Okuden Karate Jutsu focuses on practical self-defense against the full spectrum of interpersonal violence. Therefore, our training methods differ greatly from those used by dojos with a competitive focus. We focus on Shintani Wado Kai Karate as taught by Hanshi Paul Leonard. (see instructor profile for more information on Hanshi Paul Leonard and the late Masaru Shintani)

All Karate emphasizes courtesy, perseverance, ethical conduct and loyalty. These timeless principles have established Karate as an effective path to mental, spiritual and physical health.

Aggressive and predatory individuals are often deterred by the quiet confidence and resolve of the serious martial artist. Avoiding violence though discernment and personal discretion is the safest way to negotiate conflicts and physical technique is always a last resort. That said, people have the legal right to use reasonable force in self-defense.

Adult learners are welcome at Okuden Karate Jutsu, especially beginners and those of limited athletic experience. Teenagers over 14 years are also welcome if accompanied by an adult guardian. Our classes feature partner and solo drills easily-modified to suit an individual's skill and strength. Flexible and personalized instruction encourages learners to progress and develop functional spontaneity.


Karate Jutsu is a term for the original and purely practical form of Karate. It features escapes, vital point strikes, throws, strangulations/chokes, joint locks and prone grappling techniques that are supported by kata as a memory tool. These techniques and the Koryu kata philosophy are generally absent from Karate Do cirriculums although some systems add "self-defence" borrowed from Ju Jujutsu or Aikido.

It is important to achknowledge that Karate Do training methods mainly prepare students for rule-bound matches against other Karateka. The same notion also applies to most Tae Kwon Do systems. In such competitive scenarios, the technical range is limited to medium and long range hand and foot techniques at various levels of intensity. Therefore, competitive sparring is best viewed as an element of training rather than Karate's main focus. Disciplined free sparring instills fighting spirit, improves timing and familiarizes students with physical confrontation.

Martial artists and combat sport athletes must understand how training methods effect outcome because people under duress respond with ingrained reactions. If those reactions don't spontaneously match an incoming attack, success is unlikely. With the possible exception of elite full-contact fighters, few learners are capable of automatically switching from sport to survival tactics on a reliable basis. Sixteenth century samurai philosopher Mushashi Myamoto insisted that students train as if they were fighting for survival against a ruthless opponent.

Technical matters aside, all Karate emphasizes courtesy, perseverance, ethical conduct and loyalty. These timeless principles have established Karate as a positive force for peace and good will .


Sensei Duchesney employs safe methods of imparting self-defense skills and physical fitness in a respectful atmosphere. Each class also features meditation, flexibility exercises and strength-building drills. All self-defense techniques are modified to suit the individual learner. Students also learn personal security strategies for modern urban life.


Due to City of Ottawa scheduling changes in response to Covid 19 and the 2020 flu season, classes are temporarily cancelled.

Monday & Wednesday: 630-8 pm - After School Room

McNabb Recreation Centre: 180 Percy St.

* To register: please email Sensei Duchesney - morjd@sympatico.ca or call 613-598-0266



Morgan Duchesney

  • Godan / Instructor License: Wado Ryu Karate Do (5th Dan Black Belt)

  • Godan / Instructor License: Karate Jutsu (5th Dan Black Belt)

  • Sandan: Chito Ryu Karate Do (3rd Dan Black Belt)

  • Nidan: Kenpo Jutsu (2nd Dan Black Belt)

  • Police Pressure Point Tactics (PPPT) Certification

  • Certified in First Aid / CPR / Defibrillator

  • 24 years teaching martial arts


George Duimovich:

Sandan: Wado Ryu Karate Do (3rd Dan Black Belt)

Nidan: Karate Jutsu (2nd Dan Black Belt)

Shodan: Kenpo Jutsu (1st Dan Belt)

Police Pressure Point Tactics (PPPT) Certification

Roderick Chisholm - Nova Scotia:

Nidan: Wado Ryu Karate Do (2nd Dan Black Belt)

Sandan: Karate Jutsu (3rd Dan Black Belt)

Organizational Affiliations:

  • World Congress of Shintani Wado Kai Karate

  • Canadian Karate Association


Join Sensei Duchesney to learn practical self-defense and strategies for personal safety. You will learn: effective methods to either avoid or defeat a variety of physical threats, including sexual assaults and armed attacks that might occur in public, the workplace or even at home. The classes are designed especially for women and girls seeking self-defense training without the formality of traditional martial arts. Open to female learners 14 years and older.

Canterbury Community Centre

Time: Tuesday 715 pm - 830 pm

Dates: May 18 - June 22 (6 classes)

To register:http://cca-acc.ca/programs/


Email: programs@cca-acc.ca Phone: (613) 738-8998

What students say about the the club?

"Okuden Karate Jutsu offers comprehensive self-defense training unlike any other I've explored. Advanced or beginner, I'd strongly recommend OKJ."