This month, Anita & Timi Levy make history. They are the first pair to be awarded the Maritime IKD Student of the Month Award.
This mother and daughter pair train at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy.
Anita started training in Parrsboro, NS in 2010 when she was 9 years old. Her mother, Timi, knew the instructor at the Parrsboro club and signed her up to her first class.
“When I got there, I discovered I actually had a few friends there that I didn’t know took karate,” Anita said.
Anita trained very hard and achieved her Shodan in November 2013. On her road to achieving her black belt she has competed in several Maritime Championship tournaments. She is a multiple time champion. In 2013, she competed at the Canada Cup in Moncton. She was the youngest in her division and was the lowest rank but still did her best and learned a lot about competition at that level.
“My favorite part of training is learning new katas. I like expanding my knowledge of karate and seeing how I can advance,” she said.
Anita’s future goal is to do her best and advance in the dan ranks.
Anita said, “I like seeing how hard work can pay off.”
Anita relocated from the Parrsboro dojo to the Honbu Dojo of the Maritime IKD in Amherst to further challenge herself under the tutelage of Shihan David and Sensei Janice Pyke.
“I am very appreciative for all the instructors and student that have taught me along the way,” she said.
On January 13, 2015, Anita’s mother, Timi, took the plunge and left the lobby of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy. She donned a gi and joined her daughter in the dojo.
Timi said, “I’m just in the beginning of this journey.”
Everytime Timi took Anita to karate class, she was amazed at how much her daughter learned class after class.
“Being a professional violinist, I knew how much focus and discipline goes into it,” she said.
Timi decided to challenge herself instead of sitting in the lobby of the dojo waiting for Anita’s class to finish.
“..and Shihan David and Sensei Janice Pyke’s years of nagging..”
Timi achieved her yellow belt in March of this year at the Maritime IKD Spring Clinic in Moncton.
Timi has never competed in a tournament but she has assisted in several Maritime Championships and at the 2013 Canada Cup in Moncton at the score keepers tables. Timi also performed the National Anthem on the violin at the 2013 Canada Cup.
Timi enjoys how higher belts help her out by offering suggestions to improve her skills.
“I feel privileged to go to my class and learn from Shihan David and Sensei Janice Pyke,” Timi responded.
Timi’s goal is to do her best and be the best that she can be. She hopes to achieve her black belt in 2019.
When asked what it was like to train with each other, Anita said, “Training with my mother is fun. I get to teach her things that I know and while doing this I get to appreciate how far I have advanced over the last 5 years. I also get to see how much she is progressing.”
Timi responded, “To train with Anita is lots of fun. It’s nice for a change, that in the dojo she looks after me, corrects my mistakes. I think she really enjoys that she is a much higher rank and she knows more about something than me at this point. I love to have her as my private sensei.”
Together, Timi and Anita will achieve a lot in Karate. But the greatest thing will be the bond that they will form.
Congratulations to both of you on being named the April Student(s) of the Month.