View Full Version : Leading Edge Martial Arts

10/06/2006 10:59pm,
Wondering if anyone has been to leading Edge Martial Arts in Kanata (west end Ottawa)

would appreciate any comments.

10/29/2006 1:34pm,
Arthur Smolarkiewicz, or Shihan Arthur as he is known to his students, has spent a third of his life in martial arts. A student of Karate for the past ten years, he is a member of the Canadian National Team that competes annually in World Karate Championships. Two years of Jiu-Jitsu training and two years of Full Contact Kick Boxing make him a well-rounded Sensei. Currently a 4th-Degree Black Belt (Yondan), he goes for his 5th-Degree next year. Weight training is one of his hobbies. While all of this may make Shihan Arthur a formidable foe in the ring, it is his dynamic, dedicated teaching style which sets him apart from other karate instructors.
So we have a 30 year old guy, who calls himself Shihan and thinks 2 years of Jiu-Jitsu and 2 years of kickboxing make him a well rounded Sensei? The place is a bit Mcdojo in its advertising, but what is it like inside? How do they treat someone who walks in the door? have you gone and checked it out?

He at least competes in bodybuilding, in drug tested competitions.
So he cant be all that bad. Then again he also does point fighting so its a bit suspect.

What are you looking for in an instructor and a club? If it is fitness and fun, this looks like a place you could get in shape. Your not going to be training with any UFC fighters but you'll get what you pay for.

10/29/2006 1:51pm,
With his hair down in his right eye, I'll bet I could fake jab and then left hook him and he'd never see it coming. Of course that would piss him off and he would take me to the ground and submit me, with that JJ experience under his belt.

10/29/2006 6:35pm,
Thanks Askari,

I am looking for a club that does not place all its focus on kids and overweight adults. A school similar to Ronin or OAMA out in kanata/Stittsville would be ideal but I have not found one yet.

TKD Black Belt
10/29/2006 6:38pm,

Well he can't lace up his wrestling shoes so I can't imagine that's a 'good' sign....


10/29/2006 6:50pm,
Its pretty much your prototypical Karate dojo, lotsa katas and KIA!!!, if its still the same as it was years ago and I don't see why it would change.

3/16/2008 12:35am,
Ok, for anyone that may come across this page now, the club, isn't bad I have been training there, for most of my life, and I find it enjoyable, the people are great and Arthur, isn't as bad as people try to make him, yes they do focus a little on children (we do have a lot of over weight children in the world) and for the over weight adults, you get what you give, if they come to the class and not try hard, or they only show up once every few weeks then they aren't going to change, Oh yes by the way, the club is under new management with a new name, so No more Leading Edge.

3/16/2008 9:41am,
Hello Flor,

What is the new name and management?

And what are the bad things people say about Arthur? All this thread pointed out is that it is a McDojo that wont produce a pro-fighter.

3/16/2008 5:57pm,
Ok, the new club is under owner ship of Ben Stewart, it is called Steve Anderson karate, it is still located at the same location and Leading edge was, Arthur is a good fighter, he has, and several member of that school had world championship medals under Team Canada, which he coached, to be honest with all this McDojo stuff, I think it's stupid, you get what you put into it. I can't say what the club is like under new management, for what I hear, it's now into a sport karate instead of the tradonal like it was with Arthur, IE the katas.

3/16/2008 6:33pm,
this McDojo stuff, I think it's stupid, you get what you put into it.
Do you know what a McDojo is?

The club you have described is a McDojo, that is for the purpose of making money at the expense of quality.

3/16/2008 6:36pm,
Ok, well yeah, I guess it is a McDojo, but why do you care, since the club isn't around anymore it's a new owner, http://www.ottawakarate.com/

Omega Supreme
3/16/2008 6:40pm,
Ok, well yeah, I guess it is a McDojo, but why do you care, since the club isn't around anymore it's a new owner, http://www.ottawakarate.com/

Heh, Steve "Nasty Anderson. Good fighter.

Oh and **** you. Don't come onto this site trying to dictate to us about a specific mission statement. Take time to read before acting like an asshole.

*PS: http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=50801&highlight=Steve+Anderson

3/16/2008 6:44pm,
Ok, well yeah, I guess it is a McDojo, but why do you care, since the club isn't around anymore it's a new owner, http://www.ottawakarate.com/
Because the new owner is giving out a Black Belt in MMA.

Experienced Martial Artist: This upgrade program is designed for junior martial artists who are now older looking to add to their martial arts knowledge or an ex-martial artist who is looking for new goals to set and a new exciting curriculum to attack on their way to becoming a STEVE ANDERSON MMA BLACK BELT. Our MMA program will not require its members to memorize new Patterns/Forms/Kata rather simply building upon hundreds of MMA techniques in a well organized format to create the Ultimate in Mixed Martial Arts practitioner.

edited to add: Omega beat me to it.

3/16/2008 8:24pm,
I want to thank you flor for bringing this matter of the MMA Black Belt & Steve Anderson back onto our radar screen. As noted this was previously discussed but I don't think we ever concluded any investigation.

3/27/2008 11:46am,
In case folks missed the Steve Anderson/MMA black belt thread: