The Markham Martial Arts Club includes 4 Canadian National Team athletes, trainer
A local Markham martial arts club returned home with six gold national title belts, four silver medals and three bronze medals from the WAKO Canada National Championships held June 3-5 in Niagara Falls , making it the academy with the highest number of national titles and medals.
“WAKO Canada Nationals is a great kick-boxing tournament that brought together athletes from across the country, to finish to be national champion in their age and weight class,” said Morgan Opsahl, head coach of the program for kids at Elevation Martial Arts and Training. Center.
Six of the club’s athletes (Omar, 7, Rihanna, 14, Ryan M, 13, Issac, 13, Ryan C, 17, and Liam, 15) all won their divisions, making them the champion national of their division, winning the national gold title belts. Four athletes qualified for Team Canada.
“We competed for three days with more than 500 registered competitors, and our athletes showed great strength, resilience, determination and effort. Even in the face of challenges, they did not give up,” said Opsahl, noting that all of the athletes were incredibly representative of the Elevation academy. well, and the coaches are extremely proud of it.
Opened in March 2018, the Elevation Martial Arts and Training Center offers adult and youth programs. Head coach and club owner Kru Ritch Cruz has been training and teaching martial arts for over 25 years.
In addition to the impressive accomplishments of early June, seven of Elevation’s young athletes have already been selected to represent Team Ontario at the 2023 Ontario Winter Games, while Coach Ritch and Coach Morgan have also been selected as provincial coaches to lead the team for the upcoming Ontario Winter Games.
“We teach Muay Thai, kickboxing for youth, while teaching Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for adults,” Opsahl said, adding that the facility also offers strength and conditioning and kettlebell training programs.
In the youth program, they teach the importance of self-defense, keeping the body healthy and strong, and building confidence in students and athletes.
Like many sports, martial arts benefits growing children far beyond the academy and in many real-world scenarios, helping them develop coordination, physical fitness, mental toughness, as well as learn valuable social skills.
“At Elevation, our programs represent the commitment to personal growth by providing quality programs that teach life skills and character development and help students lead healthy lives,” states their site’s official introduction. website.
After the tournament, Cruz was selected as a national coach and to travel with four other qualified athletes to Italy in September to represent Canada at the WAKO Worlds, which is the international level of kickboxing competition.