Botswana: Karatekas Must Develop Moves – Instructor

| July 27, 2016

Shito-ryu Karate-do Kofukan International chief instructor has encouraged karatekas to embrace the traditional art of karate and develop the kata moves.

Speaking in an interview at the end of a two-day session hosted by the Botswana Karate Federation (BKF) over the weekend, Shihan Tomiyama said learning important foundations of karate was an integral part for one to become a reputable instructor of the discipline.

Tomiyama began training Shito-ryu in the 60s while studying in Japan. An avid kata master with exquisite technique, Tomiyama has been awarded the title Shihan, a Japanese term that is used in many Japanese martial arts as an honorific title for expert or senior instructors. The relationship of BKF and the karate guru dates back to the early 90s.

The federation benefitted handsomely from the karate guru's exploits in Botswana. His passion for instilling discipline and teaching basic karate lessons was evident at every training session he conducted taking his learners through basic technique such as the choku-zuki and the keri.

The eighth dan black belt graded BKF's sensei George Tshikare to his fifth dan black belt while the two karatekas, Thato Malunga and Oratile Caiphus are awaiting their third dan grading this coming weekend which will be conducted by BKF's chief instructor sensei Million Masumbika.

In an interview, Francistown based BKF instructor sensei Otto Tafa applauded Shihan Tomiyama for his insightful training sessions. Tafa said the ability for Tomiyama to teach essential basics to both the young and experienced karatekas was an indication that for Tomiyama karate was a culture.

He said they learnt that it was important to deviate from the usual competitive karate but also learn necessary components to become a complete karateka. Shihan Tomiyama is also an author of three books.

Source: Botswana Daily News


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