Black Belt Instructors


Sensei Brian Kalsen – Founder / Technical Director

Judo Experience:

  • Began practicing Judo in 1966
  • Sensei Brian founded the Ottawa Judo Club in 1986
  • The founder of the Ottawa Judo Club, Chief Instructor and Technical Director for the past 25 years

Favourite Technique: Okuri Ashi Harai

Notable Achievements:

  • Government of Canada Award for Outstanding service contribution as a volunteer with Judo Canada in 2005
  • Awarded the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award by the Minister of Health Promotion for distinguished contribution in the field of Amateur Sport
  • Award Recipient of the Joseph Lestrange Award given for Outstanding   Contribution to Judo in Ontario in 2005 and 2007
  • Judo Canada Board of Director (Director for Ontario) 2016 to Present
  • Member of the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative Committee (OHPSI) 2012 to present.
  • Member of the Quest for Gold Athlete Assistance Program.
  • First Vice-President of Judo Ontario 2014 – 2016
  • President of Judo Ontario 2010 – 2014
  • Vice President of Judo Ontario September 2008 to 2010
  • Quest for Gold Chairman for Judo Ontario 2006 to present. Awards athletes financial assistance to enhance their training development
  • Coaching Coordinator of Judo Ontario 2004 to 2008
  • Provincial Coach for the Ontario Provincial Team from 2000 to 2007
  • Member of the High Performance Committee of Judo Ontario from 2002 to 2008
  • Represented Judo Ontario Internationally as Provincial Coach at the U.S. Open 2004 to 2007
  • Board of Director for Judo Ontario for 2004 to present
  • Judo Canada Editorial Committee (Judo Reference Manual for Coach/Instructor Manual) 2005
  • Judo Ontario Junior Development Chair 2006
  • National Coaching Certified Level 2
  • Certified Personal Trainer through the Sport Performance Institute
  • Tournament/Technical Director of Ontario Open/Hatashita International 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Tournament Chairman/Director of the 2008 Juvenile/Junior Canadian Nationals 2008
  • Team Manager of Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse Yukon 2007
  • Produced multiple provincial and National medalists over the past 2 decades.

Thoughts on Judo: Judo is a vehicle to help people reach their potential both physically and mentally

Favourite Quote: “We do not cease to play because we grow old, we grow old because we cease to play” — George Bernard Shaw


Sensei Steve Horvath – Fundamental Class Lead Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • Sensei Steve started with the Ottawa Judo Club in 1996
  • He has been the Children Judo instructor for over 15 years
  • NCCP Coaching Certified

Favourite Technique: Harai Goshi

Notable Achievements:

  • Recognized by Judo Ontario for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution in 2013 and 2007
  • East Region Board of Directors – Treasurer 2006 to Present
  • Judo Canada Tournament Commission (Sub Committee)
  • Tournament Director for 2015 East Region Judo Championships
  • Draw Master for the Hatashita International Judo Championships 2006 to Present
  • Draw Master for the 2004 to 2014 Ontario Open
  • Chair of the Tournament Draw Committee of Judo Ontario 2006 to Present

Thoughts on Judo: The greatest joy I get from judo is to be able to give back to the sport I love by teaching our youth.

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Elena Vinogradov – Intermediate Class Lead Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • Started Judo in USSR in 1983
  • Returned to Judo as a member of the Ottawa Judo Club in  2001
  • Children’s Classes Assistant since 2012
  • Children/Youth/Adult Classes Instructor since 2014
  • NCCP Level 2 certified

Notable Achievements:

  • Moscow Universities Judo Championship – Gold Medalist in 1988, 1889, Silver Medalist in 1990
  • Moscow Universities Sambo Championship – Gold in 1989
  • PanAm Masters Silver Medalist (2007, 2009), PanAm Masters Open Division Bronze Medalist (2009)

Favourite Technique:  Sume Gaeshi



Sensei Ruth Lam – Intermediate Class Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • Sensei Ruth started to practice Judo at the age of 23 when she was in Fukuoka, Japan
  • She started attending Sensei Brian’s judo classes at Carleton University in 2001 and then joined the Ottawa Judo Club
  • She has been an instructor for the Youth program since 2006

Favourite Technique: Tani Otoshi and Drop Seoi Nage

Notable Achievements:

  • HIGH FIVE – Principles of Healthy Child Child Development Certification and Quest 200 received in 2006
  • Completed her first ever judo tournament in 2008, earning a silver medal

Thoughts on Judo: Judo is a great sport that teaches individuals how to respect each other regardless of ability

Favourite Quote: “Fear is just excitement in need of attitude adjustment.” — Unknown


Semsei Vu SketchSensei Vu Kieu – Pre-Competitive Class Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • Began practicing Judo in 1978 in Vietnam
  • 6-time Provincial Champion
  • 2-time National Champion
  • 6 years full time in high performance training
  • NCCP Coaching Certified

Favourite Techniques: Hane Goshi

Thoughts on Judo: Training in judo is training of the mind and the body

Favourite Quote: “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them” — Picabo Street


Hasan Alvi – Competitive Class Instructor

Judo Expereince:

  • Started Judo at the Royal Military College of Canada in 1997
  • Military posting lead me to Judo training opportunities in Victoria, Quebec City, Kingston, Halifax and Ottawa
  • Trained as a club member and instructor at the Atlantic Training Centre

Notable Achievements:

  • NCCP Certified
  • Promoted to Sho-dan in 2003
  • Instructor at the Atlantic Training Centre in Halifax

Favourite Technique:  Ko-uchi-gari, Tomoe-nage and Waki Gatami

Favourite Quote:  “Many of life’s failures are those people who did not realize how close to success they were when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison


Sensei Howard SketchSensei Howard DuBois – Adult Class Lead Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • After 15 years in Aikido, Sensei Howard started with the Ottawa Judo Club in 1994
  • He has been the OJC gokyo and kata instructor for 10 years

Favourite Technique: Any sutemi

Notable Achievements:

  • Member of Team Ontario at the Senior Canadian Judo Kata Championships in the Nage No Kata division 2006.
  • Board of Directors – Judo Ontario East Region 1996 to 1999
  • National Coaching Certified Level 2.

Thoughts on Judo:  Judo is for life – learn to learn with your eyes, ears and body.

Favourite Quote: “The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things…” — Lewis Caroll.

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Sensei Mitch Belleau – Adult Class Instructor

Judo Experience: 19 years

Total 30 years of martial arts training

Teaching Experience:

After 11 years in Aikido, Sensei Mitch started with the Ottawa Judo Club in 1996.
Sensei Mitch was promoted to Sho-dan Black Belt in 2006 and Nidan Black Belt on April 21, 2013

Favourite Technique: Ouchi Gari.

Notable Achievements:

  • Hatashita International Tournament Volunteer Committee 2006 and 2007.
  • Gold Medalist at the Ajax Budokan Heavy Weight Masters Division 2008.
  • Silver Medalist at The 2007 Canadian Masters Open Heavy Weight Division.

Thoughts on Judo: Judo is like a flowing river. Is always finds the path of least resistance.

Favourite Quote:  “If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, Be like water: Still, Be like a mirror: respond like an echo” — Bruce Lee.


Sensei Reg Foulkes – Adult Class Instructor


  • 40 years martial arts experience
  • Started Judo in 1967
  • Join Ottawa Judo club 2005
  • Yondan (4th Dan) Jui jitsu
  • Nidan (2nd Dan) Chito Ryu Karate
  • Shodan Judo

Favourite Technique:

Ude Gaeshi and Kata Te Jime


Notable Achievements:

NCCP Level 2 Coach (Weightlifting & Track)
NCCP Level 1 Coach (Judo)
Multiple Medal Placements in Sports Jui Jitsu from ’77 – ’83
Multiple Medal Placements in Karate from ’79 – ’83

Favourite Quote:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” — Robert A. Heinlein


Sensei Thien Pham – Adult & Differently Abled Instructor

Judo Experience:

  • Practicing judo over 45 years
  • Judo instructor in Vietnam 1983 -1989.
  • Helped out with Judo classes at the OJC since 2006.

Favourite Techniques:

Hane Goshi, Ouchi Gari, Okuri Ashi Barai, Tani Otoshi.

Thoughts on Judo:

After a day’s work at the office, I almost enjoy being thrown around on a Judo mat. The OJC provides a supportive environment where one can come and practice at one’s own pace, be it working on some techniques with a kindred Judo spirit, or trying to keep up with those hard driving competitive athletes. Either way, it is a joy to experience the beauty of Judo.