On July 2, 2019, 21 athletes from Markham, Ontario traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to compete in the AAU Karate Nationals. AAU, the Amateur Athletic Union, was founded in the USA and once had representation is Canada. Senior Canadian Karate master, Sam Moledzki remembers his involvement in the Canadian arm of AAU Karate some decades ago. The Canadian office is no longer operational but several schools in our nation have joined the union directly through the USA. Currently, there are Canadian AAU members all spread out in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and British Columbia.
The ages of NOX Dojo’s 21 athletes ranged from 8 to 55 years old. Coach and senior athlete Sean Wong guided the diverse team of white to black belts to an overall victory with 35 medals (15 Gold, 10 Silver, and 10 Bronze). Challenged by America’s best, the team was unified in one goal. To be on their best behaviour and performance. As a Markham Karate school in Ontario, Canada, NOX Dojo has been promoting excellence through traditional Sport Karate since 1990.
Creating positive memories and life lessons for all the team members is the primary goal at NOX Dojo. Learning from our failures may not reap the rewards of a podium finish. These rewards are far less tangible in the formation of a resilient character. These challenges present the team with opportunities to climb to a higher level and become better. The AAU Karate Nationals marks our last event of the season. This year was filled with fantastic memories and demanding competitions thus revealing a team of champions of life.