Zen After School Program

Our after school students participate in 3 to 5 martial arts classes a week.  Our Little Samurai students (age 4 to 6) take 3 karate classes a week and our kids (age 7 to 10) take 2 karate and 3 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes a week.

Our martial arts after school program engages students in a fun learning environment to inspire them to become  intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens. The after school program starts at the end of the school day and ends at by 6pm.  The program runs Monday to Friday from Late August to the middle of June (the school calendar year).  The program also includes full day care on PA days for all schools and after school care on snow days (transportation on snow days is dependent on the school).

Depending on  the child’s school the children are either picked up at school by their regular school bus and dropped off at Zen, or they are picked up at at school by Zen staff and our shuttle.  While in our care, the children receive a healthy snack and complete their homework.  Our after school program combines after-school childcare and enrichment programs for children from SK through grade 8.  The program is focused on  providing children with a safe, nurturing and enjoyable place to be after school.                                         

Martial arts training, regular reading, meditation and the other scholastic activities in our after school program help students learn and achieve higher marks in school.   Our after school program enhances a child's teamwork skills, focus, attention, discipline and patience. Our program helps develop skills that are necessary later in life.  We focus on "doing," as opposed to  “observing”, as with TV and computer games.  Activities such as martial arts belt tests and tournaments teach young people to conquer fear and to take risks. 

Kids karate students relaxing at Zen Mixed Martial Arts.

Kids karate students relaxing at Zen Mixed Martial Arts.

We Provide


  • 3 to 5 martial arts classes a week
  • Self-defense training
  • Anti-bullying skills
  • Creative art
  • Cooperative games
  • Quiet areas for reading, homework and 'down' time
  • Participation in sports and games
  • Outdoor play
  • Healthy snacks
  • Meditation

Eligible Schools

Zen Mixed Martial Arts karate students preparing for class.


  • École Catholique Laurier-Carrière
  • École Catholique Édouard-Bond
  • École Catholique Terre-des-Jeunes


  • Agincourt Road Public School
  • Carleton Heights Public School
  • Century Public School
  • Knoxdale Public School
  • Manordale Public School
  • Meadowlands Public School
  • McGregor Easson Public School
  • Sir Winston Churchill Public School


  • Frank Ryan Catholic School
  • Pope John XIII Catholic School
  • St. Augustine Catholic School
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic School
  • St. Gregory Catholic School
  • St. Rita Catholic School


  • Turnbull School
  • Abraar School


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Zen Mixed Martial Arts

1547 Merivale Road, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 4V3, Canada

(613) 723-2800