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19921113_Judo association to celebtrate 20th anniversary since affiliation to IJF

    A festival is being organised next weekend by the Friends of Japan Association in collaboration with the Malta Judo Association.
    Malta Judo Association president Envic Galea told the press yesterday that this was being held to celebrate the 20th anniversary  since the local association's affiliation with the international federation.
    This will include high level demonstrations by Japanese Sensi (7 Dan) who are coming specifically from Japan to demonstrate the art of such traditional disciplines as Aikido, Kendo and, of course Judo. This is the first time ever that such an expert delegation from Japan in Martial Arts is coming to Malta.
    The Sensei will arrive in Malta next Thursday and leave the following Monday.
    During their stay in Malta they will hold coaching sessions at the Malta Olympic Judo Academy at St. Andrews, since the MJA intends to introduce these two traditional Japanese disciplines (Kendo and Aikido).
    The Japanese Sensei will also give special Aikido, Kendo and Judo demonstrations with free admission for the general public at Sir Temi zammit Hall, University of Malta on Saturday November 21 at 4.30 p.m.
    In view that the Judo competitions of the Games of the small states of Europe will be held in Gozo, a special demonstration will also be held at the Gozo sports Pavilion and the Gozitans will have the same opportunity to see all the Japanese sensei in action on Sunday November 22 at 10.30 a.m.
    The Maltese men's and ladies national teams will also be taking part in the demonstrations. 
    The president of the Friends of Japan Association, Mr Edward Sammut also addressed the press and said that had it not been for the help of the sponsors, particularly the management of the Malta Hilton Hotel, this spectacular festival would not have been possible to stage. 
    He said at first they had planned for a sport and cultural programme, but the scheduled exhibition has had to be postponed, although it could be held later on.
    He said this was a unique opportunity for the Maltese sporting public whoch should not be missed. It is expected that all those who are interested in any of the Japanese sport disciplines to attend these special functions.
    The MJA's Life President, M. J. Buttigieg Depiro praised the organisers of this event adding that judo had always been his main sport. "It teaches control, now violence," he said. 
    He said he wanted to thank the Italian federation for helping toward the development of the sport in Malta.
    Also present was German coach Michael Goerner who is preparing the local girls for the next Small Nations Games in Malta next year. He also giving a valid contribution at the School of Sport at the Marsa, where there are over 100 students.
    The visit of the Japanese Sensei was made possible only thanks to the Friends of Japan Association of Malta, sponsorship from  various Foundations and Federations in Japan and local sponsors which include Malta Hilton International, Farsons, Coca Cola, Industrial Motors,  Bank of Valletta and Air Malta.
    The Sensei will be accompanied by the president of the D. Art Centre of Tokyo and a master of Origami (paperwork art).
    KENDO: Mitsuhisa Ogasawara (7 Dan - sponsored in Japan by the Kanagawa Kendo Federation); Atsushi Kuzuka (7 Dan - Seihukan Kozuka Dojo)
    AIKIDO: Hitoshi Nakamo (6 Dan), Michiharu Mori (4 Dan) (both sponsored by the Japanese Foundation and Yoshinkai Aikido Foundation).
    JUDO: Takashi Matsushima (6 Dan) sponsored by All Japan Judo Federation.
    The association will be holding a celebration dinner at the Malta Hilton International on Sunday November 22 at 8. p.m.. Diplomas will be presented by Dr Michael Frendo, Minister for Youth and the Arts.