Top world karateka for Zim

HARARE - England-based Japanese Instructor Shihan Tomiyama is set standardise karate techniques for the Kofukan Shito-Ryu Style and grade rising karateka’s at Belgravia Sports Club this week.

Tomiyama, who holds an eighth Dan Black belt last visited Zimbabwe in August 2013, where he graded Sensei Simbabrashe Mazhata, to fourth Dan Black belt.

This year, Tomiyama will be expected to examine three rising karateka’s among them eight-year-old Raphael Mukondiwa, who is expected to be conferred with a first Dan Black Belt.

Thirteen-year-old Tanaka Mazhata is also expected to be graded to first Dan Black belt.

Both youngsters are members of the national team and have been winning gold and silver medals locally and regionally.

Former Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) secretary general Ndabezihle Mazibukho is also due for grading and is expected to grade to fifth Dan Black belt.

Tomiyama will also hold an open session for any willing karateka from any other style on Wednesday at Belgravia Sports Club.

“The ZKU is excited about this visit as it will add value to the local standard of karate. Unlike other countries, we can’t afford to send our athletes to Europe and Asia and so different local Karate styles have resorted to individually raise resources for their top instructors to come into the country,” said ZKU in a statement.

“This improves the standard of techniques in our guys and so improves our performance as a country in a big way.”

Sensei Tomiyama has devoted his life to study and achieve as high a level as possible according to Japanese Budo principles and then to help others to follow suit.

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