Malaysian and Japanese karate exponents to train in both countries


Done deal: Sakamoto (left) exchanging the documents with Tan during the signing ceremony.

Malaysian Traditional Shito-Kai Karate-do exponents who visit Japan in future will be able to train at the Ten-Ryu Kai Dojo in Himeji City in Kobe, Japan.

Traditional Shito-Kai Karate-do chief instructor George Tan explained that in the past, when karate exponents visited Japan they had no place to train as many of the dojo venues were packed with schedules of Japanese karate exponents training there. The situation was the same in Malaysia.

He added that there were many occasions where Malaysians who made the trip to Japan were unable to train.

This will be a thing of the past following an agreement signed with Ten-Ryu Kai Dojo chief instructor Sensei K. Sakamoto recently for Malaysians to train there.

The agreement was signed by Tan and Sakamoto at the Japanese Karate Dojo in Taman Melawati, KL, witnessed by Higashi-Naga High School physical instructor Sensei Y. Ido and Asia-Pacific Shito-Ryu Karate-do Federation technical advisor Sensei K. Kawata.

Both Sakamoto and Y-Ido had demonstrated some karate moves to about 50 students at the Japanese Karate dojo here before the agreement was signed.

Tan said the signing of the agreement would open the door to the beginning of a good relationship and stronger ties between the two dojo that would eventually benefit both parties.

“The signing also means that when the Japanese exponents are in our country, they can come to Japanese Karate Dojo in KL and train without worrying about the hectic time schedules at the venue.

“The same privilege will be given to Malaysian exponents who visit Japan,’’ he said.

Sakamoto said this was encouraging for both Malaysian and Japanese exponents and they could learn new kata and Kumite techniques from each other during their training regime.

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