Heather Gaudet of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy began her training in January 2003 when the Amherst club was still at the Cumberland YMCA.
Pictured to the left with Shihan David Pyke, Shihan Janice Pyke and Sensei Norm Robitza. This photo was taken in December 2017 after Heather and Shihan Janice were promoted to new black belt ranks.
"I spent a lot of time at the Amherst YMCA running and working out and would sometimes watch the karate classes."
At the time she was looking for a new challenge and thought she would give karate a try.
"I was hooked from the first class. It is not just a great way to keep in shape but it is the whole mind, body, spirit connection."
Heather thrives on the discipline required to improve your skills and enjoys the camaraderie among the club members.
"I enjoy the people in the club and the friendships formed over the years."
Heather has competed in National and Provincial events.
"My tournament record is not great, the priveledge to be allowed to compete is enough. I am not a die hard feminist but to see such amazing women athletes excel in such a male dominated sport is uplifting to say the least."
Heather recently received her Godan from Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai and International Judges license from Shihan David Pyke.
"That was an extremely difficult but rewarding experience. There is still so much to learn so I will continue to train."
Heather is sometimes called upon to teach at the Amherst dojo when Shihan David & Shihan Janice Pyke are away. Her dedication and drive to her training is top notch.
Heather was the Student of the Month in January of 2014. She is the first Maritime IKD Student of the Month to be featured for Meet the Maritme IKD.