"Integrity walks hand and hand with the ability to defend! For a martial artist to travel with the means to protect they must have the consciousness of honor."
ELITE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CENTER
2022 Main Street
(inside Affordable Pet Center)
Northampton, PA 18067
610 440 0443
THE WARRIOR SPIRIT
A hero is a person who when adversity strikes has the ability to focus, and then find their inner strength to face the challenge. They do not have to be famous, but can be a parent protecting a child from harm or a child who faces a grown-up problem with determination. (This is the spirit of a true Martial Artist!)
A hero is someone who never runs from mistakes made by hiding from their responsibilities, consoling them self and showing no remorse to the victims in their path! Remember, a martial artist in the face of any obstacle will always protect their vulnerable spots and never step back. They may step to the side to set-up their position, but always has forward momentum!
- CS Orobono
"For a tree to grow
strong & tall spreading its branches out towards the landscape it must
foster and develop a sturdy foundation. This base allows for the heavy burden of life
experience and with a constant sprinkling
of knowledge, will ultimately lead to the inner
strength of wisdom. The Elite Warrior path is not effortless but with unwavering determination and support the sapling
will grow into a mighty oak!"
The Warrior Path
Shihan Ralph Orobono, 8th Degree
I. The ability to walk away from a fight without having to fight. The first thing martial artist's learn is fighting is a last resort. You must have knowledge of the situation and then the skills to respond to it! This is why martial arts is not a quick fix. It takes years of consistency in training and self-discipline before a student is comfortable in their skill to act. That sense of assurance comes from the knowledge that one has prepared properly and that clear headedness will deliver the proper response.
II. A true Warrior must be in control at all times. A martial artist knows that their fellow students are a means to train and learn (not a punching bag to feed their ego). A student who has a black belt must never use that knowledge to overpower another student. That skill should be used to help the lower belt student learn. A martial artist never physically or mentally abuses anyone. Control is such an important part of the martial artist existence. To be a true martial artist, one must train hard. But, also be a good individual in every aspect of their life. Always remember that a powerful kick and fast punch will never eclipse the value of living a virtuous life (which is an essential part of training).
III. Warrior, the moment has come to stop and ponder what keeps a Martial Artist true to their craft. (Being genuine means to continue to train and bring the best of you out from within.) Is it the goal of achieving one’s Black Belt the reason for training? Or is it the knowledge in ones ability to protect? What stops a Martial Artist in the continuance of becoming a true modern warrior?
IV. One of the most difficult aspects of instruction is the strengthening of ones character. Most modern Martial Artist train several hours a week for years to achieve their black belt, but the mental training never stops. Developing the traits of integrity, consideration, respect, loyalty, self-confidence & self-discipline is also an integral part of martial arts. This aspect is the reason the martial arts have survived and evolved for thousands of years. Bringing forth and living the honorable way is a very arduous path. Having the ability to face ones inner weaknesses and not give in to them is difficult. But if you listen and learn from a virtuous instructor you will become and live the life of a true warrior!
V. Dear students, our warriors focus has been on your training and the inner traits that develop because of learning and living as a true martial artist. Now is the time to stop and look at the environment around you. Everyone needs to give thanks for every aspect of their lives and to give back to the community in which they live. You have the ability to bring the best of you out from within by helping others. Doing this of you own accord, not wanting anything in return. What are the ways you can help? Take the first step, you cannot imagine how wonderful it feels to unselfishly help others!
it is time to address one's action
outside the martial arts studio. A true
warrior is respectful, considerate, disciplined and have self-control at all
times. The training a martial artist
receives is not just about having the ability to protect, but also being courteous.
At a recent martial arts tournament, many competitors were
more concerned with winning then gaining
knowledge and experience from the event.
A young competitor actually struck a judge while performing his Bo-staff Kata. He became belligerent with the
judges who informed him that he was disqualified, you must have control of your
weapon at all times. The young man
continued his tirade until the head of the tournament relented and gave this
student a first place belt. After the
episode the martial artist would walk past the judges making facial expressions and showing the judge his award. This is
so disrespectful, as a martial artist your expectations should be learning and
evolving from life experiences, not getting what you desire. There is no virtue in obtaining achievements
in this matter. This is not bringing out your best!
VII. EVERYDAY BRINGS IN A NEW BEGINNING! HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS! WHEN
SOMETHING UN-DAUNTING HAPPENS, GIVE YOURSELF TIME AND JUST WAIT FOR THE SUN TO
RISE. NO MATTER IF SOMEONE HAS MI-LINED YOUR INTEGRITY, JUST STEP TO THE SIDE
AND REGROUP. A TRUE MARTIAL ARTIST NEVER GIVES UP AND HAS DETERMINATION TO TAKE
ON THE NEW DAY. BY NO MEANS RUN FROM THE CHALLENGES OF LIFE, BUT RECOVER AND
MOVE FORWARD. "REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE INTEGRITY AND LIVE BY THIS WORD THOSE
WHO DON'T WILL NEVER OUTSHINE YOU!" BELIEVE
IN FAITH AND KNOW THAT YOU
ELITE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CENTER STUDENTS SHOULD LIVE BY THE SEVEN ELITE WARRIOR WORDS:
CAN YOU SAY THE SAME?
If you are in
street clothes and not wearing your martial arts uniform, is your demeanor
still the same? A martial artist shows
respect and consideration to those around them no matter what they are wearing. This is part of a warrior's training, to
instill this attitude as the norm! Recently, at a martial arts event several
individuals were only concerned with their accolades and were very disruptive
to those around their table. At this
table the individuals were ignoring the awards of others, to the point no one
could hear the name and the achievement.
How sad these individuals have missed the mark of what it means to be a
true martial artist! This is not just
about ability, but martial arts is about developing the inner qualities of
respect, consideration, integrity, confidence, discipline and determination...
IX. A gauntlet has been thrown, this means a
challenge has been presented. The question is do you rise to face and accept it or
choose to walk away! In life you will have
many confrontations directed towards you, but the difficult decision is do you
have to deal with all that is placed in front of you? Always look at the issue from your
perspective never the aggressor's, but try to understand their point of view!
This Warrior Path chapter is one of the most perplexing you will have to deal
with in your life. Sometimes there is a difference of opinion and someone will
try to push their views onto you.
Remember Warrior we all walk an individual path, so everyone's journey
differs. So you must do what fits
you! The problem is there are so many
variables to any challenge. There is a way to look at this challenge by recognizing
if the individual presenting this diatribe is not facing their test! Making things easier for someone is not the
warrior way. To achieve in life and in
martial arts we must put our heads down and work! So this is one way you know it is okay not to pick up the glove! Life is not easy and another way to decide is
to ask a mentor for advice. There is no
shame in seeking help! But as you mature
and you have set strong precedent addressing challenges, you will become
comfortable in your decisions. A true Warrior will always try to learn from
each and every challenge. If you gain wisdom from these Warrior Path chapters, and continue to train you are living the life of a true martial artist!
"ELITE MASTERS AWARD"
is part of the foundation at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center
in training instills that sense of self-assurance
It is a path that must be traveled with
the martial artist wants to stop training due to the difficult challenges they must
work so hard?
and life are about "Bringing the best out of what each individual can
Arts is about determination, not taking the easy path, but persevering
Mixed Martial Arts Center is a place where you can be tested and to learn about
creating a strong resolve
this long and arduous path is a means for the martial artist to connect to
their true spirit
most martial artist's this path's ultimate goal is representative in achieving their
they have reached their aperture.
at Elite Martial Arts Center, the students learn that there is much more inside
of them and they have not reached their pinnacle.
As human beings we will be tested our entire life
Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center motto;
Endurance & Loyalty comes
from the heart. Intensity & Technique
comes from the mind and Energy comes from the soul“You will have the
courage to face any obstacle if you put your heart, mind and soul into it!”
is amazing when a student earns their black belt and black pants are added to
sense of confidence is born within the student when they become a member of the
Elite Black belt Club.
Elite Master Award is given to a new black belt student who continues their
training and begins mentoring
belt students. Thus, continuing their
journey of self awakening, "To be the best they can be!"
the Passion of E.M.M.A
Our passion for Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center
starts with the love for our son, James.
My husband and I faced some serious decisions in 1993; our son was
diagnosed with a neurological problem. This
medical condition manifested a journey our family has traveled for over
twenty years, which has helped us embrace
the qualities of martial arts and its traditions. This issue with James could not be fixed with
We saw physician after physician but to no
avail, they recommended he see a Pediatric Neurologist. Of course, this appointment was difficult to
make and it took over six months.
Finally, after all tests were completed we had our appointment. James needed special classes to teach him a
new way to mentally process so he could learn.
From the age of three he started riding a bus to school; the teachers
at Colonial Regional I.U. were
wonderful. But, James was progressing
regarding school work, but was having difficulties with physical tasks.
As a parent I saw my son suffering trying
as hard as he could to remember how to catch a baseball, ride a bike and to fit
in with his peers. Our hearts hurt for
our son James, what could we do to help him?
Hence, our enthusiasm for martial arts was born. At seven years old James started classes at a
local karate program. He struggled but
persevered through all belt testings, learning Kata's and the ultimate, his
black belt. I remember the intense
classes as he prepared for his first black belt. James started having facial tics and night
seizures, so we immediately took him to a new Pediatric Neurologist.
Since, the first Neurologist told us in
front of James that he would never be able to participate in any sports, he
would never ride a bike or even drive a car and college was out of the question. We of course ignored her and tried to help
our son reach for his dreams. Our new Pediatric Neurologists explained that
James would grow out of the night seizures
and how martial arts was such a wonderful sport to put him in. From the first neurological testing James
received as a young child to now he had improved. She explained how martial arts is 24/7 and
progressive because of the goals set for each belt level. Now, why E.M.M.A. came into existence in 2008.
Our first karate school was so expensive
it got to the point we could not afford it anymore. The second mixed martial arts school closed
because the Sensei was having medical issues. The third school was closed after several
months because of mismanagement. So,
Ralph and I decided to take the challenge of running our own school because of
how martial arts helped our family. My
son, James is in his twenties now, working part-time at Affordable Pet Center
and is a wonderful Sensei at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center. Also, he drives and is in college!
These abilities James has worked hard for
and he is giving back by helping Elite students with their special challenges. We at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center are not only teaching self-defense but also helping our students become confident,
and develop the inner qualities of respect, determination, focus,
integrity, self-control, discipline and consideration. Our passion is to give back to the community
in the same fashion that martial arts has helped our son.
Our credo is to become the best you can be! Remember,
Endurance and Loyalty comes from the heart, Intensity
and Technique comes from the mind and Energy comes from the soul.
"You will have the ability to face any obstacle if you put your
heart, mind and soul into it!"
The owners and instructors of Elite Mixed
Martial Arts Center embrace the culture of martial arts. From my son's first class in the martial art
at age seven to the present age of twenty-four he continues to enhance his craft
by learning new techniques and to quell his insatiable appetite for the martial
art through reading. What a wonderful
gift the martial art is if you consistently train and open yourself up to its merits!
At Elite we try to work with families if they
are having financial difficulties. We
believe in having a family oriented school.
We schedule fun events for the children, we have a demo team to teach
our children about giving back to the community. We offer many programs for our
students, a program to teach leadership
skills. Board breaking teaches our
students what mental barriers are and how to break through them. This is such an overwhelming task, but we want our students to have the
ability to face and overcome the obstacles of life.
If you need to discuss any issue at our
program please let us know. Shihan,
Sensei, Deshi and Cindy are always available.
The owners and instructors of Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center live by the vast traditions of martial arts
thus embodying its virtue!