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Elite at DSkate Camp

DSkate Camp is a hockey program for Type 1 Diabetic children that takes place for two weeks during the summer.

Renshi Guy and Sensei Krista are there this week representing Elite Martial Arts. They are spending some time teaching 120 kids the basics of kicking and punching along with its cross-training relation to hockey.

They are working hard to improve kids’ skills and confidence. This is a unique opportunity for these amazing kids living with Type 1 Diabetes and the wonderful families that walk alongside them.

Thank you to Renshi Guy, Sensei Krista and their family for giving back to such a phenomenal community.

BLACK BELT 2018

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.

Congratulations to Team Elite

The month of April has been busy for our tournament team and its coaches. With KJS, Provincials, and the Quebec Open, our superstar martial artists have been fighting, sweating, and working hard at being the best they can be.

With many of our martial artists moving onto Nationals, we wish them continued success.

Thank you to the fantastic coaches, Sensei Chris, Sensei Gilles, Sensei Maria, Sensei Danica, Sensei Caitlin, Sensei Linda,  Sensei Mallory, and the rest of our remarkable team for their dedication and guidance. Thank you to parents for their hard work and support. The Elite family is strong thanks to your commitment and loyalty. Thank you!

Wanna Be a Hottie? You’ve Gotta Warm-Up First

19146185_1350374748351568_7710478099447082135_nA strong body requires preparation, routine, and diligence. One of the most important aspects of feeling your best is making sure you are able to operate at an optimal performance level. This requires a happy lifestyle, good nutrition, and exercise.

But, before you get all ‘gung ho’ about ‘pumpin’ up the volume’ to get ‘all buffed up’, make sure you warm-up first.

A good warm-up is vital before any physical activity. We want to increase our heart rate and circulation so that we can be our best.  For those of us over the age of 21, it’s imperative that we warm up so that we loosen our joints and increase blood flow to our muscles. A good warm-up before physician approved exercises helps prevent injuries.

Some of our favourite warm-up exercises? We like jumping jacks, jump squats, push-ups, or even a brisk walk.

Be safe! Your body deserves it.

Care to warm-up and exercise with us? Visit elitekarateottawa.com to learn about our Sculpt & Fit Classes, Karate, or Kickboxing.

 

Challenge Lanaudier 2018

Congratulations to Elite Tournament Team on their success at Challenge Lanaudier at the end of February. Our team was awarded 4 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals.

Congratulations to all participants and THANK YOU to all coaches for their hard work. The entire dojo appreciates their time and dedication.

Karate Chop Those Blues Away

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health.

Exercise can keep conditions such as depression, ADHD, and anxiety at bay. Moving around and staying active is a great way to combat stress, keep you happy, and improve your memory. You’ll be so exhausted from the fun that you’ll sleep better too!

At Elite Martial Arts and Fitness, we offer Sculpt & Fit, Karate, and Kickboxing for all fitness levels. Our instructors are welcoming and our students are great.

Exercising and practicing martial arts can build up confidence, giving us the fortitude and self-reliance to deal with adversity – whether it’s at work, at school, or even when you are out and about. When you feel stronger, you stand stronger. The tenacity it takes to exercise regularly or to progress in martial arts gives us the courage to rise above our daily hardships.

Join us today. Our classes are welcoming and plenty of fun. Call (613) 834-0802 to book your intro lesson.

You deserve to feel better!

Da Plank! Da Plank! The Core of Everyone’s Fantasy Body

The classic plank and its variations are exercises that can make even the fittest person question life’s purpose. When holding the plank position seconds can turn into what can seem like weeks.
This core strengthening exercise is an effective and efficient way to trim down around the belly, arms, back, glutes, and upper part of our legs. It’s a great exercise that can be done quickly and without equipment.

How to:
Start in plank position with forearms and toes on the floor (almost like a push-up that has given up on life).
Tighten your core to form a straight line with your body without sagging or bending.
Keep your head relaxed while looking at the floor (or your smartphone…or a BOOK if you’re really ambitious).
Hold this position for as long as you can. Start at 10 seconds and build up to a minute (or more if you’re Hercules).

Benefits of the plank are:

Supports proper posture
Improves balance
Increases endurance
Strengthens your core
Makes swimsuit season less petrifying

Are you excited to get started? Is the full plank position too difficult? That’s ok! There’s always a modification to suit all fitness levels. Drop to your knees and hold the plank position just like so:

Is your stomach feeling stronger already? Now it’s time to try the side plank.

In addition to tightening your core, side planks help strengthen shoulders, arms, and wrists.
With the extra concentration required, you will be a superhero if you can do these every single day. Remember to switch sides so that you don’t walk funny.

 

…..and here is a modification of the side plank:

 

When you’re feeling crazy go ahead and start lifting legs and arms to create a challenge.

Reminder: Before starting any exercise, check with your physician. Your health and well-being are important to us.

Most importantly remember that FITNESS IS FUN!

Push Yourself to Push-Up

Push-ups are one of karate’s favourite exercises. Why? Push-ups can generate a unified  ‘groan’ from a group of students like no other exercise…aside from an extended side-plank.

Why are push-ups good for us?

What is the first thing one would want to do if attacked? PUSH the person off, right? What better way to do that than practice a good PUSH-up?!

Push-ups make us stronger. 

Push-ups work on several different muscle groups on your body, including arms, core, and lower body – all at the same time! It’s a great full body workout.

Push-ups also help train our muscles to work together, increasing reaction time. Doing push-ups regularly also helps improve balance and stability. They also work muscles in the chest, shoulders and in the back, possibly preventing chronic pain later on in life.

Boost that metabolism.

Weight-bearing exercises help boost metabolism. Who doesn’t want a well-functioning metabolism. It could mean a guilt-free extra bite of cheesecake.

No more excuses!

What sort of equipment does one need for push-ups? NONE. If you have a working body and a floor, you are good to go!

How many push-ups should I do a day?

As many as you can. If you are just starting push-ups, it’s great to start on your knees.

Keep your core tight and start with 10 at a time.

Once you master the knee push-ups, move to a full push-up position. Try repetitions of 10 at a time.  Do what you can and try to push your limits without injuring yourself. You will see an improvement in your ability before you know it.

It’s better to do 5 good push-ups with a tight core than 20 lousy ones with poor form.

For fun, try variations on push-ups by changing the width and position of your hands/arms.

Most importantly, have fun!

 

WKC Worlds 2017 – Congratulations to Sensei Kiana

A huge ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Welcome Back’ to Sensei Kiana who just finished competing at 2017’s WKC World’s in Orlando, Florida.

Sensei Kiana spent five days competing.

Here are her results:

4th place for her Traditional Weapons event

3rd place in Point Fighting Continuous Fighting

3rd place in Continuous Fighting

2nd in Team Continuous Fighting

1st in Team Fighting

 

Sensei Kiana is always supported by her amazing martial artist of a sister, Kalli, as well as her devoted parents, Eric and Rachel. Thank you to the entire family who continue represent Elite Martial Arts and Fitness in such a positive way. 

To raise money for Sensei Kiana to attend WKC, the entire family received support from local businesses such as  Pumpkins and Peanuts.

Sensei Kiana also had many rallying behind her as she organized a FREE Women’s Self-Defense course, generously instructed by Renshi Guy Oullette. Sensei Kiana is a fine young lady, conscious of the impact a girl can have when they are willing to give back to a community that helps raise them. Continue the great work and keep advocating for things that you believe in.

Sensei Kiana’s father had this to say:

“A big shout out to Sensei Guy who continues to train Kiana and make her the martial artist that she is. A big thank you to Sensei Maeghen for coaching Kiana at Worlds. Thanks also to all of Kiana’s sponsors and those that have supported her financially. And also those who send her nice messages and notes to encourage her along the way. It means a lot, more than you know.”

Thanks again and congratulations to our Red Dragon! If you want to read more about our little Red Dragon, visit her website at KJ Red Dragon.

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