Martial arts

From Chi Kung to Tai Chi, Concordia Recreation offers a wide variety of martial art classes to choose from. While each form has its unique facets and qualities, rest assured your martial art experience will evoke the basic tenants of the art form - discipline, perseverance, honour and respect.

Students during a martial art class at the Athletics Complex in the Loyola Campus

Classes offered

Chi Kung (Qi Gong)

Qi Gong is a truly ancient class of Chinese practice and exercise. Qi Gong means work with breath. There are probably a thousand kinds of Qi Gong actually practised in China.  The most popular are health Qi Gong and religious Qi Gong, followed by martial arts Qi Gong, medical Qi Gong, and longevity Qi Gong.  Some kinds of Qi Gong involve meditation and simple breathing while others involve energy circulation as well as breathing for power and ability.


In the traditional sense, Iaido is the Japanese martial art associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing the sword from its scabbard, striking or cutting an opponent, and then replacing the sword in the scabbard. New students of iaido start learning with a wooden sword (bokuto) and as they progress in their training, they advance to the use of an unsharpened sword (iaito). Advanced practitioners use a sharpened metal sword (shinken). The style of iaido taught at Concordia is called “Muso Shinden Ryu”.

Because iaido teaches the use of actual metal weaponry, with its inherent risk, it is almost entirely based on the teaching of forms, or kata. Iaido does not include direct contact or sparring of any kind. Because of this non-competitve aspect, and iaido's emphasis on precise, controlled, fluid motion, it is sometimes referred to as "moving Zen."  

Jiu-Jitsu (Brazilian)

Is a sport, self-defense system and fitness program.  It relies on leverage and technique, rather than strength and size.   The techniques include grappling and  ground fighting with the goal of getting into position to force an opponent to submit. It is an intense aerobic and anaerobic workout that enhances flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness and muscular endurance.  it is a lifestyle that improves the whole person. The physical, mental, and transcendent benefits of jiu jitsu are accessible to everyone, from beginner to world-class competitor.

Karate (JKA Shotokan)

Meaning 'Empty Hands' is a Japanese martial art which teaches unarmed self-defense techniques, blocking and counterattacking. A highly dynamic and physical art, the Japanese Karate Shotokan style is taught by qualified instructors from the Japan Karate Association.  Students pass through several levels of expertise, with each level developing new skills combining the fundamental aspects: Basics, Kata (choreographed series of movements) and Kumite (sparring). Loose clothing, bare feet and a willingness to embrace Japanese fighting traditions is all that is needed for your participation


Kendo literally means "The way of the Sword" in Japanese. It refers to the art of traditional Japanese fencing that was originally developed and practiced by Bushi or Samurai. Kendo originated from the various sword fighting techniques resulting from hundreds of years of combat and study.

It deals with the physical and mental skills necessary for sword fighting. The goal of Kendo is not only to develop the physical capability for fighting but also the moral and spiritual aspects that may be applied in coping with real life. In Japan, it is one of the most popular martial arts. The practitioner is taught skills in attack and defence involving foot and hand movements usually with a partner wearing armour. Kendo has spread to other parts of the world such as North America and Europe. It has developed a strong following in Canada and in Quebec as well. Kendo is continually growing in popularity worldwide.


Try Savate Kickboxing for fitness, competition or just for fun. We have entry level classes that are safe and enjoyable. We will teach you the skills you need to progress into one of our more challenging advanced classes. This kickboxing art involves a combination of effective hand strikes and dynamic kicks. Boxe Francaise Savate is a "modern martial art that originated in the West", developed as an effective street fighting art two centuries ago in the streets of France. Savate uses the hands and the whole shoe as a weapon for striking with force, finesse and precision. The training sessions rely on partner drills, using controlled contact on each other, allowing the student to develop their balance, distance, precision and timing. This art is becoming more popular with women as it is graceful and elegant; however, with its powerful variety of kicks, punches, and sweeps, Boxe Francaise Savate is an effective sport fighting system.


Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a ancient Japanese martial art dating back 900 years that focuses on weapons, unarmed combat techniques and using multiple attackers. Commonly known as ninjutsu, Bujinkan actually incorporates nine ryu (schools) of martial arts, 3 of which are ninjutsu ryu and the other 6 are samurai ryu. The art therefore encompasses a wide range of traditional and modern applications of armed and unarmed fighting techniques. In this course, the students will learn the fundamental techniques of the system! Known as the kihon happo, or the 8 basic techniques, these are the building blocks for all the movements in budo taijutsu! Techniques include, striking, grappling, rolls and breakfalls, arm and leg locks and more! Sensei Newton Whiter, is a 5th degree black belt in Bujinkan budo Taijutsu and Shizen Den Ryu with over 30 years experience in the martial arts! Come and experience the effectiveness of the art that made ninja famous

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is one of the three major Taoist martial arts.  Most tai Chi students study it only for improved health, in fact, there are many applications of tai Chi practice such as improving one’s life experience by penetrating mind/body interface and increasing energy. In this course, participants will learn tonifying movements from the Wu style taught several times and reviewed.  The course is designed to permit the participant who attends all three sessions to learn the entire traditional set.

Kung Fu

This class will mostly consist of drills to teach correct movement mechanics, enabling proper use of power, body toughening, and mobility.  Forms (i.e. wu bu quan, tantui, etc), joint locks, kicks, application of techniques and striking practice will also constitute the majority of classes.  Proper body conditioning is an integral part of successfully being able to perform most of Kung Fu’s movements. As such a portion of every class (15-20 minutes) will be devoted to conditioning.


Taekwondo is the art of self defense that was originated in Korea.  Loosely translated it is the ‘way of kicking and punching'.  Taekwondo is composed of 2 different components:  Poomsae and Sparring.  Poomsae is a pattern of defense and attack motions in all directions.  Sparring allows the students a chance to test their skills in a safe, friendly atmosphere.  Taekwondo training builds character through courtesy,  integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit.  These are the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo.

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