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About Our School

Welcome To Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers of Strongsville and Avon Lake. We celebrate over 45 years Of Providing FUN Martial Arts Programs For Children Ages 4 and a half & Up, Youth, Teens, Men & Women That Are Meaningful With A Positively Transforming Experience That Changes Lives For The Better! Come See What A Difference Can Mean To Your Life!!

For over 45 years International Karate Centers has refined FUN martial arts programs that offer amazing results with personal character development for children & families just like yours. Empowering boys and girls with a strong sense of self-confidence & self-esteem that equips them to overcome shyness, stand up for themselves, not be afraid to try new things, and make good decisions as they grow older especially in the face of peer pressure, & be less likely the victim of Bullying.

Fostering self-discipline/self-control in an age appropriate manner encourages better focus & concentration, staying on task, and how youngsters view responsibility at home, at school, etc. All of this in a very patient, caring setting that reminds children like yours of the family values that you as a parent instill at home such as to be honest, kind, and considerate of others, to be respectful of our parents, family,& teachers and others.

It is with this type of philosophy that has contributed to the positive reputation that we have earned from the communities we are proud to serve.

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Jeff Ellis with Student

Instructor/Owner Jeff Ellis

Jeff Ellis has taught over 10,000 people that include children and adults of all ages in martial arts training. Beginning as a teenager Jeff’s experience spans more than 50 years with martial arts personally.

Jeff Is Locally Raised And Graduated from Baldwin –Wallace University with a major in Psychology.

Currently, a 9th degree Black Belt and a Grandmaster Instructor in Kwanmukan Martial Arts. Using martial arts as a catapult to overcome difficulties and challenges that caused him to fail repeatedly as a child, Jeff has taken the secrets he has discovered that literally transformed his life to become a successful leader, serial entrepreneur in retail, real estate, event promoter, professional motivational speaker & author.

Jeff is on a mission using the martial arts as a vehicle to help others about how they can learn to become the valuable person they want to be by believing in themselves and developing more of who they are meant to be!

Why Choose Jeff Ellis' International Karate Centers?

Fun Martial Arts Classes For Children, Families & Adults That Change Lives For The Better

Boys & Girls, Moms & Dads are invited to take part in an Awesome experience together. imagine how your son and daughter will feel when they see Mom and Dad taking part too! Gain fitness and good health while supporting your child . Your child will treasure these moments of you being engaged with them by participating in the experience. They say to themselves “This is so cool that my Mom & Dad are doing it too!”

Small Age Specific Classes That Assures Quality Personal Student Attention For An Exemplary Experience

Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers has an outstanding reputation for it’s character building programs for persons of all ages, but are especially known for the successes we have enjoyed working with young people. Classes are limited in size and divided into age groups and experience levels that provides an effective student-teacher interaction.

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See What Our Community Members Say About Our Programs

Dan Cricks

I talked with a pharmacist who has a young son and he said it's scary to see the amount of drugs that are being prescribed for kids today. I know what a difference your program made for my grandson Nicholas. Anyone who has a concern about ADHD should consider your program at Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers to see if it could help vs. drugs. Not only that, I'm amazed at how much better Nicholas is able to focus, even when some of the kids around him aren't”. Nicholas at the award ceremonies at Jeff Ellis' International Karate Center in Strongsville receives the Perseverance award!!! Shihan Jeff runs a great program, it's meant a lot for Nicholas to be a part of it. Nicholas often mentions that he needs to "focus" which is what he's learned from Jeff.

Dave Ruben

We wanted to enroll our son into a program that would benefit him is discipline, respect, self-esteem and would be fun also. This program exceeded our expectations

Heidi Fravel

I am writing to describe the positive impact Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers has had on our son Samuel. Weekly Sam is shown the systematic use of Karate while improving his overall physical fitness. But our surprise he has gained so much more. To begin with the class has weekly “small life lessons” that focus on respect for self, others and the greater community. We have also seen a marked improvement in Sam’s focus on school work; control in church setting and personal conversations; being able to express himself with words instead of his hands. We are delighted by this emerging maturity and attribute a great deal of this to his experience within the dojo. These lessons of self-control, concentration on the task at hand and respect for others and community have subtly connected the many values we strive to uphold in our family life. We have definitely gained more than expected when we enrolled our son. Our hope is for many more children to emerge from Jeff Ellis’ International Karate Centers as well rounded self-assured individuals. Well Done!