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Now, as we celebrate the opening of Kageyama's new home in Barrie, a strong club, with a diverse student body, and new hopes for the future, we still maintain a traditional yet family-like atmosphere in which to train. Tremblay Shihan continues to teach regularly and is ever present at the dojo. In November 2013 Tremblay Shihan recieved the 15th Dan rank directly from Hatsumi Soke. He looks forward to his twice yearly visits to Japan for more personalized training with his teachers.




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Gregory L.J. Tremblay
(Dojo-Cho)



Gregory L.J. Tremblay began his martial arts training in 1972. In 1982, he was introduced to Ninjutsu, or the art of the Ninja when he attended a specialized knife fighting seminar, hosted by J. Courtland Elliot, the first Canadian Ninjutsu practitioner. The seminar featured Stephen K. Hayes, the first American to be awarded the title of Shidoshi, under the authority of the style's Grandmaster Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. It proved to have a tremendous effect on Sensei Tremblay.

During the early 1980s, Sensei Tremblay travelled to Ohio on a regular basis and underwent intensive training under Shidoshi Hayes, considered to be one of the foremost Western authorities on the art. In 1983, Greg co-founded the Toronto Bujinkan Dojo, along with J. Courtland Elliot and Edward Brown.In January 1986, Sensei Tremblay was granted permission to wear the rank of Shodan, or first-degree black belt. Later that year, he was further promoted to Nidan, or second-degree under the authority of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi.

In 1994, Jason Vogel, a former student of Greg's, now a qualified instructor in his own right, asked Greg to assist him with the teaching responsibilities of a martial arts club, helping with the Children's Ninjutsu Programme. Greg accepted, and in October of 1995, he was officially appointed the Ninjutsu Instructor of the Samurai Club. 

Greg was pleased with the success of his new students, and found a new perspective. In June of 1996, he decided to open Kageyama Dojo on Yonge Street. On of the goals of the new Dojo was to offer a convenient location to other instructors in need of an affordable training space. Another goal was to become a common meeting ground, offering support and encouragement to the Ninjutsu community and enhanced access to the interested public.

In February 1997, Greg was granted the rank of Yondan, or fourth-degree black belt by J. Courtland Elliot under the authority of Dr. Hatsumi from Japan.

Since then, the club has experienced a tremendous surge in growth. A broad spectrum of students now train at Kageyama, from a variety of social backgrounds. In March of 1999, the Kageyama Dojo's requirements grew as well, so it moved to its present location at 9 St. Nicholas Street.

In May of 1999, Sensei Tremblay and a few senior students went to a Tai Kai (convention) in Tucson, Arizona. There the world's top practictioners of the art all converge, and Dr. Hatsumi taught an intensive, three-day seminar. It was at this seminar that Sensei Tremblay was passed to Godan (fifth degree black-belt) and was awarded the title of Shidoshi personally by Dr. Hatsumi.

In September of 2002, Sensei Tremblay and a student attended the Tai Kai in Collinsville, Illinois. The theme of that Tai Kai was Takagi Yoshin Ryu Jutaijutsu, one of the nine schools of the Bujinkan. At that event, Sensei was personally promoted by Dr. Hatsumi to the rank of 7th dan.



For more information concerning student and group rates, 
memberships and training schedules email kageyamadojo@gmail.com