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KARATE GETS THUMBS UP

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IN LOVE WITH THE SPORT: Tomiyana and Fisher

Former Botswana Defence Force Commander Lieutenant General Matshwenyego Fisher on Tuesday called on parents to encourage their children to take up karate as it will shape their characters for the better.
Fisher said this at a welcome reception for Shihan Keji Tomiyama, an International Kofukan Federation who is in Botswana for a five day training and grading programme for karatekas at the SSKB Barracks.
“Karate is not all about fighting but it teaches discipline and respect as well. Bring your children to the dojo. Karate can shape their character”, he told his audience.
For his part Tomiyama who has been coming to Botswana regularly since he helped set up the Botswana Kufokan Federation in 1991 said local karate has grown so much that he no longer sees the need for him to continue conducting training and grading.
“You have enough people who can carry on without me. You do not need me any more. My interest is now to hand over the work to you. I will however keep coming to visit since this country has become my second home”, the karate master said.
Another speaker at the event, Botswana Kufokan Federation Chairperson, Veronica Chube, thanked Tomiyama for helping karate grow in Botswana. She said the current Botswana Kufokan Federation executive committee is inspired by Tomiyama’s contribution and has come up with marketing initiatives and strategies that will help transform the federation into a business oriented entity.
“This can be achieved provided we get support from all stakeholders including the media”, she said.

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