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

Kru Jeff Harrison has been involved in combat athletics since 1998. After beginning with Judo and Submission wrestling, his training in Muay Thai began under Kru Chris Kew and he has been fighting since 2000, coaching since 2001. His fighting career has seen roughly 50 fights, and has taken him across North America, to Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, and Europe. Jeff has won titles in Muay Thai and was the first ever Champion from the highly regarded MAS Thai Boxing. As a Kru he has coached fighters to over 90 Championship belts. He was Arjan Berklerk Pinsinchai’s first North American student and has spent countless hours with the Muay Thai living legend, and even his teachers learning, living, and readying for competition in Canada and throughout Thailand. Jeff has also worked with many boxing,wrestling, MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing coaches the world over. Jeff has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and has worked with many of the best the world has to offer. Kru Jeff has cornered countless fights, from Muay Thai smokers to Lumpinee or Channel 7 , or coaching in front of sold out arenas at large promotions like TKO, ECC, Bellator, The Score Fighting Series, and even the UFC. Since retiring from fighting in 2011, Jeff has dedicated himself entirely to coaching. He is regarded as a top shelf Canadian Muay Thai and MMA coach. He puts his passion and love for the art of Muay Thai into every single class and tries his absolute best for each one of OAMA’s members.

Highlights of career:

  • Began Training with Kru Chris Kew 1999
  • Had first amateur Muay Thai fight 2000
  • AMTAC official’s course 2002
  • BJJ with Carlos Gracie at Gracie Barra 2002- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • East meets West Team Canada coach 2002- Manchester, England
  • Assistant coach Team Canada for I.F.T.M.A. world championships(Bangkok, Thailand) 2002
  • W.P.M.T.F. World Meeting Canadian Representative -Bangkok , Thailand 2003
  • WMF World Championship Team Canada National Training camp coach 2003-2007 Competition in Germany x 2 , Mexico x 2 , Thailand x 2
  • MAS Thai Boxing level 5 instructor under Kru Chris Kew
  • Kru under Ajarn Berklerk Pinsinchai 2003-present
  • Pro Muay Thai debut 2004
  • CAMTAO Kru Certification 2004
  • CAMTAO corner man’s course 2005
  • Registered MMA cornerman with Quebec Regie 2006- Present
  • Pro MMA debut 2007
  • Received Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt from Pat Cooligan 2008
  • Has been featured on The Score, A channel, The fight Network, CTV news, and countless printed articles
  • CASK level 1 coach 2010
  • First aid certified
  • Has been part of training athletes to win over 90 title belts in Amateur and Professional Muay Thai and MMA

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

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

Kru Jeff Harrison has been involved in combat athletics since 1998. After beginning with Judo and Submission wrestling, his training in Muay Thai began under Kru Chris Kew and he has been fighting since 2000, coaching since 2001. His fighting career has seen roughly 50 fights, and has taken him across North America, to Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, and Europe. Jeff has won titles in Muay Thai and was the first ever Champion from the highly regarded MAS Thai Boxing. As a Kru he has coached fighters to over 90 Championship belts. He was Arjan Berklerk Pinsinchai’s first North American student and has spent countless hours with the Muay Thai living legend, and even his teachers learning, living, and readying for competition in Canada and throughout Thailand. Jeff has also worked with many boxing,wrestling, MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing coaches the world over. Jeff has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and has worked with many of the best the world has to offer. Kru Jeff has cornered countless fights, from Muay Thai smokers to Lumpinee or Channel 7 , or coaching in front of sold out arenas at large promotions like TKO, ECC, Bellator, The Score Fighting Series, and even the UFC. Since retiring from fighting in 2011, Jeff has dedicated himself entirely to coaching. He is regarded as a top shelf Canadian Muay Thai and MMA coach. He puts his passion and love for the art of Muay Thai into every single class and tries his absolute best for each one of OAMA’s members.

Highlights of career:

  • Began Training with Kru Chris Kew 1999
  • Had first amateur Muay Thai fight 2000
  • AMTAC official’s course 2002
  • BJJ with Carlos Gracie at Gracie Barra 2002- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • East meets West Team Canada coach 2002- Manchester, England
  • Assistant coach Team Canada for I.F.T.M.A. world championships(Bangkok, Thailand) 2002
  • W.P.M.T.F. World Meeting Canadian Representative -Bangkok , Thailand 2003
  • WMF World Championship Team Canada National Training camp coach 2003-2007 Competition in Germany x 2 , Mexico x 2 , Thailand x 2
  • MAS Thai Boxing level 5 instructor under Kru Chris Kew
  • Kru under Ajarn Berklerk Pinsinchai 2003-present
  • Pro Muay Thai debut 2004
  • CAMTAO Kru Certification 2004
  • CAMTAO corner man’s course 2005
  • Registered MMA cornerman with Quebec Regie 2006- Present
  • Pro MMA debut 2007
  • Received Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt from Pat Cooligan 2008
  • Has been featured on The Score, A channel, The fight Network, CTV news, and countless printed articles
  • CASK level 1 coach 2010
  • First aid certified
  • Has been part of training athletes to win over 90 title belts in Amateur and Professional Muay Thai and MMA

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

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

Kru Jeff Harrison has been involved in combat athletics since 1998. After beginning with Judo and Submission wrestling, his training in Muay Thai began under Kru Chris Kew and he has been fighting since 2000, coaching since 2001. His fighting career has seen roughly 50 fights, and has taken him across North America, to Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, and Europe. Jeff has won titles in Muay Thai and was the first ever Champion from the highly regarded MAS Thai Boxing. As a Kru he has coached fighters to over 90 Championship belts. He was Arjan Berklerk Pinsinchai’s first North American student and has spent countless hours with the Muay Thai living legend, and even his teachers learning, living, and readying for competition in Canada and throughout Thailand. Jeff has also worked with many boxing,wrestling, MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing coaches the world over. Jeff has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and has worked with many of the best the world has to offer. Kru Jeff has cornered countless fights, from Muay Thai smokers to Lumpinee or Channel 7 , or coaching in front of sold out arenas at large promotions like TKO, ECC, Bellator, The Score Fighting Series, and even the UFC. Since retiring from fighting in 2011, Jeff has dedicated himself entirely to coaching. He is regarded as a top shelf Canadian Muay Thai and MMA coach. He puts his passion and love for the art of Muay Thai into every single class and tries his absolute best for each one of OAMA’s members.

Highlights of career:

  • Began Training with Kru Chris Kew 1999
  • Had first amateur Muay Thai fight 2000
  • AMTAC official’s course 2002
  • BJJ with Carlos Gracie at Gracie Barra 2002- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • East meets West Team Canada coach 2002- Manchester, England
  • Assistant coach Team Canada for I.F.T.M.A. world championships(Bangkok, Thailand) 2002
  • W.P.M.T.F. World Meeting Canadian Representative -Bangkok , Thailand 2003
  • WMF World Championship Team Canada National Training camp coach 2003-2007 Competition in Germany x 2 , Mexico x 2 , Thailand x 2
  • MAS Thai Boxing level 5 instructor under Kru Chris Kew
  • Kru under Ajarn Berklerk Pinsinchai 2003-present
  • Pro Muay Thai debut 2004
  • CAMTAO Kru Certification 2004
  • CAMTAO corner man’s course 2005
  • Registered MMA cornerman with Quebec Regie 2006- Present
  • Pro MMA debut 2007
  • Received Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt from Pat Cooligan 2008
  • Has been featured on The Score, A channel, The fight Network, CTV news, and countless printed articles
  • CASK level 1 coach 2010
  • First aid certified
  • Has been part of training athletes to win over 90 title belts in Amateur and Professional Muay Thai and MMA

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

Krav Maga

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

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

Taekwondo

Master Ken Blackburn is an Award-winning instructor, acclaimed as the top Taekwondo instructor in Ottawa by a world renowned 9th Dan Grand Master and WTF Executive council Member. He has been teaching Taekwondo in Ottawa for over 30 years. He has achieved his 5th Dan Kukkiwon and is Ottawa’s only 6th Dan Song Moo Kwang Black Belt as well as the only Black Belt Instructor to teach Hapkido in Ottawa that is officially certified through the Korean Hapkido Federation

Master Ken discovered Taekwondo at a young age, during a difficult period in his life. After spending a number of his formative years being bullied, he was heading down a troubled path which included dropping out of school, instability at home, and trouble with the law. Something about the sport resonated with him, and he was able to use Taekwondo as a vehicle through which he could change his path. He fostered those intangible qualities – strength, courage, discipline and an indomitable spirit – to turn his life around and find great success as a medaled athlete, an award-winning instructor and a pillar in the community.

Since he has begun training, Master Ken has enjoyed a number of successes as a competitor and as an instructor, coaching many students to victories on the provincial, national and international stages. However, he has consistently maintained the philosophy that Taekwondo – and martial arts in general – must be more than just a sport. It has been the one steadying influence in his life, and is the means by which his students develop the qualities that inspire them to achieve their best, regardless of age or skill level. The sum total of his life experience as an athlete and in his personal life give him a unique perspective on how to motivate his students to excellence on the training floor and through all other facets of their lives.

Today, Master Ken enjoys a long-standing relationship with his students, who are in many ways part of an ever-growing martial arts family.

Achievements include:

  • Ottawa’s only 6th Dan Song Moo Kwang Black Belt; 5th Dan Kukkiwon.
  • Canterbury/Alta Vista Founding Taekwondo Instructor Celebrating over 25 Years in the Community.
  • Over 30 years coaching, motivating and working with children and youth.
  • Over 30 years teaching WTF Taekwondo.
  • Official VIP to Taekgyeon Championships; GwanJu, Korea. 2007
  • Official Delegate to Hanmadang (Taekwondo World Breaking/Demonstration Competition); SuWon, Korea. 2007
  • Official Delegate 2nd Official WTF World Patterns competition; Incheon, Korea. 2007
  • Special VIP guest: world famous Korean Tigers Demonstration Team; Seoul, Korea. 2007
  • Instructor to Canadian Military Personal, OPP and Ottawa Police Officers and Ontario Correctional officers.
  • WTF Olympic Black Belt Full Contact Sparring National and Provincial Coaching Experience: Produced 2 Provincial Gold Medalists and a National Silver Medalist at the National Junior Team Trials.
  • Assistant Coach Canadian Military Team Selections for World Competition (CISM). 1989-1990

World Class Taekwondo Demonstration Team Leader and Coach:

Personally responsible for all aspects of the demonstration team, including recruiting and overseeing technical developmentof team member, choreographing and developing each demonstration, mentoring and motivating team, and overseeing and participating in each performance. Many of the following performances have served as models and continue to influence demonstrations developed by numerous martial arts bodies:

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization Sold-Out Performance Spectacle; Gatineau, Quebec. 2002
  • World Taekwondo Championships Opening Ceremony; Edmonton, Alberta. 1999
  • Opening Ceremony Canadian National Team Trials; Toronto, Ontario. 1997
  • Gold Medal Winner Pan-Am Demonstration Team Competition competing against teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and the US. 1996
  • Opening Ceremony Canadian National Team trials; Montreal, Quebec. 1996
  • Opening Ceremony World Military Taekwondo Championships (CISM): RMC; Kingston, Ontario. 1992

Black Belt Competitive Experience:

  • WTF Olympic Full Contact Black Belt Competition: National top 10 ranking, winning several silver medals at official provincial team trials
  • Undefeated Black Belt Gold Medal Patterns (Form) Champion: Ottawa & Eastern Ontario Championships and Canadian TKD Championships. 1988-1991 & 2002

Training Credentials:

  • Trained 25 years with former chief combat instructor for Korean Armed Forces.
  • Currently training under international award winning Master Instructor, who competed in the 1988 Olympic Games, was a 3-time World Championship Contestant (Germany, Denmark and Spain), coached during the 1999 World Championship, is an international certified referee and a member of the Technical Committee of the World Taekwondo Federation.
  • Training under 4th Dan Korean Hapkido Certified Hapkido Instructor who has performed Stunt work and fight scene choreography in a number of Hollywood films.
  • Completed seminars with current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and double weight class world champion (only one of two) BJ Penn.

Canterbury/Alta Vista Community Support Services:

  • Ottawa Food Bank Fundraising Events
  • Weight Loss/Healthy Lifestyle Mentor
  • Guest Speaker at Canterbury High School
  • 2 time Guest Speaker to Ottawa-Carleton District School Board “Creative Leadership” conference for Vice Principals and Management.

Ultimate Fitness

Kru Jeff Harrison has been involved in combat athletics since 1998. After beginning with Judo and Submission wrestling, his training in Muay Thai began under Kru Chris Kew and he has been fighting since 2000, coaching since 2001. His fighting career has seen roughly 50 fights, and has taken him across North America, to Brazil, Thailand, Mexico, and Europe. Jeff has won titles in Muay Thai and was the first ever Champion from the highly regarded MAS Thai Boxing. As a Kru he has coached fighters to over 90 Championship belts. He was Arjan Berklerk Pinsinchai’s first North American student and has spent countless hours with the Muay Thai living legend, and even his teachers learning, living, and readying for competition in Canada and throughout Thailand. Jeff has also worked with many boxing,wrestling, MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing coaches the world over. Jeff has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and has worked with many of the best the world has to offer. Kru Jeff has cornered countless fights, from Muay Thai smokers to Lumpinee or Channel 7 , or coaching in front of sold out arenas at large promotions like TKO, ECC, Bellator, The Score Fighting Series, and even the UFC. Since retiring from fighting in 2011, Jeff has dedicated himself entirely to coaching. He is regarded as a top shelf Canadian Muay Thai and MMA coach. He puts his passion and love for the art of Muay Thai into every single class and tries his absolute best for each one of OAMA’s members.

Highlights of career:

  • Began Training with Kru Chris Kew 1999
  • Had first amateur Muay Thai fight 2000
  • AMTAC official’s course 2002
  • BJJ with Carlos Gracie at Gracie Barra 2002- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • East meets West Team Canada coach 2002- Manchester, England
  • Assistant coach Team Canada for I.F.T.M.A. world championships(Bangkok, Thailand) 2002
  • W.P.M.T.F. World Meeting Canadian Representative -Bangkok , Thailand 2003
  • WMF World Championship Team Canada National Training camp coach 2003-2007 Competition in Germany x 2 , Mexico x 2 , Thailand x 2
  • MAS Thai Boxing level 5 instructor under Kru Chris Kew
  • Kru under Ajarn Berklerk Pinsinchai 2003-present
  • Pro Muay Thai debut 2004
  • CAMTAO Kru Certification 2004
  • CAMTAO corner man’s course 2005
  • Registered MMA cornerman with Quebec Regie 2006- Present
  • Pro MMA debut 2007
  • Received Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt from Pat Cooligan 2008
  • Has been featured on The Score, A channel, The fight Network, CTV news, and countless printed articles
  • CASK level 1 coach 2010
  • First aid certified
  • Has been part of training athletes to win over 90 title belts in Amateur and Professional Muay Thai and MMA

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