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.
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.
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
Crisp & Linear
Tae Kwon Do Practices:
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.
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.
Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Centre has the privilege of working with talented students on a daily basis. With students ranging in age from 4 years old to 65+ years old, we have programs tailored to exceed everyone’s needs.
In addition to regular classes, including karate, fitness, and kickboxing, we offer students the opportunity to compete and showcase their growth.
Last year, Elite had approximately 12 students participate in tournaments locally, nationally, and worldwide. Our team competed in 10 tournaments throughout the 2016 season and were proud to represent their dojo, their coaches, their families, and their country.
Elite Martial Arts students were proud to bring home 70 medals from the tournaments that were close to home, including 25 Gold Medals, 18 Silver Medals, and 27 Bronze Medals. At the World Championships in Ireland, our team was proud to bring home a total of 10 World Champion Medals.
Our main goal at the dojo is to build confidence and strength all while having fun. We encourage our students to be the best that they can be and to share their joy and their knowledge with others.
We would like to congratulate our students for a job well done and hope that they continue to represent us proudly in the years to come.
We would like to invite parents to an information session to learn about this year’s Elite Tournament Team.
Please join us on Friday, January 13th at 6:00pm in the second dojo to learn all about this fun opportunity to train and compete.
January is a time of year where we try to buckle down and renew ourselves. We try to become more organized. We try to de-clutter. We even try to cut chocolate out of our lives. The horror!
Probably the most common New Year’s resolution is fitness focused. With unrealistic and boring goals, we are all cuddling with boxes of delicious chocolate in our stretchy pants by Valentine’s Day.
Elite Karate, Martial Arts & Fitness Centre is here to help you make those goals a way of life. We are here to help you become successful and to have fun all at the same time!
Tip #1 – Ask for Help
Even if you have read numerous health-related articles or are capable already of doing 10 good push-ups, get help. A significant part of personal growth involves learning from others. A little motivation from a trusted and encouraging source may be just what you need to light that inner fire!
Tip #2 – Tell the World
Sharing your goals and progress with others helps you stay accountable. You may prove to be an inspiration to your friends while you’re at it. Keep a blog or update social media regularly with your struggles and accomplishments. Also consider getting a workout partner or involving your family. Make this new lifestyle or fitness goals a group project.
Tip #3 – Realistic Goals
Wouldn’t we all love to wake up in the morning feeling toned, strong and accomplished? Well, that often doesn’t happen overnight. Make small, realistic goals for yourself.
ONE STEP AT A TIME!
Tip # 4 – Be Nice to Yourself
You’ve made it this far in life, right? Keep going. Just know that every day you are trying your best. Your best may vary from day to day and that’s ok. Forgive yourself if you make a mistake. Try again. You can do it!
Tip #5 – Please make it FUN!
Join us at Elite Karate, Martial Arts & Fitness Centre for a fun workout, results and a good time.
Need help? Want a personal trainer? Visit One-on-One Training for more information.
Since 1996, Renshi Guy has been celebrating the festive season by tailoring a fitness or karate class to the Christmas Carol favourite, 12 Days of Christmas.
Below is a sample of fitness and everyone-friendly exercises for you to try. Enjoy!
On the 12th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 12 butt kicks
On the 11th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 11 reverse punches
On the 10th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 10 front kicks
On the 9th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 9 high knees
On the 8th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 8 crunchies
On the 7th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 7 ski jacks
On the 6th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 6 leg raises
On the 5th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 5 jump squats
On the 4th Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 4 jumping jacks
On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 3 burpees
On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: 2 push-ups
On the 1st Day of Christmas, my Sensei gave to me: a black belt in a tree.
Enjoy a festive and fit holiday!
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