Julie Pecsi Miller – Instructor

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 Assistant Instructor for the Beginners Kids Class in the Banff Dojo, attending and instructing as well as attending adults 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 finds training alongside the children of the club as well as her own, 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 thus far”. An added bonus for Julie is training along side one of her own children and seeing the growth not only in class, but in their everyday lives as well. Julie also donates her time as the club administrator.

You will find Julie competing as well as coaching at many tournaments, seminars and camps throughout the year offered through Kyokushin Canada.  January 2008 saw Julie step up to the International Tournament fighting level, fighting in Los Angeles, California.  Taking one tournament at a time is Julie’s motto, always training as if the next tournament is just around the corner.  2008 saw a definite change in Julie’s fighting style and ability.  Having obtained victory in the Women’s Lightweight Open category in both Calgary at the Calgary Cup in March of 2008 as well as Vancouver at the 25th Canadian Championships in May of this year has further fuelled Julie’s quest to train and to push her personal limits.

Julie achieved her Shodan (first degree black belt) in August of 2013.