Sensei Chris Wade

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Sensei Chris WadeChris Wade began practicing martial arts in 1980 at the age of 13, after missing hockey registration. He enlisted in Judo, which he trained in from 1980 to 1983. He subsequently took up Kung Fu, which he practiced from 1983 to 1986.

In 1986, Chris began taking Chito-Ryu Karate under Tom Fleming.  In 1990, he received his Shodan (First Degree Black Belt).

After taking an 18 month break due to education, Chris resumed his martial arts studies, this time in Shotokan Karate because there was no Chito-Ryu Karate club in Toronto where he lived.  After advancing to blue belt in Shotokan, Chris returned to Ottawa where he resumed his training in Chito-Ryu, receiving his Nidan (Second Degree Black Belt) in 1995 and his Sandan (Third Degree) in 1999.  While training in Karate, Sensei Chris had the opportunity to judge national and international Karate competitions, including the Canadian Championships and the WKA World Championships. 

Like Sensei Terry Langworth, in 1997 Chris began training in Ninja-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu with Sensei Gerry Marshall at the Karate club where Professor Marshall was teaching, and since 2004 holds the rank of Third Degree Black Belt (Sandan).