Our kickboxing program is based on Dutch style Muay Thai. Our emphasis is on punching combinations and kicking, in addition to clinch work, elbows and knees. Our students love our kickboxing classes because our kickboxing classes are:

an amazing workout

are tons of fun

have an inspiring environment

are non intimidating or violent

classes are safe

well structured and beginner friendly

designed to be progressively challenging

great for people new to kickboxing or working out

From your first kickboxing class, you’ll understand why everyone in Nepean raves and loves our kickboxing programs. Our members love the experience they get and the results they see from taking our kickboxing classes. Classes are fun, the facility is super clean, and our instructors genuinely care about the success you experience in our program. Walk into our facility any day and you will find the training environment bright, clean, and inviting.

Each kickboxing class offers a total body workout; incorporating sculpting exercises and conditioning methods designed to transform your body, and give you the best calorie burning workout for your time. Unlike Cardio Kickboxing, this is the real deal for burning calories. Classes are taught by real Ottawa Kickboxing instructors, teaching real Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques for REAL fitness results! Our members are regular folks like yourself who love a good workout. The classes expose students to a progression of techniques and training tools such as punching bags, focus mitts, Muay Thai pads, slappers, partner training and other fitness tools such as medicine balls, dumbbells, skipping ropes, strengthening straps, and more.

Our Muay Thai classes allow our students to learn the techniques in a progressive and logical way. Our kickboxing classes are divided into two levels. Level I kickboxing classes for beginners has an emphasis on stances, movement, boxing in addition to punching combinations, kicks and basic knees and elbow techniques. Our level II advanced kickboxing class adds more complicated punching and kicking combinations, in depth knees, elbows, and clinch techniques and more difficult kicks. We recognize advancement in the program with a different coloured belt for each of the three levels. The colours of the belts are taken from the colours found in the Thai flag where Muay Thai originated. White for beginners, blue for Intermediate and red for Advanced.

We offer 14 kickboxing classes a week to both women and men, including a 45 minute optional sparring class for those individuals that would like to compete or further challenge themselves. The Muay Thai Kickboxing program is for anyone 14 and older. Our Kickboxing program has a maximum of 80 students at any one time. En-quire for space availability.

Instructors

David Dash

David Dash

David Dash was born in 1966 in the city of Iserlohn, Germany.  His father was a Canadian soldier at the time and his mother a German citizen.  The following year the Dash family moved to Canada and settled in Ottawa. 

David was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve for 25 years.  He served in the Navy for 5 years and the Army for the other 20.  In the Navy he held the position of a Naval Combat Information Operator, serving time on HMCS Fraser a Canadian destroyer and later becoming a Navy Diver.  In the army he served as an Infantry Officer retiring at the rank of Captain.

David graduated from Carleton University with a BA in History/Political Science and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT in Boston, Mass., USA.

David's newest venture in opening Zen Martial Arts has allowed him to blend his personal passion for Martial Arts and his entrepreneurial skills to launch a company that is focused on helping people achieve a healthy balance in their lives in mind, body and spirit.

Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray

Born in Moncton N.B., Ryan was introduced to martial arts at a young age, studying and attaining high ranks in Judo, Karate, and Tae Kwon Do before the age of 12.  In addition to martial arts training Ryan also remained active in various other sports competing at the provincial level in both hockey and football, as well as being a former nationally ranked Wrestler.  Ryan is also a black belt in a Korean martial art know as Haidong Gumdo (Korean fencing).  A few years ago, as a result of his dedication to his training he was given the opportunity to travel to Korea to learn and teach this art as well as represent Canada at the 2004 World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

Upon his return home to Canada, Ryan recognized that he had developed a passion for languages from his travels abroad.  To further advance this passion he moved to Ottawa to attend the linguistics program at the University of Ottawa.  Despite his love of languages after 3 semesters Ryan decided that linguistics just wasn’t the right fit for him, and transferred over to the Human Kinetics department where he rediscovered his love for fitness and earned he degree.  Ryan has completed a certified personal trainer’s course, and has been training clients professionally for five years.

Now, after living in Ottawa for almost 5 years, Ryan splits most of his time between training and his own leisure activities which include various martial arts such as Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Olympic style boxing, and training for his second Marathon. In the future, he plans to complete an ironman race, to test and push his fitness level to a whole new plateau.

  He currently teaches Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing classes at Zen.  Ryan brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for fitness to every person he trains.  He uses a fun, high energy style with attention to proper form and applied technique to ensure that everyone gets a great workout, and the results they are looking for.

Abe Alokby

Abe Alokby

Abe is an aerospace engineering student at Carleton University. Abe was introduced to the world of martial arts when he began Tae Kwon Do as a young man.  At the age of 13, Abe decided to expand his learning and started Muay Thai training at Zen Martial Arts. Abe is a carded WKF and Ontario Muay Thai Association fighter. He has been in the ring several times and continues to teach classes at Zen and prepare for his next fight. In 2016 Abe also began training with the Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team.

Andrew Makus

Andrew Makus

Andrew was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1979. Andrew has been an avid runner for most of his life and loved playing sports, but after some back problems he put exercising on hold for a couple of years and gained a significant amount of weight. Andrew started training in Muay Thai at Zen in 2015. His passion for the martial art led him to train almost every day for a year. In that year he was able to lose 80 pounds and significantly improve his strength, flexibility and conditioning. Andrew decided to take his love of Muay Thai to a new level by competing in sanctioned fights in the WKF. Andrew continues to train for his next fight while at the same time teaching classes at Zen.

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