Top 5 Martial Artist Movie Stars

When you ask someone why they chose to practice martial arts, undoubtedly many will give credit to movie action stars for the inspiration.

Here is our list of our favourite Martial Artists form the silver screen:

Bruce Lee: Bruce Lee was a well-respected Hong Kong-American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He lived from 1940 until his tragic death in July of 1973. Many martial arts films gained popularity because of Bruce Lee, the phenomenon. See him in Enter the Dragon (1973), The Way of the Dragon (1972), and the TV series, The Green Hornet (1966).

Chuck Norris: As one of the internet’s favourite subject for memes, Chuck Norris paved the way for North American action stars. As a member of the American Air Force, he studied martial arts after spending time in Korea. Upon his return home, he began studying, teaching and competing in karate. Chuck Norris was encouraged to start acting by his student and friend, actor Steve McQueen. He typically plays good guys and despite having punishing martial arts skills, would always rather find a better solution than fighting. His most famous works include Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Missing in Action (1984), The Expendable 2 (2012).

Jet Li: Jet Li is a Chinese actor, traditionally trained at the Beijing Wushu Academy (wushu is China’s national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles). Jet Li was one of the biggest stars of the Kung Fu film industry. He is best known for his roles in Hero (2002), Unleashed (2005), Fearless, (2006), Kiss the Dragon (2006). Quoted as saying: “You can beat me up, but don’t touch my hair, I will kill you!” Remind you of anyone?

Cynthia Rothrock: She is the inspiration for the Mortal Combat character, Sonya Blade. Cynthia Rothrock in countless martial arts films in Hong Kong and America, including Undefeatable (1993), Huang jia shi jie (1985) and Above the Law (1986). She has black belts in 5 different systems: Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do (both Korean), as well as Wushu, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu (all three Chinese).

Jean-Claude Van Damme: An actor that has seen great success and some even greater disappointments in Jean-Claude Van Damme. He was born in Belgium and was very active in the martial arts and kickboxing community. He later trained with Chuck Norris who thanks to Chuck Norris he referred him for a job as a bouncer at a club. Norris gave then offered Van Damme a small role in the movie Missing in Action (1984). He can also be seen Cyborg (1989), Lionheart (1990), Double Impact (1991) and Universal Soldier (1992, and his big breakthrough $100 million worldwide hit Timecop (1994).

Keep training and maybe one day you can be featured in an action film. Now go and practice!

Black Belt Grading 2017

Congratulations to all Elite Members who chose to earn their Black Belts during the weekend of June 16th to 18th.

The weekend started with all participating students cleaning the dojo on Friday evening, followed by some karate. Saturday was a long day of conditioning, endurance, karate, and fighting. The grading finished on Sunday with an opportunity to showcase everyone’s hard work for their adoring fans and family members.

Black Belt Grading is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves physically and mentally by overcoming outstanding obstacles. Instructors sometimes take great pleasure in evoking tears (just joking).

Earning a black belt requires years of training, dedication, sacrifices, and hard work. It is probably among one of the most recognized and admired accomplishments. At Elite, to earn a black belt, Renshi Guy wants to be confident that you are physically fit, mentally sound, and able to defend yourself in a real situation. It takes great courage to push oneself day after day to improve and learn something new.

We would also like to mention the following black belt candidates who won the following awards:

Excellence: Sensei Caitlin

Most Improved: Sensei Adel

MVP: Sensei Gelane


Congratulations Black Belt Grading of 2017 on a job well done!




WKC 2017 Nationals

Congratulations to our Elite students for competing this year at WKC Nationals. We are so proud of all your hard work and dedication. Here are the 2017 National Team Results.

It was a cool weekend with excellent coaching, supportive parents, cheerleaders and Penguins – Pittsburgh Penguins, that is. They were staying at the same hotel where the event took place and signed autographs for everyone that wanted one.

Well done, team. We are so proud that you will be representing  Canada again this year.


April Showers Bring Really Long May Gradings

On Saturday, May 6th, we had 12 students showcasing their dedication and hard work in exchange for a new belt. Congratulations to everyone that participated!

Thank you to Sensei Rick, Sensei Linda, Sensei Gelane, and Sensei Caitlin for taking the time to run the grading. We love learning with you!

Quebec Open April 2017

With the water on the highways rising to concerning levels, Team Elite made their way to Quebec City in La Belle Province for the Quebec Open. It was an exciting weekend. Kids were able to compete in a large, popular tournament alongside some familiar and some new faces. Parents became more acquainted with one another and some even took in the tail-end of a bridal show taking place in the hotel. There was also swimming and a great deal of food consumption too.

The show that took place Saturday night was filled with music, an emotional tribute and some great martial arts. It was a great end to a wonderful tournament.

Congratulations to everyone that participated. We are all so proud of the team spirit displayed by Elite competitors and families. Thank you to Sensei Marie and Sensei Danika for coaching throughout the weekend. All students with higher belts displayed great mentoring skills.

Thank you to Renshi Guy for preparing us for this fun weekend.


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.


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