March 2017

Karate Summer Camps – Register NOW!

Spring is upon us, and it’s already time to start scheduling for the much-needed summer holidays!  This year, Elite will be hosting a Karate Camp each and every week of the summer! Students, Friends & Siblings are welcome!  For non- karate students, the purchase of a karate gi is required for an additional fee of $25.


Participants can expect 2 hours of karate each day, combined with other indoor and outdoor recreational activities.  Guaranteed fun!



Age Group: 6 to 12 years old


Times:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Early drop-off can be arranged upon request at a cost of $5 per day.  Free After Care until 5: 00 p.m. is offered.


Cost:  $200.00 / Week*  – Cash Only please


*$50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration


Full-Amount due by June 1st, 2017 – no refunds after June 25th, 2017.


A minimum of 12 students will be required to run the camps.


Please register at the Front Desk with Sensei Marie or contact us via email at We welcome phone calls too at (613) 834-0802.

Week 1: June 26 – June 30

Week 2: July 4 – July 7

Week 3: July 10 – July 14

Week 4: July 17 – July 19

Week 5: July 24 – July 28

Week 6: July 31 – August 4

Week 7: August 8 – August 11

Week 8: August 14 – August 18

Week 9: August 21 – August 25

Hope to see you this summer for some karate themed adventures!

Elite’s March Break Camp was a Success

March Break Camp 2017 at Elite Martial Arts was a success! Kids participated daily in karate, games, crafts, and outdoor play.

Campers even went down to play at Kids Kingdom. Campers also enjoyed a pizza lunch on Friday after they brutally beat Renshi Guy at Laser Tag. Thank you to Kids Kingdom for the complimentary game of Laser Tag for our Elite campers.

This year’s camp was attended by over a dozen children and was lovingly supervised by Renshi Guy and Sampai Stella. Sampai Jordan heard how fun the camp was and even joined in for a day.
Thank you so much to everyone that participated in this year’s March Break Camp. It was fun!
See Sensei Marie in the coming weeks to register for Elite Summer Camps.

Celebrating Sensei Jesse

For some of us that are new to the dojo, we may have only heard of this exuberant and energetic instructor, Sensei Jesse. For others, the loss of this sweet, young man is heartfelt and the void left behind is vast.
It is in his far too soon passing that we invite you to share your favourite memory of this talented martial artist, this instructor, this teammate, and this friend.
His talent, his kindness, and his smile will leave behind memories for many to cherish. We are grateful for his generous spirit and ask that all of those that knew him continue to share stories so that his legacy will continue to live in the hearts of teammates, friends, and family.
Sensei Jesse, your fight and your spirit were fierce.

We will remember you.


Jesse Munro Obituary

Karate vs Tae Kwon Do

Being a karate dojo, we obviously favour our form of martial art. But, as a responsible member of our community, here is what you need to know about the difference between Karate and Tae Kwon Do.


Karate originated in Japan.

Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea.

History of Karate:

Karate origins from the Ryukyu Islands, now known as Okinawa. Although modern karate is relatively young at 200 years old, its origins date back to over a thousand years ago, when it was brought to China from India by a Buddhist monk called Bodhidarma. With Chinese influence, karate became a renowned martial art focusing on various self-defense and strengthening techniques.

History of Tae Kwon Do:

Tae Kwon Do was heavily influenced by three rival Korean Kingdoms nearly 2000 years ago, even though the name Tae Kwon Do has only been used since 1955. Once the Japanese colonization ended in Korea, Korea streamlined its martial arts practices to fall under one single system, Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association. It is heavily influenced by Japanese and Chinese martial arts.

“Karate may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one’s own creative efforts.”
– Shōshin Nagamine

Karate Practices:

Knee/elbow strikes
Open-handed techniques
Take Downs

Crisp & Linear

Tae Kwon Do Practices:

Take Downs

Strong and Graceful

What Do They Mean?

Karate is translated as ‘Empty Hands’

Karate focuses on self-defence. Its practices rely on the effective use of an unarmed body.

Tae is translated as ‘Destroy with Feet’
Kwon is translated as ‘Strike with Hand’
Do is translated as ‘Way/Path’

Tae Kown Do is known as ‘The Way of Foot & Fist’


Karate : Gi

Tae Kwon Do : Dobok or Tobo

What is Karate and Tae Kwon Do?

Karate is a systematised set of exercises to strengthen the body and the mind

Tae Kwon Do focuses on kicks as the leg is the longest, strongest weapon. It focuses on strength and balance.


Karate will incorporate weapons training into the curriculum, ideally at the higher belt levels. The weapons used are the bo staff, nunchaku, and the sword.

Tae Kwon Do weapons training is not as common, but may be introduced as an addition to the regular curriculum.


Both forms of martial arts focus on the principle of thwarting the attacking and countering with a strike. Force against force. Both practices have developed structures forms. In karate, these forms are known as kata. In Tae Kown Do, poomse is the set of exercises used to pass along techniques.

Karate will be an official Olympic event in the Summer Games in 2020

Tae Kwon Do has been an official Olympic event since 2000

Which Martial Art Do I Choose? 

Fundamentally, one must consider personal preference.

The most important aspect of choosing a discipline though is learning about the school itself. Ask about the instructors, the curriculum, and their business practice. Most schools have an introductory program. Try it. Talk with the students and parents. Find a reputable school that has your best interests at heart.

Best of luck in your search. For further questions about karate, visit Elite Karate for more information.

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