Our Instructors

Alex Fairweather SenseiLead Instructor

Alex Fairweather Sensei holds a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu, has been training for over 20 years and teaching for over 15. His current club is at the excellent dojo facilities in Killarney Community Centre.

Fairweather Sensei started jiu jitsu at Bath University, England, in 1991 under Gary Williams Sensei, then moved to London under the tutelage of Steve Donaghy Sensei at University College London. In 1995, Alex founded University of London Union Jiu Jitsu Club, winning the 1997 National Atemi Championships and 1997 University of London Outstanding Contribution to University of London Sports. In 1998 Alex handed the club on to a new instructor, Andre Petra Sensei.

Moving to Canada, Fairweather Sensei founded the Toronto Jiu Jitsu club in April 2004 at the invitation of Andy Dobie Sensei. In 2008, he handed the club over to Joanna Yu Sensei. In the Fall of 2011 he resumed his teaching duties at the Killarney Community Centre Jiu Jitsu Club, continuing on from the club founder Jonathan Jamnik Sensei.

In the Fall of 2011 he has assumed the teaching duties of the Killarney Community Centre Jiu-jitsu club.

Alex Pappas SenseiAssistant Instructor

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Alex Pappas Sensei is one of Jitsu Canada’s newest instructors. Beginning his martial arts journey in 2012 at the Killarney Dojo under Alex Fairweather Sensei, Pappas Sensei is Jitsu Canada’s first “home grown” Sensei from British Columbia.

While relatively new to the Jitsu Canada Instructor role Pappas Sensei currently holds a degree in Physical Education and brings with him over 10 years of coaching and instructing experience to the mats.

Vancouver Area Sensei

Vancouver is home to several other Shorinji Kan Jiu-jitsu instructors who play an active role in events, seminars, gradings and occasionally teach classes.

Kevin Eugene Sensei

Kevin Eugene Sensei holds a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu.

Eugene Sensei began his training at Queen’s University in September 2001 under Chris Brooks Sensei. He trained consistently there until April 2005. Until moving to Vancouver in 2006, Eugene trained at various Jitsu Canada clubs across Ontario. After settling in Vancouver, he founded the BCIT jiu jitsu club in February 2008 and ran it until 2015.

Chris Olson Sensei

Chris Olson Sensei has been training for over sixteen years in Jiu-jitsu and holds a Shodan in Shorinji Kan Jiu jitsu and a Nidan in Can-ryu Jiu jitsu. He started his Jiu-jitsu career at Carleton University, under Kieran Parsons Sensei. Since then he has been fortunate enough to train under John Molyneux, Colin Welburn, Amelia Croll, and Jonathan Jamnik Sensei at the Ottawa YMCA, Carleton University and Gladstone clubs. In 2006, Chris left the cold confines of Ottawa, and moved to Vancouver and began training in Can-ryu Jiu jitsu.

Currently considered the “Shodan-at-large” for the west coast, Olson Sensei teaches Can-ryu Jiu jitsu at Pacific Wave Jiu-jitsu under Lori O’Connell Sensei in Richmond, and at Kwantlen Polytechnical University’s Richmond campus. He currently teaches supplementary training sessions for 7th Kyu (yellow belt) and above for Jitsu Vancouver students on the second and fourth Sundays of the month depending on the time of year. (See schedule.)

Stu Cooke Sensei

Stuart Cooke Sensei has been training in Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu since 2002. He currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).

He started his martial arts education under Chris Brooks Sensei at Queen's University, training there until his graduation in 2005. Stuart then spent time in the United Kingdom, training under a variety of instructors within The Jitsu Foundation, the parent association of Jitsu Canada. Primarily, he trained at Kings College London, under the instruction of Nigel Price Sensei, and Nicola Price Sensei.

After returning to Canada in 2007, Stuart opened the St. Lawrence College Jiu Jitsu club and taught there for 2 years, before moving to become the head instructor at the Kingston Family YMCA Jiu Jitsu club. While at the YMCA, Stuart opened a youth class which continues to operate in Kingston. In 2014, Stuart moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue new opportunities.

Stuart has been exposed to many different styles of martial arts, including Yoshinkan Aikido with Robert Mustard Shihan in Burnaby, BC, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Robin Gracie in Barcelona, Spain, and Judo at the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan.

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