Shotokan Karate-Do International Vanuatu (SKIVU) is an affiliated member of Shotokan Karate International Australia (SKIA) and the only approved Recognised International Branch of Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF) in Vanuatu with a total of 128 Local Members. Currently, SKIVU has 2 Dojos (Clubs) in Port Vila, 2 in Luganville, 1 on Pentecost and 1 on Ambae which makes a total of 6 Dojos.

We have invitations either from SKIA in Australia or SKIF in Tokyo, Japan every year to attend International Seminars hosted by the respective federations and conducted by our Leading Instructors from the SKIF General Headquarters in Japan. Annual National Seminars are hosted by SKIVU and conducted by our approved Senior Member, Paul Till Sensei from SKIA and assisted by our SKIVU President, Silas Hawa Sensei.

This year, we have SKIVU president accompanied by 2 senior members, Willie Herbert Sempei and Noel Kili Salai Sempei attended the 6th SKIF International Seminar, hosted by SKIF in Tokyo, Japan. Upon completion of the seminar and Dan (Black Belt) Examinations, we are proud to announce that our 2 senior members have successfully achieved their Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt), Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) and SKIF Referee qualification achieved by our president and finally our Recognition Certificate renewed for three more years.

These “KARATE” journey and achievements would still be a dream without consideration and support from some very important people. Therefore, we, SKIVU would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people:

Firstly, we would like to thank Honourable Minister Ralph Regenvanu for his continuous support towards Youth and Sports over the past years and especially for his heart warming sponsorship for two (2) return tickets to Japan this year for our two senior members. We also convey our extended word of thanks to his staffs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for facilitating our Japan Visa Applications.

Secondly, we give an enormous word of thanks to our senior member from SKIA, Paul Till Sensei and his lovely wife for annually conducting our National Seminars and Grading Examinations for our Local members.

Thirdly, we’d like to thank the CEO to VASANOC, Mr Henry Tavoa for our Japan Visa Support Letter.

Furthermore, we give our heartfelt gratitude to our members, families and friends for their moral support and prayers.

Finally, we would like to say a massive thank you to Daily Sports for making this news known to the public.

To conclude, it is a fact that people practise KARATE for very different reasons and that’s fair. We cannot all want the same things from KARATE. There are some really excellent Instructors out there from our different KARATE Styles, Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu and Shotokan, and if you are lucky you will find the one who suits you personally. It is important to understand the principles involved, working on the core, breathing, relaxation and most important of course, trying to lead a balance life.

Shotokan Karate-Do International Vanuatu

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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