Mizuki Matsuura of Mount Allison Shotokan Karate is the March Student of the Month.
Mizuki joined the Mount Allison Club in January 2014 and has been a stellar student from her first class.
Mizuki is from Suita, OSAKA, Japan and it attending University in Sackville, NB at Mount Allison.
When she was young, her big brother used to practiced Aikido. Her parents asked if she would like to also learn Aikido, but at the time she had no interest in it whatsoever. When she was in Grade 12, she ran into unsavory characters in public places and she wished that she had learned Aikido for protection.
Mizuki is a three sport athlete. She played softball and soccer for the Osaka Sabers at her school. The time that she commited to those sports caused her to have to put off any interest in martial arts. When she found out that Mt. A had a Karate club in November 2013, she knew that she would join as soon as new students are accepted.
“Mizuki has been a great student,” said Sensei Norm Robitza, “she comes to class willing to learn and has taken the intiative to self train.”
“I like sparring in general,” she said, “Since my favorite waza (technique) is Jodan Mawashi Geri, my aim for now is to reach higher level (which means brown) so I’m allowed to compete in free sparring and earn some points by using the waza of mawashi geri.”
Mizuki competed in her first Maritime International Karate Daigaku tournament in February. As a white belt, she would be in a division with adults of the rank of while and yellow. Mizuki was very successful and capture 1st Place in both Individual Kata and Kumite.
While at Mount Allison, Mizuki hopes to major in Sociology and minor in Environmental Studies.
Mizuki was honored this month by Mount Allison Shotokan Karate as their Student of the Month as well.