The leadership techniques and skills in this course have been taken directly from top professionals in the field and are directly applicable to becoming an EMA Instructor. The course also teachers you invaluable teaching skills and a greater understanding for martial arts in general. It’s our goal for our students in the course to become integral part of the EMA organization, which may also lead to a part of full time job. Students who graduate this course may also wish to pursue the opportunity of becoming a school owner.
I was born in Burnaby BC and we moved around the lower mainland, until my family finally settled in Mission when I was 6 year old. Growing up in Mission I grew to appreciate the feeling of a small community. The neighborhood made you feel as if you knew everyone. It was that same feeling that drew myself and my family towards Excel Martial Arts. My father trained in martial arts back in his homeland of Kurdistan. He knew the value of the training and what it had taught him in regards to discipline, patience’s and persistence. He wanted to instill those same traits in his children. As we were making our way through the curriculum and ranks of martial arts, working toward our goal of becoming a black belt, it helped create unity within our family.
As a child I was very timid and lacked confidence in myself so I would get others to speak or answer for me. When I did my very first martial art class my instructor told the class us to shout as we perform our technqiue. It felt like a safe place to be loud and express myself! As I gained my skills I became more confident and I was invited to be a part of the leadership program and eventually the instructor academy.
When I received my yellow black stripe I told my instructor that I wanted to teach martial arts and eventually own my own gym just like him. He suggested helping out with classes and joining the leadership team. After graduating all three levels of leaders I joined the instructor academy and realized I really enjoy teaching children and youth, setting goals and watching them achieve those goals.
I look back to all my accomplishments and I wouldn’t have achieved any of them without all the support I gain from my Instructors throughout the years, especially Mr. Brent Janzen. He believed in me and supported my goal of one day being a Chief Instructor. Since then I have taken the lead to train other instructors and in the process win Grand Champion at our Annual Martial Arts Championship. It really felt like EMA was an extension of my own family with the friendships I have built along the way.
My passion for martial arts was really tested when my family decided they wanted to move to the Okanagan. I didn’t want to leave the martial arts and everything I had worked so hard for, so at the age of sixteen, I decided to stay behind to finish my schooling and see where martial arts could take me. I was fortunate that Mr. Brent Janzen ensured that he would take care of me and let me live with him until I was able to live on my own. I’ll be forever grateful for that and I learned a lot from living with the Janzens. To this day whenever I need help, they are always there for me.
Today I am the head instructor of Excel Martial Arts Mission. I’m currently a 4th degree black belt and have been training for 11 years.
I’m Amelia Cordeiro, I’m a third degree black belt and been training for about 8 years now. My parents put me in Excel Martial Arts for their childcare program and I fell in love with the Martial Arts. I was there every day before and after school then during summer from early in the morning till later on in the evening like my home away from home. Within two years got my first degree black belt. I started being a leader then joined instructor Academy level 1 and 2 and after started teaching classes, and working with the childcare kids.
About nine years ago I started one of the longest journeys of my life, to date. I was getting bored of soccer and baseball and needed to find a new sport. I had always enjoyed watching movies such as Karate Kid, Kung Fu Panda, and Star Wars. There was just something about these cool fight scenes that I found so awesome. Thus, giving me a reason to look to martial arts for my next sport.
I started my martial arts journey in September 2012, it took me two trial lessons before I decided I was going to commit to martial arts. From then on, I haven’t looked back. I have had days where I felt bored or lost at martial arts, but I have since come to realize this is because I was learning too much too fast that I was running out of things to work towards. I always had my eye on a black belt so that kept me going for a while. It took a lot of hard work and dedication on my behalf through my journey because none of my friends at school understood my passion for martial arts, and some people picked on me asking for fights because I knew martial arts. This was tough not because I wanted to fight them, I had no desire to, but it was hard to connect with people who didn’t have the same passion. However, I made lots of friends through martial arts, yet none of them seemed to stay very long in the beginning days of my journey. There are instructors and black belts that I learned from and trained with that some of you will never know, and I think that is unfortunate as many of them were amazing people. Although so are all our current and upcoming instructors I could not have asked for better people that I have met here at Excel.
In Fall of 2015 I achieved my First Black Belt. Once I realized I could accomplish such things it led me to work harder for the next thing, joining the Excel Martial Arts Instructor Academy. I was part of the first group of Instructors to complete the EMA Instructor Academy. This was a lot of hard work and dedication, but I loved and still love the impact I make on everyone’s Martial Arts journey and their daily lives. This is the main reason I continue to work and train at EMA, I love the family atmosphere and having an opportunity to change so many lives.
I currently hold the rank of Third-Degree Black Belt Instructor here at EMA Mission, one which I have great pride for everyday. My current plans as an Excel Martial artist are to test for my Fourth-Degree Black belt in November 2022 and continue to work with our leadership team to help prepare them to become our next instructors. I also want to continue to improve all my martial arts skills, one hopefully being able to do backflips.
If you do not already know, I am currently studying to become a Mechanical Engineer at British Columbia Institute of Technology, in Burnaby. My decision to continue school was not a hard one, I have always wanted to grow and improve so it was very clear to me I wanted to go to University or College after high school. I am studying Mechanical Engineering because I enjoy learning how the objects that shape our daily lives work and how I can help to improve them to work towards a brighter future. I am not too sure where my future will lead as things are ever changing but I am excited to see where life takes me and hope to be here to learn and grow with all of you as long as I can.
My journey begins like many others, I was just a young girl, whose parents were forcing her into a sport. After many failed attempts, my parents finally caved in and put me into martial arts. One class was all it took to fall in love with this sport.
Currently, I am a fourth-degree black belt and have been training for over 10 years. I chose martial arts because my brother was in martial arts, and I wanted to do everything he did.
I chose to continue martial arts because I had grown close to many friends, friends who I now call family. I do not think I would have gotten as far as I am, had it not been for my instructors who I look up to, my friends who always challenged me to improve, or my parents who always supported me even when I did not believe in myself. With a fanatical support system, I was able to accomplish remarkable things, such as Grand-champion, instructor demos, and of course my black belts. Martial arts will always be a part of who I am, it has changed me in the best ways.
Assistant Instructors and Leadership Team
These are instructors who graduated from the leadership team and is now part of the Instructor Academy Level 1. Their role in the gym is to support the Head Instructor and take on small groups to help build the foundation of martial art.
Purpose of Leadership Program: While any EMA member with an interest in the program can be involved; the primary purpose internally is to create a funnel for high quality individuals to enter Instructor Academy level 1. By learning some basics of what it takes to be a martial arts instructor, they will have a more complete understanding and thus understand the work involved in Instructor Academy.