Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts Instructors

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Pat Cooligan is a black belt under Renzo Gracie – the first in Canada, and the fourth Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black belt in Canadian history. For the past several years, he has been a professional martial artist and full-time instructor. Aside from his BJJ accolades, which include a silver medal at the Pan-American BJJ Championships, he also holds the rank of 4th degree black belt in traditional Jiu Jitsu. His real skill, however, lies in teaching, in which he has had (and continues to have) a rich and varied experience. Pat has not only produced several championship grapplers, he was featured in a 4-week BJJ demonstration on the A Channel’s “News at Noon” program, and also in On The Mat, one of North America’s premier grappling magazines. Pat also has taught the Canadian Army and Special Forces on numerous occasions, and is the recipient of several commendations from the Department of National Defence as well as from several different branches of the Canadian Army. Pat has also had the pleasure of training with some of the best BJJ has to offer – notably Helio, Royce, Rickson, Renzo, and Roger Gracie, to name only a few of the Gracie family members he has met.. Pat has also traveled to Brazil several times to the world-famous Gracie Barra School to hone his skills and teaching ability, and stay current on the newest techniques in Brazil. Pat is OAMA’s Head Instructor, and oversees all programs.

You can contact Pat via email at: pat@oama.ca

Renzo Gracie is one of the most active fighters from the famed Gracie family. Everyone training with Team Renzo Gracie Ottawa ultimately falls under the direction of Renzo himself. He is a two-time Abu Dhabi champion, WCC champion, MARS champion, and has won multiple victories in Pride. Renzo’s main academy is located in New York City. From there Renzo oversees his ever growing association.

Matt Haché is one of the most dedicated students and accomplished competitors at Team Renzo Gracie. Matt has been training with Pat since November 2002, and received his Purple belt from Renzo Gracie in May 2006. Then Matt received his Brown Belt from Pat Cooligan in Aug 2008 and finally he received his Black Belt from Renzo Gracie in October 2012. Over the years, Matt has emerged as one of the main instructors in the BJJ, MMA, and Children’s programs at OAMA. Matt also helps coach students at BJJ tournaments; he also helps OAMA’s Professional MMA fighters prepare for their fights; and is in their corner come fight time. Matt is Assistant Instructor to Pat when working with the Canadian Army and Special Forces. He has represented OAMA at numerous community charity events as well.

Matt’s involvement in BJJ has led him to travel the globe. Matt has been to Los Angeles multiple times to train and compete. During the 2005 Pan American BJJ Championships, Matt was asked to represent the US in the “Brazil vs. USA” series. He has trained extensively at the main academy in New York, and traveled to Brazil multiple times to train at the world famous Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro. He has also competed in the Mundials in Rio in 2005 and 2006. Matt has competed at the Worlds in L.A. in 2007, 2008 and 2009. During the summer of 2003, Matt had an extended stay in Barcelona, Spain, where he trained with Robin Gracie. It is very common for Matt to train with the likes of Renzo Gracie and John Danaher on a regular basis, making Matt a valuable part of the team.

On the tournament circuit, Matt has defeated notables such as Miguel Torres, Ryan Hall, Taylor Hayes, Andy Kwan, and Andrew Redden. Matt has won OAMA’s Excellence in Competition Award every year since the award was created.

Along with teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, Matt is also heavily involved in the development and growth of the children’s programs offered at OAMA. Also to further his knowledge of self defense Matt has now immersed himself in Israel Martial Arts.

  • Boston Open 2011 – Brown Belt Bronze
  • Las Vegas Open 2011 – Brown Belt Gold
  • Miami Open 2011 – Brown Belt Bronze
  • British Open 2010 – Brown Belt Gold
  • NYC Open, 2009 – Brown Belt Silver
  • NAGA/Arnolds, 2008 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2008 – Purple belt Silver, No Gi Silver
  • Renzo Gracie Invitational 2008 – Purple belt Champion
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2007 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • NAGA/Arnolds, 2007 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • Renzo Gracie Invitational 2007 – Purple belt Champion
  • NAGA Connecticut, 2006 – Purple belt Champion, Advanced No Gi Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey, 2006 – Purple belt Bronze, Advanced No Gi Silver
  • NAGA Rhode Island, 2006 – Purple belt Silver, Advanced No Gi Silver
  • Arnolds 2006 – Blue belt Champion, Amateur No Gi Silver
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2005 – No Gi Intermediate Silver
  • Grapplers Quest Virginia, 2005 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey (New Jersey), 2005 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Pan American Championships 2005 – Blue belt Silver, Brazil vs. USA series Silver
  • Arnolds 2005 – Blue belt Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey (Elizabethtown), 2005 – Blue belt Champion,Advanced No Gi Silver
  • Grapplers Quest Las Vegas, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Silver
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2004 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest Virginia, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Bronze
  • Arnolds 2004 – White belt Bronze

Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk. He also had the opportunity to compete with Team Canada in Japan and the United States. While in Japan, he was able to train extensively with the Okinawan Masters at the Jundokan. When he was twenty years old, Nick met Pat Cooligan, with whom he began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also continued his training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. In September 2003, Pat awarded Nick his first degree Black belt in traditional jiu-jitsu, and less than a year later, his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Then after winning the Renzo Gracie Invitational at Blue Belt in April 2008 he received his Purple Belt from Pat Cooligan. BJJ has led Nick to Brazil, where he trained at the famous Gracie Barra, and to the United States, where he trained and competed. He has also had the privilege of training with many high-level BJJ Black belts as well. Under Pat, Nick has also ventured into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, traveling as far as Guam to fight.

Nick began training Muay Thai in January 2003. Several years into his training, Nick traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson at Lanna Kiat Busaba Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai. While there, Nick learned to be a better Muay Thai practitioner, but more importantly in his mind, a better Muay Thai instructor and pad holder, which is now his specialty. Nick has also spent a great deal of time training at The Wat in New York City with Kru Phil Nurse and WKA National Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. While in Canada, Nick makes frequent trips to Toronto to train with Kru Chris Kew, an alumnus of Lanna Chiang Mai and the Ontario Middleweight Champion.

One of Nick’s main foci at OAMA is now managing, in which he works very closely with Matt Hache. Nick has been teaching children the martial arts since he was 15 years of age. He also has over four years of experience as a Child and Youth worker. Nick draws on much of his experience with children both in and outside of the martial arts, and consistently works with the industry’s leaders to further his knowledge of working with and better understanding children. Nick also runs marathons and triathlons in his spare time.

One of the most diverse instructors at OAMA (teaching Muay Thai, Children’s Jiu Jitsu, Kettlbell, and MMA)

  • Renzo Gracie invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2X Grapplers Quest Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer
  • Active Marathoner

Cameron has been training extensively at OAMA since January of 2012. As of mid 2013 he has become a key member at Team OAMA, instructing adults and children of all ages in Jiu Jitsu. Cameron is an active competitor and seeks to grow jiu jitsu at Team Renzo Gracie, OAMA.

Cameron’s martial arts background started with karate at the age of 10, later discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 13. After receiving his second degree black belt in karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt under a Royler Gracie black belt he moved from Barrie, Ontario to Ottawa in 2012. Planning to go to college and continue his training he sought out Pat Cooligan, as he was highly recommended. After completing college Cameron decided to teach and train full time in pursuit of competing.

Cameron is a dedicated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner under Pat Cooligan and looks to compete and be on the podium in the most accredited events in the world. In 2014 Cameron has had the pleasure of competing in Los Angeles, California at the Pan Ams and the World Championships alongside his dedicated team mates. Also traveling with his coach Pat and competing in the World Pro in Abu Dhabi, are just some of the experiences had through OAMA.

Along with training and competing, Cameron’s passion is giving back to students and seeking to better the community through Jiu Jitsu.

Most recent achievements at the purple belt level include:

  • 2014 Abu Dhabi pro trials – Light weight Gold, Absolute Bronze
  • 2014 Toronto GTA Classic – Light Weight Gold, Absolute Gold
  • 2014 Five Grappling Ontario – Medium Heavy Weight Gold, Absolute Silver
  • 2014 Submission Arts United Ottawa – Light Weight gold, Absolute Gold
  • 2014 Budo Open Light Weight Gold, Absolute Gold
  • 2014 Ontario Open – Light Weight Silver, Absolute Bronze
  • 2014 Ascension Open – Light Weight Gold, Absolute Gold
  • 2013 IBJJF Montreal – Light Weight Gold
  • 2013 Ontario Provincial Championships – Light Weight Gold
  • 2013 IBJJF Boston – Light Weight Silver
  • 2013 IBJJF Toronto – Light Weight Silver

Fred Stonehouse is a lifelong martial artist who started training at the age of three years old. I began in Tae Kwon Do and then switched to Karate, where I had achieved the rank of third degree. I then started my journey at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts and dove into the world of Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling and MMA and fell in love with those art forms.
Learning and developing in Martial Arts has an important role but competition has been a huge part of my life since I was a child, competing in my first Taekwondo tournament when I was 5 years old, followed by countless karate tournaments. Now I compete in BJJ tournaments, Muay Thai fights and MMA fights, performing well and enjoying the experiences so far in all three disciplines.

Not only do I love training and competing but I’m a passionate instructor too. I’m the head instructor and manager of OAMA’s Rockland location and teach the kids program, Muay Thai classes and Krav Maga classes. If you like having fun, doing explosive & dynamic workouts, learning great technical details to some of your favourite techniques and getting in the best shape ever, then stop by and jump into one of our exciting classes.

BJJ

  • 2013 provincial champ
  • 2014 provincial champ
  • ADCC pro trials Montreal champ 2014
  • ADCC pro trials Toronto champ 2015
  • Five grappling champion

Muay Thai

  • North American 2013 TBA champion

MMA

  • Heroes Combat League Welterweight Champion
  • Amateur Fighting Series Lightweight Champion

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor
Jack Shipway BJJ OAMA Ottawa

Jack Shipway is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt under Pat Cooligan. He began training martial arts in 2010 and joined OAMA in 2014 after discovering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 2015, Jack joined the staff team as a Program Director and has since been training and instructing with the OAMA Team.

Originally from Australia, Jack has moved back and forth between Ottawa and the east coast of Australia. Jack now solely lives in Canada to help grow and promote the Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the Ottawa area. With various wins at local and provincial tournaments, Jack’s future goals include achieving Gold at the IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championship and opening OAMA schools in Australia.

Jack Shipway
Manager
Kemptville Academy of Martial Arts
jack@oama.ca
613 276 6517

Muay Thai Kickboxing

Kru Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk. He also had the opportunity to compete with Team Canada in Japan and the United States. While in Japan, he was able to train extensively with the Okinawan Masters at the Jundokan. When he was twenty years old, Nick met Pat Cooligan, with whom he began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also continued his training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. In September 2003, Pat awarded Nick his first degree Black belt in traditional jiu-jitsu, and less than a year later, his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Then after winning the Renzo Gracie Invitational at Blue Belt in April 2008 he received his Purple Belt from Pat Cooligan. BJJ has led Nick to Brazil, where he trained at the famous Gracie Barra, and to the United States, where he trained and competed. He has also had the privilege of training with many high-level BJJ Black belts as well. Under Pat, Nick has also ventured into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, traveling as far as Guam to fight.

Nick began training Muay Thai in January 2003. Several years into his training, Nick traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson at Lanna Kiat Busaba Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai. While there, Nick learned to be a better Muay Thai practitioner, but more importantly in his mind, a better Muay Thai instructor and pad holder, which is now his specialty. Nick has also spent a great deal of time training at The Wat in New York City with Kru Phil Nurse and WKA National Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. While in Canada, Nick makes frequent trips to Toronto to train with Kru Chris Kew, an alumnus of Lanna Chiang Mai and the Ontario Middleweight Champion.

One of Nick’s main foci at OAMA is now managing, in which he works very closely with Matt Hache. Nick has been teaching children the martial arts since he was 15 years of age. He also has over four years of experience as a Child and Youth worker. Nick draws on much of his experience with children both in and outside of the martial arts, and consistently works with the industry’s leaders to further his knowledge of working with and better understanding children. Nick also runs marathons and triathlons in his spare time.

One of the most diverse instructors at OAMA (teaching Muay Thai, Children’s Jiu Jitsu, Kettlbell, and MMA)

  • Renzo Gracie invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2X Grapplers Quest Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer
  • Active Marathoner

Fred Stonehouse is a lifelong martial artist who started training at the age of three years old. I began in Tae Kwon Do and then switched to Karate, where I had achieved the rank of third degree. I then started my journey at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts and dove into the world of Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling and MMA and fell in love with those art forms.
Learning and developing in Martial Arts has an important role but competition has been a huge part of my life since I was a child, competing in my first Taekwondo tournament when I was 5 years old, followed by countless karate tournaments. Now I compete in BJJ tournaments, Muay Thai fights and MMA fights, performing well and enjoying the experiences so far in all three disciplines.

Not only do I love training and competing but I’m a passionate instructor too. I’m the head instructor and manager of OAMA’s Rockland location and teach the kids program, Muay Thai classes and Krav Maga classes. If you like having fun, doing explosive & dynamic workouts, learning great technical details to some of your favourite techniques and getting in the best shape ever, then stop by and jump into one of our exciting classes.

BJJ

  • 2013 provincial champ
  • 2014 provincial champ
  • ADCC pro trials Montreal champ 2014
  • ADCC pro trials Toronto champ 2015
  • Five grappling champion

Muay Thai

  • North American 2013 TBA champion

MMA

  • Heroes Combat League Welterweight Champion
  • Amateur Fighting Series Lightweight Champion

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor
Amy Reid Ottawa OAMA Muay-Thai

Amy Reid is no novice when it comes to kickboxing .
Amy started her journey into the martial art in 2006 when her farther and friend opened up a studio , and was instantly hooked on the sport. Amy started competing with only a few short months of training under her belt and with in the years of training now has

Racked up a record of over 25 Wins.

Nor long into training Amy took an interest in coaching.
Amy has had the honor of coaching 5 junior provincial WFK kickboxing gold medalist

2 junior male golden gloves gold medalist and 1 female golden gloves gold medalist .

As well as a

2016 wkf world junior kickboxing champion

2016 wkf world junior silver kickboxing medalist

and 1 world junior wkf champion.

Amy only strives to continue to make the best out of all herself weather it be in the ring or in her everyday life .

Over the years Amy has had the pleasure of working with many different knowledgeable coaches and picking up a few different styles combining it all into her own.

Amy is not just a coach but a mentor for her student as well as a friend .

Amys accomplishments since she started training are :

  • 2011 twin dragon feather weight Kickboxing champion
  • 2014 WKF female feather weight K1 champion
  • 2015 WKF female feather weight K1 provincial champion
  • 2015 WKF female feather weight K1 national champion
  • 2016 WKF female feather weight K1 provincial champion
  • 2016 WKF female feather weight Kickboxing provincial champion
  • 2016 WKF female feather weight World low kick champion

Mixed Martial Arts

Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk. He also had the opportunity to compete with Team Canada in Japan and the United States. While in Japan, he was able to train extensively with the Okinawan Masters at the Jundokan. When he was twenty years old, Nick met Pat Cooligan, with whom he began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also continued his training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. In September 2003, Pat awarded Nick his first degree Black belt in traditional jiu-jitsu, and less than a year later, his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Then after winning the Renzo Gracie Invitational at Blue Belt in April 2008 he received his Purple Belt from Pat Cooligan. BJJ has led Nick to Brazil, where he trained at the famous Gracie Barra, and to the United States, where he trained and competed. He has also had the privilege of training with many high-level BJJ Black belts as well. Under Pat, Nick has also ventured into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, traveling as far as Guam to fight.

Nick began training Muay Thai in January 2003. Several years into his training, Nick traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson at Lanna Kiat Busaba Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai. While there, Nick learned to be a better Muay Thai practitioner, but more importantly in his mind, a better Muay Thai instructor and pad holder, which is now his specialty. Nick has also spent a great deal of time training at The Wat in New York City with Kru Phil Nurse and WKA National Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. While in Canada, Nick makes frequent trips to Toronto to train with Kru Chris Kew, an alumnus of Lanna Chiang Mai and the Ontario Middleweight Champion.

One of Nick’s main foci at OAMA is now managing, in which he works very closely with Matt Hache. Nick has been teaching children the martial arts since he was 15 years of age. He also has over four years of experience as a Child and Youth worker. Nick draws on much of his experience with children both in and outside of the martial arts, and consistently works with the industry’s leaders to further his knowledge of working with and better understanding children. Nick also runs marathons and triathlons in his spare time.

One of the most diverse instructors at OAMA (teaching Muay Thai, Children’s Jiu Jitsu, Kettlbell, and MMA)

  • Renzo Gracie invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2X Grapplers Quest Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer
  • Active Marathoner

Fred Stonehouse is a lifelong martial artist who started training at the age of three years old. I began in Tae Kwon Do and then switched to Karate, where I had achieved the rank of third degree. I then started my journey at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts and dove into the world of Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling and MMA and fell in love with those art forms.
Learning and developing in Martial Arts has an important role but competition has been a huge part of my life since I was a child, competing in my first Taekwondo tournament when I was 5 years old, followed by countless karate tournaments. Now I compete in BJJ tournaments, Muay Thai fights and MMA fights, performing well and enjoying the experiences so far in all three disciplines.

Not only do I love training and competing but I’m a passionate instructor too. I’m the head instructor and manager of OAMA’s Rockland location and teach the kids program, Muay Thai classes and Krav Maga classes. If you like having fun, doing explosive & dynamic workouts, learning great technical details to some of your favourite techniques and getting in the best shape ever, then stop by and jump into one of our exciting classes.

BJJ

  • 2013 provincial champ
  • 2014 provincial champ
  • ADCC pro trials Montreal champ 2014
  • ADCC pro trials Toronto champ 2015
  • Five grappling champion

Muay Thai

  • North American 2013 TBA champion

MMA

  • Heroes Combat League Welterweight Champion
  • Amateur Fighting Series Lightweight Champion

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor

Kids Programs

Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk. He also had the opportunity to compete with Team Canada in Japan and the United States. While in Japan, he was able to train extensively with the Okinawan Masters at the Jundokan. When he was twenty years old, Nick met Pat Cooligan, with whom he began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also continued his training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. In September 2003, Pat awarded Nick his first degree Black belt in traditional jiu-jitsu, and less than a year later, his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Then after winning the Renzo Gracie Invitational at Blue Belt in April 2008 he received his Purple Belt from Pat Cooligan. BJJ has led Nick to Brazil, where he trained at the famous Gracie Barra, and to the United States, where he trained and competed. He has also had the privilege of training with many high-level BJJ Black belts as well. Under Pat, Nick has also ventured into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, traveling as far as Guam to fight.

Nick began training Muay Thai in January 2003. Several years into his training, Nick traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson at Lanna Kiat Busaba Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai. While there, Nick learned to be a better Muay Thai practitioner, but more importantly in his mind, a better Muay Thai instructor and pad holder, which is now his specialty. Nick has also spent a great deal of time training at The Wat in New York City with Kru Phil Nurse and WKA National Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. While in Canada, Nick makes frequent trips to Toronto to train with Kru Chris Kew, an alumnus of Lanna Chiang Mai and the Ontario Middleweight Champion.

One of Nick’s main foci at OAMA is now managing, in which he works very closely with Matt Hache. Nick has been teaching children the martial arts since he was 15 years of age. He also has over four years of experience as a Child and Youth worker. Nick draws on much of his experience with children both in and outside of the martial arts, and consistently works with the industry’s leaders to further his knowledge of working with and better understanding children. Nick also runs marathons and triathlons in his spare time.

One of the most diverse instructors at OAMA (teaching Muay Thai, Children’s Jiu Jitsu, Kettlbell, and MMA)

  • Renzo Gracie invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2X Grapplers Quest Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer
  • Active Marathoner

Matt Haché is one of the most dedicated students and accomplished competitors at Team Renzo Gracie. Matt has been training with Pat since November 2002, and received his Purple belt from Renzo Gracie in May 2006. Then Matt received his Brown Belt from Pat Cooligan in Aug 2008 and finally he received his Black Belt from Renzo Gracie in October 2012. Over the years, Matt has emerged as one of the main instructors in the BJJ, MMA, and Children’s programs at OAMA. Matt also helps coach students at BJJ tournaments; he also helps OAMA’s Professional MMA fighters prepare for their fights; and is in their corner come fight time. Matt is Assistant Instructor to Pat when working with the Canadian Army and Special Forces. He has represented OAMA at numerous community charity events as well.

Matt’s involvement in BJJ has led him to travel the globe. Matt has been to Los Angeles multiple times to train and compete. During the 2005 Pan American BJJ Championships, Matt was asked to represent the US in the “Brazil vs. USA” series. He has trained extensively at the main academy in New York, and traveled to Brazil multiple times to train at the world famous Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro. He has also competed in the Mundials in Rio in 2005 and 2006. Matt has competed at the Worlds in L.A. in 2007, 2008 and 2009. During the summer of 2003, Matt had an extended stay in Barcelona, Spain, where he trained with Robin Gracie. It is very common for Matt to train with the likes of Renzo Gracie and John Danaher on a regular basis, making Matt a valuable part of the team.

On the tournament circuit, Matt has defeated notables such as Miguel Torres, Ryan Hall, Taylor Hayes, Andy Kwan, and Andrew Redden. Matt has won OAMA’s Excellence in Competition Award every year since the award was created.

Along with teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA, Matt is also heavily involved in the development and growth of the children’s programs offered at OAMA. Also to further his knowledge of self defense Matt has now immersed himself in Israel Martial Arts.

  • Boston Open 2011 – Brown Belt Bronze
  • Las Vegas Open 2011 – Brown Belt Gold
  • Miami Open 2011 – Brown Belt Bronze
  • British Open 2010 – Brown Belt Gold
  • NYC Open, 2009 – Brown Belt Silver
  • NAGA/Arnolds, 2008 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2008 – Purple belt Silver, No Gi Silver
  • Renzo Gracie Invitational 2008 – Purple belt Champion
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2007 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • NAGA/Arnolds, 2007 – Purple belt Champion, No Gi Advanced Champion
  • Renzo Gracie Invitational 2007 – Purple belt Champion
  • NAGA Connecticut, 2006 – Purple belt Champion, Advanced No Gi Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey, 2006 – Purple belt Bronze, Advanced No Gi Silver
  • NAGA Rhode Island, 2006 – Purple belt Silver, Advanced No Gi Silver
  • Arnolds 2006 – Blue belt Champion, Amateur No Gi Silver
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2005 – No Gi Intermediate Silver
  • Grapplers Quest Virginia, 2005 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey (New Jersey), 2005 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Pan American Championships 2005 – Blue belt Silver, Brazil vs. USA series Silver
  • Arnolds 2005 – Blue belt Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey (Elizabethtown), 2005 – Blue belt Champion,Advanced No Gi Silver
  • Grapplers Quest Las Vegas, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Silver
  • NAGA New Jersey, 2004 – Blue belt Silver, No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest Virginia, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Champion
  • Grapplers Quest New Jersey, 2004 – No Gi Intermediate Bronze
  • Arnolds 2004 – White belt Bronze

Sensei MacKenzie Oldham began training with Pat Cooligan at the age of 12 in the adult program. Mackenzie is one of the most dedicated staff and instructors here at OAMA. She helps with summer and March Break camps and many of other events. She was one of the first women promoted to blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at OAMA and had the honour of receiving it from Renzo Gracie himself. She is also one of the few women at the academy who competes in BJJ tournaments in the United States.

MacKenzie has been very active in the competition scene for the past couple years and has had major success.

She has won many titles such as:

  • Arnold’s 2007 champion – Gold
  • NAGA World’s Championship 2007 – Silver
  • Grappler’s Quest North American Championship 2007 – Bronze

Fred Stonehouse is a lifelong martial artist who started training at the age of three years old. I began in Tae Kwon Do and then switched to Karate, where I had achieved the rank of third degree. I then started my journey at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts and dove into the world of Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling and MMA and fell in love with those art forms.
Learning and developing in Martial Arts has an important role but competition has been a huge part of my life since I was a child, competing in my first Taekwondo tournament when I was 5 years old, followed by countless karate tournaments. Now I compete in BJJ tournaments, Muay Thai fights and MMA fights, performing well and enjoying the experiences so far in all three disciplines.

Not only do I love training and competing but I’m a passionate instructor too. I’m the head instructor and manager of OAMA’s Rockland location and teach the kids program, Muay Thai classes and Krav Maga classes. If you like having fun, doing explosive & dynamic workouts, learning great technical details to some of your favourite techniques and getting in the best shape ever, then stop by and jump into one of our exciting classes.

BJJ

  • 2013 provincial champ
  • 2014 provincial champ
  • ADCC pro trials Montreal champ 2014
  • ADCC pro trials Toronto champ 2015
  • Five grappling champion

Muay Thai

  • North American 2013 TBA champion

MMA

  • Heroes Combat League Welterweight Champion
  • Amateur Fighting Series Lightweight Champion

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor

Kettlebell

Chris Gifford has been involved in Kettlebell training since 2004 and received his RKC Certification under Pavel Tsatsouline in October 2007. He is the head Kettlebell instructor at OAMA, where the Kettlebell program has been expanding steadily under his guidance. Chris also trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has reached the rank of Blue Belt. He also has a Black Belt in traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

For further information on the OAMA Kettlebell program Chris can be reached at chrisg@oama.ca.

Nick Castiglia has been training in the martial arts since he was ten years old, beginning first with traditional Jiu-Jitsu before moving on to Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate, where he received his first degree Black belt from Sensei Mike Sywyk. He also had the opportunity to compete with Team Canada in Japan and the United States. While in Japan, he was able to train extensively with the Okinawan Masters at the Jundokan. When he was twenty years old, Nick met Pat Cooligan, with whom he began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also continued his training in traditional Jiu-Jitsu. In September 2003, Pat awarded Nick his first degree Black belt in traditional jiu-jitsu, and less than a year later, his Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.Then after winning the Renzo Gracie Invitational at Blue Belt in April 2008 he received his Purple Belt from Pat Cooligan. BJJ has led Nick to Brazil, where he trained at the famous Gracie Barra, and to the United States, where he trained and competed. He has also had the privilege of training with many high-level BJJ Black belts as well. Under Pat, Nick has also ventured into the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, traveling as far as Guam to fight.

Nick began training Muay Thai in January 2003. Several years into his training, Nick traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson at Lanna Kiat Busaba Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai. While there, Nick learned to be a better Muay Thai practitioner, but more importantly in his mind, a better Muay Thai instructor and pad holder, which is now his specialty. Nick has also spent a great deal of time training at The Wat in New York City with Kru Phil Nurse and WKA National Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. While in Canada, Nick makes frequent trips to Toronto to train with Kru Chris Kew, an alumnus of Lanna Chiang Mai and the Ontario Middleweight Champion.

One of Nick’s main foci at OAMA is now managing, in which he works very closely with Matt Hache. Nick has been teaching children the martial arts since he was 15 years of age. He also has over four years of experience as a Child and Youth worker. Nick draws on much of his experience with children both in and outside of the martial arts, and consistently works with the industry’s leaders to further his knowledge of working with and better understanding children. Nick also runs marathons and triathlons in his spare time.

One of the most diverse instructors at OAMA (teaching Muay Thai, Children’s Jiu Jitsu, Kettlbell, and MMA)

  • Renzo Gracie invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2X Grapplers Quest Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor
  • Can Fit Pro certified personal trainer
  • Active Marathoner

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor

Ultimate Fitness

Sensei Mark Holst Mark has been training full time ever since he turned 16 years old. He began in the martial arts with Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing with 23-time world champion Jean-Yves Theriault. After receiving his Black belt in Shotokan karate, Mark decided it was time to move on to bigger challenges, and began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai at OAMA. Mark is now a Blue belt in BJJ under his main instructor, Pat Cooligan. He has had the opportunity to train with BJJ greats like John Danaher, Igor Gracie, and Fabio Leopoldo.

Mark has also spent an extensive amount of time in New York training Muay Thai under the tutelage of Kru Phil Nurse and with National WKA Muay Thai Champion Jamie Crowder. With the support of OAMA, Mark traveled to Thailand to train under Kru Andy Thomson, owner of the world-famous Kiat Busaba Lanna Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai, where he got the chance to fight. On later trips to Thailand, Mark studied at the World Muay Thai Institute in Bangkok, where he earned the highest-level of certification an instructor can receive from the World Muay Thai Council. Mark is also a certified Kru under the Canadian Amateur Muay Thai Association of Ontario (CAMTAO). Despite his young age, no other Muay Thai instructor in Ottawa holds the number of certifications Mark has acquired in the sport, nor can they rival his fighting record.

The martial arts have also taken Mark on many travels – four times to Thailand, thrice to Brazil, and countless times to the United States, from Los Angeles to New York.

At OAMA, Mark is a full-time instructor in Muay Thai, MMA, and Children’s Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amateur Kickboxing record 4-1-1 (Iceman Circuit)
  • Amateur Muay Thai record 1-0 (CAMTAO)
  • Pro Muay Thai record 4-0 (Thailand, WKA-NYC)
  • Pro MMA record 2-0 (APEX, Guam: Geran Haga)
  • 2x Grappler’s Quest Champion
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion
  • Copa Atlantica Champion
  • CAMTAO-certified Kru
  • World Muay Thai Council-certified Senior Level Instructor