Noelle Chang Zhelka

Seishidosha, 1st Kyu, Intermediate Black Belt

I initially started aikido because my parents wanted me to be able to defend myself as I grew up. Since I first stepped into the dojo that day, I’ve found my second home of over 10 years.  Although the teachings and training were amazing, it was the spirit, camaraderie and incredible new friends that made me want to stay.  I have made some of my closest friends at aikido and am excited to keep growing with them. 

I now have my Adult 1st Kyu, my Intermediate Black Belt and train 4 hrs a week and teach another 4 hrs to junior students, as I work towards my 1st degree adult Black belt.  I attend as many seminars and retreats offered in Victoria as I can, and have also attended multiple aikido camps in Vancouver and Calgary.

During the week, I am active in a number of activities. I am a member of Island Ukuleles and have been playing with them for 8 years, performing all over North America. As well, I fence and have competed in the Canada Cup.  I am also a member of the group Halt to Poverty where I have fund-raised for the homeless and educated younger students on issues of poverty. My busy schedule has taught me to be self-disciplined and focused.

I am excited about our dojo and look forward to growing Rock Water Aikikai.