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MTA Karate Club changes for 2020

The end of 2019 marks major changes for the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club. The biggest being the change from MTA Shotokan Karate to Sackville Shotokan Karate.

This name change was done to make the club feel more open to Sackville community members. The club will still be referred to as the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate club on the campus.

With dwindling numbers and low class attendance, Sensei Norm Robitza decided to open the classes up to more people from the community. The current plan is to allow children from ages 10 and up to attend classes. This change will effect the schedule slightly. The new schedule is as follows:


  • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Youth Class (Ages 10-12 yrs)
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm – Adult Class (Ages 13 yrs and up)


  • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Youth Class (Ages 10-12 yrs)
  • 7:00 – 8:00pm – Adult Class (Ages 13 yrs and up)


  • 12:00 – 1:00pm – Advanced Training – All Ranks (Ages 13 yrs and up)
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm – Advanced Training – Brown and Black Belts Only!

NOTE: If no children or a low number of children sign up for classes, the schedule will change again.

These changes are being made in a hope that the club will be able to continue with new members from the community as well as new members from Mount Allison.

Looking forward to 2020.

Maritime IKD Winter Clinic

The Maritime IKD will be holding a Winter training clinic and grading in Brookdale, NS on January 25, 2020. This clinic will be conducted by Maritime IKD Chief Instructor Shihan David Pyke, 8th Dan.

All Mount A Karate Club members are encouraged to attend the clinic, even if you are not testing.

The fee for training only is $25. Those testing will pay additional fees.

Free Self Defense Class

The Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club will be offering a FREE Self Defense class on November 30.

The Class will be held from 12-2pm in Tweedie Hall.

This is a special introductory to self defense. The club is considering having a weekly self defense class starting in January if there is enough interest. More information will be available at the introductory class.

Please RSVP to

Sensei Robitza wins gold

Sensei Norm Robitza was a last minute entry into the Maritime IKD tournament this weekend. He competed in the Adult Individual Kata and Adult Individual Kumite events.

“I wasn’t planning on competing. My mind was focused on judging,” he said.

Sensei Robitza won the kata and kumite division. The division was very small. Sensei Robitza only competed to help make the division viable.

“It was a good event with many students getting some much needed experience.”

MTA Karate ends year on a high note!

The Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club ended the school year on a high note last night. The club hosted IKD Shihan Kai Senate member, Shihan David Pyke, 8th Dan and IKD Shihan Kai member, Shihan Janice Pyke, 7th Dan for a special training and grading.

Congratulations to club members on achieving new ranks.

  • Merrik Tower – 1st Kyu (3rd Brown Belt)
  • Justina Awe – 2nd Kyu (2nd Brown Belt)
  • Shawn Levering – 4th Kyu (Purple Belt)
  • Dechao Kong – 7th Kyu (Orange Belt)

During the grading, Sensei Norm Robitza performed part of the examiner’s test.

Also last night the office of President of the Mount Allison Shotokan Karate Club was passed from graduating member, Shawn Levering to Emily Clark. Emily’s duties as President will begin in August when the club begins to prepare for the Fall semester.

The Club will now go on hiatus until the Fall.