Shihan (master instructor) Barry Stranack 8th Dan is well known worldwide for his karate skill. He represented Zimbabwe in the sixties and seventies, and was the national champion in ’67, ’68 and ’69. He represented the country at the World All Style Championships in France, where he was a top ten finisher.
Although based in Durban, Shihan Stranack is relaunching sankukai karate in Harare. Sankukai incorporates several other karate forms including shitoryu and shukokai, as well as aikido and judo. In addition to employing fairly different stances and body movements, sankukai karate requires students to work in pairs rather than individual technique training like most other forms. This gives students the advantage of facing a real opponent from day one as they come to understand the principle of using an enemy’s force and momentum to defeat them.
Sensei (teacher) John Kelly 3rd Dan has been appointed chief instructor for Zimbabwe. He is still undergoing regular training himself, as he has been since 1988, training under the top masters around today.
Sensei Kelly has developed new ideas about teaching karate, and believes that sankukai will appeal to anyone involved in martial arts, or looking to start. It breaks away from old school teaching methods which involved repetition after repetition, and less combat practice. In spite of this more engaging approach, “respect for a Dojo (training room), its instructors, and all members of the club will be maintained,” says Sensei Kelly.
Although currently on the hunt for a new Dojo after having been given notice at the Arundel studio, Sensei Kelly says that classes are still ongoing.
Students can participate in daily classes under Sensei Kelly. Karate builds strength, fitness, flexibilty and concentration. The four key concepts of Sankukai karate, breathing, energy manipulation, gymnastics and spirit/ mental strength, are even believed to help prevent many modern day illnesses.
If you wish to study under Sensei John, call 0773 204 446. All ages are catered for.