The Canadian jiu-jitsu (or Can-Ryu) system is a modern jiu-jitsu system created in conjunction with the unique conditions of Canadian society. It has been developed in accordance and in response to Section 34 of the Canadian Criminal Code.
Can-Ryu was founded by Professor Georges SYLVAIN, a 15-year police force veteran and an internationally renowned tactical training officer. He drew on a variety of combat influences, including Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, standardized control techniques used by police forces, judo, Western boxing and karate. Can-Ryu is a system dedicated to self-defence and is not a combat sport per se: As such, it is not limited by the rules of competitive sports. It has only one objective: The effective control of one or several attackers in self-defence situations.
In addition, Can-Ryu leverages four fundamental principles that, in self-defence situations, transcend differences in size, weight, and range:
- Simplicity: A student should be able to learn a self-defence technique in a usable way in less than three minutes, and this, adapted to different body types;
- Commonality of techniques: Can-Ryu strives to use common techniques in similar defensive situations. The goal is to avoid mental blockages, which can occur under the pressure of an attack when a defender tries to “think” about what to do. If the self-defence technique taught is applicable against similar attacks (with small variations), it reduces the chances of overthinking self-defence techniques;
- Overall Motor Skills: To ensure that the Can-Ryu core curriculum easier to learn and apply, our instructors focus on the use of gross motor skills versus fine motor skills in self-defence situations. Finer motor skills are introduced at higher belt levels; and
- Awareness of additional threats: In addition to Can-Ryu self-defence techniques, there is an emphasis on awareness of the potential for additional threats, such as multiple attackers, weapons and environmental hazards.
Finally, Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu is taught to avoid situations where the use of force is required. However, if a Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu student is required to defend himself or herself, he or she will have an arsenal of proven techniques to deal with unfortunate situations using necessary force only.