Meet the Maritime IKD

Sep 2018 – Timi Levy

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Timi Levy

Timi Levy’s first class was on the 13th of January 2015 at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy under the tutelage of Shihan David Pyke and Sensei Janice Pyke. “I remember being so excited about it,” she said. “I started my classes in the basement of the dojo and I remember feeling so proud of myself […]

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Jul 2018 – Carol Gould

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Carol Gould

Carol Gould of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy is the second person to be featured as both a Student of the Month and Meet the Maritime IKD. Carol is a long time member of the Amherst club. She started her training in 2000 when the Amherst club was still active at the Cumberland YMCA. “Karate is something […]

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Jun 2018 – Heather Gaudet

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Heather Gaudet

Heather Gaudet of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy began her training in January 2003 when the Amherst club was still at the Cumberland YMCA. “I spent a lot of time at the Amherst YMCA running and working out and would sometimes watch the karate classes.” At the time she was looking for a new challenge and […]

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May 2018 – The Richards

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The Richards

For the Richards, karate is a family affair. Carole Richard, 2nd Dan, started training in 1992. Her daughter, Jolène, 1st Dan, started in March 2014 and her son, Marc-André started in March 2017. Carole tested for her Shodan with Shuseki Shihan Woon-a-tai on April 3rd 2004. On March 24th 2017, she was promoted to Nidan […]

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Apr 2018 – Shawn Landry

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Shawn Landry

Shawn Landry, 1st Dan, started training in 1988 in Acadieville, NB with Sensei Noel Daigle. “I was bullied a lot in high school not by one but some days there would be ten to fifteen people waiting for me in the locker room at school.” The level of bullying wasn’t just verbal, some days it […]

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Mar 2018 – Justina Awe

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Justina Awe

Justina Awe, 5th Kyu, started training September 2016 at the age of 24 under the instruction of Sensei Norm Robitza and Sensei Jolene Robitza. Her first test was in December 2016 with Master Frank Woon-A-Tai and Shihan Maureen Woon-A-Tai. Since then, Justina has tested at every grading. In March 2017, she received her 7th Kyu […]

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Feb 2018 – Shawn Levering

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Shawn Levering

Shawn Levering started training in September 2017 at the Mount Allison club. Where he has been training under the guidance for Sensei Norm Robitza and Sensei Jolene Robitza. “I started training because I had always wanted to try it as a child, but didn’t. I had also wondered whether or not I would be good […]

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Jan 2018 – Mireille Roy

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Mireille Roy

After years of watching her grandson, Samuel, training and accomplishing so much, Mireille Roy wanted to give karate a try. “I saw that karate was something that I really wanted to try.” Mireille started practicing at home with the help of her grandson. It took me over a year of training with her grandson and […]

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Dec 2017 – The Wongs

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The Wongs

Steve Wong was drawn to karate in 1982. He wanted to learn self defense and trained with Sensei Ron Fagan. In 1986, school was taking him away from his training. He left karate behind for 31 years. What changed to bring him back to his training? His daughter, Bria. Bria began her karate journey in […]