Northumberland Karate - Pictou County's Oldest Karate Dojo
 
Dojo History:
 
Established 1973 by Sensei Ron Fagan at Lourdes Hall in Stellarton,  Sensei Fagan was an Orange Belt at the time.  He took over the Dojo from Paul Mazzorell who was a Brown Belt from Halifax.  It was called Paul Mazzorell's Karate Club.
 
I.O.O.F. Hall in Stellarton - 1975 to 1987
 
Park Street School - 1987 to 1988
 
Stellarton High School - 1988
 
Westville Air Cadet Hall - 1989 to 1990
 
Michelin Athletic Social Club - 1990 to 1996
 
Trenton Elementary School - 1996 to Present.
 
Note - The above are all approximate dates.
 
Insturctors & Black Belts:
 
Sensei Ron Fagan - Started training Feb 28, 1973.  Opened Scotian Karate Club in Dartmouth in 1977.  Changed name to Metro Karate in 1984.  In mid 90's changed to Metro Karate Training Centre as a business.  To view Sensei Fagan's resume, click here.
 
Rick Sinabaldi - Started training??
 
Sensei Dave Cavanagh - Started training??

Mike Burton - Starting Training 1975/76
 
Joe Carpenter - Started training??
 
John Hale - Started training 1980
 
John Allen -  Started training Feb.20,1980 at IOOF Hall in Stellarton. Shodan: 1985, Nidan: 1990, Sandan: 1994. Competed at National Black Belt Championships in Vancouver: May 1995.
 
Daniel MacNeill - Started training??
 
Tony Fortune - Started training 1983 with Scotian Karate in Dartmouth.  Received Shodan in 1996 and Nidan in 1999.
 
Greg Purvis - Started training 1983 with Scotian Karate in Dartmouth.  Received Shodan in 1996 and Nidan in 1999.
 
Todd MacDonald - Started training??
 
Sempei Scott Ross - Started training under a brown belt named Mario Fleming in Shito-ryu in Calgary in 1980 .  Joined Zen Nihon-Karate in Calgary in 1981 under Sensei Jim Bray & Sensei David Jones until 1985.  Trained with Sensei Cavanagh & Joe Carpenter for 2 years until joining Northumberland Karate in 1987.
 
Paul Fortune - Started training April 1994 (age 27).  Trained in Chito-Ryu for several years prior, starting in 1984 (obtained Green belt).
 
Brandon Wilson - Started training in 2000 (age 8)
 
Sensei Chris Cruikshank - Started training April 1984 (age 14). Member of Karate Team Nova Scotia 1995 – 1999.  Assumed Head Instructor for Northumberland Karate in 1999.  Ran a Dojo in Scotsburn from 1999 - 2007. Appointed Member of Technical/Testing Committee for IKA (International Karate Alliance) 2008.
 
If you have info available on the history of the Dojo or its Black Belts, please email nkarate@eastlink.ca or Sensei@northumberlandkarate.com.
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