Elite Karate & Fitness

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Elite Karate & Fitness

At Elite Karate & Fitness, our main objective is to assist in the development of well-rounded people who become good citizens and productive members of society.

Our school is based upon the principles of Black Belt, which focus on Education, Leadership, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence. In this context, we teach our students how to be disciplined, honorable, respectful, caring, considerate, focused, and mentally and physically strong. To us, Black Belt is a metaphor for personal excellence, which we will help our students achieve in the dojo and in all facets of life.

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Elite Karate & Fitness’ classes will help you master self-defense, while also instilling a lifelong sense of confidence and empowerment.

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About Us

Elite Karate & Fitness provides a friendly, safe environment that allows students to excel and become the best they can be.

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Here at Elite Karate & Fitness, your success is our top priority. Our free trial offer will kick-start your passion for karate and fitness training!

About Elite Karate & Fitness

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Welcome to Elite Karate & Fitness, a premier provider of education and training in light-contact karate; light-contact self-defense; sport karate; related physical activities; strength, agility and flexibility principles; and exercise and fitness best practices.

Founded in 1998 by Sensei Sherman McElwee, Elite Karate & Fitness provides a fun, safe, and inclusive environment for all students to learn and develop.

Sensei Sherman has been teaching karate for more than four decades. He is a sixth-degree (Roku-dan) black belt and a 1st-dan black belt in Kobudo (weapons). Sensei Sherman consistently focuses on self-awareness and self-improvement, skills that he incorporates while leading his students.

At Elite Karate & Fitness, we are devoted to making ourselves better people. We stress the importance of respect and responsibility in each student’s life, regardless of circumstances. These values make stronger martial artists and more virtuous people. Here, we make it enjoyable to learn the foundational basics of martial arts. Elite Karate & Fitness has consistently and frequently received praise for Sensei Sherman’s kindness and character. The love and passion he shows for both karate and his students is abundantly evident and is a large part of Elite Karate & Fitness’ culture today.

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Why Karate Training Is Important

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Elite Karate & Fitness teaches you about both fitness and life. We value lessons that are equally applicable inside and outside of the dojo.

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Your training will bring forth your confidence and elevate your pride to a new level. Your leadership skills will be at new heights.

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Everyone wants to see you succeed and achieve your goals at Elite Karate & Fitness. Your peers will uplift and encourage you to become the best version of yourself.

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We have a culture of staying committed to the goals you set for yourself at Elite Karate & Fitness. In the dojo, it’s about working hard to be your best, then pushing past your limits.

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Training with Elite Karate & Fitness will enhance all levels of your physical strength. You’ll notice improvement with your flexibility, agility, stamina, and coordination.


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When it comes to karate and fitness training, nothing compares to Elite Karate & Fitness. Not convinced? Come check us out and see for yourself!

Elite Karate & Fitness

419 Norwood Ave SE, Suite 170, Grand Rapids, MI

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