“You need to be able to touch everyone you meet in some positive way”
Professor Don Jacob
Our dojo is located at # 4347 West 10th Ave, in the heart of Point Grey Village in Vancouver, B.C. Senpai Ioanna Koutava is the head instructor and owner of the Purple Dragon Point Grey branch.
Our style is the Don Jitsu Ryu system founded by world renowned martial artist, Grandmaster Professor Don Jacob of Trinidad, a 9th Degree Black Belt in this system, with over 45 years experience and a vast knowledge in the martial arts.
Senpai Ioanna has been Professor Don Jacob’s student for over eleven years. She has been teaching the Don Jitsu Ryu system since 2008 and has been an educator for over 20 years.
Purple Dragon Point Grey was established from Senpai Ioanna’s vision to offer the Don Jitsu Ryu system, created by Professor Don Jacob, in an “all are welcome, safe, fun, family” environment to the Point Grey community. Her goal is to make a positive difference in people’s lives through the martial arts, kickboxing, and yoga, and bring health and fitness to all age groups in her community. She is driven by her desire to help her students benefit, just as she and her children benefitted physically, mentally and spiritually by practicing the Don Jitsu Ryu; by her desire to help create strong and healthy bodies in a safe, fun and supportive environment; and to help children, women and men feel empowered, self confident, and live healthier lives.
Our dojo offers karate/Don Jitsu Ryu, fitness kickboxing, self defence, yoga and private lessons in all class styles. All our instructors are working to create a wonderful experience, local community and a healthy lifestyle, as Don Jitsu Ryu ‘is not just a style, but a lifestyle’.