Instructor Profile

Senior Instructor Profile     

Morgan Duchesney

  • Godan /  Instructor Licence: Karate Jutsu (5th Dan Black Belt)
  • Godan /  Instructor License: Wado Ryu Karate (5th Dan Black Belt)
  • Sandan: Chito Ryu Karate (3rd Dan Black Belt)
  • Nidan:    Kenpo Jutsu (2nd Dan Black Belt)
  • Police Pressure Point Tactics (PPPT): certification
  • Ottawa South Director & Grading Judge: Canadian Karate Association
  • Certified in First Aid / CPR / Defibrillator 
  • published martial arts writer
  • competitive martial arts coach 
Fermo Stefanelli Spirit Award:

Sensei Duchesney was recently honored with the 2017 Fermo Stefanelli Spirit Award, presented by Senseis Richard Ouellette and Carl Presland. The late Sensei Stefanelli played a major role in the early Karate training of Senseis Duchesney, Presland and Ouellette. This remarkable martial artist was a fearsome competitor, wise mentor, loyal friend and devoted family man. He is deeply missed.  


Sensei Duchesney was introduced to Shoalin Quan Fa (Kung Fu) while attending the Univeristy of PEI.  He practiced the basic techniques of this system for a number of years before joining Sensei Alberto's Bernabo's ottawa dojo in 1991. Since earning Shodan rank in 1996, Sensei Duchesney has dedicated over twenty-four years to deepening his understanding of martial arts technique, history and philosophy.

Main technical interests: 

The lingering effects and limitations of a severe knee injury and multiple surgeries inspired Sensei Duchesney to modify and customize his martial arts practice in an effort to prolong his personal practice and  teaching  activities.

He is aware that many injured and older people may consider themselves unfit for martial arts practice and wishes to provide a venue for these learners since most techniques can be modified for individual needs. This practice, in fact; occurred each time a new Karate system was created according to the needs and taste of the senior student inheriting his master's role. Therefore, this practice is both well-established and even vital.

Modifying kata applications for use in practical self-defense and specialized classes for women and learners with physical and/or psychological challenges. 

Teaching "court defensible" techniques of reasonable force to students of any age, size and physical ability including learners with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

Adapting martial art weapon techniques for self-defense with everyday objects.

Conducting children's empowerment seminars during events like the Canterbury Community Association's Pink Shirt Anti-Bully Day: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Related martial arts interests: 

Jujutsu, Aiki Jutsu, Qi Gong-Tai Chi, kyushu/atemi jutsu, weapon defense, functional anatomy, conflict resolution, psychology of interpersonal conflict, martial arts research/journalism.  

 Sensei Duchesney is a member of: 

  • World Congress of Shintani Wado Kai Karate
  • Canadian Karate Association

Published Martial Arts Articles: 

“Navigating Ethics and Compromise in Martial Arts”:

 Iain Abernethy-The Practical Application of Karate: March 15, 2017: Canada/UK
Guest Writer’s section:

Retitled as: “Do you Compromise Well?” - Martial Arts Business Vol.1 No.2 by Blitz Publications - issuu Jun 12, 2017: Australia

Shintani Harmonizer: Issue 3 - June 2018. April 14, 2020.


“Reality-Based Self-Defense at Canterbury Community Centre”: Vistas: October 2014: Canada


“Foundations of Self-Defense” Ottawa Citizen: March 3, 2014: Canada


“Just Don’t Call MMA an Art” Ottawa Citizen: August 17, 2010: Canada


“The Humanistic Value of Martial Arts (Budo)” Humanist Perspectives, Spring, 2010: Canada


“Zanshin and Personal Security Concepts” Harmonizer Journal, Apr., 2010. Canada


“A General Examination of Karate Organizations through the Lens of Organizational Theory” Budo Journal, 1st quarter, 2006: Canada/Australia


“The Value of Karate as an Instrument of Social Justice” Tone, Jan., 2006: Canada