Feb 2013 – Melissa Melanson

Feb 2013 – Melissa Melanson

Melissa Melanson – February 2013

Name: Melissa Melanson

Hometown: SackvilleNew Brunswick

Melissa found out about the Mount Allison club after meeting Cherie Phillips at the Animaritime Convention at Mt. A in 2005. Cherie who was training with the Mt. A club invited Melissa to a karate demonstration at the convention and she was hooked. She started training the following September.

Originally, Karate was an activity to keep her fit and learn to protect herself. She has found that over the years, it has become part of her lifestyle and that she can not do without training.

Several injuries have forced Melissa to take breaks from her training from time to time. In October 2012, she suffered a serious patella (kneecap) dislocation. This was the result of the quadricep muscles being torn away from the kneecap allowing it to be pulled to the lateral (outside) of the leg.

When she was unable to train she felt that her life was off a beat and while she was basically learning to walk again she longed to be in the dojo training. Melissa would drop by and visit the dojo from time to time and assisted at the IKD Fall Clinic at the merchandise table.

In January, the club was pleasantly surprised to see Melissa in a gi ready to train. It has been difficult for her to adjust her techniques to allow for continued healing but Sensei Norm, who also recently suffered a knee injury, has been a big help.

Melissa has been assisting with White belt instruction and has helped prepare Team Kiai (Harry Griffiths, Misaki Natsuya & Andrew Wilcox) for the Maritime IKD Provincial Championship.

Jan 2013 – Kristie Duncan

Jan 2013 – Kristie Duncan

Kristie Duncan – January 2013

Name: Kristie Duncan

Hometown: Knowlton, Quebec

Kristie joined the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club in the fall of 2011. She wanted to learn karate for self-defence. she quickly picked up the basic skills taught to her.

Kristie has achieved her 6th Kyu or Green Belt. (The picture shown is from 2014 when she was a purple belt.)

Kristie will be graduating Mt. A this spring and and leaving the Sackville area. She has already found a dojo in the town where she plans on living after graduating.

Kristie is a dedicated student who lists shuto uke as her favorite technique.

Kristie enjoys gradings with the IKD Masters especially when she realizes that all of her hard work has paid off.

Dec 2012 – Harry Griffiths

Dec 2012 – Harry Griffiths

Harry Griffiths – December 2012

Name: Harry Griffiths

Hometown: Sackville, NB

Harry started his training at the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club in the Fall of 2010. He became interested in Karate because two of him best friend were involved in Karate. Harry’s parents found out about the Mount A club when his parents, who both work at Mount Allison, met Sensei Norm & Sempai Jolene Robitza while they were providing security for the World Jr. Championships at the University in the Summer of 2012.

Harry wants to gain a deep understanding of karate and its philosophy on his way to achieving his Black Belt.

“Harry is the youngest member of the club and the highest ranked student,” said Sensei Robitza, “you can see his training and hard work shine through when he tries to help with new students.”

Harry is interested in teaching karate someday but he understands that there is a lot of learn before he can.

Harry participates in many other sports and activities. His karate training helps in terms of discipline, endurance, balance, agility and power. His other sports like badminton and baseball also help in overall conditioning for karate.

Harry recently obtained the rank of 4th Kyu from Shihan Maureen Woon-A-Tai.

Nov 2012 – Misaki Natsuya

Nov 2012 – Misaki Natsuya

Misaki Natsuya – November 2012

Name: Misaki Natsuya

Hometown: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Started training: Misaki started training in karate this fall at Mt. A.

Misaki has earned a Shodan in Kendo. She studied with Shizuko Onodera sensei for three years at the Ikuta high school Kendo club. Misaki wanted to join karateto keep training in the martial arts while she was at Mount Allison UniversitySheis interested in how Japanese traditional sport affects people in other counties.

All karate’s movements and manners have meaning. It comes from self-defence and Bushido’s spirits.” she said. “Also, martial arts help me to have good posture.

“Misaki, is an amazing student! She has an wonderful drive to learn.  I hope she continues her training when she returns to Japan,” said Sensei Robitza.

Oct 2012 – Andrew Wilcox

Oct 2012 – Andrew Wilcox

Andrew Wilcox – October 2012

Hometown: Bathurst, NB

Started training: Started Training Sept. 2011 with Sensei Mark Savoie at the Bathurst A.K.S.

Andrew started training in karate, because he wanted to do something with his life. Andrew is a patient person, and originally looked at full-time karate dojos/schools. He wanted to learn meditation, and wanted to have a lifestyle similar to Buddhist monks. Dedication, patience, virtue, strength, agility, and perseverance are qualities of many who train deep into a martial art. Andrew was attending school and came across taekwondo and karate posters. He had in trained taekwondo as a child, and was interested in karate. He started training, learning new techniques, virtues, and really got accepted as a member of the ranks. This pleased him.

Karate is such an intense sport. It takes much dedication and focus to perform. Many who watch karate don’t notice how much work is really a part of karate. A sense of accomplishment comes with growing in karate, and watching your kata develop. Karateka also stick together, and help each other out like a large famliy, and the positive values are passed from master to student to student. Karate has a technical side to it that makes it possible to control situations, and requires constant focus. Karate’s main goal is not in physically submitting your opponent, but to submit yourself to them in order to win by losing.

Achievements: Obtained an Orange Belt before joining the Mount Allision Shotokan Club.