Avalon Karate is the HQ for World Chito Ryu Karate in Newfoundland & Labrador.  
Chito Ryu is a style of traditional Japanese (Okinawan) karate founded by Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose and his legacy continues under the leadership of Sensei Shane Yukio Higashi (Chief Instructor for the World Chito Ryu Karate Federation).
Chief Instructor for Newfoundland & Labrador is Sensei Derek J Ryan (5th dan, Renshi). Sensei Ryan has over 30 years experience in Chito Ryu karate-do.  He is active provincially, nationally and internationally as an instructor, coach, director and executive officer.

Assistant Instructor Nathaniel Besso has competed all over the globe representing the province and the country in WKF Competition. He is also an active member of the Karate NL Board of Directors and has been practicing karate since the age of 10.
Avalon Karate club had its initial beginnings in January 1993 and has flourished from the early years as a group of less than 10 to currently over 150 students at 1 club location (20 Highland Drive).
Avalon Karate offers something for everyone interested in martial arts.
- Chito Ryu Karate-do.  This is the basis of all our training.  It is the traditional karate art form which trains the body, mind and spirit  to pursue one's best personal development throughout one's life time.  Discipline, courtesy and good character are as important as physical skill and fitness.  

- Competitive Karate.  For those interested in competition, there are training programs and tournament opportunities for all ages.  Some karate students pursue their dreams of elite competition at the regional, national and international level.  Avalon Karate high performance athletes consistently do well nationally and internationally.

- Self-Defense (Goshin-jutsu).   Learning to use karate to protect yourself in a responsible manner is central to the basic training flowing from the Chito Ryu program.  At all ages, students are taught how to defend themselves in a manner appropriate to their age and level of development.

- Weapons Training (kobu jutsu).  The traditional tools of old Okinawan origin are used in training to defend with "types of tools" such as a stick ("bo") or sticks ("nunchaku"); other tools include "sai", "kama", "tekko".  This training is usually reserved for the older teens and adults.

- Guest Instructors & Special Training Clinics.  Nationally and internationally renowned and respected instructors are regulary invited to visit and instruct our members of all ages. 
The Decision to Begin.
The Decision to Begin. Once you have decided to "begin", the most challenging moment is perhaps the "first class".  New students are most often shy and somewhat intimidated when they begin.  However, this is usually very short lived as they realize this is fun and stimulating.  They discover that this "challenge" is within their grasp; they "can" do this.  Children adapt quickly and look forward to the excitement.  Adults find "regular life and its responsibilities" often interfer with their training schedule; their greatest challenge --- getting to the dojo on a regular basis.  If they make their training one of their priorities, they discover that it is well worth it.  Taking the first step is difficult.  Keeping a regular training regime is often a greater challenge.  You can all do it!