New moves at martial arts seminar

2017-02-16 06:01
PHOTO: supplied At the seminar (from left) Hoosain Narker, Peter Klipvel, Kenji Nakazawa, Tsuneo Ando, Stephanie Ando, Gordon Douglas.

PHOTO: supplied At the seminar (from left) Hoosain Narker, Peter Klipvel, Kenji Nakazawa, Tsuneo Ando, Stephanie Ando, Gordon Douglas.

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MARGATE sansei, Gordon Douglas attended a martial arts seminar in Cape Town recently with two leading Japanese Budo experts - Tsuneo Ando Shihan who is an 8th Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Kancho of the Ryudojo and Kenji Nakazawa Kancho, founder of Aikisambo.

The seminar featured Aikido, Aikisambo and Ashihara Karate.

“I have been training in martial arts for over 20 years now starting with karate,” said Douglas.

After six years of Aikido training, he added that it was a great honour to meet and train with the head of Yoshinkan Aikido, Ando sensei.

“I have been training with Kancho Kenji since 2014 and I’m one of only two people in South Africa certified to teach Aiki Sambo,” he said.

Ando sansei was instrumental in forming the Urayasu City Aikido Association. This association is unique in being the only organisation in the world where the Yoshinkai and the Aikikai co-operate on various local activities. He is also currently the Chief Instructor at the Yoshinkan Aikido Headquarters Dojo in Tokyo.

Kenji Nakazawa studied various forms of martial arts while working at the Kanagawa Prefectural Police Department, namely Judo, Kendo and Taihojutsu. He experienced Judo and Taihojutsu competition for four years. In 1976, he left Yokosuka for San Francisco, USA where worked for a tour company as a tour guide and interpreter for eight years. During his stay, he taught the self defence class at the sports clubs in the Bay area.

“It was truly an honour to attend a course hosted by the masters,” he added.

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