KARATE Fiji will be hosting two Karate instructors from Japan next week.
Sensei Shigeki Yamada and Sensei Kengo Yamada will conduct a series of training sessions around the country.
Chief Goju-Ryu Karate-Do instructor and Karate Fiji technical committee chairman Sensei Netani Koto attributed the assistance by the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in making arrangments for the visit of two top instructors from Japan.
"To have not one, but two high-ranking and renowned instructors coming to Fiji is an opportunity that should be maximised to its fullest potential," Koto said.
"I am thankful to the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of Japan and Karate Fiji for facilitating this opportunity and I encourage all Karate Fiji and Goju-Ryu Karate practitioners to participate in the scheduled training sessions which should prove to be a rewarding experience."
Yamada has been a Goju-ryu Karate-ka for more than 52 years with extensive experience in training for 33 years in Japan as well as in many countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Poland, New Zealand, Czech Republic.
He is also the executive director of Kanagawa Karate Federation.
His club was awarded for its excellence in 1991, 1995, and 2006.
Kengo has been a Goju-ryu Karate-ka for 26 years, and a trainer for nine years. His achievements include winning for nine consecutive years all Japan Karatedo Goju-ryu competitions, as well as five championships in Goju-kai World competition.