About Us

About Us

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 41/2 & 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 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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  • My daughter Erin enjoyed your karate class at St. Joseph for two years. I was reading in the paper today about a girl's self defense class that you are offering at the AL library. It said that you are asking for a donation of a canned food item as the price of admission. May I please give you a big thank you for what you provide to our community. In this time of people asking for payment for every little thing, you go and give your time and wonderful, life saving information to children in our community for free. Thank you for what you do.

  • My son's self-esteem has been boosted; his confidence and his grades have improved. He also has a greater respect for others through the help and guidance of Shihan Ellis. There are many karate schools out there but I feel that the International Karate Center' instructors' knowledge and professionalism is unsurpassed.

  • 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!

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