Canada’s top ambassador of martial arts.
THERIEN, JOHN (born 1949) Canadian martial arts instructor, promoter, and writer. Therien began studying in Ottawa under Georges Sylvain, in 1969 he received his black belt from the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association. An instructor in Can-Ryu, kickboxing, and jujutsu, he is vice-president of the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Union and promoter of the John Therien Invitational and Ottawa Inter-Club Championships. He is president and founder of the T.S.S. Promotions, Ltd., the most active fullcontact promoters in Canada. He was the Canadian PKA representative and manager of Jean-Yves Theriault, who assumed the vacated middleweight world title after Bill Wallace retired. Therien is a columnist for Official Karate Magazine. Therien is also founder and president of the Canadian-European Jiu-Jitsu Exchange (CEJJEX), a reciprocating learning experience for instructors and students from around the world.
Therien, together with Frenchman Hanshi Alain Sailly, is a director of the World Kobudo Federation, a global association who spreads martial arts teachings by promoting seminars.