Master Aldo C. Panazzola began his love and passion at the Isshinryu Okinawan Karate School of Windsor Ontario Canada
in 1972 at the age of ten, under the tutelage of Master Instructor Lloyd
Russett. He continued training, honing
his skills, and progressing in the tournament circuit until July 12, 1977, when
he was awarded his Shodan by Sensei Lamon Kersey, Master Lloyd Russett, and Sensei
Robert Markovic. He moved through the
Dan ranks, being awarded Nidan in 1979 and Sandan in 1983 by the AOKA. On July 18,
1987, he was tested at the American Okinawan Karate Association Grand Nationals
by a panel consisting of first generation Isshinryu practitioners Master Steve
Armstrong and Master Lewis Lizotte.
Also on the board were Masters Willie Adams, Ron Boucher, Steve Young, and Sam Santilli. In 1993, Master Panazzola became the first person in Canada to be promoted to Godan by Angi Uezu. Also on the board were Master Pete Carbone and Master Lamon Kersey. On September 21, 2012, Master Panazzola was tested by the AOKA board and awarded the rank of Nana-Dan, 7th degree Black Belt.
Master Panazzola has had a very successful tournament career, collecting over 600 trophies in all categories. For decades he has won multiple competitor of the year awards, and was the first ever to win a tournament, Triple Crown, and Grand Champion at MKKS. He once brought home 7 trophies from a single tournament, and was inducted into the MKKS Hall of Fame. Master Panazzola has been a member of the AOKA since he was a Go-kyu. He has been a member of the AOKA Promotion Board since 2008. After all these achievements, his greatest accomplishment occurred on September 18, 2005 when he opened Karate Rocks Family Martial Arts. Master Panazzola has an active tournament team which won over 680 trophies last year. He had his first Karate Tournament in 2013, which had over 1500 in attendance with 300 competitors.