Sep 2017 – The Robinsons

Sep 2017 – The Robinsons

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Karate for the Robinsons began in September 2015. Seth began training at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy with Shihan David Pyke. In January 2017, Seth would be joined by his parents, Andy and Nicole. Seth, having trained for over a year longer than his parents is currently a 5th Kyu and has tested with Shihan Frank and Maureen Woon-A-Tai (Fall 2015, Fall 2016) and Shihan David Pyke (Summer 2016, Summer 2017). Andy and Nicole are currently 7th Kyu and have only tested with Shihan David Pyke up to this point (Spring 2017 & Summer 2017). They training at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy under the tutelage of Shihan David and Sensei Janice Pyke. Seth has competed at the February 2016 tournament in Amherst and was awarded a bronze medal for…
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Aug 2017 – Heather Faulkner

Aug 2017 – Heather Faulkner

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Heather Faulkner started training in April 2000. "I was quite lazy and had low self esteem. I also needed to challenge myself. I heard great things about the karate club and the benefits of learning a martial art and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life!" In December 2003, she received her Shodan from Sensei Frank Woon-a-Tai. An ambitious competitor from the beginning, Heather traveled to Halifax to compete in provincials as a yellow belt. She didn't fare too well but that only drove her to work harder.  As an orange belt she was part of a team kata with Pat Patterson (then yellow belt) and Norm Robitza (then a purple belt). Performing Nijushiho the team competed in a division with higher ranking students and…
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Jul 2017 – The Lennoxs

Jul 2017 – The Lennoxs

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Hello my name is Robert and my son’s name is Arye (pronounced R E ) and I want to start at the beginning. It was early in the winter of 2012 and I asked my then five year old son what do you want to be when you grow up. He said plainly “I want to be a ninja.” My reply was I too would like to be a ninja when I grow up, so from there it began. We were invited by our friends the Picard’s to join the karate club at St Patrick’s family centre where we continue to be instructed by Sensei Isabelle Bordage, Sensei Craig O’Neill and Sensei Barry Ripley. We learned quickly that training for our goal would be a long tough road ahead. Our…
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Jun 2017 – Casey Arseneau

Jun 2017 – Casey Arseneau

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Casey Arseneau started her training at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy in November 2014. She had heard about karate classes at the dojo on Spring Street and wanted to give it a try. She received her 3rd Kyu in December 2016 from Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai. "I like it when Sensei Woon-A-Tai comes to visit. He has a lot of experience and stories to tell," she said. Casey has competed at three Maritime IKD tournaments. At her first tournament in 2015, she placed 1st in Kata. Her second event was in 2016 where she earned second in kata and third in kumite. Recently, she competed at the Maritime IKD Youth event in Moncton and earned second in kata. The 12 year old enjoys karate because it allows her to challenge herself…
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May 2017 – The Hammonds

May 2017 – The Hammonds

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Karate is a family activity for the Hammonds. It started with Owen in September 2010. He was in grade 2 and showed interest in the Martial Arts. His parents took him to St. Pats's Family centre and he enrolled in the karate program. In January 2016, when his brothers, Jack and Samuel, were in grade 2 they also started training. They would watch Owen train and it was decided that the family would give it a try. Mom & Dad (Stacy & John) also began training and can be seen at every event supporting the boys. Owen received his Shodan on November 30, 2013 from Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai. He was promoted to Nidan on April 9, 2016 by Sensei Josef Woon-A-Tai. Currently, Samuel is a 6th Kyu (green belt)…
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Apr 2017 – Samuel Thériault

Apr 2017 – Samuel Thériault

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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

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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

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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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