Nidan Maxine Lisot began training in karate at thirteen years old at the Academy of Classical Karate in June 2001. She had prior exposure to dance and theater, but ultimately gave up those passions to pursue her training under the guidance of Brody Burns, Darrin Free, and Dale Gatchalian. In December 2008, she was promoted to black belt after passing examination by a WIKF panel that included Tatsuo Suzuki Sensei, then earned her second degree black belt in 2014. She now assists the adult program at the Academy of Classical Karate, leads the kids sparring class, and helps instruct karate kids on a regular basis.
She has explored different career paths, including physical therapy, 911 emergency dispatch, and teaching, where she has worked in both private and public school districts, and taught gifted/talented populations, ESL learners, and SPED students. She currently substitute teaches in Plano ISD, and has previously taught physical education courses at the Collin College Preston Ridge campus.
Nidan Lisot earned her CSCS after passing a rigorous exam that assesses a candidate’s knowledge of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, program design, and implementation of exercise technique and testing. This prestigious certification is offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a nonprofit, international organization that advocates research-based practices to develop professionals who specialize in improving elite athletic performance. The CSCS is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as a credential for many coaches on Team USA. She functions as an assistant coach for the junior WIKF Texas team and Kumite CHIPs program with Sensei Vincent Garcia, and runs the Kata CHIPs, a program intended to develop talent for junior karate athletes in elite kata divisions.
Nidan Lisot has an extensive educational and certification background, including:
Although Nidan started late in her career to begin sport karate, she could not deny its calling, and earned an alternate spot on the USA junior team in 2007 after competing for only two years. She has qualified multiple times for Team USA in both kata and kumite, and currently sits as the number three seat in the -55kg kumite division. Her coaches and teammates enhanced her progress tremendously, allowing her to overcome many hurdles on and off the tatami. That support contributed to her performance at the 2015 Senior PKF Championships, where she earned a bronze medal despite balancing a competition life with the completion of her Masters degree, a full-time job as a first year teacher, and battling an abdominal hernia injury. Nidan Lisot contributes her success to her coaches Sensei Burns, Coach Chris Stratis, her teammates on WIKF Texas, and the coaching staff on team USA. Major injuries have sidelined and humbled her, yet she still envisions reaching the WKF and Olympic platform in her lifetime. Her advice for karate practitioners and athletes is: remember to embrace your beginnings, no matter how humbling they are; remain open to new experiences; focus only on what you can control; and always, always believe you can get back up after failure.