Club’s Sweater Weather Gear is Here!

With the Fall fast approaching, we thought it would be better to prepare ahead of time before it gets too cold. That said, we’ve finally prepared our club’s sweater weather gear! Available in men’s, women’s, and youth.

You can browse through all of our Club’s swag below.

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Gym bags and custom orders are available upon request, contact Us for details.

Canada Day Savings


Register between July 1st and July 10th and save BIG with our Canada Day Savings

All registrations will be just
$79.99 (+hst)

Regular price $99.99 (+hst)

All memberships include 1 month of training, karate uniform plus belt or a pair of group Everlast fitness gloves.

For more information, contact us by clicking here.

Dojo Etiquette

Here are just some simple rules to remember when entering the dojo; whether it’s your own or when you are visiting somebody else’s.

  1. Entering/leaving the dojo area: whether you’re entering or leaving the dojo you should always make sure you bow. It shows that you respect the space you are about to train in.
  2. To the instructor or anybody else: you should always greet the instructor, coach, or fellow student with a bow. Like the dojo itself, it shows that you want to give them your respect.
  3. Hygiene: a clean uniform, clipped toe/fingernails, and a little bit of deodorant can go a long way. Clipped nails is also a safety thing! Nobody wants to get scratched.
  4. Talking: the best time to have a conversation is at the end of class. Having a conversation while your instructor’s trying to teach… not the best time.
  5. Equipment: remember that the equipment in the room is for everybody to use. Studio 1Throwing it around may damage the equipment, the space, or actually hurt somebody. So it’s probably best if it doesn’t go airborne.
  6. Jewellery: watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings (especially diamond rings) should be removed before class. Keeping them in a safe place at home will prevent them from either being damaged or worse… stolen! Jewellery or any other accessory can also cause injury.
  7. Sick: if you’re sick, it’s probably best to rest.
  8. Profanity/Insults: sometimes it’s best left unsaid. Avoid swearing or saying something mean about another student. We’re all here to become better martial artists and saying inappropriate things is definitely not allowed.
  9. Blaming Others: take responsibility for your actions. If it’s something you sincerely didn’t do, bring the situation to your instructor. They can help mediate the situation and help avoid any further conflict. (i.e. who tagged who in the warm-up game!).
  10. Last but not least… Ego: leave the ego off the mats. nobody likes a know-it-all. We’re all leaders in the dojo and must lead by example.

There are plenty of other rules that can be added here but these are just the top 10. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Training with the Ultimate Karate Nerd

Karate By Jesse Seminar

Quebec City, Quebec & Kitchener, Ontario

Last weekend I had the opportunity to train with the biggest “Karate Nerd” out there, Jesse Enkamp. For those of you who may not know he is a self-proclaimed Karate Nerd, which means that everyday he is either reading, training, teaching, or even just thinking about karate.

What Did We Cover?

The first day Jeric and I travelled all the way to Old Quebec City; for those of you who don’t know, it’s about 9’ish hours away from Waterloo.  When we arrived I maneuvered my away around to find Sensei Rudy Daquet’s dojo where we spent six hours training two separate ideas – the old and the new.

The new consisted of ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder mobility & stability; making sure these particular joints are not only strong but flexible.

Rolling, jumping, turning and twisting in directions we didn’t think we could… we learned how these joints are meant to be used in order to make our karate stronger.

Note* these concepts can apply to anything; whether it’s fitness, basketball (or any sport), and even to increase your range of motion.
Session two consisted of the old, how to apply traditional concepts from Okinawa to make you a better fighter. Utilizing both hands to work together but also at the same time. With practice we all managed to grasp the idea and now it’s just a matter of doing our homework!

Of course, being the nerd that I am, I also bought my ticket to the seminar in Kitchener at Driftwood Martial Arts (it was definitely a shorter drive!).

Jesse went over the exact same principles, but I am glad I went because it helped me understand his concepts even more. Not only that but I had the privilege to be his Uke – “Receiver” – during his presentation; something I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to do when I first came across his website (Thank-you!!).

Now whether he knows this or not, Jesse is definitely the leader of a new generation of martial artists. His dedication to the art of karate can be seen in everything he does; it can be during one of his seminars or in one of his blog posts. But I look forward to attending his next seminar, perhaps even host one of our own.

Thank-you to Karate Charlesburg Dojo and Driftwood Martial Arts for hosting the event and once again thank-you Sensei Jesse for coming to Canada.