The student of the month for March 2016 is Dale Sherwood of Mount Allison Shotokan Karate.
Dale is from Sackville, NB and started training in January 2016.
Dale has always been fascinated with the art of karate since he was very young.
"Life slips by quickly and so do our dreams if we don't take action. I decided it was finally time to take action and make karate a priority and commit to learning the art," he said.
Dale enjoys the complexity and discipline of the art of karate. He also is happy that he has meet so many great people from training.
"I love a good challenge and learning new skills. An art that takes a lifetime to master for me is the ultimate challenge."
Dale's future goals are to achieve his black belt before he turns 48, within the next 5 years. He hopes to continue training for life.
Recently, he competed in his first karate tournament and was very successful. He earn a gold and bronze medal competing against White-Orange belts.
"My first tournament was a rewarding experience. My main purpose of the first tournament was for the experience and to watch my classmates and Sensei compete. Receiving a gold and a bronze metal after only 6 weeks of training was great for my confidence. I also got a feel for what my first belt test will be like which was also valuable. I am looking forward to the next tournament."
"Dale has shown a great interest in learning all that he can about karate. He has done research on Gichin Funakoshi and the style. It is awesome to see a student so deeply interested in the art of Shotokan." - Sensei Norm Robitza.