Jeff MacDonald started training in 2001 in Halifax with Senseis Tony and Danny Tam. He took long breaks from training but karate was always on his mind.
“Karate was always something I missed when I wasn’t training so I’m very happy to be back.”
Jeff had the opportunity to test with many different examiners. His yellow belt was with Sensei Danny Tam, he then graded a few times under Master Okazaki as well as Master Woon-A-Tai, when he was a member with the ISKF. Jeff also examined for his first kyu under Master Dacosta and graded for his Shodan ranking under Master Woon-A-Tai.
Jeff has trained under Senseis Tony and Danny Tam, Ron and Daphne Gill and most recently Roy Stuart and Doug Dennis at the PEI Shotokan Karate Daigaku in Charlottetown.
He has never competed in a tournament.
“The timing just never was right or I was injured. I might at some point, though I enjoy training mostly for it’s own sake.”
Martial Arts was always something that seemed interesting to him.
“It seemed like a fun thing to do. I was very active in school sports and when I went away to University, I was looking for something to keep me active and I was drawn to karate.”
Jeff is a lawyer. When he is not working or training, he loves to cook, reading and playing guitar. He also loves to spend time with his family.
“I have a wonderful wife Lisa who supports me going out and getting roughed up at training and two wonderful daughters Lucy and Josie who like to punch and kick along at home with me!”
“There was a clinic back in 2003 during the summer where Master Woon-A-Tai was instructing the Halifax ISKF. It was a brutally hot day in July and we were all sweating really hard in a hot gym. I was asked to come forward to demonstrate a technique and wiped out hard in a puddle of sweat in front of about 100 karateka! Not my finest moment…”