Whether you are an off-season athlete or just starting your fitness journey, we have training programs to meet your needs. Sessions are conducted in individual, semi-private, or open group settings. Our instructors assist individuals to identify and reach their personal goals.
Many of our youth and adult students turn their passion for martial arts into an opportunity to explore their competitive spirit. Our instructors identify and nurture a champions mindset in our students who compete at all levels and in various combat disciplines.
Excel is an action word. It means to go beyond the status quo. Students at Excel Martial Arts Training Center are challenged with obstacles that may initially seem insurmountable, and they are supported with age and developmentally appropriate successful strategies.
Excel Martial Arts Training Center was established in 2008 by World Champion El-Java Abdul-Qadir. Kyoshi El-Java is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate with over 30 consecutive years of martial arts experience. Learned Shotokan and San Nucas Ryu JuJitsu under GM Leander Hardaway who hailed from Salem Dojo and the legendary Tong Dojo. Kyoshi El-Java also holds a Black Belt in Shinjitsu Kai Kan, which he eared after years of training directly under the tutelage of GM Reno Morales.
Excel Martial Arts Training Center bridges the gap between tradition and modernity. Characterizing our karate as a "way of life", we approach martial arts instruction as a means of self defense, a strategy to develop good character, and as a sport that fosters hard work, determination, and leadership development. As such, our instructors participate in continuous education intended to make sure that students receive quality instruction using a combination of traditional methods and innovative best practices.
At EMATC, we firmly believe that karate is more than just punching and kicking. As such, we encourage our students to be well rounded global citizens who use their talents to have a positive impact on others around them. In addition to the countless number of martial arts, karate, boxing, and kickboxing champions we have produced, the prestigious alumni of Excel Martial Arts Training Center includes countless Doctors, Lawyers, Business Owners, Educators, Law Enforcement, Entertainers, and more.
Kyoshi El-Java is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He is also a multiple time Kickboxing World Champion in the most prestigious sport martial arts circuits including WAKO, WKC, NASKS, NBL, and others. As founder and Chief Instructor, Kyoshi oversees all EMATC programs and services.
Sensei Tahirah is a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate. Tahirah spearheads our Tiny Tigers Program and facilitates Self Defense seminars. She is also Founder and main instructor of Fight Like a Girl. FLAG is a female empowerment program that encourages a strong mind, body, and spirit.
Sempi Ibrahim is a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate. Wise beyond his years, in addition to assisting with classes at Excel, he represents the dojo at National and International events. As a part of our Leadership Program, Ibrahim serves as a Junior Instructor, teaching our intermediate/advanced karate and in our community outreach programs. ,
Sempi Anthony is a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate. His years of training and dedication to the art have provided him with a sense of balance and understanding, As part of our Leadership Program, Anthony serves as an assistant instructor in our kids karate program where he helps teach the intermediate karate classes and point sparring. .
Learn basic boxing strategies in this beginner level group training session.
Learn traditional Shotokan Karate - Intermediate level Kata and Kihon
Learn traditional Shotokan Karate - Beginner level Kata and Kihon
Sparring strategy and practical application for adults and advanced students
Learn Sport karate and kickboxing sparring strategies - All levels
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