Apr 2017 – Samuel Thériault

Apr 2017 – Samuel Thériault

Meet the Maritime IKD
Samuel Thériault started his karate training at Le Sommet with Sensei Michel Gaudet in September 2014 at the age of 6. He decided to follow in his Dad's footsteps and try karate himself after seeing his Dad's karate belts of his younger age and talking with him. It's a decision that he is really proud that he made. On November 29th 2014, he received his yellow belt from Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai. He continued his training at St Pat's with Sensei Michel Gaudet, Sensei Isabelle Bordage, Sensei Craig O'Neill ans Sensei Tony Fahey. Samuel joined Karate NB this year and is looking forward to participate in many upcoming events. Samuel is a grade 4 student at Ecole Le Sommet in Moncton. Besides karate, he enjoys soccer, golf, tennis, hiking and kayaking. Samuel now being a…
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Mar 2017 – Melanie Betts

Mar 2017 – Melanie Betts

Meet the Maritime IKD
Melanie Betts started her karate training in April 2012 at the age of seven. Her first testing was June 2012 and the examiner was Shihan David Pyke. On Dec. 3, 2016, she received her Shodan from Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai & Shihan Maureen Woon-A-Tai. She began her training with Sensei Isabelle Bordage, Sensei Craig O'Neill & Sensei Barry Ripley. Now she also trains with Sensei Fay Getson, Sensei Jennifer Babineau, Sensei Tony Fahey & Sensei Michel Gaudet. Melanie has competed in several Maritime Championship throughout the years. She has won a Gold medal, 5 silver medals & 3 Bronze medals. Melanie competed at the 2016 IKD Canada Cup in Quebec and received a silver medal in individual kata & a silver medal in Team Bunkai. Her mother influenced her at…
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Feb 2017 – David Penney

Feb 2017 – David Penney

Meet the Maritime IKD
David Penney started his karate training about five months ago (September 2016) because he wanted a structured yet varied way to improve his physical fitness. Although sixty-nine years of age, he is quite fit and healthy, and he wanted a way to become even fitter and stronger. It had not always been that way. Only about five or six years ago, he had several health issues that included being thirty pounds overweight, high blood pressure, arthritic pains in his knees when walking up stairs, and having very little stamina. So, he went on a diet, cut back on his sodium intake, and started weightlifting and walking. "I lost thirty pounds, lowered my blood pressure back to normal, and improved my mobility. But those types of physical activities eventually became somewhat…
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