Courtney began here training during the 2018 March break camp at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy.

She is currently an 8th Kyu.

“I went for my yellow belt on June 23. The examiner was Sensei David Pyke with Sensei Janice and Sensei Norm.”

She trains at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy with Sensei David Pyke.

Courtney has not competed in a tournament but hopes to do so in the future.

Courtney joined karate because it looked fun and challenging.

She is 9 year old and attends Spring Street Academy where she is in grade four French immersion.

When Courtney is not practicing karate she likes to do Gymnastics, reading and art. Then there is her love of Polar Bears.

“I adore polar bears and I want to grow up and work with them. I got to go to Toronto in 2016 and see the polar bears at the zoo. My favorite was Juno. He was just a baby then.”

Courtney’s father recently joined karate and she like being able to help him.

“Once Sensei Janice was working with the white belts and I was training near them. She was doing Heian Shodan and she couldn’t resist scaring me with her loud kiai. I thought she was going to hit me!”

Courtney is a dedicated student. When she was a white belt she would come into class and work on her kata while the other white belts played.

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