The Edmonton Yoseikan Karate Club is fortunate to receive technical direction and guidance from Sensei Shane Yukio Higashi, 9th Dan Hanshi. Aside from his duties as chief instructor at the Honbucho Dojo in Toronto (45 years and counting!), Higashi Sensei is the Technical Head for Chito Ryu Canada, with over 42 member clubs and 2000 students. In addition, he oversees the development of a growing number of international clubs, is a member of the technical committee of the National Karate Association and his Toronto dojo also serves as the Canadian Honbucho for the Hozon Shinko style of Kobudo.
Higashi Sensei began to study karate in 1961, under the instruction of then 6th Dan, Masami Tsuruoka Sensei. At the Tsuruoka karate school, the young Higashi soon became a star pupil, attaining his Shodan in Chito Ryu Karate in just one year. By 1964, he became the grand champion of the Canadian Open Karate Tournament.
Higashi Sensei continued to rapidly achieve higher ranks while training extensively in Japan and Canada. In 1979, he was awarded Kyoshi-go (elite master instructor licence) and was designated as the leading authority in Canada for Chito Ryu Karate by its founder, Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose.
In July of 2007, he was honored at the National Karate Association’s AGM with a lifetime achievement award, and in the fall of 2008, he was inducted into the Karate Black Belt Hall of Fame. Very recently, Sensei Higashi was awarded his 9th degree Hanshi title, by his original karate instructor, Sensei Masami Tsuruoka. Higashi-Hanshi has been instrumental in spreading Chito Ryu karate around the world.