About Ed Hiscoe


Ed Hiscoe, Hanshi, is the owner and chief instructor of the Hiscoe School of Jiu-Jitsu. He holds the rank of KUDAN, 9th degree jiu-jitsu Black Belt. He is the head of the Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu system. This responsibility was handed on to him after the founder, Professor Georges Sylvain, 10th Dan (retired). On February 15, 2011, Ed Hiscoe was also awarded the title of HANSHI by the senior Black Belts in the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union.

Widely acknowledged for his comprehensive knowledge of self-protection, on March 27, 1999 Hiscoe Hanshi  was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Master Jiu-Jitsu Instructor of the Year. He also is among a select few in Canada who have earned a full Teacher’s License for the Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu system.

Hiscoe Hanshi's Martial Arts History

Hiscoe Hanshi started his Jiu-Jitsu career in the mid-70s with his two sons, James and Steve, when they were five and six years old. James Hiscoe sensei holds the rank of 4th Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Steve Hiscoe, Shihan, holds the rank of 8th Degree Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and operates a highly successful Jiu-Jitsu Dojo in Chilliwack British Columbia.

While Professor Georges Sylvain, 10th degree black belt and founder of the Canadian System of Jiu-Jitsu know as Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, was still active in the martial arts community, Hiscoe Hanshi worked with him extensively. Together they produced instructional videos including, The Persuader Key Holder Self-Defense System, Police Pressure Point Techniques and The Use and Application of Pepper Spray Against Dogs. They also conducted regular Black Belt Classes over the years and those instructional sessions were videoed and are kept on file for reference. They are available to Instructors who are interested in learning advanced self-defense techniques and tactics. 

Hiscoe Hanshi continues to conduct these special Black Belt classes under the Black Belt College in which participants may earn an official teaching license and be graded accordingly to higher black belt dan ranks. Hiscoe Hanshi confers with affiliated Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union Dojo owners across Canada on a regular basis to ensure the Can-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu System is maintained in the highest caliber.

Beyond the Martial Arts

In addition to his martial arts background, Ed Hiscoe has actively served his local community for most of his life. He served as a fire fighter for the City of  Vanier Fire Department, achieving the rank of captain over his nearly 20 years of service there. While he was a firefighter, he also General Manager of Twin City Ambulance Service in Vanier. He later went on to become District Fire Services Adviser for the Office of the Fire Marshall, as well as Chief Director of the Firefighter Testing Service.

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