Ottawa-Gatineau Martial Arts

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Olympic Judo competition

Martial arts encompasses several forms of self-defence that originated in the Orient. The sport originated from military skills, and is based on traditions of honour and discipline. Not only do the martial arts teach you self-defence, but they are great for conditioning and stress-relief. The more common styles of martial arts in North America are Karate, Judo and Tae Kwon Do. All three are now sports in the Olympic Games.

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The common pieces of equipment are: a uniform (Gi or Dobok), a belt and a protective cup. Uniforms and belts are purchased through your chosen martial arts academy when you register for classes.

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There are a dozen martial arts schools and clubs in the city, so be sure to find out what each has to offer.

Here are a few organizations:
Ottawa Japan Karate Assn (613)235-8089 475 Cambridge S, Ottawa, ON K1S 4H6
Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (613)748-5686 5370 Canotek Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 9G1

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