He received his black belt in the late 70's in Pasadena, California at Ed Parker’s Original Kenpo Karate Studio.  Mr. Elwood has been involved in Kenpo and other styles of martial arts for over 40 years. He has participated in all aspects of the arts including boxing, kick boxing, karate, weapons training, forms, full combat tactics and also holds numerous honors in the martial art world. From this he has established himself as a highly respected Kenpoist and teacher of this art today.

In the year 2000 EKKA, or Elwood’s Kenpo Karate Association, was established in Reno, Nevada. At that time Mr. Elwood had bestowed upon him by his Kenpo peers the rank of tenth degree “Grand Master” of his new EKKA/MMA Kenpo System.  Today, Grandmaster Elwood continues to carry on the Ed Parker Kenpo legacy with the same high standard and belief that was taught to him by Mr. Parker in that small studio in Pasadena, California where it all began.

From the Grand Master heart

Messiah Martial Arts is derived from EKKA American Kenpo, Boxing, Muy Thai, Wrestling, Judo, and various other styles. However, the primary goal of Messiah Martial Arts is to develop individuals who are willing to speak the truth in love and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. The blending of styles, along with the desire to learn GOD'S Word, is what makes this program one of the most unique self-defense programs available.

John 15: 13 

 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 

John 15: 13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.