About Ottawa JKA
Mission Statement

As a non-profit organization, the Ottawa JKA dojo maintains the quality and values of traditional Shotokan Karate and has been officially recognized by the government for its contributions to the community. Our goal is to enhance personal development and provide an equal opportunity for individuals who want to learn and improve. We believe that through arduous training one can develop control over their mind and body. We encourage every student to push themselves to the best of their ability and discover their true potential so that they can become better equipped to overcome challenges and obstacles in real life and become positive contributors to the society.


Dojo History

Ottawa JKA (OJKA) is a non-profit organization, founded by Minoru Saeki upon his arrival to Canada in 1973. The father of modern Shotokan Karate that we know today, the late Masatoshi Nakayama Sensei himself, was present at the opening of the dojo at Cambridge St. South. Throughout its history OJKA received recognition from federal, provincial and municipal government representatives for its contributions to the community.


Saeki Sensei later started an annual summer training camp, where he would invite instructors from Japan and gather with students for a week of intensive training. This camp grew to become one of the biggest Karate camps in North America (known today as the CJKF Summer Camp). Masahiko Tanaka Sensei was a big contributor in the development of Karate in Canada with his fall “Koyo Camp” often held in Ottawa which attracted participants from all over the country. OJKA has hosted many events over the years and created opportunities for dojos across North America to exchange knowledge and experience.

We continue to collaborate with dojos from all over Canada and Japan in order to develop Shotokan Karate across the country.   In the future, we wish to organize memorable events were participants can push themselves to the best of their ability and make lasting friendships.