My name is Daryl Novak, and I’m currently a 2nd dan black belt and grappling instructor at the academy. I’ve been a student of the New Toronto Academy of Martial Arts for the past decade-since 2007. Over the years the dojo has become my home and its inhabitants my extended family. When I began my martial arts journey, I was significantly overweight, and the goal of performing 10 consecutive push-ups seemed unattainable. With the support of my dojo brothers and sisters, I’ve achieved my fitness goals and much more besides. I’ve had the opportunity to both train and compete with martial artists from all over the world, receiving a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2010 Toronto MMA Expo. I greatly enjoy both learning from my sensei and sharing what I’ve learned with others.