An experienced team of instructors, captained by masters John and Peter Douvris, helps Ottawans get fit while learning self-defense during kickboxing and karate classes. Comprised of three classes—kickboxing, Cardio Bag, and Body Shape—the kickboxing program builds endurance, chisels muscles into diamond-like hardiness, and improves reaction time and coordination for dodging projectile bags of money. Kickboxing classes sync footwork drills to antielevator music, and Cardio Bag classes instill proper punching form with heavy-bag routines (must bring boxing gloves or hand wraps). Specialized weight training isolates muscle groups during Body Shape classes, which also incorporate calisthenics and stretching exercises.
Led by fourth-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt Jason Motardowner, the team at Tekken Martial Arts Academy specializes in martial arts for students of all ages. Whether students want to become martial arts masters, get fit, or improve their self-confidence, Tekken caters to them with a variety of programs including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, grappling, mixed martial arts, and self-defense/Hapkido. They also hold fitness-themed classes such as cardio kickboxing and muay Thai, and TRX suspension circuit training.
In personally licensing and graduating more than 1,000 black belts, Hanshi John Therien has been honoured with an elite rank of his own. As hanshi, or leader of leaders, he guides students and fellow instructors through a practical self-defense program that incorporates fighting styles including judo, karate, boxing, and pressure-point tactics. Professional Kickboxing Association champion of the world Jean-Yves Theriault also lends his expertise to students. Theriault teaches kickboxing classes that focus on staying in shape and gaining control of techniques that can effectively disable assailants and aggressive heavy-bags. As students learn the practical safety techniques, they also glean values that can be applied to everyday life, such as discipline and self-confidence.
A renowned competitive fighter in the world of sport karate in the 1980s, Steve Anderson stays active in the modern martial-arts community by leading self-defense classes for children and adults with a team of experienced instructors. Kids as young as 3 years old begin their long journey toward wearing black belts and regular belts in the Little Dragons class, soon progressing to the Little Ninjas level and, finally, the youth karate program that aims to build their mind, body, and spirit. Students 14 and older can fine-tune their bodies and skills in several versions of kick-boxing classes, from the fast-paced cardio class to sessions at bags, where fighters learn to defend themselves in the case of a couch-cushion uprising.
The instructors at Patenaude Martial Arts embody fang shen do, or "way of survival" with several types of classes: kung fu, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and self-defense. These experts combine Eastern philosophies to teach the finer points of martial arts in classes for men and women. For self-defense, the also bring in kids or the full family. In all of these classes, the training doesn't focus entirely on fighting. The classes also teach things applicable to all areas of life, both inside and outside class, such as confidence, self control, and how to wear a belt with impeccable style.
Bright-blue padded mats cover the floors and walls inside Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Academy, protecting students while they kick and punch their way across the room. Experienced instructors teach students of all ages basic and advanced techniques in Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, muay thai, and kickboxing. In addition to classes, the gym offers an afterschool program, which uses martial arts to bolster students’ self-esteem, motor skills, and physical fitness.