Our family joined the Ottawa Judo Club when my two boys were four and six years old. Ten years later, they are part of a highly competitive program and ranked nationally in judo. They are not only extremely fit, they have learned commitment, discipline and composure in stressful situations. They love judo and convinced me and my husband to join the adult class. We have a huge amount of respect for the Senseis (teachers) not only for their knowledge and expertise but for their moral characters and the role models that they have provided for our children. — Dr. Jacqueline Shukle

My daughter joined the Ottawa Judo Club in 2001 just 1 month after my husband passed away. The Ottawa Judo Club offered a family environment and was an incredible support system for Megan throughout her pre-teens and into her adult years. Megan credits the confidence, work ethic and discipline for helping her get through University. Megan is still in contact with the club while in University at Western.  As a mother, I am grateful for all the help and support the club and Sensei Brian has given Megan through out the years. — Cheryl Moss

Our oldest child has been doing judo for the past 4 years and our youngest child started about a year ago. We chose the Ottawa Judo Club because a friend recommended the Club to us. We have kept our children at the Club because of the professional, dedicated and knowledgeable instructors (Senseis). Judo has become an integral part of our family life.      — Carl and Anne Wimmi

I was recently promoted to Shodan this April after about eight and a half years of judo training under Sensei Brian (roughly half my life). During these important months for me, I have received nothing but positivity and support. The senior classes have been very accommodating; giving advice, valuable mat space (which I know is no little sacrifice) and the use of a few bodies for not the most delicate judo at times. This experience will be one I remember forever and one of the greatest in my life, I love this sport and hope to pass my passion along. — Mike Spence

Our son is enjoying himself and is starting to talk about his fellow Judoka and the holds he’s learned at home. I am so glad that he is excited about Judo and feel that it is your Ottawa Judo Club – with the same warmth and welcoming nature that I felt there almost twenty years ago. — Christopher Daigle