Budocentral Martial Arts Halifax - Dartmouth by Frank Zinck





Budocentral Martial Arts in Halifax – Dartmouth, NS is the home of some of the most exciting and dynamic martial arts you can find. We are not a commercial venture but a team of dedicated volunteers and martial arts enthusiasts. Both Karate and Ju-Jitsu are non-tournament styles where the emphasis is on student development, fitness and self-esteem building. All our programs including our women’s self defence and anti bullying workshops are life changing and empowering.

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Event Schedule


Karate-do Shotokai starts Saturday, January 5th for adults and youth

10:00 am — 12:30 pm
The North Woodside Community Centre

Karate-do Shotokai is a non-competitive form of karate in Dartmouth – Halifax Nova Scotia. Rather than winning tournaments, the emphasis is on mental and physical development through the study and practice of the art. Movements in Shotokai are generally flowing and full of vitality and energy, while always applying the principles of harmony and relaxation…


Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu starts Tuesday, Jan 8 for adult and youth

7:00 pm — 10:00 pm
The North Woodside Community Centre

Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu is one of the most exciting martial arts styles available. It’s dynamic and full of energy and because Kyushu-Ryu is a traditional Japanese non-tournament martial art and is a street oriented style, its main focus is on technical perfection and realistic self-defence skills rather than tournament accolades.


WASP at Mount St. Vincent Unv. - Starts Monday Jan 14 - 7:00-9:00 - 4 weeks

7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
Mount Saint Vincent University

W.A.S.P is “Women’s Awareness Survival Program”, a dynamic system of self-defence for women aged 12 years old and above(under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) in Halifax and Dartmouth Nova Scotia. This is not a martial arts class but rather a street oriented women’s self-defence and rape awareness workshop with combat proven tactics based…


TACT - Starts Mon. Feb 11, 2019 - Six weeks - $60

7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
The North Woodside Community Centre

TACT is a series of highly effective and court defensible self defence and personal protection workshops. We have a new six week program and we also do weekend workshops that run anywhere from 4 to 16 hours long and vary in activity level and intensity. All include a dynamic PowerPoint presentation on theory, preparedness and…

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Kyushu-Ryu Shield Practice

Bookhouse Elementary School

Sword Class

A Young Sword Master

Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Adult Class Jan 2016

Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu Youth Class

Kyushu-Ryu Selfie

Karate-do Shotokai Brookhouse

Karate-do Pleasant St

Sensei Frank Zinck & Student








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There is no Karate this weekend Saturday, Nov 10 as there is a craft fair at the Community Centre. Come on down and check it out. #budocentral #dartmouthshotokai ... See MoreSee Less

Hi Everyone,

It has come time again for the Annual Kris Kringle Craft Show sale at the North Woodside Community Centre which is on Saturday November 10th from 9am – 1pm. All items at this sale must be homemade; crafts and/or baked goods.

All proceeds will be used to fund the Annual Budocentral Martial Arts Youth Banquet in May!

We will need volunteers to operate the two tables (downstairs in the gym-they are side by side). We will be doing it in shifts providing we have enough volunteers.

Anyone who is crafty and have items they would like to donate to this fundraiser to help support the club would also be a huge benefit. We would also need the support in baked goods; cookies, muffins, cupcakes, fudge or any other idea that would be a hot seller. If you could donate anything we would greatly appreciate it. You can bring non-perishable items to class and Johanne will collect them. Baked good can be dropped off the class before the fair or brought to the fair directly.

Please comment below, email or talk to Johanne as to the time frame you are available. (budo@budocentral.com)
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Not feeling well, so the adult grading scheduled for tonight is postponed until next Thursday. #budocentral #dartmouthKyushuryu ... See MoreSee Less

There’s no WASP Monday Oct 8th as a result of the Thanks Giving weekend.


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There’s no Karate this weekend Saturday Oct 6 as result of Thanks Giving weekend.

Have a great weekend

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Self Defence for Women - Halifax and Dartmouth Locations & Classes

Three options

Where: The North Woodside Community Centre - 230 Pleasant St. Dartmouth
When: Monday nights for six weeks starting Monday Sept 24th from 7:00-8:30 (9 hours)
Cost:$60 or $100 for two

Where: Mount Saint Vincent University - Evaristus Hall 4C, Room 410 - 145 College Rd, Halifax, NS
When: Wednesday nights for five weeks starting Wednesday Sept 26 from 7:30-9:00 (7.5 Hours)
Cost: ** $60

Where: Mount Saint Vincent University - the Mount Fitness Centre, Exercise Room - 166 Bedford Highway - Rosaria Student Centre
When: Sunday, Oct 14 from 1:00-5:00 (4 Hours)
Cost:** $60

** There are speacial rates for Mount students, please enquire at mount.fitness@msvu.ca or call the fitness centre at 902-457-6420
or call

To Register: www.budocentral.com/wasp/wasp-registration/


W.A.S.P is “Women’s Awareness Survival Program”, is a dynamic system of self-defence for women aged 12 years old and above(under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) in Halifax and Dartmouth Nova Scotia. This is not a martial arts class but rather a street oriented women’s self-defence and rape awareness workshop with combat proven tactics based on scientific and statistical evidence. Our physical self defence techniques employ gross motor skills making them easy to retain and can be realistically used and remembered during combat. Learn the self defence skills of assertiveness, awareness and combat training while building your self-confidence and self-esteem.


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I’m interested just wondering if you will be having another one in Dartmouth at a later time. I just heard about it today lol

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I tried to sign my daughter and I up for Monday nights but it said it was a wait list? Is the Monday night session full?

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Meg and I are signed up for Wednesday nights!! Woohoo

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Every woman needs to know how to defend herself!

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At Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu we just love arm bars lol.

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Here's another exciting quick jiu Jitsu arm bar. Budocentral Martial Arts in Halifax – Dartmouth, NS by Frank Zinck is the home of some of the most exciting ...

Arm bars are so much fun.

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We only have a few spots left for youth and adults in our Ju-Jitsu and karate programs...... We train at the North Woodside Community Centre at 230 Pleasant St. in Dartmouth.

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We absolutely love ju-jitsu armbars.
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The Kyushu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu fall term starts Tuesday, Sept 11

The karate-do Shotokai fall term starts Saturday, Sept. 8th.

WASP at the North Woodside Community Centre will start again Monday Sept. 17 from 7:00-8:30 for 6 weeks.

WASP at Mount Saint Vincent University will start Wednesday Sept 26th for 5 weeks.

We also, have a one day 4 hour WASP session at the Mount Sunday Oct 14th from 1:00-5:00.

Bully Proof runs Sunday Oct 14 from 10:00-12:00 at Mount Saint Vincent University.

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Our waiting lists for Ju-Jitsu, Karate and WASP are growing fast. New students need to register now.

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A reminder that there is no adult Ju-Jitsu or Karate classes next week as the community Centre is closed. #budocentral #dartmouthshotokai #dartmouthkyushuryu ... See MoreSee Less

WASP will start again Monday Sept. 17 from 7:00-8:30 for 6 weeks. #budocentral #dartmouthwasp ... See MoreSee Less




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Sword Class

I always try to do sword class a couple of times a term. My students for the most part seem to enjoy swinging a bokken or wooden sword whether an adult or child there is just something fun about it. Bokken class offers a different kind of focus from regular training. Distances are different  and things change when have a weapon in your hands. I love the moving meditation aspect especially when it comes to partner practice.

At the beginning of bokken class I usually play some Kodo drum music and students lay on their back on matts while I give them an imagery story about being a samurai hundreds of years ago.  I have several stories I cycle through all designed to see yourself in a warrior state. The kids love this practice, I have actually had a few adults fall asleep lol.

Sword class Ju jitsu

Sword and children can be a challenge, especially if they are excited as they usually are. Safety is priority but they have a good time.

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Karate-Do Shotokai dartmouth

Many people have a hard time getting their heads around the idea of non-competitive karate and assume that if you practice karate you must enter tournaments. After all, isn’t karate a sport? Karate was originally developed as a method of unarmed self-defence, not a sport. In addition, over time many teachers realized that there were other benefits to be realized from the practice of martial arts beyond the ability to defend oneself. People who trained in karate for a number of years could learn to be more relaxed, calmer and more focused—not to mention more fit. While it is true that most of us have a certain amount of competitiveness in us, that doesn’t mean that every activity has to be turned into a tournament. We can be competitive without participating in a tournament. One can train or practice an activity without the need for trophies —whether it be karate, playing a musical instrument, running, or what-have-you. Skills can be developed and the activity enjoyed and loved without egotistical symbols. There is nothing inherently wrong with martial arts competitions, but it becomes a problem when too much emphasis is placed on tournaments and commercialism so that winning becomes the primary goal. This also frequently goes hand-in-hand with the glorification of violence. Karate practice without the tournament element can be a rewarding and fulfilling activity. There is time to fully study the techniques, allowing yourself to practice and learn with your training partners, rather than fighting, a joy in developing ones skills and improving. Older or less-talented students don’t get pushed aside in order to focus on the most skilled students who can win trophies for the club. And as we get older we can continue to train and develop our skills, not merely being relegated to coaching. In the KDS we believe that karate is not a competitive sport but rather a life-long activity with an ultimate goal of self-improvement.

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Self Defence Workshop Decreases Sexual Assaults

Sexual Assault Young females attending university are known to be at significant risk for sexual assault, but a prevention program jointly tested on three Canadian campuses suggests the incidence of such violence can be dramatically reduced with a simple 10 hour women’s self-defence program.

The self-defence program was introduced at the universities and there was a 46 per cent decrease in complete rape across 12 months of all universities, compared with women in the control group. There was also a 63 per cent decrease in the number of attempted sexual assaults, as well as drops in other kinds of non-consensual sexual contact and attempted coercion.

It simply proves that when women have knowledge and skills and confidence, they can stand up for their sexual rights and fight back when necessary.

Build your confidence and invest in your personal protection and security through our ten-week workshop at WASP.


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At some point in a martial artists career whether they are youth or adult, something just clicks. It’s magic really and when “it” clicks, the learning and progress goes through the roof.

 The “it” is more mental than physical and anything physical is more effort than talent. “It” is a point when the martial artist pushes through frustration, exhaustion and muscle fatigue. They discover great joy in pushing beyond what was once thought their limit.

I love seeing my students find “it”. As an instructor it’s so rewarding but in the end I can only guide them, it’s up to the student’s self discovery to make things click and find “it”.

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Jujitsu is hard enough, add to that years of abuse and an aging body things just don’t work so well or things pain a lot more and injuries seem to take a lot longer to heal.

I suffer from osteo arthritis and its seems even worse with these Nova Scotia winters. You can’t stop a sunrise and there’s only one way to stop aging…. And I don’t see death as an option lol. So I play with the best of my abilities, have fun, stay fit and enjoy the martial arts but even more so enjoy the students especially the kids. My body may be aging but my mind is still young that’s for sure.

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I played a game with the kids last night where I showed them a complex move only twice and they had to figure it out with their partner. They had two minutes to work the technique and then they had to show me if they figured it out. It was a lot of fun.  


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