Fitness | Confidence | Self-Defense
To say that Adette Rice is passionate about her work would be a huge understatement. Her approach to teaching martial arts is heavily rooted in classic tradition while incorporating modern teaching methods and her own unique blend of energy, discipline and fun. Sensei Rice brings to each class an infectious energy and enthusiasm which motivates everyone to work towards his or her own personal best.
Before earning her black belt, Adette was eager to begin teaching and at green belt began to regularly assist her Sensei in classes. By brown belt she was teaching classes and running her own competitive karate team. At black belt, she began teaching both children and adults on a regular basis and extended her teaching out of the dojo to include such places as: the Waterloo Region Board of Education, Girl Guides of Canada, K/W Detox Centre, Grand River Hospital, Research in Motion, Achievement in Motion, Regal Capital Planners and the City of Waterloo.
Adette is working tirelessly to dispel many of the stereotypes associated with the martial arts. Driftwood Martial Arts bears the distinction of being one of the first full time, professional, Canadian martial arts studio to be opened by and run solely by a female instructor. To that end, she has developed and implemented several highly successful programs into the curriculum and community including the KidSafe Advantage Program, the Success Advantage Program and Freedom From Fear Women’s Self Protection and her own WeeKick KinderKarate program which began in 2008.
Sensei Adette Rice began training in Hamilton under the direction of Sensei Layton Morrison in 1990. For the next 17 years she would have the honour and privilege of training with some of the world's most notable instructors including:
As a competitor, Sensei Rice has won countless awards on the regional, national and international level including 2 World Championship titles and 3 Canadian Championship titles.
Adette feels privileged to have the opportunity to do the work she does and shows her gratitude by using the dojo to raise money and awareness for causes which she feels equally passionate about. The Canadian Breast Cancer Initiative, Breast Cancer Action and Support of K/W, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the KOOL FM Poster Boy Campaign for the Grand River Cancer Centre have all been recipients of funds raised by her efforts; sharing in nearly $17,000 in combined donations. Through Driftwood Martial Arts, approximately $19,000 has been contributed to Camp Oochigaes through our "Kicks for Camp" events.
Sensei Rice was awarded the title of 'Kyoshi' in November of 2016 and promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt by Hanshi Carlos Montalvo (10th Dan). Kyoshi Rice is also the Canadian Director of Ronin Goju Ryu Kai.
In her spare time, as a trainer for the Wilmot Girls Hockey Association, Adette completed her Respect in Sport certification and was so pleased with the program that it has now become mandatory for all instructors and assistants at Driftwood Martial Arts.
Instructing her advanced students.
Grand Champion students at Windsor Open 2014.
Founder of the WeeKick program.
Coaching at regional tournament.
With Team Canada's Driftwood students.