Okichitaw Martial Arts Program
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Martial Arts has been offering instruction and training in martial arts since the 1990’s. Located in Toronto, Ontario, this Indigenous Martial Arts school has produced not only great martial artists but also champions in life!
Students and enthusiasts of martial arts have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training while others seek to add discipline and self-control into their lives. Others may be concerned about their safety and want to learn self-defense.
This program is headed by George Lepine (Okimakahn Chief Instructor-Plains Cree) and a staff of expert instructors and assistants. The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Okichitaw Martial Arts offers a number of programs for physical fitness, instruction and activities in the area of Indigenous Martial Arts.
Okichitaw is an Indigenous Combat Art of the Indian Plains (Assiniboine/Plains-Cree). This system has been effectively structured and cultivated by Canadian Martial Artist, George J. Lepine. Chief Instructor (Okimakahn Kiskeno-humakew) George Lepine is Plains Cree-Assiniboine from Manitoba and grew up on the Prairies embracing his indigenous history, identity and culture. Okimakahn Lepine learned traditional games as well as combat techniques well before his Rights-of-Passage (at the age of 13 years). He has also achieved high ranks in other martial arts over his 40+ years of training, such as a Brown Belt (First Kyu) in Japanese Judo, a Black Belt (6th Dan) in Tae Kwon-Do, a Black Belt (6th Dan) in Hap Ki-Do and Okimaw (Chief’s Status) for Okichitaw.
Okichitaw has been fully endorsed and supported by Traditional Teachers and Elders (in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario & Alberta) and in the early 1990s, Mr. Lepine was awarded the responsibility as the Chief Instructor (Okimakahn Kiskeno-humakew) to establish and ensure that the indigenous practice and education of Okichitaw continues for future generations. He has since brought international attention to Okichitaw by providing education in the area of indigenous combat arts where Okichitaw is now officially recognized through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural art and practice within Canada.
Whether you are interested in our programs for mental, cultural, spiritual or physical well-being, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Indigenous Martial Arts school offers a number of programs that will fit your developmental needs and your busy schedule as well.
The OKICHITAW Aboriginal Martial Arts Program consists of Basic and Advanced Martial Arts training. Advanced training involves the introduction of specific aboriginal weaponry and the proper training in working with these indigenous implements.
Classes are Wednesday 6:30pm to 7:45pm and Saturday 12:00pm to 1:30pm. You can find a detailed schedule in our Events Calendar.
For more information regarding this empowering and fun program, please contact George J. Lepine at (416) 964-9087 or visit http://okichitaw.com
George J. Lepine
Chief Instructor Okichitaw Indigenous Combat Arts
Canada Representative, World Martial Arts Union (UNESCO)