RANEPA opens Oriental Martial Arts and Health Practices Center

03 June 2022
RANEPA opens Oriental Martial Arts and Health Practices Center

The new center opened at the Presidential Academy’s Department of Physical Education and Health. It offers three programs for RANEPA students and staff: Okinawan karate style, Japanese kor-yu and yoga.

Executive Director of the Center Anton Golukhov said the purpose of the project is to strengthen participants’ health, support their harmonious and comprehensive development, and foster patriotic, spiritual and moral values.

In order to expand and strengthen inter-university sport ties, Alekseyev Sports School hosted a workshop on Okinawan Karate: Shorin-ryu, supported by the Russian Union of Martial Arts divisions in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The workshop, attended by RANEPA students and union members, was the first event in the series marking the opening of the Center.

The organizers included head of the Department of Physical Training and Sports of the North-West Institute of Management, RANEPA branch in St. Petersburg, Merited Coach of Russia Pavel Kuznetsov, as well as instructors Valery Natarov (4 dan karate and 2 dan bujutsu) and Alexander Yefremov (4 dan karate and 2 dan bujutsu).

The Moscow masters of martial arts who led the workshop are winners of international martial arts competitions and festivals who have done many years of internship and have personal certificates from leading masters in Japan. RANEPA students, members of the Russian Union of Martial Arts from the Kobudo Federations of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region took an active part in the event.

The workshop program included:

  • A brief history of Okinawan Karate styles Shorin-ryu and Naha-te, the origins of Kyokushin Karate 

  • Basic Kihon Junino Kata and Kihon Gohon Kumite

  • Repositioning under attack, Taisabaki, with the example of Kihon Gohon Kumite

  • Unbalancing an opponent, Kuzushi, with Te-waza technique

  • Seitai bodywork techniques

  • Bunkai: Bo technique 

These techniques will help students in further learning martial arts and participating in Kobudo competitions.

For more information about classes at RANEPA Oriental Martial Arts and Health Practices Center, please call +7 910 085 6588. 


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