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About the Canadian Jiu-jitsu Union (CJJU)
About Professor Georges Sylvain, CJJU Founder
About Ed Hiscoe, Hanshi, CJJU President
About Shihan Steve Hiscoe, , 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. He designed it to meet the Canadian temperament and environment. 

Professor Sylvain created the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union for the purposes of developing advanced training methods for Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, particularly those individuals holding black belt ranks in order to give them a platform to learn to be better professional and qualified teachers.

About Professor Georges Sylvain, Founder of Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu:

Professor Sylvain has a long history in the martial arts for the purposes of self-protection and law enforcement. He trained and taught Jiu-Jitsu and combat skills for over 50 years.  He holds the rank of 10th degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and 4th degree in Karate. 

He is the founder of the style of Jiu-Jitsu known as Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu (meaning the "Canadian System of Jiu-Jitsu").  Over the years, he also trained in Judo, western boxing, weapons, and police tactics and techniques.

In addition to his martial arts training, Professor Sylvan served as a Military Police Officer during the Korean War and as an Ottawa Municipal Police Officer for 15 years.  He was the Chief Tactical 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 four books on "Self-Defense From a Police Officer's Point of View". Some of his books have sold in over thirteen countries and are used in Police Academies throughout North America. 

Professor Sylvain is 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, President, Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union: 

Ed Hiscoe Hanshi , 9th Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt is 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 43 years and runs his dojo, the Hiscoe School of Jiu-Jitsu, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ed 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, self-protection and self-defense to children, teens and adults. He conducts Black Belt Classes on a regular basis.

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

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

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

Ed Hiscoe Hanshi teaches the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union's Black Belt College classes and administers all 3 levels of the Teacher Licensing Program.

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


About Shihan Steve Hiscoe 

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

You can observe Shihan Steve Hiscoe teaching Jiu-Jitsu on YouTube. 

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