About Us

About the Canadian Jiu-jitsu Union (CJJU)
About Professor Georges Sylvain, CJJU Founder
About Ed Hiscoe, Hanshi, CJJU President
About Steve Hiscoe, Shihan, VP, CJJU

About the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union

The Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union was established by Professor George Sylvain circa 1963.  It is the offical organization for the style of Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, the Canadian System of Jiu-Jitsu. It was designed to meet the Canadian temperment and enviormet. 


Professor Sylvain created the CJJ Union for the purposes of developing advanced training methods for Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, particularly those holding black belt ranks giving them a platform for them to learn to be better professional and qualified instructors.

About Professor Georges Sylvain, CJJU Founder

Professor Sylvain has a long history in martial arts for the purposes of self-protection and law enforcement, having been trained and taught over 50 years.  He holds the rank of 10th degree black belt in Jiu-jitsu and 4th degree in Karate.  He is the founder of Jiu-Jitsu style known as Can-Ryu (meaning "Canadian System of Jiu-Jitsu").  Over the years, he has also trained in Judo, western boxng, weapons, and police techniques.

In addition to his martial arts training, Professor Sylvan served as a Military Police Officer during the Korean War and as a Ottawa municipal police officer for 15 years.  He was the Chief Tatical Instructor at Algonquin College in Ottawa for the Law and Security Program for 25 years. In addition, he had been the Chief Instructor to the RCMP self-defense instructors in Rockliffe, Ontario before their relocation to Western Canada.

Professor Sylvain is a Tactical Training Officer with an international reputation, having taught at police seminars all across North America.  He has written 4 books on self-defense from a police officer's point of view, some of which have sold in over 13 countries and are used in police academies throughout North America.  He is also certified as an expert witness in the use of force and has testified on behalf of police officers on a number of occasions.

About Ed Hiscoe, Hanshi, CJJU President

Ed Hiscoe Hanshi is a 9th Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and the head of style of Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, having had this honour passed on to him by the founder Professor Georges Sylvain. 

Hiscoe Hanshi was inducted into the World Martial Art Hall of Fame on March 27, 1999, as Master Instructor of the Year.  He has trained in Jiu-jitsu for over 40 years and runs his dojo, the Hiscoe School of Jiu-jitsu, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Hiscoe Hanshi started his long career in Jiu-Jitsu in the mid 1970s under John Therien Sensei. He taught and trained under Therien sensei for 18 years before opening his own dojo in 1992.  Hiscoe Hanshi is considered a specialist in teaching Jiu-Jitsu and self-protection and self-defense to children, teens and adults.

He was instrumental in developing consistant teaching programs, lesson plans and how to organize precise seminars for instructors in how to be better instructors.

Professor Sylvain and Ed Hiscoe Hanshi developed a strong working relationship in Jiu-jitsu and the martial arts over several years. Professor Sylvain promoted him to 4th Degree Black Belt through to 9th Degree Black Belt in Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu.

When Professor Sylvain retired from the martial arts in May 2008, he named Hiscoe Hanshi as his successor and handed over the complete responsibilities and duties of the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union and the Black Belt College to him.

Ed Hiscoe Hanshi teaches the CJJU's Black Belt College classes and adminsters all 3 levels of the Teaching License program.

Hiscoe Hanshi has taught Jiu-Jitsu seminars across Canada, in England and the United States. 

About Steve Hiscoe Shihan

Steve Hiscoe Shihan  holds the rank of 8th Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu. He is a 28-year veteran RCMP police officer with the rank of Sergeant.  He is assigned to the RCMP Training Academy in Chilliwack and is responsible for training and coordinating the assignments of the academy instructors.  He also operates his Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu school in Chilliwack.

Steve Hiscoe Shihan is the next in line to take over the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union from Ed Hiscoe Hanshi at the appropriate time.