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Brown wants to help spread karate gospel in Fiji

Arin Kumar
Friday, March 29, 2013

FIJI's highest ranked Karate instructor is planning on spreading the gospel of the Japanese martial art throughout Fiji.

Stephen Brown, who was recently accredited with a sixth dan black belt in the practice of traditional Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate Do says the art is active in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka.

He said he wanted to take Karate to the Northern Division.

Brown said he had started working on taking the sports version of the art to Labasa as there were now close to 70 students there.

"I would like to see the pioneers of the art in the country to come together and help with its outreach," he said.

"We need teach students martial arts and weapons training."

Brown said the art promoted respect and discipline and people in Fiji should try and take it up.

"Karate teaches us to be humble, respectful and disciplined.

"Also there is no age barrier for those who want to take up karate," he said.

Brown and his assistant Anil Chand trained with the Goju Ryu Okinawa Kan Karate-Do Kyokai in New Zealand.