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Feb 2019 – Michel Nader

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Michel Nader, 3rd Dan – Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada Michel Nader began training at the Amherst Shotokan Karate Academy in September of 2008. His parents enrolled him in karate to help boost his confidence and to get him active in the community. “Ever since the first week I started I’ve loved karate, and I’ve never […]

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Jan 2019 – Dale Sherwood

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Dale Sherwood, 1st Dan – Sackville, NB, Canada Dale Sherwood, 1st Dan, started training in January 2016, in Sackville, New Brunswick, under Sensei Norm Robitza. Dale started training because of a fascination he had with the art since a young age. “Life slips by quickly and so do our dreams if we don’t take action. I […]

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Dec 2018 – Ran Tao

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Ran Tao, 1st Dan – Quebec, QB, Canada Ran Tao, 1st Dan, started training in 2012, in Quebec City, under Shihan Périard. “The dojo’s name was “Le club de karaté de Sainte-Foy”, and the classes were given in the dance rooms of a local college.” In summer 2017, at the Quebec provincial summer camp, Ran successfully […]

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Nov 2018 – Marc-Antoine Trahan

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Marc-Antoine Trahan, 3rd Dan – Laval, QB, Canada Marc-Antoine Trahan, 3rd Dan, started training at the age of 5 at the Centre de karaté Shotokan Laval under the instruction of Shihan Bryan Mattias. In March 2012, he tested for Shodan in front of the seniors of Québec. (The seniors are the 7th dan and higher of Québec). During […]

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Oct 2018 – Leah Bergmanis

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Leah Bergmanis

Leah Bergmanis, 3rd Dan – Toronto, ON, Canada Leah Bergmanis, 3rd Dan, started karate when she was 3 years old. “When I was younger my parents had put me in many different sports in attempt to crack the tireless energy of youth inside me. However unsuccessful, karate was the sole activity that stuck.” Leah used to […]

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Sep 2018 – Sadie McFarlane

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Sadie McFarlane, 1st Dan – Prince Albert, SK, Canada Sadie McFarlane, 1st Dan, started training in September 2015 when she was 8 years old. She tried other extra curricular activities which failed to hold her interest. Sadie asked her parents if she could try karate. They agreed and the rest is history. Within a year Sadie’s […]

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Aug 2018 – Mireille Roy

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Mireille Roy

Mireille Roy, 5th Kyu – Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Mireille Roy, 5th Kyu, started her karate journey after years of watching her grandson, Samuel, training and accomplishing so much. “I saw that karate was something that I really wanted to try.” Mireille started practicing at home with the help of her grandson. It took me over […]

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Jul 2018 – Lorne Bissoon

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Lorne Bissoon, 4th Dan – Toronto, Ontario, Canada Lorne Bissoon, 4th Dan, started training in Trinidad and Tobago in 1993 at St. Mary’s College. His instructor was Sensei Neil Williams and the club was part of the Japan Karate Association/International Shotokan Karate Federation. While training in Trinidad his rank tests were done by Master Okazaki for […]

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Jun 2018 – Heather Faulkner

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Heather Faulkner, 2nd Dan – Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Heather Faulkner, 2nd Dan, started training in April 2000. “I was quite lazy and had low self esteem. I also needed to challenge myself. I heard great things about the karate club and the benefits of learning a martial art and it turned out to be one […]

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May 2018 – Sholanda Barker

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Sholanda Barker, 2nd Dan – Colchester Shotokan Karate, England Sholanda Barker, 2nd Dan, started training when she was 6 years old. Like many people, she started to train in karate because she was being bullied. “My confidence had dropped to the point that I didn’t want to attend school.” Her step-dad, Sensei David Shepherd introduced her […]