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Rob Kupé

Excellent instructors and environment. Very good programs for kids and adults.

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My daughter and I belong to an affiliate club of OAMA. One of the best decision of our lives was joining the club....it has transformed our lives. Being a part of OAMA and WCMA is like being a part of a much larger family...it's our second home. The instructors are amazing; they truly care about your goals. Love it, love it, LOVE it!!

Matt Wilbur

My kids started training at the Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts after meeting Sensei Hache at a Birthday Party. After watching them train for a year I decided to try it myself, although I had not every done a martial art before. Both my kids and I have grown enormously with the help of the teachers and the other students, physically, socially and emotionally.

Sean Quinn

Pat and Hammer are amazing ambassador's for Martial Arts in Ottawa. OAMA is definitely THE place to learn enthusiastic, high quality Martial Arts in the city. Great school with a great atmosphere.

Rob

The Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts is a pillar of the Ottawa community! For years they have been changing people's lives and supporting the community! You should want your children to experience Professor Matt Hache and his unlimited passion for Martial Arts!

Dan D'Elia

Fantastic academy!!! Professor Pat and Professor Hammer are the best! They run a very professional program with technical instruction and safe training environment. It's been a great pleasure to train and learn from them.

Stephane Trottier

I've been a member here for the past 9 months and cannot say enough good things about OAMA. The instructors are world-class and their dedication to the club is unreal. There's such a great vibe here, the members you roll with become family and you help each other advance and improve. It's such a humbling experience and I highly suggest it for everyone; kids to seniors and everything in between. They offer a free week for anyone that wants to try it out and it's a great way to see how you like it. Everyone is friendly and it makes it so easy to jump in and have fun. If you're considering it, don't think any longer, just stop by!

Alex MacLellan

I've been training here since January and I don't see myself changing schools anytime soon. I'm hooked. The instructors are full time professionals in their disciplines, and they are all very approachable and will make time for students. They always emphasize the students are a team. We are all there to support each other and challenge our training partners to raise their levels! Many of the students compete regularly in regional, national, and international tournaments. The quality of the student body is high. When I attend class I feel like I'm learning from people who are professionals at what they do, which is literally true for some. Everyone who trains and teaches here follows a tone of respect too. I hope to get many years of training here!

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Not Just Self-Defense

August 5, 2020

Many people, young and old, participate in some form of martial arts. As the art grows in popularity, many are realizing the benefits. So why is martial arts important?

1. Self Defense

It goes without saying that training in a martial art betters your self defense. It teaches many techniques you can use in real life situations that you otherwise wouldn’t know how to protect yourself in. All the repeated drills make the moves second nature and you can act without thinking about it.

2. Confidence

Confidence is a common benefit of martial arts training. It can help you overcome shyness, learn how to carry yourself with more authority, be courageous, and help you be tenacious. At the dojo, you learn respect, discipline, how to cooperate and how to be humble. This is all part of gaining confidence and perfecting your art.
3. Focus and Awareness

While training, you have to be very aware of your movements and the people around you. You never know when that roundhouse is going to come at you! This broadening of awareness is important in life. It can help in school, work and in your relationships.

4. Peacefulness and Mental Balance

You know the stereotype of the ancient martial arts master who never gets riled up, but camly deflects the protagonist’s antics? Well, you don’t need to be a master to get this benefit from martial arts training. Martial artists of all levels report calmness and an inner fortitude against stressful situations.

5. Stress Relief

Any regular exercise is scientifically shown to relieve stress, but being able to get that exercise surrounded by a supportive community can go a long way for you to ease it. Many martial artists value their class time as a break from the stressors in their lives. And punching a bag just makes you feel 100 times better!

6. Health

Discipline and self-control are great reasons for children to participate in martial arts, but adults often experience similar benefits. It’s not unusual for a martial artist to credit his or her training with being able to quit smoking, recover from substance abuse or eating healthier.

7. Motivation

Martial arts helps motivate you to want to do better and be better at a technique or drill. Training with your fellow members drives you to do better to achieve the next stripe or belt level. This motivation also helps you off the mats when trying to get better grades or get the promotion at work.

8. Community

Making friends with the people you train with is inevitable. Your fellow students and instructors end up being like family. Your instructor is more than just a teacher, they become a confidante and a mentor. Your friends at the dojo become part of your social circle, helping you through thick and thin.

Martial arts is one of the few sports that is all encompassing. The lessons learned are ones you will carry forever! And the best part is having fun!

Not convinced yet? Come join a class, in person or online, and see the benefits of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! We offer many classes, for all ages and experience levels. We are so thrilled to be back at it, and have put in safety measures for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you!

Live your best life,

Matthew “Hammer” Hache
Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts
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