President honoured for commitment to karate development in Guyana
Georgetown, GINA, March 15, 2007
Head of State President Bharrat Jagdeo was today honoured by Chairman and Chief Instructor of the International Shoto Kan Karate Federation, Teruyuki Okazaki for his commitment to assist in the development of karate. The President met Master Okazaki and Chairman of the Canadian Japan Karate Association Frank Woon-A-Tai today at his Office in New Garden Street.
President Jagdeo during the meeting was awarded the 6 Dan the highest rank in Shoto Khan Karate. In modern times, a dan-ranked practitioner of a style is usually recognized as a martial artist who has surpassed the kyu or basic ranks. Master Okazaki said this was presented to the President in appreciation for his support. “It is very unique that we have a government and President supporting karate.”
The Head of State was also presented with a book written by Master Okazaki, Perfection of Character: Guiding Principles for the Martial Arts and Everyday Life. President Jagdeo has always demonstrated his commitment to the development of sport in Guyana. During his New Year’s address to the nation, the Head of State spoke of his government’s support and indicated that this year a $100M Sports and Arts Development Fund would be effected, the largest sum ever committed in the country’s history.
“Sports and Arts have a tremendous potential for improving the image of our country, fostering social cohesion and keeping our young people meaningfully occupied,” the Head of State said. The International Shotokan Karate Federation is comprised of over 28 Pan-American countries and has over 50,000 members. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to upholding the principles of Master Funakoshi's Dojo Kun to seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavour, respect others and refrain from violent behaviour.