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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.

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!

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.

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

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.

 

Team Elite at Challenge Lanaudière

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.

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