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About Nixon's Martial Arts

At Nixon’s Martial Arts we are dedicated to cultivating the practise and study of karate in the City of Burlington. Martial Arts training is so popular because no other activity provides the same positive results. We offer consistently high-quality programs in karate, fitness, and leadership throughout the Burlington, Waterdown and Hamilton areas. Whether your goals are self-confidence, personal development, fitness, self defence, flexibility or to earn a black belt, our school is here for you every step of the way.

From our Kids Karate Program to our Adult Karate Classes, our instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. The best way to experience the Nixon’s Martial Arts difference is to give us a try. 

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Our Instructor

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Our head instructor, Sensei David Nixon holds a 5th degree black belt and has over 38 years of experience in the Martial Arts. Starting at the age of 13 Sensei Nixon has trained in Canada, England and the United States. Furthermore, he is a former member of the 1997 Canadian National Karate Team where he represented Canada at the International competition held in Ireland. In 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2018 Sensei Nixon turned his attention from competing to coaching. As a result he successfully trained and  coached his students to become members of Team Canada. In 2022 Sensei Nixon returned to the competition world. He won Gold at the WKC Canadian Championships in the veteran mens Kata division. He and several students returned to Killarney Ireland to compete in the WKC World Championships where he took the Bronze medal for Canada.

David Nixon is a highly sought after and respected teacher in Burlington and the surrounding communities where he has taught since 1997.

Our 7 Principles

The guiding philosophy at Nixon’s Martial Arts is based upon our 7 Principles. Each class plan is prepared with these principles in mind. These traits are the foundation on which every class is run, whether a beginner kids class or the senior Black Belt class. Respect, Discipline, Focus, Leadership, Fitness, Integrity and Confidence are the building blocks of a great Martial Artist and the core of who we are!








About Karate

Karate is a system of unarmed combat deriving from 17th century Okinawa and modernized in the 1920s. Practitioners train both mentally and physically to use their hands and feet to deliver kicks, blocks and strikes. As a system of movement it develops kinetic and psychological skills to evade or defend.

What distinguishes karate from other martial arts is the use of forms or “kata”. These Kata encompass a choreographed set of actions and reactions to combat. Katas are critically helpful in improving focus, concentration, memory, and reaction time.

Nixon’s Martial Arts is particularly committed to the karate philosophy. The father of modern karate, Gichin Funakoshi, called karate “inwardly humble and outwardly gentle”, with the goal to “never be easily drawn into a fight”.

We believe in the tenets of karate  to develop healthy, successful, and productive individuals. We are committed to helping our members build confidence, strength, and a positive sense of physical and mental well-being.

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