Why Become a Student at John Leroux's World KarateFIT Centre?

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The benefits of martial arts — a better working body; a sharper, more focused mind; a stronger sense of self-confidence; more self-discipline; the ability to physically defend yourself. Who wouldn’t want these things for themselves or their children?

Practicing martial arts at John Leroux's World KarateFIT Centre in Ottawa, ON is about character development (self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline), physical fitness, and self-defense — not just kicking and punching.

People often think that martial arts is about fighting, but that’s not what we emphasize at Ottawa Martial Arts. Instead, we focus on the personal development aspects of martial arts — no matter what our student’s age.

Almost half of the 6 million people who participate in martial arts are children ages 6-17, according to statistics from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. And it’s common for the whole family to get involved, with adults making up about one-third of all students.

Although our style is Karate, no matter what discipline of martial arts you choose (e.g., karate, kung fu, taekwondo, jujitsu), the benefits are the same.

Universal Martial Arts Benefits

Below are the universal benefits of martial arts – the things you can gain regardless of age. For a list of specific martial arts benefits for various age groups, visit the adult and children program pages on this site.

Improved physical fitness: Make no mistake, martial arts is a great workout and a total body exercise program. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, mobility, balance, and strength will all improve — and you will develop a positive body image, no matter what your shape or size.

Enhanced self-confidence: By learning martial arts skills and improving your physical condition, you become more comfortable in all situations — whether you’re in real danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone. Kids develop a new sense of self-esteem, making them virtually “bully-proof.”

Increased focus and concentration: From the very first day of class, students are challenged to think as much as they act. Learning the martial arts forms and movements reinforces working memory which is why the Mayo Clinic specifically lists martial arts among the most effective therapies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Increased social skills: Martial arts strongly emphasizes self-discipline and self-control as a core component of its teachings. Self-leadership and the ability to deal with others in a mature way is the result. As consequence, attending a martial arts program is a great way to make new friends.

Stress relief: Kicking, punching, and screaming are a great stress release, no matter what your age. In addition, practicing martial arts has a calming effect on your mental and emotional well-being, both during class and in your personal life. Martial arts is a highly-effective form of mindfulness meditation.

Respect for values: Honesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and excellence are just some of the values we emphasize our curriculum. The strong core values martial arts develops in its students help both children and adults become better human beings and strong leaders.

Whether you are four years old or 80, our mission at Ottawa Martial Arts is the same — to build strong minds and bodies.