Some of Don Mazerolle's credentials include:
- Renshi - 7th dan black belt, Chito-Ryu renshi
- 2nd dan black belt, Ryukyu Kobujutsu
- Pan American "A" Class Referee
- Canada Dan Testing Committee Member
- National Chito-Ryu Technical Committee Member
- Provincial Karate Team Member, 1984-91. Two of those years on National Kumite Team
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Mr. Shane Higashi, a 10th degree black belt and former karate champion, has been teaching martial arts for almost 50 years. He is the chief instructor for over 80 Chito-Ryu karate schools across North America and Europe, of which 11 are in Southern Ontario. He is also technical advisor for the National Karate Association (the Karate governing body of Canada), and has been inducted into the NKA Hall of Fame.
Don Mazerolle has been studying Chito-Ryu Karate since 1976. Curious about martial arts in general, Don happened to come across Robert McInnes and Chito-Ryu Karate in Hampton, New Brunswick...and the rest as they say, is history.
In 1985, Don relocated to Fredericton New Brunswick where he continued his studies on Fredericton's north side. It was around this time that he met fellow Chito-Ryu student and wife-to-be, Kathryn Douglass.
In 1990, with Kathryn, Don opened the New Maryland Karate Club and has been the chief instructor ever since. Now in 2016, the club is called Fredericton Chito-Ryu Karate, and students enjoy studying under Don's tutelage at the New Maryland Elementary School.
Chito-Ryu Karate is a family passion in the Mazerolle household. Don is a 6th dan black belt (Renshi), while Kathryn is the highest ranking female student in Canada, holding a 5th dan black belt, and their son Laurie currently holds a 2nd dan black belt.
Chito-Ryu Karate was developed from two ancient styles of Okinawan Karate, Shorei Ryu and Shorin Ryu. The creator of Chito-Ryu, Tsuyoshi Chitose, was a medical doctor who based Chito-Ryu on principles of human physiology. He discovered that some of the exercises and stances being used were detrimental to the health of the students studying Karate.
Dr. Chitose's philosophy was also that Karate as a self-defence system should include throws and joint immobilization techniques. Today we continue to study and practice the art of Chito-Ryu Karate for health and self-defence.