed as a Reiki Master by Bernard Morin (Lakefield, Ontario) 2001. He has studied "Remote Viewing" with David Morehouse (and others) and is a graduate of the "Gateway Voyage Program" through the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia. He has also studied the "Flower of Life" and the "Merkaba Meditation" material through Drunvalo Melchizedek.
He has studied Integral Theory (Developmental Psychology, and Philosophy, Spirituality) through John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill California and was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Integral Theory, 2009. Sensei Fox is presently completing his Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University in New Brunswick.
Brian Collins (Canada)
Bio coming soon .......
Greg Graff (Taiwan)
My dad enrolled me in the local community centre Judo classes, I enjoyed that for a while but stopped when I entered high-school. I think I earned myself a green belt. My interests at that time changed a bit with the newest invention – the home computer. I was fascinated and excelled at math and sciences.
I was first exposed to Aiki Ju Jutsu when I entered University in Waterloo in 1987. Don Hardcastle introduced me to Sensei Mark Sprague who was teaching Aiki Ju Jutsu at the Waterloo Recreation Centre. I was hooked and couldn't get enough. Sensei Sprague was learning Kaze Arashi Ryu from Sensei Henri Vilaire in New York and I was fortunate enough to join him as well.
Sensei Sprague took a select few on a couple of martial art retreats, once to Boston; where I met Sensei Paul Fox for the first time and once to New York to meet Sensei Vilaire. Slowly, under Sensei Sprague's guidance, over many years, and visits from Sensei Vilaire, I was graded and granted a Kirikami in Kaze Arashi Ryu Kenjutsu. Not long after that I graded for my first black belt, I had a fantastic martial art holiday in Scotland and England where I visited Sensei Sprague and his wife Rita and met Sensei Kirby Watson.
Looking for guidance in Waterloo, Sensei Martin and I reached out to Sensei Al Evans to come out of retirement and return to the University of Waterloo Martial arts club. During these years I began to really understand my martial art. Sensei Evans' teaching methods were complicated and complex, to say the least, but under his guidance I was graded to Mokuroku in Chokushin Aiki Ju Jutsu in 2000. Sensei Evans stayed on as my advisor, although he maintained that he was still retired, but he wasn't really, and helped me guide and run the martial art club for several years.
I too had a career change and decided to try something crazy like teaching English in Japan, Taiwan or China. So I quit my job and the martial arts club in Waterloo and got on a plane to Taiwan in 2003. I got married after a year and had three wonderful children, Victor, Amy and Zachary.
Brian Bridgwater (Canada)
My daughter Alaine introduced me to Martial Arts when she was 7 1/2 years old. Alaine wanted her father to do an activity with her, not just hockey with his son. I am happy to say, she is still at it.
This started a life time study of Martial Arts. I achieved the rank of 1st degree black belt in Kempo Karate in 1997, graded by Sensei Louie Milonas and Sensei Richard Hamari, U.M.A.C. The school director Sensei Ian Cameron.
When I went to karate class I would see the Aiki Ju-Jutsu class training, the circular movement and the techniques interested me. So in 1998 I began training with Sensei Paul Fox in Chokushin Aiki Ju-Jutsu. This study has brought me from just trying to copy techniques to an understanding of principles and philosophy and a look at the history to how and why we practice today.
Through the ups and downs of training, I believe Martial Arts has helped me develop as a person, physically and mentally. My study has only just begun to scratch the surface and continues.
Jon Mansel (Canada)
I believe that each day there is something new to learn. The challenge is to appreciate the lesson for what it is... a chance to understand yourself better. This is the approach I take to work, music and martial arts.
In the early 80's I began my study of fighting arts with an organization based on the armoured combat of the 9th to 16th century. Nothing like 2000 of your closest friends armoured up to defend their side of the battlefield.
In 1995 I was introduced to Chokushin and Sensei Paul by a good friend and have studied with Paul since then. What I have learned about myself through the exploration of Aiki-Jujutsu has helped me in other areas such as work and the music I play.
Robert Earon (Sweden)
I began my training in roughly 2000, and since then have had the opportunity to train with a variety of excellent trainers with a wide range of style and experience. Originally training in Peterborough under Fox Sensei (with additional help from Collins Sensei and Anderson Sensei), I studied Chokushin Aiki Jujutsu for several years until moving to Waterloo in 2002. While there, I trained Chokushin Aiki Jujutsu under Miller Sensei and Evans Sensei until 2007.
During this time I had the opportunity to train within the Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu style in Toronto and Calgary under Fairweather Sensei and DeWitt Sensei, where I experienced another approach to Jujutsu. Since moving to Sweden in 2007, I have been studying the martial art of Shorinji Kempo under Tilly Sensei, Karlholm Sensei and Magnusson Sensei.
Throughout the last decade, Martial Arts has developed into something of a cornerstone in my life. I fully believe that the character of a person is refined through difficulty and adversity, very similar to the way that a student will develop best through intense training, analogous to the polishing of a stone through friction. In this way, my studies have helped to define me as a person, but more importantly to give me a perspective on what's important in life, at least to me. The combination of physical exertion, discipline, compassion, mindfullness and friendship is a vital aspect of Martial Arts, and so has become a defining experience in my life.
Richard Cruchley, Alberta (Canada)
I started training in Aiki-Ju-Jutsu back in 1992, while attending the University of Waterloo. I continued to train until 1995 when I entered the RCMP training academy in Regina, SK. After training I was stationed in Fort McMurray and then Rocky Mountain House, AB. I was a Constable with the RCMP for 10.5 years in which time I was able to use my Aiki training on numerous occasions. I have been physically active my whole life having been involved with the following organized sports: soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, badmington, cycling, and rugby.
Eric Easterbrook (Canada)
I have been involved with Chokushin Aiki Ju Jutsu since the fall of 1999. Initially I studied under Sensei Phil Anderson in Peterborough, Ontario. After some time Sensei Phil left the Peterborough club and opened his own Dojo in Havelock, Ontario. I continued to study in Peterborough under Sensei Paul Fox, making appearances in Havelock when possible. After reaching the rank of brown belt in 2005 I began training whenever and wherever possible. After hundreds of hours of training and countless bumps and bruises I remember speaking with Sensei Paul Fox about Grading for my black belt, at the rank of Kikikami. A rigorous schedule was set and I graded for my black belt in 2007.
I moved to western Canada in August of 2007, continuing my training, as my work schedule would allow. While in Calgary I trained with Sensei Ben DeWitt of Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu. I returned to Peterborough in June of 2010 and continue to train at both the Peterborough and Havelock clubs.
It was explained to me that it is not the colour of your belt that defines you as a martial artist; it is the journey through your training. This concept was stressed to me throughout my training and I believe it is one of the most valuable concepts Ju Jutsu has taught me. I have and still enjoy my journey, and my friends that have assisted me along the way.