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Ed Hiscoe, Hanshi

10th Degree Black Belt

My Story

Ed Hiscoe has been a proponent of Jiu-Jitsu since his introduction to the Art in the mid 1970's.  He began his training at Therien Jiu-Jitsu in Ottawa, Ontario.  He trained here with his two sons, James and Steve, under the instruction of John Therien Hanshi of whom he was a student for eighteen years.  On the January 23, 1983 he was promoted to 1st degree black belt along with his son Steve.  This was the first father and son black belt promotion for Jiu-Jitsu in Canada.

After receiving his Shodan, he assumed teaching responsibilities for the Children's Jiu-Jitsu Program at Therien Jiu-Jitsu.  He actively taught the Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense programs there for eleven years.  He opened his own dojo in 1991.

Sensei Hiscoe was an elected Director of the onetime Canadian International Jiu-Jitsu Federation.  He served four years as Vice President of Curriculum and Training Programs.  In this role he advised and assisted several martial arts instructors and schools across Canada in developing their Jiu-Jitsu curriculum, training programs and lessons plans.  


Hanshi Ed Hiscoe was the owner and chief instructor of the Hiscoe School of Jiu-Jitsu located in Ottawa, Ontario. 


He was very active with Professor Georges Sylvain, Founder of Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, and together produced instructional videos about the "Persuader Keyholder Self-Defense System" and another video about Pressure Point Techniques.  They also produced produced a video on The Use  and Application of Pepper Spray against Dogs.

Widely acknowledged for his comprehensive knowledge of self-protection, on March 27, 1999 Sensei Hiscoe was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of the Year. 

In November 2003, Sensei Hiscoe was a privileged member of the grading panel, which, recognized Professor Georges Sylvain, with his 10th degree black belt (Judan).


On May 5, 2008 O’Sensei Georges Sylvain promoted Hanshi to 9th degree black belt.  Upon the retirement of O’Sensei Sylvain, Hanshi Hiscoe as per the instructions of O'Sensei took over responsibility for the Canadian System of Jiu-Jitsu. 

Hanshi Hiscoe has always been an exponent for the professional development of martial arts instructors. This includes ongoing learning through the Black Belt College and more specifically through the development of learning plans.


On December 31, 2020 Hanshi was promoted to 10th degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. This promotion was presented by O'Sensei Sylvain's daughter Lynn.  The promotion was a written last wish of O'Sensei's and was to be authorized upon his death.   O'Sensei Sylvain passed away on December 6th, 2020. 

On March 8, 2021, Hanshi Hiscoe retired from the day to day activities of the CJJU.  He continues to work on programs and providing advice on the functions of the CJJU.


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