OKJ History


The original circle and tiger symbol of our club derived from the instructors’ early training in the modified Chito Ryu Karate that was introduced to Ottawa by the late Andre Langelier (Godan) in the 1960’s. The symbol has since been changed to reflect our broader interesets. Mr. Langelier was a student of the Father of Canadian Karate, Masami Tsuruoka (Kudan). As well, Langelier was original instructor to many of the current Chito Ryu teachers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Tsurouka Sensei added the Shotokan versions of various kata to his Karate and taught these to his students. He felt that the more linear Shotokan kata would present less of a challenge for Western learners. 

Our club started in 1996 after Sensei Duchesney received Shodan rank  from Sensei Alberto Bernabo (Sandan), of Bernabo’s Institute of Karate. Sensei Bernabo, a former professional kick-boxer, taught us the basics of hard-contact Karate and its associated training methods. We operated from 1996 to 2003 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Merivale Road in Ottawa. Since April 2003 we have been teaching at the Dalhousie Community Centre and recently moved the club to the McNabb Community Centre. Part of our mission has always been to make Karate instruction available to low income earners and the physically and mentally challenged. We are dedicated to empowering people. 

We focus on the bunkai jutsu and kata of Shintani Wado Kai Karate. Sensei Duchesney remains heavily-influenced by his long-time instructor Hanshi Paul Leonard (9th dan Wado Kai Karate/8th dan Shindo) as well as Karate Jutsu researchers like Iain Abernathy,Vince Morris and Patrick McCarthy
Sensei Duchesney also conducts periodic women's self-defence seminars and has taught women's self-defence at community centres,  the YMCA and for the federal government. He has conducted research to determine the most common violent scenarios that occur in the Ottawa area including man against man, man against woman, "swarming" and various armed attacks. The goal of this research is to prioritize training methods by establishing a predictive model of the most common acts of physical violence.