Kicks and punches flew all around on Saturday 7 May at the 2011 Afri-Save International Ryushin-Kan Championships that was held in Uitenhage at the Indoor Sport Centre. The event was an enormous success for not only Karate practitioners in Uitenhage, but for the whole community.
The event was attended by karatekas from all over South-Africa and also a few international visitors. Unfortunately due to the devastating earthquakes a few weeks ago, Japan had to withdraw from the Championships. Before the serious battling started, participants and spectators were treated to demonstrations of Ryhusin-Kan by learners of Sensei Dave Millar who is an 8th dan black belt. Four floors were constantly used for battle.
“Afri-Save was very proud to play part in the success of the event. It is very important to us to support events like these that are able to put Uitenhage on the map and that show that Uitenhage can be an outstanding host community”, said Munir Jeeva, director of Afri-Save Cash & Carry.
Mr Zanthus Lungisa, Chief Instructor for the Eastern Cape Province, who headed up the organising committee of the Championship for the Eastern Cape this year said that he was very satisfied with the turn out of the event and would like to thank all the supporters of the event especially their anchor sponsor.
The Eastern Cape can look forward to another Championship next year as Port Elizabeth is in the running to host the event and which Afri-Save has committed to once again sponsor.
Reiwaryu Ryushinkan Karatedo Renmei, the Shorinji Ryu style of karate, was introduced to Japan in 1961 and is of the Okinawan origin. The origins of this school can be traced back to the eighteenth century. The aim of Reiwaryu Ryushinkan School of Karate do, through its philosophy and practice, is the cultivation and development of peace within the community and society.
The Reiwaryu Ryushinkan style, one of hundreds of karate styles, incorporates Shorinji Ryu, Shindo Ryu, Aikido, and Buki techniques of Okinawa.
(Editors Note: There seem to be two popular spellings: Ryushinkan or Ryushin-Kan.)
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