He received his black belt on April 12, 1975 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 happy to provide a new curriculum for a bible based martial art school. After extensive research, I realized that there were numerous resources available for secular martial art schools yet very few available for a bible based martial art school. In an effort to help with this situation, I have put together a system, along with the help of the community and the church, to help individuals to study the martial arts with the resources they need to succeed in today’s society.

Messiah Martial Arts mission is to equip individual martial artists with the resources they need to study the gospel in a fun and challenging format. We aim to accomplish this by providing a high-quality bible based martial arts curriculum, with training material available at affordable pricing & donations. Part of accomplishing this mission will include providing a place where Messiah Martial Art students can connect and share ideas about how to use martial arts as a tool to reach people with the good news of the bible. 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. - Holy Bible

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