“I practiced karate for 12 years when I was at high school and university and then I stopped for 18 or 19 years.
Two-and-a-half years ago I wanted to take my kids to karate so they could learn a little bit about the culture, about the martial art. I went back and I wore my white belt because I had been away from it for so long, but after one week of training, my instructor said, ‘You are far from the white belt. Go back to the brown belt.’ And then I started joining some competitions and performed well, so my coach said, ‘You know what? You should try out for the Alberta team.'
I tried out last year and then I was approved. It was interesting because I think the oldest person on the team is about 34 years old and I am 44. Our Alberta team came back with 14 medals in total ― three gold, two silver and nice bronze. Unfortunately, none of them came from me.
On the positive side, I was congratulated a few times by coaches and athletes from other teams about my performance and karateka spirit, even more considering I was the oldest athlete competing in the whole championships. Just scoring points on my opponents was a huge thing considering their caliber. Most of them are internationally recognized athletes or champions, currently or previously on the Karate Canada National Team. One guy from my division was the silver medalist in last year’s Pan American Games in Toronto.”
Adamo Farah, Project Manager, SAIT's Centre for Instructional Technology and Development | Elite athlete, 2016 Karate Alberta Provincial Team