A Message From The Founder

A Message From The Founder

In the Spring of 2007, I found  myself standing in an empty 3300 square  foot space with a cement floor and 4  long walls.  It had been a busy  year so far.  A few months earlier I had just sold my  telecommunications company that I had built over a ten year period from nothing to three locations and 20 employees.  We had just sold our house in Vancouver and we were in the process of building our new house  in Ottawa.  As a lifelong martial artist who at one point or another  was a  student in seven different martial arts, trained all over the world and  competed all over North America, I had a dream.  I had a  dream to create a  training facility that was modern, clean, bright and  had the best equipment and  training in Ottawa.  A place people could  call home and a place where  everyone felt like family.  The dream was to provide a facility and  environment where the training would inspire positive change in the lives of each one of our students and have a positive impact on their families and the  communities they lived in. It  was this dream that I decided to spend the rest of my life pursuing and sharing with others.

It wasn't easy.  I'd forgotten how much work a new  startup can be.   Whether it was when we first opened 10 years ago or when we completed  our recent renovations, our staff and many of our students laboured away day and night to build the facility you now train in.  One  student  at a time we built Zen to what it is today.

Now many years later we continue to push  each other every day to become better martial artists and people. We  challenge each other to grow, and we inspire each other to be the best that we can be mentally, physically,  and spiritually.  All of you inspire me every day to become the best person and martial artist that I can be. Through your participation at Zen you  have changed yourself and your training partners for the better as martial  artists and as  human beings.  It makes me very proud to see the changes and growth in each one of you.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, You must be the change you  wish to see in the world.   Let your every moment be an example of what you teach and counsel.   Let your every action be a reflection of your  beliefs and let your every word be reflective of your own thoughts.

For those of you just starting this new  voyage,  remember that the commitment for change has no days off, does  not allow for excuses and does not allow for pardons.  Excellence is an art won by  training and good habits. We are what we repeatedly do.

Whether your training has helped you lose weight,  overcome some bad  habits, develop confidence, discipline, focus, physical  strength,  increased flexibility or improved balance, you have and will continue to change for the better.  Some of us have achieved our brown belts in   karate, our blue belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, our Level II Muay Thai prajiet,  completed our first ring fight or even won a championship title.  Through  it all, we continue to share good times,  disappointments, sometimes injuries,  but always progress.

Many years later Zen has grown into a  family of  lifelong friends. It has become that wonderful world that inspires people to new heights. Zen has become a place where dreams can and do happen.  Thank you for letting Zen help bridge the gap between your dreams and achieving  personal greatness.


David Dash - Founder and Owner                             


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