Executive Directors & Directors at Large
The CRAO is comprised of a membership-elected Board of Directors and operates under the guidance of Hanshi Shane Y. Higashi and the CRAO Technical Committee. The Board also works closely with all provincial Kyoshi, Renshi and Shihan instructors.
Assistant Instructor with the New Hamburg Karate Club; Sempai Arsenault served as CRAO President from 2008 to 2017, and currently serves again as President. He has trained in Chito Ryu karate for over 15 years, teaching children and adult classes weekly. Sempai Arsenault has been a Certified Financial Planner for 20 years, working currently and primarily in the credit union sector.
Deborah Brooks (4th Dan, Shihan) – VICE PRESIDENT
Chief Instructor of the Burlington Chito-Ryu Karate Club; Sensei Brooks is an NKA Masters Kumite gold medalist and former Chito Ryu World Masters Kumite Champion; she is also an excellent N.C.C.P. certified Karate Coach. Sensei Brooks has a Masters of Education degree and is an elementary school teacher for the Halton Region District School Board; she was selected as “Educator of the Year” in 2017. Sensei Brooks is a firm supporter of the development of women within Chito-Ryu karate and is an exemplary example to all.
Training in Chito-Ryu karate for over 30 years; Sensei Moran has competed in a total of 5 Soke Cups and was a member of the Canadian Men’s Kumite Team winning Gold in Australia in 2004. Sensei Moran is actively training on a weekly basis and teaches both adult and Saturday morning kids classes. Sensei Moran is also N.C.C.P. certified and works with students interested in competing for Ontario Karate Federation and Chito-Ryu tournaments. Sensei Moran is an Avionics Specialist working in aircraft parts, supporting and servicing the aerospace industry worldwide.
Jeff Rishea (1st Dan) – SECRETARY
BIO TO FOLLOW
VACANT – MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
CRAO Directors at Large:
Dennis Golka (3rd Dan, Jun Shidoin)