Elite Martial Arts Mississauga is in the most fortunate of positions to officially welcome Edward Wood to the EMA team, assuming the position of EMA Mississauga Owner and Head Instructor. Ed brings with him over 34 years of Martial Arts experience, 15 of which have been exclusively dedicated to Krav Maga.
In addition to the highly regarded position Ed currently holds at EMA Mississauga, Ed is also the Co-Founder and Head Instructor for the Krav Maga Association of Canada. Ed has personally been involved in the teaching and certifications of professional Krav Maga Instructors who are currently teaching at KMC’s 4 active locations, which include Elite Martial Arts Mississauga, Elite Martial Arts Toronto, Steve McCulloch’s Anytime fitness and the KMC National Head Quarters, Wood’s Premier Martial Arts.
In 2007, Ed formed an affiliation with Premier Martial Arts & their Krav Maga Universal Director Ernie Kirk. In 2008 Ed successfully established the Krav Maga Association of Canada with co-founder Steve McCulloch and Ernie Kirk, who served as an associate advisor. Ed and his affiliate schools currently operate under the KMC banner and still maintain affiliation with Krav Maga Universal.
Prior to co-founding KMC, Ed completed his own Krav Maga certifications in the United States with Krav Maga Worldwide. He was the first Krav Maga Instructor to offer the system in the province of Ontario. This makes Ed the longest running Krav Maga Instructor in the province today!
In addition to his contribution to the Krav Maga community, Ed is the former president of the Martial Arts consulting firm, United Professionals and he currently serves on the board of Advisers for Premier Martial Arts.
Ed’s credentials & experience speaks for itself. Even more telling than his qualifications and credentials is his high skill level both as a Martial Arts practitioner and an Instructor. Any student or aspiring Instructor who is lucky enough to learn from Ed Wood is privileged to obtain firsthand knowledge from a true professional in every sense of the word. With a work ethic that comes second to none and a dedication to his students and Instructors, Ed continues to build the Krav Maga Association into a top quality organization that sets the standards for what world class Krav Maga should be.
It is with great excitement that EMA Mississauga welcomes Patrick Wu to our team, fulfilling the role of EMA Mississauga Lead Instructor. Patrick also currently serves as a Lead Instructor for the Krav Mag Association of Canada.
Patrick is truly a life-long student of Martial Arts and is a true personification of what a Martial Artist should represent. Patrick began his Martial Arts journey at the age of just 7 years old, enrolling in the Kid’s Karate program at Wood’s Premier Martial Arts. By the time he was 12 Patrick received his Black belt, followed by his first degree Black belt in 2003. Patrick did not stop there as he was awarded his second degree Black belt in 2008 and third degree Black belt in 2010 respectively.
As Patrick continued to grow as a Martial Artist, he ventured into other forms of combat sport and self defense. He became focused on learning and perfecting his skills in Krav Maga, beginning his Krav Maga training in 2004. In 2009 Patrick received his Krav Maga Black Belt from Edward Wood of the Krav Maga Association of Canada. In 2013 Patrick began teaching Krav Maga full time as a KMC expert Level 6 Instructor.
Patrick also holds valuable experience and various credentials in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (under P.J O’Sullivan, ) Kickboxing and Yoga.
EMA Mississauga is fortunate to have such a skilled and dedicated professional maintaining the highest quality of instruction available to our students. Patrick takes a realistic approach to the self defense he teaches and pays very close attention to detail. Any student who is lucky enough to train under Patrick has the privilege of enjoying a fun, high energy class that is informative and efficient in producing results for students. Today Patrick comes to us with over 17 years of Martial Arts experience and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“I had never been the kid for soccer, basketball, hockey etc. but after that first lesson, I took martial arts and ran with it! I’ve never stopped training since that day (aside from the odd vacation here and there) and have been so lucky to meet and train with so many amazing people!” – Patrick Wu, EMA Mississauga Lead Instructor
Mitchell Skovmose comes to Elite Martial Arts Mississauga with a diverse Martial Arts background that encompasses a life long journey of experience.
With an initial background in Karate that evolved into his eventual entry into Canadian Jiu Jitsu in 1992, Mitch dedicated 8 years of study to his craft, earning a Black Belt in 2000. During this 8 year span, Mitch successfully made the Canadian National team 3 times and was a competitor in many armature matches. His biggest accomplishment in Jiu Jitsu came in 2007 where we won a silver metal as a member of the Canadian National Team competing in the Worlds Championship tournament.
In addition to a Karate & Jiu Jitsu background, Mitch has also competed in armature boxing, kickboxing and Mauy Thai.
In 2012, Mitch changed his training direction to Krav Maga, for a more realistic approach to learning self defense. He enrolled at KMC National Head Quarters, Wood’s Premier Martial Arts, where he began training Krav Maga under Edward Wood. Mitch is currently an Advance level Krav Maga Practitioner and L3 Instructor, certified by the Krav Maga Association of Canada. His most proudest achievement in Krav Maga came in 2015 when we was awarded a Black Belt under Ed Wood of the Krav Maga Association of Canada. Mitch joins only a select few which have achieved such a milestone in training.
With his diverse Martial Arts background and well rounded approach to teaching, Mitch’s classes are always well executed, structured and easy for students to understand. Mitch is a gifted Martial Artist, equipped with a natural ability to teach others. He serves as a true asset to the EMA Mississauga team.
EMA Mississauga is pleased to welcome our latest addition to the team by way of accomplished Muay Thai competitor and P.C. Kru, Gavin Young.
Gavin arrives to EMA with a wealth of experience to draw from, both as a Muay Thai practitioner, competitor and experienced coach/corner man. Gavin currently holds the rank of Muay Thai Blue Shorts and the Instructor rank of Poo Choi Kru. He currently has 11 competitive Muay Thai fights to his name and counting. His most recent and highly regarded achievement came at the Canadian National Competition where he earned Gold for his class/division.
He is an active member of the SiamNo1 Fight Team and has had the fortunate opportunity to learn Muay Thai directly from Canada’s most notable Muay Thai instructor, Ajahn Suchart. Ajahn Suchart is considered the father of Muay Thai in Canada. Many of Canada’s best instructors and Muay Thai Champions trace their lineage directly from Ajahn.. Before acquiring years of Muay Thai experience, Gavin participated in Olympic style weight lifting and has medaled at the National level.
It is not only Gavin’s credentials that are truly impressive, it is his approach to teaching traditional Muay Thai that truly sets him apart from other Instructors. He takes a calculated and progressive approach to building up his student’s skill sets. This effective approach applies to both novice and experienced students alike. His classes are welcoming, high energy and beneficial to the EMA student body. EMA Mississauga is very fortunate to have such an excellent instructor and individual overseeing our Muay Thai program.
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