This year has been quite a challenge for our team. Participating in 2 different leagues and dealing with its different set of rules gave us a real challenge. This year, the AAU Karate Nationals is in Raleigh, North Carolina over the Canada Day long weekend. The AAU Karate Nationals is also an international event with over 1000 participants from Europe, Canada, and the Americas. Our team of 16 athletes and coaches will venture to improve ourselves through our sport of karate.
This year, Sensei Sean Wong has come out of retirement after a 20 year hiatus in competition. He qualified for nationals while in Albany. Despite surgeries, busy schedules, personal set backs, and injuries, he has made the commitment to see this year through. He has lost almost 40 pounds and strives everyday to be a little better than the next. Inspired by his own students, Sensei Sean looks forward to being an athlete again.
Our team’s ages range from 5 years old to 51. At all levels of expertise, we are motivated and ready to represent Markham and Canada. It will be tough to match last year’s result since every team member earned a podium spot. This year might not be so easy but we are giving it our best shot. We will wear or Canada jackets proud and wave our flag high. Go Team Meibukan Go.