Lépine first delved into the world of martial arts during his youth, where he trained in a myriad of martial arts such as Hapkido, Taekwondo, and Judo. On top of his training, Lépine was learnt in the ways of tomahawk throwing and hand-to-hand combat – all skills he would later incorporate into Okichitaw.
His journey into creating this Native American-based martial arts began during his time in Winnipeg, Canada, where he was taught Taekwondo. Due to his indigenous ancestry and background, Lépine was encouraged to explore the martial practices of his native roots by the people around him. Through the right guidance, he would then begin his ongoing journey to preserve and disseminate the cultural heritage of his ancestors.