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Martial Arts Updates

Jan. 5 - Check out the martial arts free trial running Jan. 6-18. Join us for free class or two and learn more about specific programs. More info.

Thursday

Feb. 2

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

Shotokan Karate

5:30PM–7:00PM

Judo

7:00PM–8:45PM

Develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and fitness through martial arts.

With a community-based approach, our programs are open to UVic students and the general public, with advanced participants working alongside beginners.

We offer a variety of martial arts taught by experienced instructors who integrate discipline, precision, power, and self-defense into every lesson. Classes include but are not limited to: Aikido, Kendo, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Shotokan Karate, Shorinji Ryu Karate, Judo, Fencing, Fitness Boxing, Women’s Self Defence and Women’s Fitness Kickboxing as well as kid’s programs.

All levels are welcome, read program descriptions for more info.

View the Martial Arts schedule and programs.

Please note: These martial arts programs are not included in Vikes Fit, Vikes Climb, Vikes Fit Plus or Vikes All-In memberships.

Contact

Questions about martial arts at Vikes Active Living?

Email: vikesrec@uvic.ca

Location

Martial arts take place in various areas in the CARSA and McKinnon building. Check individual program details for exact location. View map.

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Schedule
(Jan. 3 – Apr. 4)
(upcoming for May. 1 – Aug. 31)

View current schedule  View upcoming schedule

Mon.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

MCK Dance Studio
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Fitness Boxing

5:00PM–6:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse Zone 2A
Register

 

Aikido

6:00PM–8:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Aikido Introduction

6:00PM–7:00PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Practical Self Defence

8:00PM–9:00PM

MCK Dance
Register

 

Tue.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Shotokan Karate

5:30PM–7:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Kendo

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Kendo for Kids

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Kendo Introduction

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Judo

7:00PM–8:45PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Shorinji Ryu Karate

7:15PM–8:45PM

CARSA Gwynne Movement Studio
Register

 

Wed.

Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation)

4:30PM–6:00PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Fitness Boxing

5:00PM–6:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse Zone 2A
Register

 

Aikido

6:00PM–8:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Aikido Introduction

6:00PM–7:00PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Fencing

6:00PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Women's Fitness Kickboxing

8:00PM–9:00PM

MCK Dance
Register

 

Thu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Shotokan Karate

5:30PM–7:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Judo

7:00PM–8:45PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Fri.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

MCK Dance Studio
Register

 

Wing Chun Kung Fu

6:00PM–8:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Kendo

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Kendo for Kids

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Kendo Introduction

6:30PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
Register

 

Sat.

Shotokan Karate for Kids

9:30AM–11:00AM

McKinnon Dance Studio
Register

 

Shotokan Karate

11:00AM–1:00PM

McKinnon Dance Studio
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Fencing

5:00PM–8:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
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Fencing for Beginners

5:30PM–7:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
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Sun.

Kendo

3:00PM–5:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
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Kendo for Kids

3:00PM–5:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
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Kendo Introduction

3:30PM–5:00PM

CARSA Fieldhouse
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This schedule is for the next term/session of programs beginning May 1. Please note this schedule is subject to change.

Mon.

Fitness Boxing

5:00PM–6:00PM

 

Aikido

6:00PM–8:00PM

Register

 

Aikido Introduction

6:00PM–7:00PM

 

Tue.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

 

Shotokan Karate

5:30PM–7:00PM

 

Shotokan Karate Introduction

5:30PM–7:00PM

 

Kendo

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Kendo for Kids

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Kendo Introduction

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Judo

7:00PM–8:45PM

 

Shorinji Ryu Karate

7:15PM–8:45PM

 

Wed.

Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation)

4:30PM–6:00PM

 

Fitness Boxing

5:00PM–6:00PM

 

Aikido

6:00PM–8:00PM

Register

 

Aikido Introduction

6:00PM–7:00PM

 

Fencing

6:00PM–8:00PM

Register

 

Women's Fitness Kickboxing

8:00PM–9:00PM

 

Thu.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

4:00PM–5:30PM

 

Shotokan Karate

5:30PM–7:00PM

 

Shotokan Karate Introduction

5:30PM–7:00PM

 

Judo

7:00PM–8:45PM

 

Fri.

Wing Chun Kung Fu

6:00PM–8:00PM

 

Kendo

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Kendo for Kids

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Kendo Introduction

6:30PM–8:00PM

 

Sat.

Shotokan Karate for Kids

9:30AM–11:00AM

 

Shotokan Karate

11:00AM–1:00PM

 

Fencing

5:00PM–8:00PM

Register

 

Fencing for Beginners

5:00PM–6:30PM

 

Sun.

Kendo

3:00PM–5:00PM

 

Kendo for Kids

3:30PM–5:00PM

 

Kendo Introduction

3:30PM–5:00PM

 

Note: There are no programs on Jan. 2, Feb. 20, Apr. 7, Apr. 10, May 22, Jul. 3, Aug. 7 due to holidays.

Programs

Find something you like? Click on the Register button and we will see you there!

YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Aikido

Aikido

$107

This Japanese art focuses on neutralizing rather than “winning” the conflict. Evolving from traditions of the samurai arts it focuses on perfecting the spirit. For more information on the program email: aikido@uvic.ca.

Class level: All welcome.

Youth: 13+ years

Instructor: Kent Ono
Location: McKinnon Dance Studio
Dates: January 9 – April 26
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 16 weeks each
Time: Monday at 6:00PM–8:00PM • Wednesday at 6:00PM–8:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Monday at 6:00PM–8:00PM • Wednesday at 6:00PM–8:00PM

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YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Aikido Introduction

Aikido Introduction

$53

This Japanese martial art focuses on neutralizing rather than "winning" the conflict. Evolving from traditions of the samurai arts it focuses on perfecting the spirit. This class is intended for novice practitioners or students interested in learning the basics of Aikido. Contact aikido@uvic.ca for program specifics.

Requirements: None

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 16+ years

Instructor: Josh Hayes
Location: MCK Dance Studio
Dates: January 16 – March 15
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 16 Sessions each
Time: Monday at 6:00PM–7:00PM • Wednesday at 6:00PM–7:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Monday at 6:00PM–7:00PM • Wednesday at 6:00PM–7:00PM

Registration coming soon

NEW

Vikes racquet sport programs - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

$107

A sport martial art and system of self-defense. This cornerstone of mixed martial arts training was originally designed to allow a smaller person to defend against a larger, stronger attacker in a realistic manner. Experience an exhilarating workout in a completely recreational and highly social setting.

Requirements: None

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Instructor: Stefan Bigauskas
Location: MCK Dance Studio
Dates: January 9 – April 3
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 24 Sessions each
Time: Tuesday at 4:00PM–5:30PM • Thursday at 4:00PM–5:30PM • Monday at 4:00PM–5:30PM • Friday at 4:00PM–5:30PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 4:00PM–5:30PM • Thursday at 4:00PM–5:30PM

Registration coming soon

YOUTH ACCESSIBLE

Vikes racquet sport programs - Fencing

Fencing

$144

Work on your footwork, drills, attack & defense. You will train alongside other levels of fencing participants. This course is intended for non-UVIC students and community members looking to continue their fencing training. Previous fencing experience required. When possible please bring your own fencing equipment.

Requirements: No previous fencing experience required.

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 15+ years

Equipment: Necessary equipment is provided.

Instructor: Orion Stone-McNeil and Ali Ulker
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse
Dates: January 11 – April 29
Program intervals: Runs 2 time(s) for 16 weeks each
Time: Wednesday at 6:00PM–8:00PM • Saturday at 5:00PM–8:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Wednesday at 6:00PM–8:00PM • Saturday at 5:00PM–8:00PM

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YOUTH ACCESSIBLE

Vikes racquet sport programs - Fencing for Beginners

Fencing for Beginners

$144

Intended for non-UVic Students and community members looking to learn the basics of fencing. For those with little or no fencing experience. Learn the basics of the sport, including movement, grip, positioning & drills. You will train alongside other levels of fencing participants. Some fencing foil types and gear provided. Instructors: Gerald Luxton, Veronika Ho, Orion Stone-McNeil & Ali Ulker.

Please note: Children under the age of 16 will require the approval of the instructors.

Requirements: No previous fencing experience required.

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 15+ years

Equipment: Necessary equipment is provided.

Instructor: Orion Stone-McNeil and Ali Ulker
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse
Dates: January 14 – April 29
Program intervals: Runs 2 time(s) for 16 weeks each
Time: Saturday at 5:30PM–7:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Saturday at 5:00PM–6:30PM

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Vikes racquet sport programs - Fitness Boxing

Fitness Boxing

$84

Learn more about the sweet science of boxing! This program uses boxing wraps, gloves, skipping ropes and general calisthenics to get your heart rate soaring. Learn the proper stance, while developing your footwork and hand eye coordination all while getting an excellent workout! Participants will train with various drills using ropes, body weight training, and working with focus pads. Must have 16oz gloves, skipping rope and hand wraps.

Requirements: All participants must have 16oz gloves, wraps and a skipping rope. We have partnered with a local provider should you require the aforementioned gear. Package for new gloves, wraps and a rope is $55 and can be added on to the program if necessary.

Class level: All welcome.

Youth: 17+ years

Instructor: Jason Heit
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse Zone 2A
Dates: January 16 – April 5
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 12 weeks each
Time: Monday at 5:00PM–6:00PM • Wednesday at 5:00PM–6:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Monday at 5:00PM–6:00PM • Wednesday at 5:00PM–6:00PM

Registration coming soon

YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Judo

Judo

$107

This beginner judo class will focus on competitive preparation including randori, drills and technical instruction. Instruction will be delivered by NCCP certified coaches experienced in Judo competition. No minimum Rank. The beginners to judo but intermediate or advanced level in other grappling sports, including judo can join the program upon head instructor’s approval.

Please consult with Darren Lee on the first day of the practice.

Requirements: None

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 14+ years

Instructor: TBD
Location: McKinnon Dance Studio
Dates: January 10 – April 6
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 24 Sessions each
Time: Tuesday at 7:00PM–8:45PM • Thursday at 7:00PM–8:45PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 7:00PM–8:45PM • Thursday at 7:00PM–8:45PM

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Vikes racquet sport programs - Kendo

Kendo

$130

Using shinai (bamboo swords) develop your awareness, centeredness, wholeheartedness, endurance, concentration, respect for others, and self-confidence. This class is for intermediate to advanced participants and will combine with the Kendo for Kids program.

Class level: Intermediate.

Instructor: Daisuke Hayashi
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse
Dates: January 6 – April 30
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 17 weeks each
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:00PM–5:00PM

Register
Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:00PM–5:00PM

Registration coming soon

YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Kendo for Kids

Kendo for Kids

$108

A great way for your child to learn about focus and respect, all while staying active and having fun! Designed for children aged 6 to 16.

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 6-16 years years

Equipment: Necessary equipment is provided.

Instructor: Daisuke Hayashi
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse
Dates: January 6 – April 30
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 17 weeks each
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:00PM–5:00PM

Register
Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:30PM–5:00PM

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Vikes racquet sport programs - Kendo Introduction

Kendo Introduction

$53

Learn the basics of the sport of kendo. Equipment provided. No experience necessary.

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Equipment: Necessary equipment is provided.

Instructor: Daisuke Hayashi
Location: CARSA Fieldhouse
Dates: January 6 – March 7
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 8 weeks each
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:30PM–5:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Friday at 6:30PM–8:00PM • Sunday at 3:30PM–5:00PM

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NEW

Vikes racquet sport programs - Practical Self Defence

Practical Self Defence

$80

Self-defense is an important skill to have for anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability. It can help you protect yourself and others in potentially dangerous situations. There are many different techniques and strategies that you can learn in order to feel more confident and secure. These skills can be learned through classes, training sessions, or even through online resources. It's important to remember that self-defense is not about violence or aggression, but rather about using your knowledge and abilities to keep yourself and others safe. Additionally, self-defense can be easier to learn and more efficient for those with a busy schedule compared to traditional martial arts, which can require a significant time commitment for training and practice.

Requirements: None

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Instructor: Ray Van Raamsdonk
Location: MCK Dance
Dates: January 16 – April 17
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 12 Weeks each
Time: Monday at 8:00PM–9:00PM

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YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Shorinji Ryu Karate

Shorinji Ryu Karate

$80

This Japanese martial art focuses on energy (Chi) meditation, martial science, philosophy and history. Standing and ground self-defense techniques are explored. No experience required.

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 15+ years

Instructor: Aaron Usatch
Location: CARSA Gwynne Movement Studio
Dates: January 10 – April 25
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 16 weeks each
Time: Tuesday at 7:15PM–8:45PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 7:15PM–8:45PM

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YOUTH ACCESSIBLE

Vikes racquet sport programs - Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate

$130

Follow traditional methods incorporating kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) to improve strength and mental character. This class is for intermediate to advanced participants.

Class level: Intermediate.

Youth: 12+ years

Instructor: Jessica Moore
Location: McKinnon Dance Studio
Dates: January 7 – April 29
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 18 each
Time: Tuesday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Thursday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Saturday at 11:00AM–1:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Thursday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Saturday at 11:00AM–1:00PM

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YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Shotokan Karate for Kids

Shotokan Karate for Kids

$74

Karate is fun for kids! And it is a great way to develop motor skills, physical activity, discipline and respect. Ages 5 to 11.

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 5-11 years

Instructor: Jessica Moore
Location: McKinnon Dance Studio
Dates: January 7 – April 29
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 7 weeks each
Time: Saturday at 9:30AM–11:00AM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Saturday at 9:30AM–11:00AM

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YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Shotokan Karate Introduction

Shotokan Karate Introduction

$53

Follow traditional methods incorporating kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) to improve strength and mental character. This class is intended for novice practitioners or students interested in learning the basics of Shotokan Karate.

Requirements: None

Class level: Beginner. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 12+ years

Instructor: Jessica Moore
Location: MCK Dance
Dates: September 20 – November 10
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 8 weeks each
Time: Tuesday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Thursday at 5:30PM–7:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Tuesday at 5:30PM–7:00PM • Thursday at 5:30PM–7:00PM

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NEW YOUTH

Vikes racquet sport programs - Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation)

Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation)

$84

This Korean martial art places particular emphasis on self-defense, kicks and forms, which are preset patterns of movements designed to simulate the use of offensive and defensive techniques. This program will teach discipline, self-defense, respect and build fitness in a fun and welcoming environment. All levels are welcome.

Requirements: None

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Youth: 16+ years

Instructor: David Chang
Location: MCK Dance Studio
Dates: January 11 – April 5
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 12 Sessions each
Time: Wednesday at 4:30PM–6:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Wednesday at 4:30PM–6:00PM

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Vikes racquet sport programs - Wing Chun Kung Fu

Wing Chun Kung Fu

$84

Popularized by Bruce Lee, this Chinese martial art is simple, quick, effective and economical. The complete art can be learned in less than six months. Open to all levels. Beginners welcome!

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Instructor: Reza Terani and Ray Van Raamsdonk
Location: McKinnon Dance Studio
Dates: January 13 – April 28
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 17 weeks each
Time: Friday at 6:00PM–8:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Friday at 6:00PM–8:00PM

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Vikes racquet sport programs - Women's Fitness Kickboxing

Women's Fitness Kickboxing

$80

Learn the correct biomechanics of punching and kicking with an emphasis on partnered drills to develop the practical application of your skills. Pads and targets are also used to provide resistance, relieve stress, and teach your body how to effectively transfer force to a target. Instructor: Larissa Murdoch

Requirements: None

Class level: All welcome. Beginner friendly 😊.

Equipment: Necessary equipment is provided.

Instructor: Larisa Murdoch
Location: MCK Dance
Dates: January 11 – April 5
Program intervals: Runs 1 time(s) for 12 Weeks each
Time: Wednesday at 8:00PM–9:00PM

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Upcoming availability

Dates: May 1 – August 31
Time: Wednesday at 8:00PM–9:00PM

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All prices valid as of September 1, 2022. All prices include GST.

Please review the Vikes Athletics and Recreation policies before participating in Vikes martial arts programs.