Martial arts training to create the best version of you.

Train at a martial arts school that helps create the best version of you. (YOU → version 2.0)

Founded in 2003, CMAC Dapo martial arts school is where kids and adults in Mississauga and Brampton train karate, gain confidence and develop life skills.
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You’ve been trying to work on, either for yourself or your kids—
Mental stimulation
Emotional resilience
Screen time management
Stress relief
Self-control and discipline

You know that there is more to your life than wake up, work/school, check devices, watch shows, sleep, repeat.

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You’re reading this now, and our guess is that you’ve probably tried to do a few (or all) of the following things to address the above:

  • Watching Youtube videos and following along → but you need a qualified individual to provide guidance
  • Participating in competitive or combative sports → but you prefer a more wholesome, well-rounded setting where you fit in with the vibe
  • Going to the gym → but you don’t want to stand on the treadmill with TV screens all around you. You want to get a workout and also learn, in an environment where you can concentrate and be yourself
  • Or your kids are simply watching too much TV, not having enough physical activity, or are glued to their devices.
Look, we’ve been there, and we’re the first to admit that there is definitely a struggle, not just to install healthier lifestyle habits and follow a path you’ve always wanted, but how to choose from the vast amount of available options to get you started.

We believe that part of the problem is exactly that: you have to find the right fit for what you want to achieve, the right way that works for you.

Emphasis on “works for you.”

You are the only artist who can work on the masterpiece that is you.

A martial artist is an artist of the self.

What if you can start learning an art that helps you unify each aspect of your life so that everything contributes to the creation of the best piece of art you’ll ever do?
(Hint: that’s you!)

  • Maybe you’d get a different perspective on the virtues you want to install in your children
  • Maybe you’d get stronger physically, but not just to look good, but also so you can protect yourself and those you love
  • Maybe your kids will start seeing screen time management as a fight that they can win, using skills of self-control and discipline
  • Maybe you’ll get the confidence to finally work on your big goal or the confidence for your child to tell that bully off
  • Maybe you’ll see an obstacle as a challenge to overcome (and take concrete action) instead of something to complain about on social media
That’s what being an artist of yourself means.

There’s a reason martial “arts” is an art, and the popular emphasis has been on “martial.” At CMAC Dapo, you have an opportunity to focus on the “art:” the art of your self-refinement, and work on the masterpiece that is you.
That’s what CMAC Dapo martial arts school is about.

As we said earlier, our martial arts school may not be the best fit for everyone—we do not profess to be all-knowing masters—we want to help you on the path of your self-mastery. Our program has worked pretty well for thousands of students since 2003:

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Trained here for years as a child. The staff and atmosphere were absolutely incredible, and helped shape me into who I am today.
—Neal Chauhan
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My three children have been attending CMAC dojo for over 4 years and they have learned in addition to their karate skills valuable morals. Their confidence has increased and they show respect and integrity in their behaviour. Thanks to Sensi for his hard work and dedication to the students. After every class my children come home telling me that today’s class was the best. I’m glad that they are learning karate and are enjoying their experience. The staff are very helpful and are accommodating and promptly address my requests.
—Versha Jagania
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At this dojo they treat you like family, Sensei knows exactly what he is talking about and he always makes you feel comfortable about your experience no matter what level of karate your at. You'll feel comfortable asking any questions related to karate, and although busy Sensei knows exactly when a student is ready to be tested for another belt. Everyone helps each other out and is very happy to see another student succeed. So no matter your age (from school age and up), come to this dojo and you'll have the best time of your life and feel good about taking a class.
—Christine Gilmore-Woods
This art isn’t just for young children, but kids of all ages, teens, and adults.

CMAC Dapo provides martial arts classes that give you tools create the best version of you.

Here’s just a taste of what you’re getting in the classes:
  • Step-by-step guidance for beginners
  • Well-rounded class addressing development of body, mind, and spirit
  • Updated curriculum based on age and level, that gets more challenging as you go higher
  • Flexible class schedule—switch a session if needed
  • Makeup sessions if you miss a class
  • Guidance from qualified instructors with international teaching experience
  • Opportunities to test your skills
  • Go as hard, or as gentle, as you can handle
  • A community that is supportive, encouraging, and non-judgmental

Before vs After Martial Arts →

Kids spending time on devices or online
with little tools to self-control and self-regulation
vs Ideas and tactics to implement
regarding managing this aspect of growing up
Broad / general understanding of virtues vs Deep, engaging study of virtues
that supports your family values
Feeling helpless and not knowing what to do
regarding a person or circumstance
intimidating and hindering you
vs Building a toolbox of techniques
to apply when faced with these situations
Feeling alone and confused in rearing our kids vs Having a supportive community of teachers
and parents who are like-minded in wanting
more grit and fortitude in our kids
Knowing that you’re meant for something more,
that life means more than the daily drudgery
vs Finding a helpful motivator and building
that motivation in yourself through training
Stress and anxiety and not knowing how to cope vs A healthy outlet for mental and emotional
health, for all ages
Choose balance

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I cannot say enough good things about this dojo, all of the teaching staff and the students. The experience has been incredible. As a CEO for a global financial services company, I have met many thousands of people who all have a story and a philosophy on life. Sensei Bassel and the teachers at the dojo demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honour and dedication. They are an inspiration to all members of our community irrespective of age, gender, religion or background. I would urge anyone thinking of studying martial arts to come along and experience the wisdom for themselves. 'Training is the Way'
—Bob Lall
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Look no further, if you are looking for the real thing for you or a family member. Sensei Bassels is a true artist before being a true martial artist. He cares about his students and works hard to help us in our individual journeys through martial arts. In this dojo, the students learn way more than karate and self-defense. Here you will find a way to a more disciplined life, at the same time that you will learn the real Karate, its principles, philosophy, history and of course fighting skills all the way to the most advanced techniques. I train at this dojo and so does my daughter and every now and then we have the opportunity of training together , despite our 40years difference - and this experience is magical. If you're looking for competition, this is not the place for you. Each student competes only with him/herself, trying to improve our Body, Mind & Spirit.
—Daniel Stanger
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"Trust Classical Training". By this I mean: trust the pushups, trust the kata, trust the drills, and trust the critiques. If you are looking for a school that goes above and beyond the fighting aspect, HERE IS THE PLACE TO GO. As a young kinesiology graduate, I can vouch for the benefits for children, youth, adults training here at CMAC Dapo. Physical, neurological, psychological and the list goes on. Being a part of this school is a journey worth all struggles. The beauty is that we struggle and work through things together. Especially the girls here, we got us a sistahood built on Respect and Love. We train hard, we hold it together, and we have each other's back. No woman gets left behind at the Dapo. Ohana. After all of these years, it's an inspiring feeling being able to train here.
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Prospective Students
Prospective Students
Here, you can explore CMAC Dapo, learn how to apply, plan a visit, read helpful articles, or book a free trial. By doing so, we hope you’ll learn more about CMAC Dapo, and also about yourself.
Martial arts training should complement your parenting principles. We consider ourselves a key component of your parent support network—we are a village rearing our children together.
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We are committed to supporting all CMAC Dapo students, especially new students—we‘ve all been white belts, so we know that the path is challenging. These guides should be helpful, and for anything else you need, feel free to reach out.
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The CMAC Dapo blog shares news, achievements, and features from of the students, faculty, alumni, and the greater Dapo community.
We seek students and parents who are aligned with our core values and purpose. Learn more about the application process and how to become a student here.
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CMAC Dapo offers classes for children ages 4–7, ages 8–12, teens, and adults. Programs include karate-do, sparring/kickboxing, and arnis in Mississauga and Brampton.
Goal: Emotional health      Goal: Confidence      Goal: Confidence      Goal: Confidence      Goal: Confidence

Here are just some of the goals that most of our students start with. What’s yours?

Stress relief
More energy
Increased motivation

How to start

Each step is broken down for you here or you can read more on the admissions section.
1. Application
In the application, you will answer not only questions such as your schedule availability, but also more important ones like your overall goals, and important values that the martial arts will complement.

What do you hope to achieve through martial arts?
As outlined in our detailed guide, your WHY guides you to choosing what’s best for you.

How to choose the right martial arts school for you
Like most parents, finding the right martial arts school can seem daunting, especially if you have never studied it, or even if you have. The subject is vast, and many selections look the same on the outside. Here is a guide that should help.

2.Assessment · Interview and In-class

An admissions officer will discuss your application with you via phone. After a successful interview, you will be able to book an in-class assessment.

If your phone interview is successful, an assessment class may be booked.
An in-class assessment is the best way for the instructor to evaluate prospective students, meet parents, and answer further questions. Read about trial classes and assessments in this post.

Make sure you confirm and come to the in-class assessment.
You are totally worth this. To make your goals in step 1 happen, you have to show up.

Heads up: People who want to be artists of themselves come to CMAC Dapo.

Testimonials and Reviews [Emails and letters]
Looking for CMAC Dapo reviews? Don't just take it from us—read what actual parents and students are saying in their emails to us.

3. Enrollment
For 99% of students, enrolment is completed at the end of your assessment class.
Arrive for your assessment class, then become an official student! (If approved, based on final instructor evaluation).
As long as all forms have been completed prior, sign up takes about 80 seconds—no kidding, we actually timed it.
Then come to your first class in full uniform as an official student!

And of course, train hard!

Apply for admissions
Complete the student application form. An admissions officer will call you for an interview to discuss your results.

Is this for you or not for you? →

Who should enrol Who should NOT enrol
You’re looking to improve respect, hard work, grit in your
child → and you are up to the challenge of learning
Your child already practices respect, patience, grit,
hard work and other virtues well beyond your standards
→ Congrats! You are awesome—feel free to share with us
how you do it!
You want yourself or your child to grow stronger and more
confident in all aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally
→ and you are willing to apply these teachings outside the
martial arts school
You want to grow stronger and more confident in all
aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally without
doing a lot of work → Work is a packaged
deal with strength and confidence in our bodies,
minds, emotions.
You’re prepared for demanding, physical training → and
are willing to work to start where you’re at and improve
from there
You don’t like to sweat or bang it out → We prefer
that your training do the talking.
There are other options out there though
for those who prefer a “lighter” approach.
You are looking for more discipline and self-defence skills
→ and you accept the time and patience it takes to learn.
You are looking for fighting and combat skills purely as
entertainment, sport, or bragging rights → There are
alternatives for you depending on what you are
looking for. Just ask.
You want to filter influences of video games, the internet,
movies, and other media and provide a productive use
of time and energy
Your child already has a fine filter for video games,
the internet, movies, and other media and already uses
time productively → Wow, your child should have a chat
with other kids on how they manage all of this!
You want to be relentless in the pursuit of your
You are looking for a shortcut / magic pill to your best self.

“Change is difficult to start, messy in the middle, but beautiful in the end.”

And we think you’re totally worth that.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are just the top few answers. For more, visit our full FAQs section.
What is martial arts?
Martial arts is a word that generically encompasses all systems and styles of fighting with, or defending from, another human being.
Some popular martial arts systems are taekwondo, jujutsu, judo, kungfu, muay Thai, and karatedo. Each of these systems is made up of various styles. The reason there are so many styles of each martial art system is due to many decades, and in some cases centuries, of adjustments made by students from a parent style of each system. Some adjustments were made to emphasize competition, others to complement a teacher’s nature, others to complement practical self-defense, and some students created new styles.

Can students begin with no prior experience?
Absolutely yes.
95% of students start at our school with no experience whatsoever. Beginners get step-by-step guidance for a good foundation.

Can I start anytime during the year?
Yes, we have an open enrolment with no fixed semester start and end dates.
As long as your application is approved, and space is available in the schedule you choose, you can start right away!

What age is the best time to start? Am I too old for this?
The best time to begin was yesterday, so the next-best time is today.
We always encourage students to find a solution and a way through instead of a way out. Don’t delay your potential.

Martial arts is a wonderful foundation for any child or youth fortunate enough to receive it, and a path to self-refinement for adults who go on it. All that is required is a first step.

How can I pay?
You have the convenience of autopay via VISA, Mastercard, direct debit.
You choose between a monthly or annual payment plan.
COVID update: At the moment we are only accepting monthly payments, to be flexible and accommodating to all.

How much is tuition?
We go over your tuition during your interview because your fees will depend on your program, family members, and payment plan.
Our fees are fair and affordable, with no hidden extras or sales gimmicks. We also have clear refund and cancellation policies so you can focus on training with peace of mind.

Are there family discounts?
Yes, this depends on your training option and payment plan.
The admissions officer will provide your tuition estimate during your phone interview, based on your application.

What if I / we do not like it?
You are encouraged to research other schools, read extensively on our website, and try other classes at other places so you can compare quality and vibe.
After your (successful) phone interview, you may book for an in-class assessment at our school at no charge. A lot of questions are answered via a live class. If we are not a good fit for your needs, we can give you recommendations of those who may be.

Why do we need to apply?
Spaces are very limited, and we cannot accept everyone who applies.
Classes are kept at a certain size for maximum learning. Students who enrol and stay work hard for refinement, and we aim to keep this standard of training high.

How many classes do I need to attend weekly?
Attendance is twice per week.
Students keep the same schedule consistently as much as possible, however we do offer flexibility—you can switch up days if you have to.

What if I miss a class?
Makeup classes are available.
No worries, you can attend other classes that are not your regular schedule.

There are classes that look cheaper / easier / more fun / have balloons.
Let us know how it goes.

I have more questions!
For more, visit our full FAQs section. You may also reach us via—
Text 647-559-1801
Phone 905-817-0453

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