Japanese Embassy promotes karate in Kingdom



RIYADH: Rodolfo Estimo Jr.

Published — Wednesday 12 December 2012

Last update 12 December 2012 1:40 am

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In a move to boost bilateral ties, the Japan Foundation sent two karate experts to the Saudi Arabian Karate Federation and will stay in the Kingdom from Dec. 6 to Dec. 26.
The karate experts are Hideto Tsuchiya and Kiyohiko Tosa, both of whom are trainers and champions in the Asian Karate Championship. They will offer highly professional trainings to karate practitioners in the Kingdom.
They will also give lectures in karate clubs in Riyadh, Jeddah, Tabuk and Abha.
Dr. Ibrahim Al Gannas, president of the Saudi Arabian karate Federation, hosted a welcome ceremony for Tsuchiya and Tosa at the headquarters of the Saudi Arabian Karate Federation.
During the ceremony on Saturday , Yasunari Morino, charge d'affaires of the Japanese Embassy, presented a gift to the Saudi Arabian Karate Federation as a token of appreciation for its collaboration in bringing the two karate experts to the Kingdom.
The gift consisted of 39 karate costumes brought from Japan and DVDs and books useful for martial arts instructors.
The embassy said that it “appreciates the Japan Foundation for its initiative.”
Morino expressed appreciation for the long standing and fruitful cooperation between the Japanese Embassy and the Saudi Arabian Karate Federation in promoting Japanese traditional martial art all over the Kingdom.
Together with the Saudi Arabian Karate Federation, the Japanese Embassy organizes a national competition, called “Ambassador's Cup for Karate”.
The Japanese Embassy also introduced the martial arts to the Saudi public during the Janadriyah Festival in 2011 when Japan was invited as the guest country, through karate performance and an exhibition entitled “Spirits of Martial Arts.”
In Japan, karate is considered as a sport that can contribute to mental development of children and the youth with the introduction of discipline and concentration enhancement.

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