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.