PETALING JAYA: A Japanese karate instructor will be in Malaysia for a short stint this month to help improve the routine presentation and fighting techniques of the national exponents.
The Malaysian Karate Federation's (Makaf) secretary, Clement Soo, said yesterday that Toru Arakawa, who is regarded as one of the world's top instructors, would arrive in Penang tomorrow.
He added that the 70-year-old Arakawa, who is an eighth-dan black-belt holder and secretary general of the Japanese Karate Federation, offered his services to Makaf after watching the Malaysian exponents in action at the Busan Asian Games last October.
“He said that we have a good team but lacked rhythm in the presentation. He showed deep enthusiasm to help us improve, especially in kata,” said Clement.
In the kata competition at the Asiad, Lim Lee Lee won the women's silver medal, losing to Atsuko Wakai of Japan. In the men's category, Ku Jin Keat won the bronze.
In kumite, R. Puvaneswaran (under-55kg) and S. Premila (under-63kg) were the gold medallists. The other exponent in the team, Sri Raja Rajeswari, took the bronze in the under-53kg competition.
Besides Penang, Arakawa will also be at the other national training camp in Kuala Lumpur. He will be in KL for a week from Jan 11.
“Besides spending time with the national exponents, he will also conduct clinics and seminars for our affiliates,” said Clement.
Among the assignments lined up for the national team this year include the Australian and Malaysian Opens in April and June respectively; the world meet in Sweden in July; and the Commonwealth Championships in England in October.