Sensei Susan Zammit was born into Karate!
With her father as a Karate Sensei, Sensei Susan Zammit was present for all Karate training sessions since she was born, learning all about Karate and Japanese culture from her early years. She could identify Kata and kihon technique at a very young age, and could even count in Japanese before learning to do so in her own native language.
Sensei Susan Zammit started to attend Shotokan Karate training sessions in 1992, at the tender age of 3 years. She gradually rose up under her father, Sensei Anthony Zammit’s tuition, training at Mtarfa, Naxxar, Msida and B’Kara venues, always attending Karate sessions by tagging along with her father. Her first foreign Karate Sensei was the late Sensei Colin Williams, a 7th Dan Karate Sensei from UK. She continued her training as she grew older, progressively grading all through the kyu grades/colour belts under Sensei Colin Williams’ strict examinations.
She continued to focus her Karate training in all three areas of Karate (Kata, kumite, kihon) with the rest of the Karate members. In 1997, she was introduced to her second foreign Karate Sensei – Sensei Santo Torre from Sicily. Sensei Susan Zammit gradually shifted her Karate training towards her new foreign mentor’s Karate practice, rapidly adapting to the methods of training and suggested improvements that Sensei Santo Torre offered.
In 1998, the Malta karate association turned into a federation, resulting in Sensei Susan Zammit becoming one of the first members through the new federation’s two founder member clubs, the Naxxar Karate Club and B’kara Karate Club, both being managed and directed by Sensei Anthony Zammit.
In 1998, Sensei Susan Zammit was part of the Maltese contingent that took part in an International Karate Competition in Sicily called Coppa Shotokan, with over 500 participants from all over Europe. This was Sensei Susan Zammit first experience at a Karate competition, competed in her Kata age group category, placing 9th overall. She continued attending Coppa Shotokan Competitions for a number of years following her first experience.
Sensei Susan Zammit became the youngest Maltese black belt by the age of 9 years, grading to Junior 1st Dan in 1999, and later re-confirmed her senior 1st Dan grade when she became 14 years old.
Sensei Susan Zammit was very persistent in her Karate practice, training nonstop in both Shotokan Kata and kumite with her father being her first point of referral and mentor. Always winning gold medals during National Kata competitions, and nearly always winning first place in National Kumite competitions, year 2000 Sensei Susan Zammit shifted her eye on foreign International Karate Championships in Europe, competing mainly in Kata categories, and a few other times in kumite.
At the age of 15, while juggling her academic studies, her interest in sport karate grew intensely, and she would train twice to three times a day, visiting Sensei Santo Torre in Sicily very often during weekends for both specific physical and Kata training, with the aim to improve in her Kata performances. In 2005, Sensei Susan Zammit represented the Malta Karate Federation at the World Karate Championships in Cyprus, only to lose 3-2 in her repechage of the Kata event.
Sensei Susan Zammit developed a talent for instructing at a very young age, especially in Kata. She is one of the leading Karate Sensei at B’Kara Karate Club – co-owned with her father Sensei Anthony Zammit. Sensei Susan Zammit takes care of the children classes, teaching three times a week, coaches B’Kara Karate Club’s young athletes for National and International Karate Championships, and also steps in to hold adults Karate classes when needs be.
She is also the main person behind the organisation of B’Kara Karate Club’s participation at International seminars and training camps, as well as organises training camps for B’Kara Karate Club’s members here in Malta.
2010, Sensei Susan Zammit keeps her Karate practice alive by participating in International Karate Seminars abroad, delving further into various Karate styles and practicing Shotokan, Shito Ryu and Goju Ryu with various foreign Karate Sensei, but mostly with Sensei Chan (7th Dan), Sensei Hasegawa (7th Dan) and Sensei Torre (8th Dan) for Kata, and with Sensei Bartolo (6th Dan) and Sensei Travaglini (7th Dan) for Kumite.
She successfully graded to 2nd Dan (Nidan) in ( 2014).
In 2016, Sensei Susan Zammit was also one of Malta Karate Federation’s assistant National Kata coaches for the SSEKF Championships held in Malta.
and eventually to 3rd Dan (Sandan) in 2017.
Sensei Susan Zammit furthered her interest in sports coaching by successfully completing a six-month course in Foundations in Coaching, finishing first in her class, with particular interest in Sports Science, under the auspices of the University of Malta.
In 2018, Sensei Susan Zammit delved into a new area of Karate. She sat for Karate refereeing exams in San Marino under the examination of Small States of Europe Karate Refereeing board and was awarded SSEKF Karate judge in both Kata and kumite. Sensei Susan Zammit remains as one of the main Karate referees during the National Karate Championships.
Group 1: Mon Wed 19:00 – 20:00
Group 2: Tue Thu 19:00 – 20:00
Group 3: Mon Wed 20:00 – 21:00
Group 4: Tue Thu 20:00 – 21:00
Phone: Anthony Zammit +356 99896699 or +356 21441524
Phone: Susan Zammit +356 99235531