Rwanda: Karate icon Pinna visits Rwanda

French karate icon Christophe Pinna is expected to be in Rwanda next week as a lecturer at the upcoming International Gum Hand Technique Symposium in Kigali, April 25-30.

The Dou Karate Champion was invited to the Japanese Karate Association Rwanda (JKA-Rwanda), the organizer of a six-day workshop, to inspire Rwandan karate athletes, especially the younger generation, to become future champions of the discipline.

Dubbed “Meet the Champions and Be Inspired”, the technical workshop will bring together around 200 participants from children to youth and adults.

Pinna and other world-class champions and coaches are expected to be held in Kigali every year to develop young talent, elite and high-level athletes in Rwanda.

Guy Rurangayire, the brains behind the workshop, told Weekend Sport that he had Pinna in mind when organising the workshop as he was sure his legendary experience in karate would inspire the local karate community.

He said the French did not hesitate to confirm his expected visit because of the friendly relationship between the two.

“Pinna is a living karate legend, and if memory serves me right, we started planning the visit back in 2017. We are also good friends,” Rurangayire said in an exclusive interview.

The workshop will officially kick off on Monday, April 25th at the Lycée de Kigali Gymnasium.

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