Learn Karate in Ottawa

Zen Mixed Martial Arts teaches a style of karate called Chitō-Ryū in our karate classes in Ottawa.  Chitō-Ryū Karate is a style of karate founded by Tsuyoshi Chitose. The name of the style translates loosely as "1,000 year old Chinese style",  or “the 1,000 year old style originating from the Tang dynasty”.  The  style was officially founded in Japan in 1946.         

Dr. Chitose was a trained physician.  He used his medical  knowledge of anatomy and physiology to modify traditional techniques of  Chitō-Ryū to make them both more effective against opponents, as well as  less detrimental to the bodies and joints of long-term practitioners.         

Compared with other Japanese karate styles, Chito Ryu karate is more fluid, with higher and shorter stances. The style emphasizes the use of  hand techniques and kicks.  In Chito-Ryu a progression is in place where  your technical skills improve as you practice, get better, and move to more advanced kata. Typically the lower kata contains techniques that  are forceful and that use fists, while the higher kata are based on soft and flowing techniques using open hands.        


Benefits of Karate

  • Improve your focus, concentration, and self-discipline
  • Increased confidence, and self-esteem.
  • Stronger cardiovascular system
  • Increased strength
  • Excellent balance, coordination and flexibility. 

Zen Mixed Martial Arts karate students sparring.

Karate for Beginners

Karate students start with a white belt and work their way through coloured belts to their final black belt.  Each belt represents a progression in the students knowledge and ability.  We have new students joining our classes every week, so you'll never be the newest person for very long.  If you've been thinking about doing it for a while, there's no time like the present.  Come in and try a free class with no obligation and see if it's the right martial art for you.  You'll never know if you don't try!


Is it your dream to compete in karate tournaments for the Zen Martial Arts Competition Team or maybe the Olympics for your country?  We will train you for the toughest and best local, provincial, national and international competitions sanctioned by Karate Canada or the World Karate Federation. 

Book Your Trial Class

Test drive the Zen experience with a complimentary introductory class. Classes are available for all ages, skill levels, and genders. Kindly leave your contact information and we will get right back to you.

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Zen Mixed Martial Arts

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

(613) 723-2800


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11:00 a.m. – 08:30 p.m.