Ryujin Karate

skillz Ryujin Karate is governed by the World Combat Association and operates an approved Adult syllabus through the WCA. For the Kids we use the World Renowned SKILLZ Martial Arts Program.

Our Kids program specializes in preparing your child for life with age appropriate classes starting at age 3. We teach focus, discipline, confidence & respect. Our certified instructors will not only help your child in these areas but also keep your child healthy through exercise and skill based competencies.
For the Skillz Program your child trains twice a week but if struggling or is wanting more there is the opportunity to train 4 times a week and 2 saturdays per month. This is fully included within your fees

Adult students at Ryujin learn Traditional Wado Karate as the fundamentals, and also receive fitness, street applicable self defense, verbal communication skills, threat cue awareness, and input regarding the law in relation to self defense.

Reality based scenario training is also used throughout each grade. Students are placed in a realistic scenario and have to use their communication skills, non violent postures and if necessary combative movements to deal with the situation. This is as close to reality as you can get, the "bad guys" wear fully protective suits so that students can use close to 100% force in order to deal with the confrontation.

Ryujin Karate is also a certified Blauer Tactical Systems Training Centre (one of four in Canada)

Ryujin Karate has been operating in Okotoks since 2008. It is owned and operated by Ben Hollins 3rd Dan Black Belt in Japanese Wado-Kai Karate and full time police officer with the Calgary Police Service.

Ben has 19 years Police Experience and 25 years martial arts background. Currently a full time tactical police trainer with Calgary.
  • Mini Skillz!

    Introducing the Mini SKILLZ Program!

    During 18 to 36 months of age, children’s’ skill development moves very fast. Their brains are growing rapidly, language is blooming, and motor skills are advancing. At the same time, thinking becomes more developed, and their social and emotional skills enable them to interact with more people. With that said, this is the ideal age to begin participation in structured group activities, such as Mini SKILLZ. We’ve done extensive research on the stages of development for children this age, and from that information have built a fun and exciting program that is just right for both the child and their guardian.

    Here's an overview for the stages of development of children ages 18 to 36 months:
    • Physically- they are very active, but don’t have much control of their movements.
    o We expect them to stumble on most activities and show very little skill in their gross and fine motor skills.
    o The physical goals for our program are to get them to perform basic exercises and activities with control such as stepping and jumping without falling, kicking while bending their knees, and punching while pulling their other hand back.
    • Intellectually- their thinking skills are all across the board, which makes it hard for them to anticipate what’s coming next. Therefore, their attention span will be very limited.
    o We expect them to lose focus often during class, and quickly become distracted.
    o The intellectual goals for our program are to get them to focus on the task at hand with minimal distractions, such as listening to the instructor, thinking about what comes next in activities, and following directions.
    • Emotionally- their feelings are very strong, but they are still not at the stage to recognize why. Therefore, they will show a wide range of strong emotions that are not quickly controllable.
    o We expect them to throw temper tantrums when they don’t get their way, and run around uncontrollably if they get too excited.
    o The emotional goals for our program are to help them have patience during activities despite how challenging they are.
    • Socially- language development has a big influence on their social development. They will imitate others, but will quickly fight for personal space when they feel too crowded.
    o We expect them to interact on a very basic level, but at the same time be more involved in “parallel” play.
    o The social goals for our program are to help them interact positively by sharing as well as showing respect to the other people in class.

    By understanding the stages of development of 18 to 36 month olds, we were able to select 8 age-appropriate skills that make up the Mini SKILLZ Program:

    1. Stepping
    2. Listening
    3. Patience
    4. Respect
    5. Jumping
    6. Thinking
    7. Following
    8. Sharing

    Here’s how the Mini SKILLZ program works:
    1. We cover one of the above skills per class (in order).
    2. During each class we run a warm-up; deliver a quick mat chat about the skill; run three skill-building drills; and then have a milestone checkpoint to see which stage they are at for the day’s skill.
    3. We finish class with a cool-down and social game.
    4. We repeat the same format with each skill, rotating through each skill once per month.
    5. Once they reach the age of 3, and can follow along on the mat without a guardian, they are now ready for the next program, Early SKILLZ for 3 and 4-year olds.


    As you can see, this is not a typical toddler program! We integrate an extensive amount of research and development into a program that is appropriate for their age, while at the same time advancing them beyond their current stage of development. This means that each child will learn and grow at a faster pace than the average toddler. The best part is the Mini SKILLZ program is a great way for them to bond with you as well!

My son started with Ryujin Karate shortly after he turned 3. I was worried at first because he had a hard time with a structured program. The first little bit it seemed all I was doing was telling him to stop and go listen to the coach. A few short months later it was like night and day. He now follows directions very well and can stay focused for most of the class. The coaches are so patient and does a very good job keeping the kids attention. My son loves going to Karate and loves the coaches. I work full time and it is always difficult to find programs in Okotoks that I'm able to bring him to, and a lot of programs are only a few weeks long. It's very refreshing to be able to participate in actives with my son. I have and will continue to recommend Ryujin Karate to everyone that asks.
Shannon, Okotoks

My daughter is 5 and she can't wait until Friday's Karate class.
The teachers are amazing with all the age levels. They are very thorough and they make it fun. Christine

I just wanted to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed the Personal Defense Readiness course in Okotoks on Saturday! I was very impressed with you as an Instructor, and you’re vast knowledge in all areas. I felt I learned alot, not just the physical part of it, but the mental/psychological part also. I have much more confidence in myself, and you taught me to be more aware of my surroundings…and it was also fun! Colleen, Calgary

Awesome Lessons, huge life skills from combative class!
Polly, Okotoks