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World Karate Martial Arts clinic helps promote sport

Chief instructor Yasuyoshi Saito, of the Japan Karate-Do International, conducted the clinic along with 25 members of his club out of Miami, Florida.

Chief instructor Yasuyoshi Saito, of the Japan Karate-Do International, conducted the clinic along with 25 members of his club out of Miami, Florida.

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IN an effort to promote the sport of karate and increase the performances of the local karate, sensei Msrus Rolle hosted a World Karate Martial Arts Organisation clinic at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on Monday.

Chief instructor Yasuyoshi Saito, of the Japan Karate-Do International, conducted the clinic along with 25 members of his club out of Maimi, Florida. Sensei Rolle said it’s just the first of many clinics to be staged this year.

Sensei Rolle, the WKMO president for the Bahamas, said they are delighted to reintroduce sensei Saito, one of the founders of Shotokan Karate.

“We have put on this fighting clinic to teach the local karatekas the basic fundamentals in karate,” he said. “We are trying to build WKMO martial arts because martial arts was dwelling off for a while, so we are trying to build it back up.”

While this was just a one-day clinic, sensei Rolle said they intend to host another one in April when Shihun Adrian Ellis will be in town to conduct a two-day session at the same venue. The date has not yet been finalised.

“It’s very good because it gives them an opportunity to be taught by living legends,” said sensei Rolle, who conducts his own classes every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm in the ReVax Plaza on Soldier Road.

“They are recognised worldwide and as they say the pen is powerful, at the end of every course, they will get a certificate with the instructor’s signature on it and they can go anywhere in the world and be recognised.”

Saito said they came here to further enhance the sport. “It’s a pleasure to be here,” he said. “I live in Miami, but I haven’t been here in a long time. I am glad that they finally invited me to come back.”

Saito said his only regret is that they won’t have sufficient time to impart all of their knowledge, but they hope that what is shared will be well received. He said he is definitely looking forward to coming back and working with the local association.

“We want to teach them traditional karate from Japan,” Saito said. “So we know that they are in good hands. I hope that when I come back, I can take the time to teach them some spiritual aspects of karate as well.”

Comments

sangeej 3 years, 9 months ago

Impressive, it is an excellent tool of discipline. I love that style of Karate.

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MrUman 3 years, 9 months ago

Good day !

First of all, although Saito Sensei has been teaching shotokan karate for over 50 years sharing his wisdom and knowledge, he is not one of the founding fathers of shotokan karate. He is the founder of Japan Karate-do International. The founding founder of shotokan karate is Gichin Funakoshi, i suggest you google him.

Also, the 25 students and instructors that visited the dojo were from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. They were visiting and training at Saito Sensei's dojo in Miami and were in the bahamas on vacation when asked to visit the dojo and conduct a clinic. Its a real shame you didnt take time to recognize them and introduce them individually. At the very least the senior instructors there along with Saito Sensei.

Just the facts, Sir.

Ulises

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