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Jeff Burroughs

About Elite Leadership Martial Arts in Hamilton, ON

Meet Jeff Burroughs

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Elite Leadership Martial Arts in Hamilton
5th Degree Black Belt

Our Story

Elite Leadership Martial Arts was originally known as Liberty’s Karate and was founded in 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario by Sensei John Liberty. He was a dedicated instructor and role model to literally hundreds of students throughout the years.

In January 2001, Sensei Liberty retired from the karate school operations. Since that time, the spirit of his teachings and life lessons have lived on and are still being taught by his high-ranking Black Belt, Shihan Jeff Burroughs.

In 2010 Shihan Jeff was informed that the recreation center where his school was located would be closing for a one year long renovation. At this time Shihan Jeff moved the school to Hamilton’s West Mountain location in San Antonio Square. After realizing that his school had grown to become much more than just a Karate Club, Shihan Jeff began the process of rebranding Liberty’s Karate as Elite Leadership Martial Arts (ELMA) in 2013.

We have since added the SKILLZ Program and Hyper Martial Arts to our Academy’s Curriculum.

ELMA has a 1200 sq ft training floor with a viewing area for parents. It’s a very friendly and positive environment to be around.

Shihan Jeff Burroughs started karate at the age of 11 under the Instruction of Sensei John Liberty. He received his Black Belt in 1992 and has since demonstrated his Leadership abilities. He took over the operations of Liberty’s Karate when his Instructor Sensei John Liberty retired.

In 2004 he competed in the WKA Point Sparring Divisions where he placed Bronze at the Ontario Regionals and Silver at the Canadian Nationals. This allowed him to travel and compete in Switzerland for the WKA World Championships as a member of the Canadian National Team. This was the first time that anyone from Liberty’s Karate represented our Nation.

In 2006 he helped form NAWKKA’s (North American Wado Kai Karate Alliance) Competition Team and became Head Coach for this Elite Team. He was graded in 2006 to the rank of Godan and was elevated to the status of Renshi.

In 2008 he was appointed the position of president for NAWKKA and as such was elevated to the status of Shihan. He has since left NAWKKA to focus on building his school and looking after his 3 children.

How To Get Started

Come join our Hamilton, ON Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 905-218-6958 if you have any further questions. Elite Leadership Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!

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