New Location in Leslieville

The Leslieville Karate School is moving in the New Year!

Our new address will be just a few blocks away, at:
1396 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M4L 1Z4

Our last classes at our current location will be on Sunday, December 18th, 2016. We will be closed for the holidays, and will re-open at our new location on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Ontario Tournament in October

The 3rd and final Ontario championship tournament is coming up at the new PanAm Center in Unionville. Located just North of the 407 and Kennedy Rd, this wonderful facility is the perfect setting for athletes and coaches from all over Ontario to come and compete to see who can claim the title of the top spot in the province.

This is the last opportunity for this year for athletes to gain ranking points and qualify for a spot on the Ontario Team to go to the National Championship later this year. Because of the importance of this tournament, you will get to see some high level competition, as everyone is going all out to ensure that they are the ones on the podium.

With Karate being included in the 2020 Olympics, this tournament has been opened to all karate styles and clubs, regardless of association. This means that non-Karate Ontario clubs have a chance to compete here as well, increasing the amount of competitors and matches. With more athletes, there is more to watch and enjoy.


We hope you come out to watch and cheer on the athletes. There is a minimal fee for entry, and the tournaments can last all day long. For all who are interested in spectating, we suggest packing a lunch and/or snacks. There are typically vendors at the site, however you may be limited by the selection. Alternatively, you could explore more of Unionville and find out what the town has to offer.

For anyone interested in participating in this exciting sport in the future, we have a new program that has just opened this weekend. The class is for both new beginners and more experienced athletes, with the focus being on development of athletic abilities and learning/understanding the rules of competition. The course runs Sundays at 2pm and is taught by our Head Coach, himself a former National Champion and PanAm level athlete. For more information on the sport program, click here.

Back to School – Fall Term 2016

Welcome Back! Our Fall 2016 Term is open and ready for all our returning students, as well as new faces to the school.


September is the perfect month to join us, We have our 1-month trial special that includes a FREE uniform. Don’t wait, our classes are filling quickly.

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We are also continuing to recruit young athletes into the sport program, Training every week with a National Champion and NCCP Coach, with the hopes of developing along the Pathway to the Olympics.

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When you are ready to get started, please contact us using the contact page. We will send you some more information and answer any questions you may have about practice.

This IS the week you can change. This IS the moment to do it.

Karate Ontario Championships

This Sunday, June 5th 2016.

There will be no classes at the studio.


Sport Karate Classes


Train with a National Champion

Head Coach – Sensei Andrew Carr-Locke

New classes are now open. We train every Sunday in preparation for the upcoming 2016 tournament circuit. 

Tournament class Sunday at 2pm

These Competition oriented sport karate classes are open to everyone. Basic safety gear is required for training, and all necessary equipment is available at the club. We train in a sport environment, meaning there is a warm-up, technical component, physical component, and a cool-down. All classes are taught by trained coaches under the Canadian National Coaches Certification program. To register for the program, please email us using the contact form on this website.

logos karateThe World Karate Federation (WKF) is the largest international governing body of sport karate with over 130 member countries. It was formed in 1990 and is the only karate organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee and has more than ten million members. Karate Canada and Karate Ontario are members of the WKF, and our athletes compete in the WKF Junior and Senior Karate World Championships, which are each held every other year.

Competition is in either the Kumite (fighting) category or the Kata (pattern) category. Athletes compete against each other attempting to score points. The player with the highest score moves forward in the competition until the gold medal is awarded.


Kumite is an engagement match between two competitors. Safety equipment is used at all times. The object is to demonstrate your technique against an opponent to score points. Penalties are given for too much contact and lack of control.

kata competitionKata is a floor routine performance of a set pattern of movements and breathing. It resembles a lone karate practitioner fighting imaginary opponents using a variety of techniques. These patterns and techniques are the old ways of recording and passing down the art form from one generation to the next. There is a set timing and cadence in which the practitioners must perform, much like a ballet of kicking and punching.

team kataKata is performed either alone, or in a synchronized team of 3

Sport Karate is a great way to stay in shape and have fun in friendly competition. It can give the athlete a healthy outlet for aggression and direct behaviour through the strict rules system and required karate etiquette and ritual.  Sport karate gives the individual a chance to better themselves, and compete for a spot on the provincial, national, and world teams. It includes levels of competition such as the PanAm Games, Summer Games, and Commonwealth Games.

gold medalsOur Novice Team will be competing in the 2016 Karate Ontario Provincial Championships circuit. This consists of 3 tournaments beginning in April. To join the team, all you need to do is train.

We will show you the way. Come and play for the gold. 

Karate 2016


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Welcome back to class!! Our winter term is starting this weekend, registrations are now open for the Winter term. Sunday January 10th marks our first day back. We look forward to seeing everyone again and training on our new skills in preparation for our March promotions. Keep working hard.



If you are looking to get started, please contact us using the contact page. We have month long trial programs for children, teens, and adults. All trial programs include a uniform and everything you need to get started. Make 2016 your year. Let’s do it together.

Happy Thanksgiving


The Leslieville Karate School would like to wish all our students and families a very happy thanksgiving holiday. We are closed this weekend. Enjoy the holiday and stay safe. We look forward to seeing everyone back for classes next week.

Fall Registrations Now Open


Our fall term is starting the week of October 6th, with only a few spaces in each program.

Trial programs include a month of Tuesday classes and free uniform for only $50.

Class times are 4:00pm Tuesdays for students ages 4-8 yrs and Sundays at 1:00pm for students over 8 yrs of age.

After successful completion of the trial course, students will be invited to continue training for the reminder of the Oct-Dec term. This includes increased training to 2x each week and the opportunity for rank achievement through belt testing.

Book your spot today by emailing us, or visit our contact page and use the form to email us directly. We have a few spots left in each class, don’t wait- classes are starting to fill up.

2nd Annual Karate Summer Camps!!

karateschool summer camps

 July 27-31 – 9:00am-11:00am – Training Students

Sport Camp – Kata & Competition

August 3-7 – 9:30-11:30am – Beginners

Equipment use and Game Play 


These two camps still have availability for registration, but we are booking our spaces quickly. 

The cost is $75 + HST each week. Camps are restricted to 10-12 students each week.

To register for one or more of the camps, just fill in the registration form at the bottom of the page and click ‘submit’.

For those new students who may not know what karate is all about….

Karate is a system of self-defence that is practiced with bare feet and a martial arts kimono called a ‘Gi’. Training involves different postures and body movements including punching, kicking, blocking, throwing, and wrestling. Training equipment such as mats, striking targets, and kick shields are used for safety.

Competition is in either the Kumite (fighting) category or the Kata (pattern) category. Athletes compete against each other attempting to score points. The player with the highest score moves forward in the competition until the gold medal is awarded.

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Free Karate and Self-Defence Workshops


Leslieville Karate School is hosting a series of free workshops about karate and self-defence.

The purpose of these classes are to introduce what karate is, how to train, and how it works as self-defence knowledge.

No special equipment or training gear is necessary. Simply wear clothes that don’t restrict your movement, such as a t-shirt and track pants. Please avoid over loose or baggy clothing, snug (not tight) fitting is better when we are working with the body.

Each class will have a slightly different focus and each workshop is a stand alone class. You need not attend one to attend another. Come to as many as you like.

These workshops are appropriate for Adult and Mature Teen students (14+ yrs), men and women. Classes deal with mature subject matter in adult language.

Sunday March 29th 1:30pm-2:45pm : Beginning  Karate 101

Sunday April 12th 2pm-3pm : Keychain Self-Defence **

Sunday April 26th 2pm-3pm : Sister Samurai Women’s Group

** The Keychain workshop requires the use of a Karate keychain. This workshop has a $20 materials fee for participants. You will be receive a keychain to take home as part of the course.

To register for your spot, please complete the form below.

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