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Karate Tournament

(dn) The Open Karate Championship organized by Europe – Sri Lanka Karate Do Association will held on September 29 at Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Nearly 400 sportsmen and sportswomen participated of this event and have received a number of applications from the players of foreign countries.

World United Karate Association Head Judge, Italian Antonio Rulo( seventh dan karate black belt) will also participate for this event.



Kasun Amarasinghe of CLC wins Silver

(dn) The 6th Kamagatha Karate Challenge Trophy 2012 held on August 11 saw Kasun Rasanja Amarasinghe, a Comis Chef at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo win the silver medal in the black belt below 67kg category.

The championship was organized by the Japan Seigokai Karate Do. Winning against a local player in the first round, he progressed to the second round to face an international player from India. Kasun won a silver medal after three rounds in the Boys Kumite 67kg event against the Air Force.

Kasun’s karate skills have taken him to the international stage as he has been selected to participate in the Indian tour taking place in December 2012. Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is home to a talented family of associates who are encouraged to pursue their goals.


... A karate team led by Shihan P Muthukumarana left the country to take part in the 14th World Open Karate Championship at Astana city Kazakhstan ...



Sri Lanka Schools Karate team for Malaysia

(dn) The Sri Lanka Schools Karate Do National Junior Team left on Friday to Malaysia to participate in the 2012 International Schools Karate Tournament organized by the Malaysia Schools Karate Do Association.

Thirty three boys and girls from fourteen schools will comprise in this tournament.

The names of the schools are St. Joseph's Balika Vidyalaya, Kegalle, Kirimetiyagara Holy Family Balika Vidyalaya, Hikkaduwa Maha Vidyalaya, Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sarasavi Uyana Maha Vidyalaya, Peradeniya, Kiribathgoda Vihara Maha Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Lalith Athulathmudali Maha Vidyalaya, Mt. Lavinia, Lunuketiyawatta Maha Vidyalaya, Thakshila Maha Vidyalaya, Horana, St. Peter's College, Bambalapitiya, Vishan International School, Kandy, Kegalle St. Maria Maha Vidyalaya, Sri Sumangala Maha Vidyalaya, Hikkaduwa, Thebiligasmulla Sri Devananda Vidyayathana Pirivena.



Kamaghta Karate Competition

The 6th Kamaghta Karate Challenge Trohy 2012, organized by the Chief Advisor Sensei T.N.K. Perera of the Japan Seigokai Karate Do Sri Lankan Branch will be held on August 4 and 5 at the Nelum Royal Court , Hide Park Corner , Colombo 7.

The main objective of the tournament is to enhance physical and mental development of the Karate players in Sri Lanka and train them for the international karate Competition of this series which will be held on August 11, at 9.00 a.m. at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort followed by the awards ceremony at 4.00 p.m. under the patronage of the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and the president of Japan Seigokai Karate Do Sensei Mr. Isamu Kamagata .



Karatekas told to return

(ct) Three Sri Lankan karatekas could not participate in an international Karate championship at Pollachi town, about 43 km from Coimbatore, as organisers asked them to return to their country following protests by some pro-Eelam outfits, police said.

The karatekas were supposed to participate in the tourney which began last night. But some activists of Periyar Dravida Kazhakam and like-minded organisations lodged a protest with organisers for inviting them, saying the island nation's government was not allowing Tamils there to live peacefully.

The team, which had arrived in Chennai, was asked to return to their country by the organisers, police said.



Karatekas leave for Kazakhstan

(dn) A karate team led by Shihan P Muthukumarana left the country to take part in the 14th World Open Karate Championship at Astana city Kazakhstan.

Shihan Muthukumarana, Country Representative for the World Karate Organization “Shinkyokushin Kai (Vice President of Sri Lanka Karate De Federation National Body under the Ministry of Sports) will be a judge during this Championship, whilst his students Leelaratne Hewawasam and Ruvinda Madhusankha will represent Sri Lanka as contestants.

Fighters from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong-Kong, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will take part in the mega event, Shihan Muthukumarana said.



Colombo Fight Night fighters to attend gala event, Jlo to perform

(st) Singer JLo is scheduled to be in Mumbai to perform on March 11 at the inaugural gala of the Mixed Martial Arts Super Fight League (SFL), a venture launched by Sanjay Dutt in association with Shilpa Shetty's entrepreneur husband Raj Kundra, foreign media reported.

Amongst the list of fighters to take part is also Colombo Fight Nights’ star fighters headed by Dr. Haren Jayasinghe President of the MMA Federation of Sri Lanka. This will be the first overseas venture for our local fighters.

The SFL is the first step in a series of MMA tournaments that will take place all around the sub-continent and holds a great commercial and competitive value. Dr. Haren has already done the needful and his the elite group is ready.

SFL is being touted as a mix of sport and entertainment on the lines of WWE. The league promises to feature some of the best-known names from the world of wrestling, boxing and other forms of martial arts.





Jeet Kune Do Martial Art Workshop

(dn) Jeet Kune Do Workshop to commemorate the 71st birth anniversary of JKD founder Bruce Lee will be conducted by Mark Stewart from USA on November 10, 12 and 13 at Ananda College, Colombo 10.

Sifu Mark Stewart will conduct a Jeet Kune Do Workshop (JKD) in Sri Lanka on November 10 at Ananda College, Colombo 10. This first open workshop by Sifu Mark from USA is organized by “International Jeet Kune Do Federation Sri Lanka”, which is the Sri Lanka unit of International Jeet Kune Do (IJKD).



South Asian Kudo Championship

(dn) Three Kudo officials from Sri Lanka have been invited by the Kudo Daid-ojuku Federation of India to officiate at the 1st South Asian Kudo Championship to be held in Thiruvannamali, India from March 4 to 6.

These officials are Sensei Kumaradasa Sirisena, Sensei SHM Shiyam, and Mohammed Rifdhy (Pictured in this order). They were trained and selected by the Regional Director for South Asia Shihan JM Mohideen.

They will assist the Japanese referees as Sub Judges. All the chief referees for this championship will be from Japan. The founder of Kudo Grand Master Azuma Takashi will grace the occasion as the Special Guest.

Kudo is a mixed Martial Art with almost with any technique, but not without safety measures, especially the headgear is worn for protection.



Four Karatekas for Russia

(dn) Four Karatekas from Sri Lanka will participate at the 1st World Cup Kudo Championship to be held in Moscow, Russia from February 16 to 20. This invitation to participate came from the Kudo Federation of Russia and over fifty countries will participate in this championship.

At the conclusion of the World Kudo Championship in Tokyo, Japan, it was decided to hold the Kudo Worl Cup on an annual basis in between the Kudo World Championship which is held once in three years.



Nanda Siriwardana honoured with Sixth Dan Black Belt

(dn) Sri Lanka Kyokushin Karate Organization Chief Instructor and Branch Chief Shihan Nanda Siriwardana, was awarded the Sixth Dan Black Belt by the Sri Lanka Karate Do Federation President (under the Sports Ministry) K K P P Satharasinghe.

Shihan Siriwardana was honoured in appreciation of his value and untiring effort towards promotion of Karate in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka branch of International Kyokushin organization was established by late D A Welgama (Kyokushin) and late Melcom Atapattu (Kyokushin and Jujitsu) in 1966. The first and second world Kyokushin tournaments were held in Tokyo, Japan in 1975 and 1979 respectively. In 1980, Nanda Siriwardena was appointed as the new branch chief of Sri Lanka branch by the founder of Kyokushin Karate, Sosai Masutatsu Oyama.

Nanda Siriwardana is the only representative of Sri Lanka, appointed by Mas Oyama.





Pradeep and Amal bag Gold in Judo

(dn) The Jigoro Kano Judo Foundation Lanka with the assistance of the Colombo YMCA fielded a team of Judokas at the Invitational Indo-Lanka Judo Tournament with the Tamil Nadu Judo Federation Members at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium recently.

The main aim of our Foundation is to promote Peace and Friendship through Judo which we have already achieved in Tamil Nadu, India, Also the foundation had achieved another goal in Jaffna in March, 2010, with a project called' Peace through Judo" where a very cordial relationship was cultivated in the Jaffna and it was the first time Judo was seen in the North. It was a full house at the YMCA.

The Medal winners of the team: Indrajith Pradeep (Gold medal) Amal Gunasekera (Gold medal), Krishantha Premalal (Silver medal), Tharanga Manjith Fonseka (Silver medal), Anuradha Madushanka (Silver medal), Saman Upananda (Silver medal).



Sri Lankans get two 'Golds'

(so) The judo pool of the National Youth Services Council bagged two Golds, four Silvers and 2 Bronze medals at the YWCA Invitation Novices Tournament where Indian judokas also participated. 



South Asian Karate Officials

(dn) The first ever grading of referees and a national grading of Kumito referees was conducted recently in Colombo for three days. On the final day of the examination the following officials for South Aisa Karate Do Associaltion too were elected for the ensuing year.

President: R. Thiagarajah (India), Secretary: M. Hussain (Bangladesh), Treasurer: M. Sharma (India), Vice President: K.K.P.P. Satharasinghe, Directors: R.J. Alexander (SriLanka), A.F. Gurum (Afghanistan), A.M. Sharwani (Afghanistan), L.P. Vikram (Nepal), S.K. Babu (Nepal), L. Rahuman (Bangladesh).



Eric excels in Karate Do Goju Kai

(dn) At the recently concluded Karate Do Goju-Kai training camp in Madras, Sri Lankan born Sensei Eric Rajakaruna graduated to 4th Dan, thus becoming the second 4th Dan Sensei in the UK. Sensei Eric Rajakaruna is now serving as the Chief Instructor for Yamaguchi Goju-Kai Karate Association in London.

His instructors and mentors in karate are Sri Lanka Chief Instructor late Shihan A.D. Jayakody and Shihan Sisira Kumara. Currently Eric is under the purview of UK instructor Shihan Tony Child. Eric is a full-time instructor in London and also teaches Karate at the Haydon School .

For the past 17 years, Eric has served Yamaguchi Goju-Kai karate as an instructor in the London branch training thousands of students in the discipline and fine art of self defense.





Gayan wins Taekwondo bronze medal

(dn) Sri Lanka gained another bronze medal when G. Gayan Kumara won his 80 kg category Taekwondo fight. Though they won a bronze medal, Sri Lanka could not hold on to their fourth position in the medals table, as Macau with a medal total of 7 got ahead of Sri Lanka.

The sole representative for Taekwondo from Sri Lanka proved that he has reached the international class. He had a good performance right through to the semi-finals after which he faced the toughest in the world scene to go down fighting before losing to the ultimate gold medallist from Brazil, Kintger Junior.







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