KJS Tournament 2017

Elite represented this year again at KJS, not only by bringing home a few medals, but by being an awesome team!

Congratulations to all Elite team members who took part. We are a strong team, performing well in Traditional Kata. We brought home 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in the Traditional Kata division.

We also brought home a Bronze in Traditional Weapons and a Gold in Continuous Light Contact Kickboxing.

Thank you to all team members for their hard work and especially to Sensei Marie for her dedication and support. Thank you too to Renshi Guy for helping us all prepare for these tournaments.


Stars are Born at Provincials Competition in London, Ontario

This year at Ontario’s Provincial Competition, Elite had some awesome team members representing.

Congratulations to all of those who participated. You are all super stars for trying your best and by being supportive Team Elite members. We are so proud of you!

Thank you to the team of magnificent coaches who encourage the children to be the best that they can be.

Kudos to parents for their sacrifices and their support. Kids will never regret this experience.

Well done, Sensei Kiana!

Silver  – Traditional Hard-Style Kata

Silver  – Traditional Weapons

Gold  – Continuous Light Contact Kickboxing

Gold – Point- Sparring




Good job, Enzo!


Bronze – Continuous Light Contact Kickboxing

Qualified for Nationals in Point-Sparring





Congratulations to Sensei Caitlin!

Sensei Caitlin qualified for Nationals in Traditional Kata Hard-Style and Classical Kata.




Well done, Team Elite. Your smiles are indicative of hard work paying off.



10 Best Martial Arts Movies

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Who doesn’t like a good fight scene? There are few things as great as a fun martial arts movie to motivate an aspiring martial artist to practice, practice and practice.

In between all that practicing, grab a snack and watch some of these great martial arts movies from our very own Top Ten List of Best Martial Arts Movies.


10. Enter the Dragon (1973) Rated R

Bruce Lee, whose name is synonymous with the martial arts film genre, stars as a martial artist who utilizes an invitation to a martial arts tournament as a cover to spy on a local crime lord.

9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Rated PG-13

A beautiful film by Ang Lee about a young Chinese warrior who steals a sword from a famous swordsman and pursues a romantic adventure with a very mysterious man. There’s romance in this one, along with the handsome actor, Yun-Fat Chow.

8. The Octagon (1980) Rated R

What is a martial arts movie list without Chuck Norris? Definitely not an Oscar contender, but fun nonetheless. Violence is his last option….so he says.

7. Under Siege (1992) Rated R

Steven Seagal plays a former Navy SEAL turned cook on the USS Missouri. Then terrorists show up and get more than they bargained for from this Aikido master.

6. Legend of the Drunken Master (1994) Rated R

Legend of Drunken Master was Jackie’s final “kung fu” period style film of old, created in the 1990’s with a high level of martial arts action.

5. Kill Bill Vol 1 & Vol 2 (2003, 2004) Rated R

This amazing Tarantino film highlights some very violent, but excellent fight scenes featuring strong and powerful women. Definitely not a film for children, but excellent regardless.

4. Kung Fu Panda (2008) Rated PG

A story about an obese, noodle-loving Panda who ends up being bestowed the role of The Dragon Warrior. His challenges with physical conditioning exercises such as stair climbing and balancing resonate with the less experienced martial artist in all of us.

3. American Ninja (1985) Rated R

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines. With the fighting and the ‘save the girl’ focus in the plot, this is a great movie for the inner 13 year old boy in all of us.

2. The Last Samurai (2003) Rated R

Tom Cruise plays a captured American military adviser who embraces the Samurai culture he was once hired to destroy. There’s a lot of great fighting and sword work in this film. This movie was released when Tom Cruise was still cool (aka before the Oprah couch jumping incident).

1. The Karate Kid (1984) Rated PG

‘The Karate Kid’  and its stars, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita heroically brought karate and martial arts to the mainstream in this classic 1984 film. This movie is legendary and a must-see for any child wanting to pursue martial arts. It’s a also a fun movie for all of the nostalgic parents out there. There has never been a more fascinating film about painting fences and waxing cars.
Enjoy Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Centre‘s Top Ten List of Best Martial Arts Movies. Thank you to the instructors, parents and students who contributed by sharing their favourite martial arts films.
What is your favourite martial arts movie?


No Fools Here!

April Fool’s Day grading at Elite was awesome, but there were absolutely no fools present! All of our little ninjas were in fine form showing off their acquired skills and talents.

Thanks to all of the students, parents, and instructors for all of their hard work and enthusiasm.

Check out these photos from the grading last week on Saturday, April 1st, 2017.


Thank you to Sensei Marty for the great photographs!

Congratulations to everyone on their success. We are all so proud of you.


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.

Team Elite at Challenge Lanaudière

Congratulations to Team Elite

for competing in Challenge Lanaudière on Saturday, February 19th.

Most of the team arrived at the hotel the night before and had a chance to enjoy the local cuisine (St. Hubert’s or A&W). With few incidents of illness and forgotten belongings, the team rested up well the night before to take part in the day-long tournament the following morning.

Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work, courage and spirit.

We were proud of all of you!

We are also proud to note that Enzo & Joshua placed 1st in their respective divisions for kata, while Adrian placed 2nd, and Jaheim, Kalli, Jordan, and Adam all placed 3rd for their kata demonstrations.

Thank you to Renshi Guy for preparing all our wonderful competitors prior to the tournament. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Sensei Marie who travelled with us to the tournament. Team Elite is grateful for her hard work and dedication.

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: