French karate icon Christophe Pinna is anticipated in Rwanda subsequent week as an teacher on the forthcoming International Kumite Technical Seminar slated in Kigali from April 25-30.
The multi-European Karate Champion was invited by Japan Karate Association Rwanda (JKA-Rwanda), the organisers of the six-day seminar, to encourage Rwandan Karatekas, particularly the younger era, to develop into future champions within the self-discipline.
Dubbed “Meet the Champion and Be Inspired”, the technical seminar will carry collectively about 2 hundred members various from kids to youth and adults.
Pinna and different world class degree champions and trainers are anticipated to be hosted in Kigali on an annual foundation in quest to develop younger abilities, elite and high-performance athletes in Rwanda.
Guy Rurangayire, the brains behind the seminar, advised Weekend Sport that he thought of Pinna whereas organizing the seminar after he was satisfied that his legendary expertise throughout his days in karate would encourage the native karate neighborhood.
He mentioned the French did not hesitate to substantiate his anticipated go to because of the duo’s cordial relationship.
“Pinna is a living legend in karate and we started planning this visit sometime back, if not mistaken in 2017. We are good friends too,” Rurangayire mentioned in an unique interview.
The seminar will formally be launched Monday, April 25, at Lycée de Kigali Gymnasium.
Who is Christophe Pinna?
Pinna was among the finest opponents of his era. Famed for his dynamic kicking means, the French gained a number of titles at European and world degree.
A exceptional competitor, he returned from retirement to signify France on the 2020 Olympic Games held in Japan final 12 months.
Born in Saint Sylvestre District of Nice, the 54-year-old began practising taekwondo on the age of 5. A decade later, he grew to become the French Taekwondo Junior champion.
Pinna started his army service in 1986, becoming a member of the famed Joinville Battalion (Ecole Interarmee des Sports). That similar 12 months, he began karate and have become the French Military Karate Champion earlier than clinching the European Junior Karate Championships title.
He went on to win a number of titles in Europe and on world stage throughout his glittering profession. Pinna is a member of the French National Karate workforce.