Norm Saxon, 2nd Dan – Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Norm started his training in London, Ontario. His first instructor was Sensei Reg Daypuck of the Japan Karate Association. He trained with Sensei Daypuck from 1998 until 2004. Norm would achieve his Shodan during this time.
“As a young person I was always active in gymnastics and judo. While living in London I was invited by a friend to watch a Shotokan Karate class. I was always looking for something to keep active, so I was quite interested in going. I was so excited by what I saw that I joined the Dojo and the JKA the very next week. For the next 6 years I trained in traditional Shotokan (JKA) as well as training in sport Karate and attended many traditional and sport tournaments over the years.”
“In 2001 I moved from London to Windsor where I got a position at the University of Windsor as an IT person in the Law School. However, I could not find a traditional Shotokan dojo in Windsor, so from 2001 – 2004, I drove 2 to 3 times a week from Windsor to London to keep up my training. I never once during that time considered any other style of Karate.”
In 2004, he began studying traditional Yoshinkai Aikido under Sensei Kevin Block. Norm obtained Shodan level in 2009. During this time he also studied Aiki Buki, obtained Go kyu level 5.
“In 2004, A good friend invited me to watch a class in Yoshinkai Aikido. Needing something to do, I went along. Again I was hooked and joined Yoshinkai Aikido and spent the next 6 years studying Yoshinkai Aikido, Aiki Buki and other self-defence training.”
Norm then returned to Shotokan Karate (IKD) in Windsor Ontario. He joined the Windsor IKD dojo in 2016 and continues to train under Sensei Dennis Nancoo. In 2017, Norm Saxon earned his Nidan.
“After a short break from Martial arts, in 2016, I finally found a traditional Shotokan dojo in Windsor and promptly joined Windsor Shotokan Karate Club and the IKD and I am currently working toward Sandan level.”
“In 2017, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) which is a progressive disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, changes in speech, balance, walking, posture and gait. Once diagnosed, medications and exercise can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.”
“Physical and mental exercise and the friendships that Karate provides is, to me, one of the best ways to keep PD symptoms at bay and enhance quality of life and build strength, maintain muscle, as well as help with flexibility and speed. I would recommend to anyone who needs Physical and/or mental exercise to find a traditional Shotokan dojo and try it out. Age is not relevant, in 2019 I turned 70 years young and am staying positive and still enjoying Shotokan Karate.”