Julie’s training in Kyokushin Karate began in January, 2005. What began as a hobby for physical fitness very quickly turned into a Passion and subsequently has started a new life journey for Julie.
Julie is an Instructor in the Banff Dojo, instructing and attending all classes.
Julie stepped up in January 2008 and began teaching a Beginners Karate Class. The kids ranged in age from 5 to 10 years old. All were new to Kyokushin Karate and some due to age to any organized sports club as well.
Julie started training alongside the children of the club as well as her own, and found it both rewarding and fulfilling. “To see the gleen in their eyes when it clicks and finally makes sense to them is an absolute joy and has been one of the highlights to my journey far”. Julie is the club administrator and main instructor for Fitness Kickboxing.
You will find Julie coaching and refereeing at many tournaments, seminars and camps throughout the year offered through Kyokushin Canada. Julie fought in several tournaments throughout her career including International Tournaments in Los Angeles, New York and Montreal. Taking one tournament at a time is Julie’s motto, always training as if the next tournament is just around the corner.
Some of Julie’s competitive highlights, achievements and certifications include:
- Gold – Women’s Lightweight Open category Calgary Cup in March of 2008
- Gold – Women’s Lightweight Open category at the 25th Canadian Championships, May 2009
- Julie achieved her Shodan (first degree black belt) in August of 2013
- Julie is a certified judge in the IKOK-C
- Certified Level 1 Fitness Kickboxing Canada Instructor
- National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP Level A) Certified
- Concussion Awareness Training (CATT) Certified
- First Aid, CPR & AED