[quote=Cdnronin;1384099]Actually.. Kyoshi Therien did not self promote to 10th dan. He is an 8th dan and was awarded the Title of Kyoshi for all his years in the martial arts by his peers (Including Kyoshi Richard Morris, Prof george Sylvain, and many others),and for what he has accomplished and the direction he has given to pro kickboxing, martial arts and many more things. He has been teaching martial arts since the 1960's. Therien Jiu Jitsu opened it dorrs for the first time here in Ottawa on April 1,1968 and is the second oldest school here.Quote:
Originally Posted by Macte
Kyoshi John still teaches.
Here is some info for you on him.
Kyoshi John Therien is one of the best-known and highly respected teachers in the Martial Arts world today. He is in constant demand to teach seminars in North America, Europe and around the globe. He is the chief instructor of the Therien Jiu-Jitsu & Kickboxing organization, Canada's largest and most successful group of Martial Arts schools.
He has personally licensed and graduated more than 750 black belts and heads instruction for more than 3000 active members in the Can-Ryu system. His management expertise and professionalism has earned him the position of executive director of the World Kobudo Federation (WKF).
The WKF is the most active and non-political Martial Arts organization in the world, with affiliated schools in 30+ countries, counting over 20 000 members.
His vast knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu and teaching skills has earned him a reputation as one of the best instructors in his field. His many achievements include:
I hope this clears up somethings about that.
- Title of Kyoshi
- 8 degree Black Belt
- Man of the Decade 1980's - PKA (Professional Karate Association)
- 1982 - PKA Promoter of the Year
- 1996 - Inducted into the CJA Hall of Fame
- 1997 - Inducted into the WKF Hall of Fame
- Canadian Government Award for achievement in Jiu-Jitsu
- Golden Belt Award for being a pioneer of Jiu-Jitsu in Canada
- Golden Belt Award for being a pioneer of Kickboxing in Canada
- Ranked #1 Jiu-Jitsu instructor in Canada by his peers
- Manager of 23 time world Kickboxing champion, Jean-Yves Thériault"
I have known him for 26 years. He was my first martial arts instructor back in 1973.