Belleville Karate & Jiu-Jitsu

The club is owned and operated by Head Instructer Shihan Martin Salisbury 5th Dan and Assistant Instructer Sensei Norman Clifton 4th Dan. The lead instructor for Karate is Shihan Carter Mitchell 6th Dan.

BKJJ is under the direct tutelage of Japan's Head of Koubukan Goju-RyuShihan Yutaka Hayashi.

The lead instructor for Jui-Jitsu is Shihan Martin Salisbury. Our instructers have trained many years under the legendary Shihan Tom Sharkey, a former Special Forces U.S. Ranger.

Belleville Karate and Jiu-Jitsu has remained a preeminent institution for self-defence and martial art instruction, Teaching Karate, Jiu Jitsu and Self defence for well over 30 years in the Belleville area. All instructors have world class training which translates into comprehensive and rigorous training for students.

Shihan Jack Donovan began his training under Shihan's Dennis Thompkins and Tom Sharkey. Upon receiving his teaching certifications in both disciplines—Karate and Jiu-Jitsu respectively—Shihan Donovan decided to open his own dojo under the Belleville Karate and Jiu-Jitsu banner. Recognizing the value of Koubukan Gojuryu Karatedo, Shihan Donovan began following the instruction of Hanshi Hayashi and formally affiliated his dojo with the Koubukan Federation.

Currently at Belleville Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, our Karate program is under the supervision of Shihan Carter Mitchell, a 6th Dan who received his initial training under Shihans Dennis Thompkins and Jack Donovan. In order to maintain a high standard of instruction and form, Shihan Mitchell and other instructors participate in a rigorous bi-annual training regimen with Hanshi Hayashi travelling to Chiba, Japan and hosting here at home. 

BKJJ offers traditional martial arts training and welcomes all ages and abilities. You will learn 2 martial arts at the same time, including practical & effective self defence. With over over 1400 square feet of training space and classes that run 4 times a week, you will find our club offers convenience comprehensive martial arts training. We have hosted an annual open tournaments and offer self defence courses and seminars. We teach adults, children and families (we offer generous family rates). Financial Support may apply (ask for details).

BKJJ offers training for beginner, intermediate and advance children. Accommodations are often made to better serve the individual needs of students and parents.

Our Japanese Karate and Jiu-Jitsu programs allow students to progress through the traditional Japanese grading system. Students begin as white belts and as they gain competency at various belt levels (yellow, orange, green, blue and brown), will after four to five years, earn their Black Belts! Classes emphasize fitness, fun, confidence building and discipline.

Meet our Instructors

Salisbury Sensei

Shihan Martin Salisbury, Chief Instructor

  • Godan, 5th Degree Black Belt Karate
  • Yondan, 4th Degree Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu

Father of 2 boys. Training in martial arts for almost 30 years.  Shihan Salisbury has taught and assisted in teaching several WSD courses, trained security guards and studied under law enforcement professionals.

Mitchell Sensei

Shihan Carter Mitchell

  • Rokudan, 6th Degree Black Belt Karate
  • Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu

Father of 2 grown children and grandfather of 1. Shihan Mitchell began training in 1978 at the age of 15 with the Ernestown Boxing Club/Kingston Youth Boxing Club. In 1982 he won a silver medal for Ontario in the light middle weight open class division. He started his Goju-Ryu Karate training in 1997 mostly under the direction of Shihan Jack Donovan & Shihan Dennis Tompkins. Jiu-Jitsu training was under the direction of Shihan Jack Donovan in 2001.

Carter's first trip to Japan was to Naha Okinawa in 2001 to practice Jundokan Goju-Ryu and to participate in a memorial seminar in honour of Ellchi Miyazato Sensei Carter continues to visit and train in Japan biannually.

Clifton Sensei

Sensei Norman Clifton, Instructor

  • Yondan, 4th Degree Black Belt Karate
  • Nidan, 2nd Degree Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu

Father of 2 grown children and grandfather of 2


Sempai Chris Chlorovskir

Sempai Chris Chorlovski

Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt Karate

Sempai Joshua Chlorovski

Sempai Joshua Chorlovski

Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt Karate

Sempai Daniel Chlorovski

Sempai Daniel Chorlovski

Shodan, 1st Degree Black Belt Karate


Hyashi Shihan

Shihan Yutaka Hayashi

  • 8th Dan (Hanshi) Koubukan Goju-Ryu

Japan head of Koubukan Goju-Ryu

34 years training including 27 years Koubukan
He has taught 100's of students and been mentoring Belleville Koubukan for 10 years

Sharkey Shihan

Shihan Tom Sharkey

  • 7th Dan Black Belt, Jiu-Jitsu
  • Lindsay, Ontario

We are very proud to have had direct training under this man for many years at our Belleville Dojo. Currently Shihan Tom Sharkey is the head teacher and the president of Ranger Jiu-Jitsu Club located in Ontario. Ranger Jiu-Jitsu Club offers international seminars of Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, Self Defense and Self-Protection. For 33 years, Tom Sharkey has been a member of the Toronto Police Service. He has been in charge of Tactics and Firearms Training, Supervising the Bomb Squad as well as a Special Weapons Team with ETF. Then, he was promoted as Staff Sergeant and was in charge of the Specialized Training Branch at the Toronto Police Training Academy. Tom Sharkey has a background in the military, including two tours in Vietnam with the 75th Airborne Rangers.

Shihan Sharkey now runs a club in Lindsay, Ontario Ranger Jiu Jitsu

Shihan Donovan

Shihan Jack Donovan

  • Retired Chief Instructor BKJJ
  • KARATE Nanadan (7th Dan) Yudansha Kobujitsu Karate-Doh Federation
  • JIU JITSU Godan (5th Dan) Yudansha Ju Jitsu Federation
  • INSTRUCTOR LICENCE Level 1 World Ju Jitsu Kobudo Organization
  • REFEREE CERTIFICATION Class 1 Yudansha Ju Jitsu Federation Canada
  • REFEREE CERTIFICATION Yudansha Kobujitsu Karate-Doh Federation Canada Continental Level Canada, U.S.A., Mexico National Disciplinary
  • Officer Y.K.K.F. Trained in Canada, U.S.A., England, France, Germany, Channel Islands, Switzerland, Italy

    Our instructors have had the great privilege of being one of Shihan Donovan’s students and they have benefitted significantly from his wisdom. They carry a deep respect for Donovan aspiring to maintain his vision in every class at Belleville Karate and Jiu-Jitsu.


Health and Fitness Concerns

Beginner classes are the best way to get back into shape. You will build up your fitness level gradually. If you have medical challenges: e.g. arthritic joints, old injuries... let us know so we can suggest alternative exercises. If there is no medical reason against a regular fitness program, you aren't’t too old to start Karate or Jiu-Jitsu. Martial Arts has no age limits. We have had many students with a variety of challenges overcome and adapt training. If you have any concerns, please call and discuss with us.

Tournaments and Seminars

Though we encourage students to participate these are optional.

Try a Class

We have drop in rates available so you can try a few classes before committing. Loose clothing, bare feet is all thats required. Minimum age is 6 years and families are welcome to train together in our early class. The second class is more for adults and intermediate students.


In order to practice Karate each student will be required to wear a traditional white martial arts uniform called a Dogi. In addition to monthly dues (pricing), registration also requires an annual membership fee of $25.

The World Kobudo Federation (joining 2018)

In 1992, three fine martial artists established the World Kobudo Federation: Soke Richard Morris, 9th Dan, from England, Kyoshi John Therien, 8th Dan, from Canada and Shihan Alain Sailly, 7th Dan, from France. Since the beginning, they have been able to build up the World Kobudo Federation into one of the leading multi-style organizations in the world. Jiu-Jitsu training should also include attendance at seminars where other Martial Arts Masters will teach you different techniques. We encourage students to be part of WKF events.


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Q. How much does it cost?

A. Dues are low, especially the children and family rate. Extra fees apply to buying a Dogi (uniform), gradings and optional seminar and tournaments. Check out our rates.

Q. Great but I think I should get in shape before starting martial arts.

A. Why wait. Get fit while you learn, what better way to get inspired. Martial arts training requires short bursts of energy with rest periods in between.

Q. I have a Blue Belt in another system, do I have to start all over?

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A. Martial Art styles are so different that we prefer you start at white belt so you fit in better and cover all our requirement. If your basics are good you should progress quickly.  Our club recognizes other schools and systems, in some cases you can keep your belt but cannot move up to the next level until you have demonstrated that you meet all our requirements. Subject to review by Shihan Salisbury.

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