Hi Firemedic and welcome,
I have had an ileostomy for 3 years and can do so much more now than I could when I was sick, because I'm healthy and have tons of energy. I live in Florida, so I swim a lot (in the ocean, the pool, and at water parks) and have never had a problem.
It's normal for your ostomy to be active in the beginning, but it does slow down. In addition to eating foods that bulk (bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, bananas, and peanut butter), you can also to take a few Imodium before each meal to see if that helps.
I've also heard about
hard protective stoma caps, but have never used one. It seems like it would protect it while doing martial arts, sort of like a mini sports cup!
I also started with a temporary ileostomy to let my colon rest and possibly heal, but after 8 months, I started bleeding, so I decided to have a proctocolectomy and make my ileo permanent. I've been very happy with the results and love not being sick anymore!
Good luck to you!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.