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May 2013 – Peter Hoar

May 2013 – Peter Hoar

Student of the Month
Peter Hoar of the Parrsboro IKD has been named the May 2013 Maritime IKD Student of the Month. He started training in January 2011. His oldest son, Nicholas, had started training in September of 2010 and, at his grading, he thought, "I could do that". The thought of earning a belt, even just a yellow belt, in karate was appealing. Peter enjoys the regional gradings. He really likes getting to see people from other dojos and seeing how they are advancing. He has competed in one tournament winning gold in kata and silver in kumite. Peter will be taking over as the instructor of the Parrsboro club in the Fall when current instructor, Sarah Colpitts goes to University. "This fall our dojo should have seven brown belts and two black…
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Mar 2013 – Celine Perczynski-Northen

Mar 2013 – Celine Perczynski-Northen

Student of the Month
Celine Perczynski Northen of the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate club has been named the March 2013 Maritime IKD Student of the Month. Celine was born in Paris, France and is now attending Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. Celine joined the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate club in January and immediately started to impress her instructors. "She has amazing form and is so willing to learn new things," said Sensei Norm Robitza. "Celine is so eager to learn. Every class she wants to learn more," said Sempai Jolene Robitza. Celine is a white belt and will be testing for her next rank in March. But when Sensei Robitza mentioned a tournament would be taking place in February, Celine was one of the first to sign up. She competed in both White…
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Feb 2013 – Fay Delarge Getson

Feb 2013 – Fay Delarge Getson

Student of the Month
Fay Delarge Getson of the Moncton IKD has been named the February 2013 Maritime IKD Student of the Month. Fay is from River Glade, NB and trains at the Moncton IKD. She started her training 6 years ago and is currently a Shodan. Fay has competed in many tournaments. In 2009, she competed as a brown belt at a Provincial tournament taking 1st in Kumite and 2nd in Kata. Her team finished 3rd in Team Kata. Later that year, she attended the Calgary Nationals and placed 4th in Kata. In February, Fay entered the Maritime IKD Provincials. She was awarded Gold in Team kata, silver in kata, and bronze in kumite. She plans on competing in a variety of events at the upcoming Nationals in May. Fay's short-term goal is…
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Jan 2013 – Brendon Drake

Jan 2013 – Brendon Drake

Student of the Month
Brendon Drake of the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy has been named the January 2013 Maritime IKD Student of the Month. Brendon, who has trained in Uechi-Ryu, Kung Fu and Judo many years ago, joined the Amherst club in April 2004.  He was looking for an all around physical conditioning but couldn't find it in the workout regimes he had encountered.  Knowing karate classes were at the    YMCA, he joined  just to try it for a month or so.  Quickly, he found Karate to be the all inclusive  physical and mental conditioning he was looking for. Brendon  like all aspects of karate training. But if I had to pick one or twofavorites, the great workouts obtained through the basic drills and bunkai. He has obtained his Sandan (3rd degree) Black Belt. Brendon enjoys researching karate beyond dojo training. His favorite book is "Perfection of Character" by…
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Dec 2012 – Misaki Natsuya

Dec 2012 – Misaki Natsuya

Student of the Month
Misaki Natsuya is from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. For those that know Japanese history, this is where Admiral Matthew Perry landed and ordered the nation to open its door to the West. Misaki has a Shodan in Kendo. She studied with Shizuko Onodera Sensei for three years at the Ikuta High School Kendo Club. Misaki wanted to join karate to keep involved in the Martial Arts while at Mount Allison for the 2012-13 School Year. In the Spring, she will be returning to Japan and hopes to continue her training there. Misaki was award the Mount Allision Shotokan Karate Student of the Month Award in Nov 2012. She is a dedicated student who pushes herself very hard. Her hard work paid off in her first belt testing when she passed from White…
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Nov 2012 – Rod Boland

Nov 2012 – Rod Boland

Student of the Month
Rod Boland became interested in karate while watching his son Allen training in Parrsboro with his high school friends. Years ago he earned a green belt in judo so karate was an opportunity to resume his interest in martial arts. Rod also started training at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy after his shifts at the Amherst hospital. Karate is an excellent way to develop discipline and to build character - especially in younger people. It is a good way to keep physically fit and can be practiced all year. Rod finds that by assisting with instruction he is slowly gaining a deeper understanding of karate. Karate is more than a martial art but is a family where you make many friends.
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Oct 2012 – Gail Gouchie

Oct 2012 – Gail Gouchie

Student of the Month
Gail Gouchie first joined the Amherst Dojo as a parent in January 2000 when her son Jonathan joined the club. By April 2001 she got tired of watching and joined in herself. Gail came to every class with a smile on her face and worked very hard. In April 2005 she was promoted to Shodan. In July 2007 she was promoted to Nidan. December 2010 she was promoted to Sandan. Gail attended the National Championships in  2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. At the 2007 Nationals, She won 2nd Place in Senior Women’s Kata. Gail volunteered at World Tournament in 2008 in Toronto and travelled to the Ontario Summer Camp in both 2010 and 2011. Prior to joining karate, Gail did not travel but quickly got hooked on going to Nationals and enjoying the comraderie of the family of karateka. "Gail got to experience many strange…
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Jun 2011 – Jeffrey Soucy

Jun 2011 – Jeffrey Soucy

Student of the Month
The Maritime IKD student of the month for June 2011 is the Karate Edmundston Shotokan's, Jeffrey Soucy. Jeffrey has been training in Shotokan Karate since he was 6 years old. Jeffrey's drive has made him a very successful tournament competitor. Competition History 2005-2010 (does not include regional & goodwill competitions) 2010 NB Provincials (1st kata & kumite) 2009 ISKF Nationals, Calgary (1st kata & kumite) 2009 NB Provincials (1st kata &kumite) 2008 ISKF Word Shotocup (3rd kata, 1st kumite) 2008 ISKF Nationals, Québec  (3rd kata) 2008 NB Provincials (1st kata & kumite) 2007 ISKF Nationals, Toronto (2nd kata) 2007 NB Provincials (1st kata & kumite) 2006 ISKF Nationals, Saskatchewan (1st kata& kumite) 2006 NB Provincials (1st kata, 2nd kumite) 2005 ISKF Nationals, Toronto (3rd kata) 2005 NB Provincials (1st kata) Jeffrey is a very…
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Apr 2011 – Ben Curry

Apr 2011 – Ben Curry

Student of the Month
The Maritime IKD student of the month for April 2011 is the Amherst Shotokan Karate Acedemy's, Ben Curry. Ben started training in November of 2008 at eight years of age. He was thinking about his future education and concerned about bullying. To avoid fighting he decided to take karate classes so he would be able to protect himself. Now in the 7th Grade, Ben enjoys playing trumpet in the school band, Math and Industrial Arts and Technologies. Learning new katas is  Ben's favorite parts of karate training. "I know a lot of them, but at the same time I have many more to learn," he said. Ben has competed in Provincial Championships twice. He placed 3rd in Kumite and 2nd in Kata as an Orange Belt and 1st in Kata as a Purple…
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Feb 2011 – Helena Van Tol

Feb 2011 – Helena Van Tol

Student of the Month
The Maritime IKD named the first Student of the Month at the end of January 2011. The first student to receive this award is from the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club, Helena van Tol. Helena van Tol started training under Sensei Susan Adaskin in Toronto, ON in September of 1999. She was in the fifth grade. The club in which she trained only permitted there students to test once a year. Helena continued her training and reached the rank of 2nd kyu. After graduating High School, she began looking for a University to attend. One of Helena's criteria while searching for a school to attend was if the University had a Shotokan club on campus or in the community. Once she discovered that Mount Allison had a club on campus…
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