Archive 2014

Mar 2014 – Mizuki Matsuura

Mizuki Matsuura – March 2014

Name: Mizuki Matsuura

Mizuki joined the Mount Allison Club in January 2014 and has been a stellar student from her first class.

Mizuki is from Suita, OSAKA, Japan and is attending University in Sackville, NB at Mount Allison.

When she was young, her big brother used to practiced Aikido. Her parents asked if she would like to also learn Aikido, but at the time she had no interest in it whatsoever. When she was in Grade 12, she ran into unsavory characters in public places and she wished that she had learned Aikido for protection.

Mizuki is a three sport athlete. She played softball and soccer for the Osaka Sabers at her school. The time that she commited to those sports caused her to have to put off any interest in martial arts. When she found out that Mt. A had a Karate club in November 2013, she knew that she would join as soon as new students are accepted.

“Mizuki has been a great student,” said Sensei Norm Robitza, “she comes to class willing to learn and has taken the intiative to self train.”

“I like sparring in general,” she said, “Since my favorite waza (technique) is Jodan Mawashi Geri, my aim for now is to reach higher level (which means brown) so I’m allowed to compete in free sparring and earn some points by using the waza of mawashi geri.”

Mizuki competed in her first Maritime International Karate Daigaku tournament in February. As a white belt, she would be in a division with adults of the rank of while and yellow. Mizuki was very successful and capture 1st Place in both Individual Kata and Kumite.
While at Mount Allison, Mizuki hopes to major in Sociology and minor in Environmental Studies.

Mizuki was honored this month by the Martime IKD as their Student of the Month as well.

Congratulations, Mizuki!

Feb 2014 – Jennifer Colleen Abbott

Jennifer Colleen Abbott – February 2014

Name: Jennifer Colleen Abbott

Jennifer who is originally from Pasadena, NL. now resides in Sackville, NB.

She started her training in 1987, when she was 7 years old. Her father thought it would be a great father-daughter activity.

Jennifer has reached the rank of 1st kyu and has trained with Shihan David Pyke years ago.

Jennifer’s loves learning new things and knowing that without self pressure and perseverance she would not become better and stronger.

“It is something that I do for my own person, not from being told I have to,” she said, “I also get personal satisfaction from knowing I work hard and see the results myself.”

Jennifer hopes to test for her Shodan in the spring.

Recently, she entered the Maritime IKD tournament and won 1st in Brown Belt Adult Women’s Individual Kata and Kumite. She also teamed with two members from Moncton to win 2nd in Colored Belt Team Kata.

Congratulations, Jen!

Jan 2014 – Cody James Landry

Cody James Landry – January 2014

Name: Cody James Landry

Cody joined the Mount Allison club in 2011 but was forced to take a year away from his training due to work. He returned in the Fall of 2013 and nailed his first grading back skipping a belt.

Cody is originally from Bathurst, NB but moved to Sackville to attend Mount Allison. While at the University, Cody studied Chemistry and Physics.

Cody joined the club to stay active and learn a useful skill. He started training with his girlfriend Kristie Duncan, who received this same award in January 2013.

In November 2013, Cody tested for his Orange belt under Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai. After Cody completed his grading, he was called back up to do more basics.

“When I was called back up I was very confused.”

Cody would double pass and receive a Green belt.

” I never thought I would have gotten a double pass.”

“Cody is always in good spirits in class and will help out with the beginners if needed,” said Sensei Robitza.

Congratulations Cody!

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