Therien Martial Arts adds Kempo Karate, new family program in Chesterville

A recent photo of the martial artists at Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre in Chesterville, where the proprietors are adding a new Kempo Karate family program. Facebook photo

CHESTERVILLE —  Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre in Chesterville is excited to announce that it will start offering Kempo Karate this April. The first class will be Saturday, April 1st and free to the public.

Kempo Karate (also known simply as Kempo) is a traditional martial art with history coming from both China and Japan. It is centred around striking techniques, blocks, stances and forms that teach students self-defence while building strength both mentally and physically. As with all martial arts, it also passes along important values including respect, confidence and work ethic.

Kempo classes being added to the suite of programs at Therien Chesterville are under the direction of 5th degree black belt, Renshi Pierre Marceau. Marceau, whose flagship school is in Quebec City, boasts more than 20 years of martial arts experience and has experience training with Kempo masters from around the world. In the past 11 years, he perfected a system that proves to be effective and suitable for people all ages with varying self-development goals. This is the curriculum that will be taught in Chesterville.

Regular classes at Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Chesterville will be led by school-owner Norm Beauchamp, a 7th degree black belt in jiu-jitsu and senior Kempo student. On a regular basis, Marceau will also visit the school to evaluate students and ensure quality is to the high standards on which he has built his reputation.

“Therien Jiu-Jitsu has been part of the Chesterville community for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve had the pleasure of working with many people from the area, yet we understand jiu-jitsu isn’t for everyone,” said Beauchamp. “Kempo brings the element of self-defence in a different style, that lets people learn to protect themselves without having to get thrown or throw others. We’re really excited to be starting this.”

The first ever Kempo class in Chesterville will be free and take place this Saturday, April 1st and taught by Renshi Pierre Marceau. Beauchamp is encouraging everybody who is interested, in all age ranges, to come try the class or, at a minimum, come watch and learn more about the program. Those interested can learn more by calling (613-448-1233) or visiting the martial arts school’s website ( or Facebook page (

About Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Chesterville
Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Chesterville has been in the community since 1993 and at its current location on John Street since January 2000. Under the direction of 7th degree black belt, Kyoshi Norm Beauchamp, it offers jiu-jitsu (self-defence), kickboxing, fitness and Brazilian jiu-jitsu programs. Since its inception, the dojo has produced more than 30 high calibre black belts and several successful kickboxing fighters. More information about the programs, schedule and instructors can be found at

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