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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.

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.

 

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!

 

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

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.

 

Karate Summer Camps – Register NOW!

Spring is upon us, and it’s already time to start scheduling for the much-needed summer holidays!  This year, Elite will be hosting a Karate Camp each and every week of the summer! Students, Friends & Siblings are welcome!  For non- karate students, the purchase of a karate gi is required for an additional fee of $25.

 

Participants can expect 2 hours of karate each day, combined with other indoor and outdoor recreational activities.  Guaranteed fun!

 

 

Age Group: 6 to 12 years old

 

Times:  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Early drop-off can be arranged upon request at a cost of $5 per day.  Free After Care until 5: 00 p.m. is offered.

 

Cost:  $200.00 / Week*  – Cash Only please

 

*$50 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration

 

Full-Amount due by June 1st, 2017 – no refunds after June 25th, 2017.

 

A minimum of 12 students will be required to run the camps.

 

Please register at the Front Desk with Sensei Marie or contact us via email at elitemartialartsguy@gmail.com. We welcome phone calls too at (613) 834-0802.

Week 1: June 26 – June 30

Week 2: July 4 – July 7

Week 3: July 10 – July 14

Week 4: July 17 – July 19

Week 5: July 24 – July 28

Week 6: July 31 – August 4

Week 7: August 8 – August 11

Week 8: August 14 – August 18

Week 9: August 21 – August 25

Hope to see you this summer for some karate themed adventures!

Karate vs Tae Kwon Do

Being a karate dojo, we obviously favour our form of martial art. But, as a responsible member of our community, here is what you need to know about the difference between Karate and Tae Kwon Do.

Origin:

Karate originated in Japan.

Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea.

History of Karate:

Karate origins from the Ryukyu Islands, now known as Okinawa. Although modern karate is relatively young at 200 years old, its origins date back to over a thousand years ago, when it was brought to China from India by a Buddhist monk called Bodhidarma. With Chinese influence, karate became a renowned martial art focusing on various self-defense and strengthening techniques.

History of Tae Kwon Do:

Tae Kwon Do was heavily influenced by three rival Korean Kingdoms nearly 2000 years ago, even though the name Tae Kwon Do has only been used since 1955. Once the Japanese colonization ended in Korea, Korea streamlined its martial arts practices to fall under one single system, Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association. It is heavily influenced by Japanese and Chinese martial arts.

“Karate may be considered as the conflict within oneself or as a life-long marathon which can be won only through self-discipline, hard training and one’s own creative efforts.”
– Shōshin Nagamine

Karate Practices:

Striking
Punching
Kicking
Knee/elbow strikes
Open-handed techniques
Blocking
Take Downs

Crisp & Linear

Tae Kwon Do Practices:

Kicking
Punching
Blocking
Take Downs

Strong and Graceful

What Do They Mean?

Karate is translated as ‘Empty Hands’

Karate focuses on self-defence. Its practices rely on the effective use of an unarmed body.

Tae is translated as ‘Destroy with Feet’
Kwon is translated as ‘Strike with Hand’
Do is translated as ‘Way/Path’

Tae Kown Do is known as ‘The Way of Foot & Fist’

Clothing

Karate : Gi

Tae Kwon Do : Dobok or Tobo

What is Karate and Tae Kwon Do?

Karate is a systematised set of exercises to strengthen the body and the mind

Tae Kwon Do focuses on kicks as the leg is the longest, strongest weapon. It focuses on strength and balance.

Weapons

Karate will incorporate weapons training into the curriculum, ideally at the higher belt levels. The weapons used are the bo staff, nunchaku, and the sword.

Tae Kwon Do weapons training is not as common, but may be introduced as an addition to the regular curriculum.

Similarities

Both forms of martial arts focus on the principle of thwarting the attacking and countering with a strike. Force against force. Both practices have developed structures forms. In karate, these forms are known as kata. In Tae Kown Do, poomse is the set of exercises used to pass along techniques.

Karate will be an official Olympic event in the Summer Games in 2020

Tae Kwon Do has been an official Olympic event since 2000

Which Martial Art Do I Choose? 

Fundamentally, one must consider personal preference.

The most important aspect of choosing a discipline though is learning about the school itself. Ask about the instructors, the curriculum, and their business practice. Most schools have an introductory program. Try it. Talk with the students and parents. Find a reputable school that has your best interests at heart.

Best of luck in your search. For further questions about karate, visit Elite Karate for more information.

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