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Black Belt Member Class is Making a Return!

As of next week we will be re-introducing our BBM (Black Belt Member) karate class. This class will take place on Wednesday evenings at 6:45. For Wednesdays only, we will be moving the Kickboxing class to 8:15pm and cancelling Sculpt & Fit. There will not be a Black Belt Class at this time anymore; however all black belts will be invited to attend the BBM class. This will be a sparring class so please make sure all those attending bring their sparring gear.

Starting next week, the Wednesday schedule will be:

Elite Tykes (4:30 – 5:15)

Kids White – Yellow (5:15 – 6:00)

Kids Orange – Black (6:00 – 6:45)

BBM (BBM Members and Black Belts) (6:45 – 7:30)

Adult Karate (7:30 – 8:15)

Kickboxing (8:15 – 9:00)

Tuesday and Thursday’s schedule will remain the same.

Summer Schedule Change – It’s a Little Shift

Summer is finally here and it is here with a vengeance. We want Elite families to enjoy the wonders of summer by lengthening the weekends. Starting tomorrow, classes will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Class times will not change, just the days (except Tykes Karate – it stays the same).

Here are the times, just in case:

Tuesday

Kids White – Yellow at 5:15 p.m.

Kids Orange – Black at 6:00 p.m.

Kickboxing and Black Belt 6:45 p.m.

Adult Karate 7:30 p.m.

Sculpt & Fit 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday

Tykes Karate 4:45 p.m.

Kids White – Yellow at 5:15 p.m.

Kids Orange – Black at 6:00 p.m.

Kickboxing  and Black Belt 6:45 p.m.

Adult Karate 7:30 p.m.

Sculpt & Fit 8:15 p.m.

Thursday

Kids Orange – Black at 5:15 p.m.

Kids White – Yellow at 6:00 p.m.

Kickboxing and Black Belt 6:45 p.m.

Adult Karate 7:30 p.m.

Sculpt & Fit 8:15 p.m.

 

We can’t wait to see everyone at the dojo.

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.

The Benefits of Simple Exercises

Sometimes we try to complicate life by starting exercise regimes that are too difficult. This practice can often lead to us becoming discouraged and more likely to quit when we don’t achieve perfection right away. We overlook the simplicity in achieving good physical health. We make our health about complex fitness classes and obscure dieting fads. Tired of giving up? Tired of feeling defeated? Go back to basics.

Just as in martial arts, life doesn’t start with a black belt. We need to remember the fundamentals of classic exercises. It takes practice and consistency to get better….and even when we get our black belt, we can’t forget the simple movements that our entire curriculum is based on.

Here are some simple exercises we do regularly:

Touching your toes
Push-ups
Jumping Jacks
Planks
Squats

If you’re looking to be more physically fit, try incorporating these exercises into your daily routine. Getting up from your desk a few times a day and touching your toes will stretch your leg muscles, your shoulders and back muscles. A short walk at lunch can brighten your mood and increase your strength and balance. Push-Ups are a great full-body exercise – and you don’t have to start with a hundred. Start with 10 and work your way up from there. And, if you have to start from your knees (we do NOT call them girl push-ups because of well, you know, feminism), go for it! Practice and you will see improvement every single time!

Keep it simple. Keep moving! Try to do a little bit each day. Have fun!

No need for equipment. No need for a gym membership. Try this all at home (after consulting a health professional) or even better – join us at Elite Martial Arts & Fitness.

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.

 

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!

An Important Announcement from Renshi Guy

Dear Elite Family,

I want to take this opportunity to thank all students and their families for being part of the ELITE community. Whether you’ve been with me for 25 years or 2 weeks, I value you and your contribution to our dojo.

A few years back I made a strategic decision to relocate at the Kids Kingdom location and we’ve been here for just over a year. Unfortunately, over the past few months it has become clear that continuing down this road is not feasible for the long run. This has caused me to take a step back to evaluate the current state of our dojo and determine the necessary steps required to ensure ELITE is on a path that will see it grow and flourish for the long term.

I have dedicated my life to teaching karate, it is my passion and there is nothing more rewarding than to see my students grow and become the best person that they can be. It is for that reason that I have decided to initiate a period of transition to ensure that I can continue to invest my time and resources to maximize the positive impact ELITE can have on the students and their families.

Though reflecting on this has not been an easy process it has taken me back to the reasons I do this in the first place and it has reignited my passion and I am moving forward with a renewed commitment. I will be reevaluating and restructuring the program and investigating a variety of options for the new location. I am hoping that these changes will help me ensure that I am giving our dojo the love and attention it deserves.

To begin this period of transition, we will be relocating to St. Mary’s Hall located at 1171 Smith Rd, Navan ON K4B 1N7. We will have classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and we will be able to also teach the Elite Tykes Class on Saturday Mornings at 8:15 a.m. We will send more specific times for the classes in the next couple of days, as we restructure the schedule to allow everyone to still attend 3 times per week.

Please Note: We will be moving to the Hall in Navan over the weekend and during the first week of November and classes should resume Wednesday, November 8th. The last class at our current Kids Kingdom location will be Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

As we all know, change is not always easy but I truly believe that through this transition it will bring the ELITE family closer together and we will be better for it. I commit to you to provide as much information as possible through this transition and I invite you to approach me with any concerns you might have.

Kind Regards,
Renshi Guy Ouellette

Come TRAIN with Me

I enjoy working with people of ALL FITNESS LEVELS to be the best person they can be.

I offer karate classes for children and adults, indoor/outdoor fitness classes, one-on-one training, off-ice hockey training and more. Call, email or visit our dojo for more information.

(613) 834-0802

elitemartialartsguy@gmail.com

elitekarateottawa.com

1290 Trim Road, Orleans

WKU Nationals & Underbelt Tournament

Elite Martial Arts cleaned up at this year’s WKU Nationals & Underbelt Tournament in Brossard, Quebec. 4 students managed to attend from our dojo and managed to win gold in all 9 divisions that they competed in. Congratulations to our amazing team. Way to represent Elite! Thank you to all parents and coaches for their dedication and support too!

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