Classical Martial Arts Centre – Oakville South
“The Kaze Hatsu Dojo”
“Be as hard as the world forces you to be but be as soft as the world allows you to be.”
The Classical Martial Arts Centre in downtown Oakville was founded in 2001. In 2005, with the new presence of Sensei Jonathan Kenney, the dojo’s true identity came to be known as the “Kaze Hatsu Dojo”. Kaze Hatsu in Japanese means “new wind” or “fresh wind”. This identity was chosen for the dojo for its symbolism. Wind must always be moving, must always be changing and active, or it becomes stale and stagnant. Wind can be as ferocious as a hurricane or as gentle as a breeze. It is always changing with the environment but it never changes itself; it will always be wind.
This symbolism perfectly describes the character of the dojo as we have grown exponentially from our humble beginnings. We’ve grown from a 1200 square foot lower level space on Lakeshore to now over 4500 square feet on Church St. and has become a testament to our perseverance and adaptability. The concept of “new wind” is what we also want for our students; to adapt to circumstances and never believe that there is only one answer to every question. To never forget who you are while being a positive force in your own life as well as in the lives of people around you.