Professor Jules Ladouceur
Professor Jules Ladouceur was a Hachidan (Eighth Degree Black Belt) in the Japanese martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Ninja Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fellowship (NJJBBF).
In 1969, at the age of 18, Jules Ladouceur began training seriously in the martial arts at St. Jean Jiu-Jitsu Dojo (School) in Ottawa. In April 1972, he earned the rank of Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) and was one of the first two Black Belt graduates of the St. Jean Jiu-Jitsu Dojo. In September 1972, Professor Jules and Sensei Denis established the Ninja Jiu-Jitsu Dojo in Ottawa.
The Ninja Jiu-Jitsu Dojo soon became famous for producing quality instructors as well as incredible demonstrations and seminars. Professor Jules played host to, and trained with some of the world's leading Martial Arts Masters who were brought to the Dojo to give seminars. During 1974 and 1975 Professor Jules helped organize a Martial Arts Spectacular in Ottawa called "The International World of Self-Defense". The show presented outstanding demonstrations from over a dozen Fighting Arts. Professor Jules' empty hand, sword-fighting and stick-fighting abilities were featured in the Jiu-Jitsu demonstration.
The Ninja Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fellowship (NJJBBF) was started by Professor Jules in 1982 to create a unique bond between all Black Belts and students of the system. The Fellowship is still active to this day and is comprised of students from coast to coast and several foreign countries. The four-member Board of Directors was established to ensure the maintenance of quality control standards within the system.
After the closure of the Ninja Jiu-Jitsu Dojo, Professor Jules was Head Instructor at the Canadian Academy of Self-Defense and the Gloucester Academy. He gave numerous seminars to many Canadian Armed Forces Military bases, including such places as Lahr Germany, Edmonton Alberta, Halifax Nova Scotia, London Ontario and the list goes on.
Regrettably, Professor Jules Ladouceur passed away from a massive heart attack on June 6th 2010, at the age of 59. He is greatly missed, by all those who knew him. Missed, but not forgotten.