About us

Barrhaven Martial Arts Centre Welcomes You!

1% Better Every Day

Is the motto of Barrhaven Martial Arts Centre’s owners “Papa” Nick Castiglia & Mark “Boots” Holst.

With close to 20 years of experience as professional martial arts instructors, Nick & Mark know the power of martial arts has to impact lives.

From teaching kids anti-bullying techniques to coaching Elite UFC fighters the key to success is an incremental constant improvement.  Be 1% Better Than You Were Yesterday.


Currently we offer:

  • Muay Thai
  • After School Program
  • Samurai Kids
  • Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kids Muay Thai
  • Birthday Parties
  • Kids Camps
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Our Testimonials

Always Have Something Nice to Say About Us

I can’t say enough good things about Mark & Nick. Their teachings go far beyond the dojo. Each class they instil the principles of respect, kindness and self-esteem. My boys absolutely love going to BAMA!
Veronica Morris Carrozzi

Had our son’s 5th bday party here and we were blown away. Very organized, clean, on time, and the kids had a total blast. Mark was so patient and fun!! I’d recommend having a kids party here 100%. Thank you Mark!

Jennifer Brazeau

I have trained at the Barrhaven Academy of Martial Arts. I have also known the instructors personally for many years. Mark and Nick are some of the nicest and friendliest people you will ever meet. They are the “give you their shirt of their back” type people. Very good with kids in particular!

Their martial arts expertise cannot be understated. Both are highly skilled in Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and MMA. Mark is a former UFC fighter with enormous amounts of experience in MMA and pro Muay Thai. Nick is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and has accomplished many impressive achievements in BJJ and grappling.

You cannot go wrong at Barrhaven Academy of Martial Arts!

Dan Barsky

Awesome facility and a great team atmosphere! It feels good to have a coach who has competed previously in the UFC. By far my favourite workout!
Nick Burden