We Are the Champions

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.

Tournament Team Information Meeting

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.

From Resolution to Reality – Tips to Reach your Fitness Goals

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.

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!

Who wants to be more serious and boring this year? Try an activity that will make you smile. Join a group of encouraging people with similar philosophies. Find an activity that is going to be 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.


The Twelve Days of Christmas – A Renshi Guy Tradition


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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Elite Christmas Special

Would you like to try something new?

Are you looking for a fun way to get fit?

What about a gift for that special person in your life?

Try a two month karate membership for $99!

Kids and adults welcome.

Registration is year round. 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s time for the Elite Martial Arts Family Christmas Party

Join us for festivities on Friday, December 23rd from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the dojo.

See Sensei Marie at the front desk for more party and potluck details.

There could be an appearance from a special guest. No, it’s not Chuck Norris.

3 Rules for Older People Practising Martial Arts

Rule #1 – Recovery

You need more rest to recover from training than your younger classmates. In your head you may think you’re the second coming of “The Iceman”, Chuck Liddell, but you’re not. Unless you’ve spent your entire life as a professional athlete before taking up martial arts you are going to suffer. You may want to consider only training twice per week to begin with so that the body can adapt and get used to the beating that is involved in constant practice. Once your body is adjusted you can add days as tolerated.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t need more recovery. Ice is your friend, contrast showers (hot and cold) may be your best friend, and you most certainly may need weekly massage or similar therapy. Massage is absolutely vital for older athletes who are still trying to push hard.

Rule #2 – Responsibility

Along with more recovery you’re going to need to spend more time looking after yourself. If you’re about my age then you’ve got responsibilities. In this modern age and given the financial responsibilities and obligations we all bear, one would hate to push so hard that you are unable to perform at your job the next day. If your arm gets broken you may find that your ability to earn money for your family and pay your mortgage is decreased.
To make sure that you’re robust enough to deal with the hardships of martial arts training, you will need to spend about the same amount of time working on your physical self as you do on your combat skills. Some of this time will need to be spent on strength work and some (at least an equal amount) on flexibility. Increased flexibility WILL decrease your chances of injury and many karate practitioners DO NOT stretch enough. Don’t be the old guy in a martial arts class who can’t kick above waist high. As a former tournament referee I have seen numerous levels of martial arts competitors and believe me those with no flexibility sparring, “look like two trees fighting.”

Rule #3 – Relax

Not all of your training needs to be hard. I know it seems counter-intuitive, especially when you start to think that you’ve already given up years of time to all those younger guys around you, but if you start going all out all the time you’re going to quickly wind up hurt. Martial arts is a lifelong journey, not a sprint for the next two months. Display the kind of maturity you’re supposed to have and accept that you are in this for the long haul. Giving up a session this week to make sure you can train for the next four is well worth it. That extra session you’re thinking about right now could wind up being twelve you end up missing. It’s hardly worth the cost.

Putting It Together

I know your mother might think you’re a Navy SEAL, wrapped-in-armour, astronaut ninja, but frankly that’s likely not the case. Deal with it. What you need is a simple plan and some common sense that allows you to get the most bang for your buck in terms of training, recovery, and injury proofing.

by Sensei Rick

Kiana’s WKC Worlds 2016

Most Memorable Moment

My most memorable moment was standing at the top of the podium hearing the Canadian anthem.

Biggest Struggle

I had a hard time extending the reverse punch to get the point.

Did you make any friends?

My new friend is Vickie. Vickie is from Québec City and she’s the one that beat me in the semi-final fight in point sparring. She went on to win Gold.

What was my most valuable lesson?

I learned about the importance of movement in the fight.

What was your favourite activity outside the tournament?

I went on a private falconry tour called the “Hawk Walk” and Kalli and I each had our own Hawks and walked through the woods with them.

How long did you train for this event?

At the beginning of the year it was an objective to qualify for Worlds and I qualified at Nationals in May. Now I start training to qualify for next year.

What best prepared you for this competition?

Going to compete at the WKU World Championship last month in Orlando allowed me to get extra fights in preparation for this competition.

Who was the greatest support?

My family.

Who do you wish to thank?

I wish to thank Sensei Maeghen for coaching me, Sensei Guy for training me and my family for supporting me.

Black Belt Candidate Meeting

If you are planning to grade for:

junior black belt,

adult black belt, or

2nd/3rd degree black belts

in 2017,

there will be an information meeting to ensure that the candidates and the parents (for the juniors) are well informed about the training plan and expectations.

For any juniors that are planing to grade for their junior black belt, it is mandatory that parents attend with their child so that they are also aware of not only the training, but also the practice requirements leading up to the grading weekend.

Meeting time: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1130hrs

Where: Elite Karate Orleans Dojo

Current Black Belts of any rank who intend to volunteer their time teaching are also asked to attend this meeting so a cadre of training volunteers can be identified and briefed.

For more information, please see Sensei Rick Vey.

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