【PAKISTAN】 4th JKA PAKISTAN NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP 2018 with Shihan Shiina Katsutoshi
4th JAPAN KARATE ASSOCIATION
PAKISTAN NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP 2018
The 4th JKA National Training Camp finally commenced at Japan Consulate, Karachi under the patronage of Japan Karate Association. His Excellency Mr. Morata San, Director Culture, Japan Consulate, Karachi expressed his delight and gratification to Japan Karate Association Pakistan which is affiliated with JKA Headquarter, for the promotion of JKA Karate in Pakistan.
The training was aimed to introducing and familiarizing Pakistani Karatekas with latest Karate techniques used in JKA Traditional Karate and for this purpose, JKA Pakistan invited Mr. Shihan Katsutoshi Shiina, 7th Dan Black Belt and former World Kata Champion.
Mr. Katsutoshi Shihan is a Japanese Master of Shotokan Karate and the Head of JKA Japan Headquarter (South Asia Region) along with winning JKA’s version of the World Championships for Kata. He has also won the JKA All-Japan Championships for Kumite. He is presently appointed as an instructor of the Japan Karate Association.
The 10 Days Training Program was scheduled from 20th – 30th January 2018 and spread across Karachi, Islamabad, Sialkot and Lahore.
Program details is as under:
The morning of 23rd January 2018 marked the successful completion of the first stage of ‘The Training Program in Japan Consulate, Karachi.’ The Honorable Chief Guest H.E. Toshikazu Isomura – Consul General Japan in Karachi acknowledged JKA Pakistan’s contribution in promotion of JKA Karate in Pakistan and appreciated the enthusiastic participation of the Karatekas. He said that the reason for holding the training camps was to polish the capabilities and skills of the karatekas, to encourage them and to guide them to deliver their art in the most effective manner. He asserted that Japan and Pakistan share friendly terms and should unite together for the progress and betterment of various departments, to help each other and provide support when needed like currently Japan is assisting with training of Pakistani Karatekas.
Throughout the 3 Days of Camp Mr. Sensei Shiina informed the Karatekas of the rules of JKA Traditional Karate. He introduced Karatekas with latest the techniques and acquainted them with the tips and the tricks considered essential in JKA Karate.
A total of 80 karatekas participated amongst 20 were female students. It was wonderful to see that the participants reflected their great interest and responsiveness to what was being taught at the camp.
Later Mr. Sensei Shiina spoke on the importance of Karate Martial Art as being a comprehensive sport. While, talking to the audience he said, the art of karate was not only a way for protecting oneself, but also encourages mental and physical enhancement of the learner. It builds confidence and teaches respect and moral responsibility. According to him Pakistani people are physically blessed and should triumph with proper and diligent training.
Mr. Zulfiqar Ali, The President JKA Pakistan also said a few words on this occasion and Tariq Ali, General Secretary JKA Pakistan appreciated and thanked H.E Tosikazo Isomura Consul General in Japan Consulate-Karachi & Japanese Embassy- Islamabad for their great cooperation for bringing and facilitating former world champion in Pakistan and electronic and press media team showed great enthusiasm.
The ceremony concluded with the handing out of memento to Sensei Shiina, H.E Tosikazo Isomura and course certificates to the Karatekas.
The camp kicked off on 24th January 2018 at Liaquat Gymnasium, Islamabad Sports Board Complex with the consent of Mr. Ashida Nori, Director Culture at Japanese Embassy in Islamabad.
The responsibilities were carried out by Mr. Tariq Ahmed representative of the JKA Pakistan in Islamabad on this event the Karatekas came from Lahore, KPK, Fata, Rawalpindi, Kalar Syedan, Islamabad.
A total of 200 participants and coaches attended the session including school children and the parents and media showed great enthusiasm.
The last day ended with arduous training under the surveillance of Mr. Sensei Shiina with Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada (Federal Sports Minister of Pakistan) & H.E Takashi Kurai (Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan) present at the session and closing ceremony. Accompanying him were Mr. Ashida Nori (Director Cultural of Japanese embassy in Islamabad) and Dr. Akhter Nawaz Ganjera (Director General -Pakistan Sports Board) and members of JKA Pakistan.
Mr. Zulfiqar Ali (President, JKA Pakistan) thanked H.E Takashi Kurai, Mr. Ashida Nori, Mr. Riaz Hussain, Dr. Akhter Nawaz Ganjera and JKA Headquarter for its full support and cooperation. He also thanked Mr. Sensei Katsutoshi Shiina for taking out time from his busy schedule and coaching Pakistani Karatekas. He further revealed that he was expecting Pakistan Sports Board cooperation in future ventures also.
The ceremony concluded with JKA Pakistan handing out mementos to Sensei Shinna, Mr. Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Ashida Nauri, and Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera.
Sialkot & Lahore:
The training commenced the first day with the go-ahead of JKA Pakistan Patron Mr. Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas and Chairman Mr. Muhammad Shafique Marllowe and Senior Vice President Mr. Dilawer Hussain. The camp was stationed at Sports Gymnasium at Punjab University and President JKA Pakistan lead Sensei Shiina towards the shomen to pay his respect.
The proceedings started with Rei followed by body warm-up exercises. The Sensei aimed the training at acquainting Karatekas with JKA Tradition Karate Techniques.
The first day spent based on introducing and polishing basic techniques of karate.
The 2nd day training session focused on Kata and Gohan Kumite. Young and adult karatekas participated with full enthusiasm and eagerness. The training began at 10 in the morning and lasted till 1 in the afternoon and all the junior karatekas were released after a hour n a half. Seniors were further trained for advance techniques. The arrangements and managerial responsibilities of the training camp were carried out by Principal Muhammad Basharat, Japanese Language Center, Lahore and Mr. Dilawar Hussain – SVP JKA- Pakistan.
The last day of Shihan Katsutoshi Shiina’s 10 day visit to Pakistan, so the training was narrowed to Geo Kumite and Kumite Rolls and the junior karatekas had been freed after an hour session in the beginning. The schedule of today’s class involved Belt Test, Referee Judging Course and Examiner Course.
Mr. Atiq Ahmed, Vice President JKA Pakistan has qualified ‘Class D Examiner Certification’ and Zulfiqar Ali President, JKA Pakistan was successfully qualified ‘Class B Instructor & Judge exam’, Mr. Zulifiqar Ali is first member of JKA Pakistan who got certified of class B Instructor & Judge from JKAHQ.
At last the ceremony concluded with the token of appreciation being handed over to Master Katsutoshi Shiina from Patron Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas and President, JKA Pakistan handing one to Mr. Dilawer Hussain.