Academy of Martial Arts Tankyushin, Aikido, Judo, Karate


The Academy of Martial Arts Tankyushin, on Lancaster Road in Ottawa, offers personalized teaching for adults of all ages, youths, and for children of four years of age and older. At the Academy, martial arts are taught for their traditional and educational values in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

In our dojo, each student receives individual attention and is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace in a stimulating, non-competitive environment.

Ken Christie

For those who practice for their own pleasure as well as for the future teachers, the teaching aims at helping students to develop respect for themselves and for others; to increase self-confidence; to learn a way of legal self-defense; to increase flexibility; to control weight; and to enhance cardio-vascular capability.

Feel free to drop_in or make an appointment to speak to one our teachers. Please consult our class_schedule to arrange for a convenient time.

March 20, 2009: Senior of the Week: Ken Christie

"At 78 years old, Ken Christie decided to get involved in martial arts. It was a decision that saved his life."
Carolyn Waldo, CTV Ottawa Sports

The purpose of the martial arts is to forge the mind and body in order to overcome life’s difficulties.

Historical Note:  Tankyushin (the Spirit of Inquiry)

MasterMinoru Mochizuki, the founder of the Yoseikan, was a direct student of Jigoro Kano (the founder of judo) and Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of aikido). In addition, he studied jujutsu, iaijutsu, kendo, and karate. He is credited as being the first to teach aikido to the West when he travelled to France in 1951 as a judo teacher.

Master Mochizuki's 1989 North American Tour began at our dojo on Lancaster Road in Ottawa. Sensei explained his quest:
"The evolution of bujutsu into budo via the scientific explanation of techniques".
He then issued this challenge:
"I give you the raw material. It is up to you to refine it."

Although many may be daunted by the task and feel more comfortable preserving his techniques for posterity, our group was determined to take up Sensei's challenge to study his "raw material" with a scientific approach and go beyond preservation to evolution. Tankyushin (the Spirit of Inquiry) was born from our continuous efforts.

Tankyushin reflects our philosophy that we can build upon the arts of the past without being limited by them. We continually test our assumptions and question what we do—always looking for new ways to improve our practice. In this way, we have a strong foundation to grow and better ourselves.


Minoru Mochizuki
10th dan IMAF

April 7, 1907 - May 30, 2003

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