Judo Ottawa

So you’re interested in judo and mixed martial arts fitness but you don’t know if it would be right for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read below to find out more about the sport of judo and the various classes we offer at our facility!

The benefits of judo

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, judo is a safe way to stay in shape and even lose weight all while teaching you the core techniques of self-defense. Judo is something that can be practiced all year round, regardless of the weather!

We practice inside a gym at our top notch facility. Did you know there are many benefits to combat fitness physical activity? Find them out by reading the list below:

  • Instills and reinforces self-discipline
  • Helps with concentration and focus
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Increases ability to defend oneself
  • Increases stability (mental and physical)
  • Helps clear the mind (de-stress)
  • Increases feeling of overall wellness
  • Lose weight and/or gain muscle in a fun and interactive class environment
  • Increased mental and physical awareness
  • Training from a world class athlete and expert

What you can expect to learn

When speaking about mixed martial arts, it is always important to examine all aspects of the sport. There is so much to learn and certain things must be taught at certain levels. It is though much training that one can master this sport. In fact, Judo training has a strict set of rules to ensure safety which helps you gain an increased mental and physical awareness.

Judo training can be applied for self defense, competitive sport, fitness, recreation and fun. So what can you expect to learn? Well, there are many different techniques which we teach: throwing, grappling techniques utilizing hold downs, arm locks, chokes and striking techniques. These are safe and are taught in detail.

Take a look at the video below to see a choke technique being taught at our facility.

As you can see, our instructors ensure that safety is the utmost concern and that these techniques involve a high level of integrity. Regarding the physical aspect, the interesting thing about judo is that it utilizes all the muscles in the body and all the energy systems helping to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, speed, power, aerobic and anaerobic cardiovascular fitness.

It really helps with core fitness and balance which are important aspects of physical health, especially as we age! You can definitely expect improvements in those areas after only a few months of judo training.

So are you up for it? Our classes are much more exciting than your typical hour of cardio running on a treadmill! And the great part is the variety of class options available and techniques you can learn. Find out more about these classes by reading below.

History of the sport

The practice and sport of judo originated from the island of Japan over a thousand years ago by a man named Jigoro Kano. He created this sport with three distinct characteristics: the practice of jujitsu blended with the sport of wrestling blended with a strong mental discipline. From this, the sacred art of judo was born. Practiced only by the samurai (professional japanese soldiers) for many decades, this sport used to involve the use of swords, bows and arrows!

Today, we practice this sport in North America without the use of such tools but the basic combination remains. It is this specific combination of mental, physical and technique expertise that has propelled this sport into popularity in North America. But, it wasn’t up until 1964 that judo finally officially became an Olympic sport.

Even if you don’t plan to become an Olympic athlete, practicing judo and mixed martial arts has many health benefits and at our facility, we welcome all levels of experience! Read below to find out more about the benefits and the various classes we offer!

A wide variety of classes

At our martial arts school, we take pride in the wide selection of classes offered for adults. Join the roster of celebrity judokas and mma fighters such as Pierre Trudeau, Ronda Rousey and many others from all around the world.

Take on this sport for a better sense of overall wellness in any of the specialties below! Click on the links below to be brought directly to class pages:

  • Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
  • Combat Sambo
  • Fitness classes
  • Family Judo class
  • Jujutsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kosen Judo
  • Kun Khmer – Muay Thai Kickboxing
  • Sports Sambo
  • Wrestling
  • Women’s classes

About the coach

The great part about training at our facility is that you will benefit from coaches that have developed their expertise over many years. Don’t miss your chance to participate in a class taught by Tina Takahashi and train with the best of the best!

With an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, Tina also holds an Ontario Teacher’s certificate. Tina has many years of experience as an elementary school and high school substitute teacher, she worked with the Ottawa Board of Education before pursuing her passion as a full-time coach.

Fun facts about Tina Takahashi:

  • She won Canada’s first gold medal a the World Judo Competition
  • She is Canada’s first ever women’s Olympic coach
  • She holds a certificate from Canada’s Sport Federation for pioneering women’s competitive judo
  • She is in Canada’s judo sports Hall of Fame, Judo Ontario’s Hall of Fame and Ottawa and Nepean Sports Hall of Fame
  • She was Canada’s judo instructor for Prime Minister Mulroney & Prime Minister Trudeau’s children

So, what are you waiting for? Come release your inner mma fighter and sign up for one of our many classes today! All levels of experience welcomed!

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Tina Takahashi Martial Arts & Fitness aims to provide the highest quality instruction not only for athletes that have high aspirations but also for beginners that may not hold Olympic type dreams. All levels of experience are most welcome with appropriate programs custom made to suit any fitness or skill level.


Tue 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Wed 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Sat 1:40pm - 2:40pm (Parent & Children 3 yr +, Adult & Teens)

Ottawa Martial Arts Classes

Ottawa Martial Arts & Fitness Classes

Tina Takahashi Martial Arts & Fitness aims to provide the highest quality instruction not only for athletes that have high aspirations but also for beginners that may not hold Olympic type dreams. All levels of experience are most welcome with appropriate programs custom made to suit any fitness or skill level.

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