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Goju-Ryu Karate body celebrate 38th anniversary in Dar es Salaam

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    By MUHIDIN ISSA MICHUZI, 20th April 2011
    THE Okinawa Goju Ryu Karate-Do association in Tanzania on Tuesday night celebrated its 38th anniversary with a grand demonstration that saw four senior students at the martial arts centre promoted to chief instructor.

    This, according to the head of the centre, Sensei Wilfred Malekia, was the first time in the organisation’s history local instructors were promoted by home grown instructors.

    Sensei Malekia and the centre’s patron Sensei Sawayaeli Geoffrey Shoo are the only instructors who have been certified to offer such promotions.

    Held at the centre’s Zanaki Primary School hall in Dar es Salaam, the exciting celebrations also saw four youthful karates being promoted to Green from White belts.

    Chief guest to the well attended occasion was Sensei Brighton Manyau, one of the few surviving pioneers of the art form, introduced in 1972 by the late Sensei Nantambu Camara Bomani.

    Sensei Manyau, who together with Malekia and patron Sensei Shoo, was the first student when the association was officially registered on April 19, 1993, was more than happy to be at the dojo.

    “I am overwhelmed,” the towering Goju Ryu karate expert said. “I am happy the late Bomani’s legacy is still glowing among Tanzanians and I am particularly happy the youth are encouraged to enroll…”

    He went on to present to the four new Senseis their chief instructor awards, starting with the senior most student Geoffrey Mbezi, followed by Sensei Mohamed Murudker, Naukile Amiri and Rashid Almasi.

    The four green belters whom he awarded their belts were Samuel Allen Mwakalima, Issa Mohamed Sonyo, Mussa Juma Bahati and Allen Patrick.

    Members of the centre and invited guests stood silent for a minute in remembrance of the late Adam Lusekelo, who was one of the many students at the dojo. Then it was followed by the cake cutting ceremony led by Sensei Manyau, before a mouth watering dinner was served.

    Earlier on junior and senior students demonstrated the Goju Ryu a style which is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques.

    Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book Bubishi (Chinese: wu bei ji), used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries. Go which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; Ju which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements.

    Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly. Goju-ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.