Who We Are



Established in 1997 by Kyoshi James Fries, Heritage Martial Arts & Fitness Centre has become a unilateral training facility. Housing traditional martial arts, fitness, self defense, personal training, yoga, and nutrition counselling.

The goal of our karate classes is to teach the traditional martial art of Goju-Ryu using modern concepts in a practical manner so that it can be applied today. Our programs are designed for children and adults, from beginners to advanced. Karate training improves physical strength and stamina, increases self-confidence and self-esteem, and teaches self-control, self-awareness, and respect for others. It also reduces stress and helps promote a healthy lifestyle.


What We Offer

Heritage Martial Arts offer a variety of programming for all ages and abilities. While our focus is on traditional Goju-Ryu Karate, we also offer self defense programs through our Full Spectrum Defense program, as well as sport specific strength and conditioning classes through Corefit Conditioning, wide-ranging fitness, and wellness classes as well as many other programs.

  • Traditional Goju-Ryu karate system for children and adults; which was founded by Chojun Miyagi in Okinawa, Japan.
  • Qi Gong For Health, Fitness, Wellness and Healing
  • Full Spectrum Defense Personal Protection & Safety Training
  • Corefit Conditioning
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Wing Chun

Visit our Programs (click here) page for more information about our specific programs.

Belt ranking will determine class times. Please refer to our training schedule for specific class times.

Every student is encouraged to train at least twice a week to achieve optimum benefits from their time in the dojo.

For more information on our programs, facilities and memberships or for your FREE TRIAL CLASS contact:

James Fries email: info@heritagemartialarts.com

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Heritage Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Inc. Contact: James Fries 3310 King Street East Kitchener, Ontario 519.894.6931



Kyoshi James Fries Founder of Heritage Martial Arts, Corefit Conditioning and Full Spectrum Defense

Kyoshi James Fries

Founder of Heritage Martial Arts, Corefit Conditioning and Full Spectrum Defense

Kyoshi Fries has been training in the martial arts for over twenty-nine years. He began training and studying Goju Ryu karate at the age of sixteen in Waterloo, Ontario under Sensei Gregg Skyork. Kyoshi Fries is currently ranked as a 7th degree black belt in Goju Ryu karate under Hanshi Carlos Montalvo 10° of the Ronin Goju-Ryu Kai and continues to study and train in the Goju Ryu style karate extensively.The Goju system focuses on proper muscle function and movement which can be applied to self defense. James believes mental focus and overall ability will improve greatly with the proper training, conditioning and fitness. The body only becomes strong when the mind, body and spirit work together.Through the years, Kyoshi Fries has had the privilege to train with some of the world’s most recognized instructors such as Sifu Larry Hartsell, Sensei Morio Higaonna, Guru Dan Inosanto, Sifu Paul Irish, Sifu Makoto Kabayama, Sensei Rusty McMains, Master Tom Patire, MMA fighter Heath Herring, World champion boxer Ftiz “The Whip” Vanderpool and Sensei Don Warrener. Kyoshi Fries has a Level 1 Advanced Instructional Training Certification in Jeet Kune Do under the late Sifu Larry Hartsell. He continues to train with Sifu Paul Irish who is the only certified full instructor in Canada under Sifu Larry Hartsell. Jeet Kune Do focuses on functional training for grappling, stand up fighting, Filipino stick fighting and knife training. Kyoshi Fries trains in White Crane Under Hanshi Gary Legacy and has achieved a 7th degree black belt in White Crane.

Heritage Martial Arts and Fitness Centre is one of the first centres in Canada to offer Tom Patire’s Training for Life® Personal Protection and Safety Courses. Kyoshi Fries has a deep commitment and dedication to the martial arts and has an open mind toward all different styles of the martial arts and martial arts concepts. He strives to learn new ideas, techniques and training methods to expand his own knowledge and to help his students grow and improve.

Training Resume:
  • 7th Dan Goju Ryu karate
  • CDT Instructor
  • Ronin Police Defensive Tactics instructor
  • Last Resort Tactics Instructor
  • ITC Body guard 
  • ISSA Certified fitness trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • TRX Suspension Training Course 
  • 3M National Coaching Certification Level 1 Boxing coach
  • Advanced Level Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association 
  • Emergency First Response – first aid 
  • Kettlebell course 
  • Mental Health First Aid

Sempai Mitchell Nice

Sempai Mitchell Nice

Mr. Mitchell Nice began his karate journey when he was 11 years old to stop bullying at school and he’s never looked back since first entering the dojo! Achieving the rank of Nidan in 2014 under Kyoshi James Fries, Mr. Nice is always training and loves being at the dojo.

Through the years, Mr. Nice has had the rare opportunity to train with many of the world’s greatest instructors, such as Hanshi Carlos Montalvo, Master Tom Patire, Sensei Don Warrener, Shihan George Picard and Grand Master Sueyoshi Akeshi. Mr. Nice has been studying CDT with Kyoshi James Fries for five years and in September joined him at a course where he was accredited as an ITC Certified Bodyguard.

Mr. Nice’s teaching style is focused on fairness, fitness and fun, and takes extra care in making sure the students under his instruction enjoy their karate experience. Mr. Nice is is known for making his students feel comfortable in the dojo. Mr. Nice has dedicated much of his life to Heritage Martial Arts and Goju Ryu Karate Do, and has a deep appreciation for the martial arts and the people who study them. He is always trying to improve on his own karate so that his teaching can improve as well. Mr. Nice’s goal as an instructor is to make sure that karate impacts his student’s lives as much as it has impacted his.

Deb Neufeglise Qi Gong

Debbi Neufeglise

Debbi Neufeglise is the senior instructor of our Qi Gong program. Debbi is a Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate and has been training in martial arts for over 10 years. She is a newly certified Qi Gong instructor under Sifu George Picard.

Sempai Brian Sandoval

 Sempai Brian Sandoval

Brian is an ISSA certified fitness instructor and personal trainer.  Through dedicated training and hardwork, Brian has achieved his 2nd degree black belt in Goju Ryu karate. He continues to train and teach at Heritage Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, as well as CoreFit. He enjoys teaching cardio kickboxing and Corefit Conditioning classes in addition to private personal training sessions.

Sensei Kiri Olekas

Sensei Kiri Olekas

Sensei Olekas started training at Heritage Martial Arts in 2002 in Goju Ryu Karate under Kyoshi James Fries. She achieved the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in 2010 and currently holds the rank of Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt), achieved in 2016. She also trains in White Crane under Hanshi Gary Legacy and achieved the rank of Shodan in 2016. Kiri enjoys teaching karate, especially the technical aspects of basics and kata, and finds teaching a great way to improve her own technique and knowledge of martial arts.

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