Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jiu-jitsu Style "In-Laws": The Marriage of Can-Ryu & Shorinji Kan

Some of you may already be aware of this. For others, it may be new information. Last month, I got married. The man I married, Chris, is my second in command at my dojo, who had originally come to us just over 3 years ago as a brown belt holder in Shorinji Kan Jiu-jitsu.

Apparently, a new term has been coined with regards to our marriage, with our two styles now being referred to as "in-laws." Steve Hiscoe Shihan, heir apparent to our style, recently visited the dojo run by Andy Dobie Sensei (head of Shorinji Kan's Jitsu Canada) in Peterborough. After the class, Shihan was quoted as having been very glad to have the opportunity to visit, explaining the connection between our two styles as "in-laws" now that Chris and I have married them together, so to speak.

Chris came to our style having moved to the Vancouver area, where there were no Shorinji Kan dojos at the time, which is why he started training with us. Originally, he took up Can-ryu with the goal of keeping an open mind, but naturally looked at everything we did with a Shorinji Kan eye. Over the years, he has come to be a Can-ryu practitioner every bit as much as he was a Shorinji Kan-er. He earned his Shodan in Shorinji Kan in December last year. And at the end of October, he'll be testing for Shodan in Can-ryu. If he passes, he'll be the first to hold the rank of Shodan in both styles.

I, too, have earned my own place with Shorinji Kan, having received my orange belt last year. I took up training with the new instructors who had moved to the area with the hope of focusing on skills that receive less emphasis in our style. It's also just nice not to have the weighty responsibility that comes with wearing a Yondan belt. I had to take a break from it for awhile, but I've re-started my training this fall and hope to test for green belt in late November.

Chris and I hope to continue to maintain a good relationship with both styles. Of course, our dojo is a Can-ryu dojo, but Chris still goes to the Shorinji Kan dojos that now exist in Vancouver to help out whenever he can. We also invite Shorinji Kan instructors to teach at our dojo as guests and, vice versa, I occasionally teach at Shorinji Kan dojos as a guest. And, of course, we always welcome Shorinji Kan students to drop in at our dojo. They're family after all...


Anonymous said...

So you two crazy kids are married now? Congratulations! Chris: you're a lucky man, of course I don't know Lori personally but from her blog she appears as an intelligent, beautiful woman (I couldn't help noticing)and a capable martial artist and teacher. Of course spending so much time together and sharing teaching responsibility creates a special bond, which apparantly turned into something even more personal... I wish you both all the best: lasting happiness in life and succes in all your enterprises. Just one question: you didn't marry in your gi's, did you? ;-)



PS: I presume Chris won't be testing in front of you Lori, as this would create a conflict of interest.

Lori O'Connell said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts and well-wishing, Zara. As for Chris's Shodan exam, I will be administering the test, but Steve Hiscoe Shihan will be witnessing/ presiding over it. In our style, our curricula differ slightly from dojo to dojo so I'm the only one who knows everything Chris is expected to know in our dojo.

P.S. No, we didn't marry in our gis. :)

Elias said...

Wow!! Congratulations!!

Very appropriate picture :p

Anonymous said...

Indeed: appropriate picture... Whipped from the very beginning, lol. Man, I wouldn't want to be married to a Yondan... just imagine what the fights will be like lol. Nah, just kidding: I really do wish you the best. It's always nice to see people find happiness in this rotten world of ours.