Over the years Dave Crane has train with some of the best in their fields and continues to train with high-level experts bring a ton of knowledge and expertise to his students. Dave has hundreds of 5 star ratings and many consider him the best instructor in Alberta and is sought after throughout. His focus is Self-Defenase and defensive tactics, however xtreme fitness is a by-product of his teachings.
Dave’s father Dave Crane sr. was a top athlete in his youth, swimming, diving, gymnastics and boxing. In the early 1960’s he started training in Judo and continued to training under the late Graham Bert of Devizes, Wiltshire, England until Graham decided to focus on Aikido due to difference of direction in the Judo community. Graham was a student of Kenshiro Abbe, Masutaro Omani, both Judo and Nakazono Sensei, Aikido. In 1979 while swimming Graham drowned.
With over 50 years in Judo Dave Crane sr. still trains and coaches
Dave Crane jr. remembers Judo training with his father and Graham at an early age at the old YMCA in St. John’s in the 1970’s, and would attend various martial art events with his father and Graham. Dave Crane sr. restarted Judo and various other martial arts with his kids in the 1980’s.
Dave’s jr Judo card was issued by his instructor at the time Yves LeGal of France.
Throughout the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s Dave Crane jr. Trained Judo, Tae Kwon Do (ITF, WTF, GTF (Global Tae Kwon Do), Kempo, Westling and Boxing at the Star of The Sea.
While Boxing in the mid 1990’s he meet and trained with Yuri, a former Russian Boxing and trainer who defected while on the way to Cuba as a coach. Besides a Russian coach Yuri was a former Moldivian boxing chapman, Red Army Boxing chapman, and Russian Boxing chapman. David later inducted Yuri to the Kempo association where he trained the Kempo students boxing on Saturdays.
Dave and his Father trained together until David left Newfoundland. They attended many seminars and workshops together.
The Next Generation
In the 2000’s plus Dave trained Judo, Westling, Kickboxing (Black belt), MMA ((Black belt)(consisting of Aikijutsu, Kyokushin Karate, grappling and weapons)), and Krav Maga also for security work Pressure Point Control Tactics – Defensive Tactics (PPCT), Verbal Judo (Communication).
Dave is also a NCCP certified coach (National Coaching Certification Program)
Steve a long-time Judo instructor and friend received his Black belt in Japan in the 1950’s. When arriving in Canada in the late 50’s or early 60’s he taught Judo in Ottawa for the Takahashi Dojo until he moved to Sherwood Park and took over the Sherwood Park Judo club in 1980.
Jean-Paul, Dave’s current instructor and friend have been training together for a few years now and makes frequent trips to Edmonton working with Dave and his students. Dave has been training with Jean-Paul for a few years.
Dave’s been featured in the Shirley McQueen – 95.7 CRUZ FM Edmonton Blog, Edmonton Journal, Fine Lifestyles magazine, YEG Fitness, ShawTV https://youtu.be/FV_lv4yP4IA, CTV Morning Live.