Sensei Alex Aubertin B.Ed., RMT - Chief Instructor
In September 1998 I began my practice in Japanese martial arts with a style called “Goju Ryu Karate-Do” while living in Espanola, Ontario under Sensei Chuck Trahan at the “Bushido Martial Arts” dojo. Diligently learning and training during these first few years, I soon realized how important the martial arts had become in my life and that I would continue to pursue to advance my studies of this and other Asian martial arts.
In 2006 I moved to Sudbury to attend my post-secondary schooling and study in what would become my chosen career path. At the same time, I wanted to continue my karate training in Japanese Goju Ryu Karate Do, attending classes at Oriental Arts Academy until its closing in 2016. I received the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt, a rank that I currently hold.
I started my own dojo on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, in Sudbury, naming it Uchi Martial Arts. Since that time I have been teaching my students, and continuing my personal training, thus advancing my knowledge and understanding of karate as a student directly under the tutelage of Sensei Don Gauthier – 9th Degree Black Belt, Hanshi.
As the head instructor of Uchi Martial Arts, my goal is to ensure all students continue to have an upwards progression in martial arts. As a professor of massage therapy, I bring a wealth of knowledge in human anatomy, biomechanics and body dynamics to effectively teach authentic self-defence techniques regardless of physical characteristics or limitations.
It is my belief that everyone can and will benefit from our style of traditional martial arts training. Simply put, to become a better version of themselves with the training of mind, body and spirit, also instilling a positive attitude, plus health benefits.
I encourage you to take the hardest step in martial arts, which is the first step, by coming out to try a class. Everyone starts martial arts for their own personal reason, however, that reason is not usually the reason why they stay.
I am proud of what this dojo represents and everything it has to offer. We have an exceptional team of skilled and knowledgeable instructors to help our students progress.
Sensei Don Gauthier 9th Dan Hanshi & Sensei Alex Aubertin 3rd Dan
Sensei Guy Pharand BA, B.Ed. -Senior Instructor
Guy Pharand is a godan in Aikido (5th-degree black belt) with his rank recognized by the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Guy has practiced martial arts for over 30 years and is also a nidan (2nd-degree black belt) in Goju Ryu Karate.
Guy began teaching Aikido at the Sudbury YMCA in 2000. Due to his efforts in promoting Aikido in the Sudbury community, Guy was awarded the Volunteer Recognition Award for the Adult Program from the Sudbury YMCA in 2002. He continued volunteering to teach Aikido at the Sudbury YMCA for over 16 years.
In 2004, Guy visited Naka Ima Aikikai where he was introduced to Greg Angus Sensei. This would be the first of many visits to Naka Ima Aikikai when Guy would begin traveling to Toronto to train regularly where he presently continues to develop his Aikido.
Greg Angus Sensei is a rokudan in Aikido (6th-degree black belt) who lived in Japan for 10 years, practicing Aikido primarily under the direction of Endo Shihan.
Sensei Greg Angus 6th Dan Shidoin & Sensei Guy Pharand 5th Dan Aikido 2nd Dan Karate
The team of blackbelt instructors at Uchi Martial Arts
Sensei S. Leblanc 2nd dan ~Karate
Sensei C. Leblanc 2nd dan ~Karate
Sensei C. Lachapelle 2nd dan ~Karate
Sensei C. Gobbo 1st dan ~ Karate
Sensei E. Audette 1st Dan ~ Karate
Sensei S. Stephens 1st Dan ~ Karate
Sensei Abbott 1st Dan ~ Aikido
Sensei R. Lameroux 1st Dan ~ Aikido
Sensei M. Belanger 1st Dan Karate
Sensei C. Rene 1st Dan Karate
Sensei D. Lapalme 1st Dan Aikido
Sempai J Pharand Shodan Ho