Congratulations to all of our martial artists for their hard work and dedication during last week’s black belt grading.

What does earning a black belt really mean? 

Earning a black belt doesn’t necessarily make someone a ninja, but it is an indication of determination, perseverance, strength, and precision.

At Elite, a black belt grading occurs once a year and spans over three days. It is a physical, psychological, and emotional challenge. Limits are pushed and personal bests are beat.

What does a black belt mean to Renshi Guy?

“A black belt at Elite means being part of a group of martial artist that value leadership and the feeling of accomplishment.”

When did Renshi Guy know he wanted to be a black belt? 

“I knew I wanted to be a black belt when I started martial arts at the age of six.”

What was the highlight of this year’s grading? 

“I was so proud of the students, who despite being absolutely exhausted managed to put on a stellar show highlighting what they’ve mastered on their journey to black belt. They took genuine pride in pulling it together for the sake of their parents and loved ones so that they too could bask in their success and hard work. The dreaded outdoor training and conditioning component of the grading  also went surprisingly well. It was really great witnessing the camaraderie among students, their team spirit, encouragement of their fellow martial artists. It was an indication of true sportsmanship to hear them cheering for one another.”

What do you look for in a good martial artist?

“A good martial artist possesses patience, perseverance, and determination.  They should be goal-oriented, driven, kind, and most importantly – humble.”

Elite is proud to have such a fine group of students. We are ever so grateful for the instructors that continually take their time to share their success with others while ensuring the quality and sustainability of Elite Martial Arts is upheld. This grading would not have been possible without the prolonged support of the dedicated instructors we are so fortunate to have as part of our dojo. Thank you Sensei Rick, Sensei Gilles, Sensei Linda, Sensei Marty, Sensei Chris, Sensei Caitlin, Sensei Gelane, Sensei Danika and the rest of our phenomenal team. Our young black belts will continue to flourish thanks to you. Congratulations Elite martial artists.