Dojo News

A Winning Display of BJJ

Nick and Val at Grappling Industries BJJ Tournament in Lake GeorgeLast Saturday, two members of the Therien Chesterville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program joined some other members of the Therien-Gringo team at the Grappling Industries tournament in Lake George. Siblings Val and Nick had a very successful day. After a number of hard fought fights, here are the results:

  • Nick: Gold in no-gi 15-17, 145lbs+ and Silver in men’s 140-155lbs
  • Val: Gold in both gi and no-gi women 105-120lbs

Val and Nick both commit a number of hours training both in our regular BJJ classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Chesterville, as well as classes at Therien Jiu-Jitsu Orleans and whatever other extra seminars they can find. Their hard work and dedication make them an inspiration and leaders for other students working to accomplish their goals.

Congratulations Nick and Val!!!

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The 2018 Train-a-Thon was a Great Success!

HUGE thank  you to all participants, instructors, and volunteers to helped make the 2018 Train-a-Thon a massive success!!!!

2018 8 Hour Martial Arts Train-a-Thon in Chesterville, OntarioAfter 8 memorable hours, the 2018 Chesterville Train-a-Thon is complete and we think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed themselves. Students all ages — from 6-60+ came out to try a number of different classes, including:

  • Water Bottle Boot Camp with Renshi Carol Beauchamp
  • Karate with Shihan Camille Cordick
  • Kali Sticks with Kyoshi Norm Beauchamp
  • Nanchuks with Sensei Pete Buma
  • Jiu-Jitsu with Shihan Brian Lacroix
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Sensei Greg Nilsson
  • Knife Defence with Renshi Daniel Gasser

Shihan Cam Cordick teaching Karate

The final hour capped off the day with Lego Jiu-Jitsu, which brought together all of the day’s instructors and black belts for a fun martial arts building game. In total, 9 black belts created a full flowing technique, where they each added their own component. The end result was a routine that all students were able to smoothly demonstrate.

Shihan Brian Lacroix (jiu-jitsu) signing a giThe day was an opportunity to fund raise for upcoming training opportunities and competitions, such as the World Kobudo Convention in Athens, Greece or Budofest in Quebec City, both approaching in May 2018.

Sensei Pete Buma teaching nunchuksOn top of great training, the parents committee also put together a great and very affordable lunch for participants, complete with soup, sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit and fresh baked desserts. All proceeds from the lunch also went towards the fun to send students to Greece or Quebec City.

Congratulations Sempai Meaghan!

On Tuesday, December 19th, Meaghan Arel set out to complete a major milestone in her martial arts career — she fought through and successfully completed a black belt test in the Therien Jiu-Jitsu Executive program. After the grueling exam that required plenty of energy, persistence, sweat and even some tears, we’re all extremely proud of her and her success as she was promoted to black belt! Along with the promotion comes the new title of “Sempai” which roughly translates to Junior Instructor or Senior Student.

Last Thursday, Meaghan officially received a diploma and belt certified by the World Kobudo Federation. During that time, Meaghan took the opportunity to tell us all about her journey to black belt and what it means to her:

I started my journey in 2005, when I was 5 years old.  I use to watch my big brother do Jiu-Jitsu.  I remembered I cried the first time that I was on the mat for a class.   I was nervous and scared, but I didn’t give up.  I used to do figure skating, but I quit so I could concentrate on Jiu-Jitsu.  A couple of months later, I earned my brown belt.  I changed program to the essential self-defense, it was a better fit for me.  I felt less overwhelmed and frustrated without the throwing and the ground defense.  It also helped my confidence.  Even if I cried I didn’t give up.  I also got to work with my mom.  She’s awesome!  Any test is hard, but the black belt test was the hardest so far.  I’m so glad to have never quit.  I would like to continue learning and helping others to get to their goals, as people helped me reach my goal.  Thank you!

As part of the Black Belt promotion tradition at Therien Chesterville, Renshi Carol also put together a “Journey to Black Belt” write-up that describes all of the successes and challenges she’s had over her 12 year journey…

COURAGE is not the first thing that comes to mind when Meaghan entered the Chesterville dojo at the age of 5.  Trying to follow her big brother Sean she started to cry.  Her GOAL in the beginning was just to finish a class without crying out of fear and then I think it switched to being the student with the loudest ki.  In the end the GOAL changed to finish the class without crying out of frustration and sometimes anger (though she still had the loudest ki).  Meaghan had the SELF-DISCIPLINE to continue even though at times she felt the journey seemed like a lifetime.  She had PERSISTENCE doing her techniques over and over.  Her POSSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE sometimes was hard to come by when she got frustrated…but her attitude was renewed when she switched to the Executive Program for Meaghan this was the right choice.  Meaghan had the INTEGRITY to not give up but continued on to finish the race to excellence.  Kyoshi has always said that he would have Meaghan in his corner any day but when it comes to training Meaghan sometimes has a little problem with control…I am sure we have all felt Meaghan’s wrist locks, come- alongs, neck restraints and did I mention shin kicks.      We can definitely say that when Meaghan trains she isn’t doing ballet or should I say figure skating since she quit that to pursue jiu-jitsu and give her 100%.   Some students may never reach Excellence Black Belt but that is only because they don’t have a Black Belt Attitude .   Meaghan has pursued Excellence and has achieved it.   When we think about Jiu-Jitsu we think about self-defense with power and a loud ki.  Well Meaghan you have done it!  You have grown so much since your first day at the dojo.

You may at times still cry and get frustrated but now that really just brings out the defender in you and I am sure after seeing youtrain who really wouldn’t want you in their corner. We will always be pushing you 100% but that is because we know you can achieve EXCELLENCE!!

From all of us at Therien Jiu-Jitsu Chesterville, CONGRATULATIONS MEAGHAN!!!


Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year!The entire team at Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre wants to wish you and your family a happy new year. We hope you enjoyed some relaxing holidays with friends and family and that you’re ready for one heck of a year… because we have one in store for you!

All classes will resume Wednesday, January 3rd — that includes Kickboxing, Boot Camp and BJJ on Wednesday and all jiu-jitsu classes the following day. Getting back at it is just the beginning.

2018 is going to see a lot of excitement for the Chesterville Dojo. We have teams representing the club this upcoming Spring in Athens, Greece and Quebec City. In preparation, we’ll be doing some more fundraising events, including an 8 Hour Train-a-Thon on January 20th and a competition a few months into the year. Combine that with the regular special events and this is turning out to be a great year.

It’s never too late to get involved. If you’ve been thinking of trying any of our programs, now is the time. Just give the dojo a call and to set-up some introductory classes, it’s that easy!

Kyoshi Norm Beauchamp is Being Inducted to the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame

It was recently announced that the leader of Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre in Chesterville, Kyoshi Norm Beauchamp, will be inducted to the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame this November. We recently had a surprise party for him, to celebrate this accomplishment and his 60th birthday at the same time. Nation Valley News was there and put together this awesome tribute video:

Therien Martial Arts Season Premier – Open House with FREE Family Trial Classes

You, your family and friends are invited to Therien Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Chesterville try our family martial arts programs… free!

Join us Sunday, September 18th and choose to do one or all trial classes, including Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Classes will be 45 minutes and offer an introduction to the core principals of each style. Afterwards, grab a coffee and mingle with instructors and other members to learn more about our programs and get answers to all of your questions.


  • 8:30am: Doors Open
  • 9:00am: Family Kickboxing — all ages welcome
  • 10:00am: Family Jiu-Jitsu — all ages welcome
  • 11:00am: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — all ages welcome

Try something new this fall, we’d love to get to know you!

For more information, contact us at

613-448-1233 or


Newsletter January/February 2016

Newsletter January/February 2016

Well into the New Year we have already been working on the upcoming events for all students.  These training events are put on by various schools bringing in numerous great instructors to better their martial art skills and give students also the opportunity to train in different martial arts styles.  When students participate in various seminars they enhance their own skills and have fun at the same time.  We have put together a Parents Committee (volunteer parents who are in charge of fundraising).  We have come up with numerous fundraising ideas to help financially students who would like to take part in these events.  Students that would like to receive help from the committee are asked to help with fundraising events.    One of the next fundraising events will be the train-a-thon where the committee will supply the lunch and snacks for all participants and spectators.  Any- one interested in helping with this or if you would like information regarding this committee is asked to speak with Renshi Carol or ask Angela Buckle (secretary), behind the desk.

Brown Belt Testing:  Saturday February 20th we will be having Brown Belt review

Black Belt Class:  Sunday February 21st will be the next Black Belt Class

8 hr. Train-a-thon-  Chesterville Train-a-thon Saturday March 12t  9:00am-5:00pm.We are bringing in a number of instructors to give the students an opportunity to do some great martial arts training.  Cost of the training is $25.00 ea.. The parents committee will be putting on a lunch offering snacks during the training for all students and spectators.  Student’s wishing to raise money for the up and coming seminars are able to collect sponsors either paid by the hour or a set pledge.  All money collected will be used for the student’s expenses for the up and coming seminars.

Quebec BudoFest VI  April 9 & 10 in Quebec City:  BudoFest is a yearly event that brings in some of the best martial arts instructors.  Budofest is a great venue which is always very well run.  Fantastic location for the entire family and very reasonably priced. This is a great opportunity for martial arts training of all kinds for all students.


   If you have any questions or concerns please speak with Renshi Carol or call                 613-448-1233 ….Thank-you!!! Make sure you are a member of our members only Therien Chesterville FaceBook!!

January 2015 Newsletter

January 2015 Newsletter
Happy New Year!!
We are looking forward to 2015 with great excitement. We would like to thank-you for your continued support of the club. You are not only club members but friends. We wish you all the best in the upcoming year 2015!!
Congratulations: Finishing off 2014 we had a few belt promotions. Ashley Ferland was promoted to Green Belt (Persistence), Cheryl Beasley blue belt (Positive Mental Attitude). We had 3 new Black Belts last year Sempai Jesse Ferland, Sempai Travis DeJong and Sempai Ashley Johnson. Chesterville also had 2 new Renshi’s with Renshi Daniel Gasser and Renshi Carol Beauchamp. In Kick Boxing Paul Norman not only won the Inter-provincial kick-boxing championship. Not only did Paul win it once but he has already had to defend his title and won in TKO.
The Martial Arts Open: The grappling events will be Saturday, February 28, and the fighting and kata events will be on Sunday, March 1st at Gisele Lalonde High School in Orleans. All the info can be found online at We will be having more information and sign up at the club soon.

NewLook Budo Fest V- March 21-22 2015 …save the date. If you enjoyed Capital Conquest or if you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of the awesome Martial Arts Seminars brought to you by World Kubudo put this one on the calendar now!! Budofest V if its anything like previous years experiences you will love this great Martial Arts Event!!
Happy Birthday: We would like to extend best wishes for a very Happy Birthday to the following students this month. Kelsey Angel 01st , Olivia Esnard 03rd, and Thomas Buckle 10th.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kyoshi Norm or Renshi Carol or call at 613-448-1233.

November 2014 Newsletter!!

November Newsletter
Welcome to November…Fall is in the air… where did October go anyways!!
Welcome– We would like to welcome all the new families that are now joining our Martial arts family in Chesterville. We have a number of new white belts that with persistence and goals will eventually reach their goal one belt at a time. We hope that you enjoy the positive rewards of your Martial Arts experience here in Chesterville.
Black Belt Testing– There will be Black Belt testing November 15th in Gatineau. Sean Arel and Ashley Johnson will be going for their Black Belt at this time. We hope to have members from Chesterville out to cheer them on and give them the support they need to reach their goal.
Congratulations to Paul Norman who once again has retained his Inter Provincial Kick-Boxing Championship. Into the 2nd round Paul was able to finish off the fight with TKO!!
Capital conquest– was a success having numerous Chesterville students participating in a weekend of Martial Arts seminars from some of the best Martial Artists from all around the World. We were very privileged to have not 1 but 3 of our Chesterville Instructors teaching this year at Capital conquest it was quite a privilege to be ask to teach amongst such gifted instructors.
Congratulations to our members who have recently earned their next belt level. Yellow Belt (Goals) Evan Poirier , Orange Belt (Self-Discipline)Adam Dillon, Greg Lackey, David Druce, Janice Larose, Green Belt (Persistence) Laura Skov.
NewLook Budo Fest V- March 21-22 2015 …save the date. If you enjoyed Capital Conquest or if you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for one of the awesome Martial Arts Seminars brought to you by World Kubudo put this one on the calendar now!! Budofest V if its anything like previous years experiences you will love this great Martial Arts Event!!
Happy Birthday– We would like to wish the following students Happy Birthday this month Ron Ferland, Stephanie Miles, Renshi Carol, 14th, Lorna Doolan 19th and Sean Arel 23rd.
Have a great day!!!
If you have any questions or concerns please speak to Kyoshi Norm or Renshi Carol or call at 613-448-1233.