NEW GLASGOW — Knowing that both Maddox Fields and his father Jason Fields enjoy karate has helped Maddox improve in the sport.
Maddox is a brown belt and Jason is a green belt as members of the New Glasgow Karate Club, where Jason also coaches.
Maddox was busy last week at the Karate Canada championships in Edmonton. He was competing in the cadet male individual 57 kilogram weight class and competed on Sunday before returning home on Tuesday.
The weekend was a daunting one, with at least five competitions in order to win a gold medal.
“If he loses once, he’ll have to fight even harder and longer to get a silver medal,” Jason said.
Maddox continues to enjoy karate’s individuality and likes kumite, or combat, as opposed to kata, or forms.
“I can do my own thing,” he said. “I don’t have to rely on other people. If I mess up it’s my fault.”
Now 15, Maddox has enjoyed karate for five years. He competed at the 2017 Pan-American karate championships in Argentina.
Jason joined the club two years later.
“It was time to get off the chair,” Jason said. “If it wasn’t for him joining at 10, I wouldn’t be in karate.”
More recently, Maddox has been training at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax as he tries to reach his full potential while representing Nova Scotia at national events.
Maddox attends the New Glasgow club on Mondays.
Jason drives Maddox to and from the training centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week and is looking forward to when Maddox gets his drivers’ licence as his schedule increases.
“I hope one day to go with the Canadian team to a world championship,” he said.
Maddox’s time away training with Team Nova Scotia’s head coach has made a difference.
“Maddox takes that knowledge and brings it back to the club,” Jason said. “He has so much knowledge of karate that he teaches me. My wife and I do what we can to support him.”
From left: Jason Fields is shown with his son Maddox Fields. (Goodwin photo)