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2019 MAR. 11 Serbian National TV: "SERBIAN OKINAWA KARATE INSTRUCTORS"
2019 MAR. 3 NEWS-Article: "Old people in Okinawa practice martial arts"
2015 DEC. 24 OKIKUKAI SERBIA HOMBU - ANUAL HQ MEETING
2015 JUNE 13 SPORT-DAY ON ZVEZDARA MUNICIPALITY
2010 MAY 30 DAYS OF SPORT IN ADA CIGANLIJA


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SERBIAN NATIONAL TV - CHANNEL 1
MONDAY, 11 MARCH 2019

"OKINAWA KARATE INSTRUCTORS IN SERBIA"

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OLD PEOPLE IN OKINAWA PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS
"NEWS" NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, SUNDAY 3 MARCH 2019

OLD PEOPLE IN OKINAWA PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS

Some people hardly wait their pension in order to read all the books they have wanted to read, the other ones would like to spend their time with grandchildren, the third ones to be free from obligations whereas Japanese start to do karate when they retire. This revelation comes from Milan Dimitrieski, a graduated sports coach and 7-Dan Kyoshi. This 55-year-old master instructor from Belgrade has mastered this ancient skill on the Okinawa Island with the greatest world masters. After several visits to Okinawa, he realized that the largest number of centenarians per number of citizens lives in this part of Japan.

“The longevity of Okinawans is a direct result of the positive attitude to life, the nutrition which includes a lot of fish, fruit, vegetables, herbs, pleasant climate and useful activities. People often start training around the age of 50 or 60, which perfectly suits their belief that learning is a lifelong process. Also, people are friendly, which can be seen from the saying “when we meet, we become brothers” – Dimitrieski says, who is the co-president of the Serbia Okikukai Karate Organization.

Our interlocutor emphasizes that according to the research carried out in Okinawa Prefecture, karate is done in 180 countries in the world and there are about 50 million registered karate practitioners. “Although not even the sports competitive aspect is rejected, the focus is on the development of the system as a martial art both in physical and spiritual sense. In order to make difference between sports and original karate the term Okinawa karate-do has been established. The aim is to build psychophysically balanced person, to reach the unity of mind and body and cherish friendship between practitioners, clubs, nations”- Dimitrieski, who has been practicing for 38 years, explains.

Many people think that you need prior physical readiness for karate or that this is the discipline only for young people. “This is wrong”, Dimitrieski says and adds that there are older practitioners in our country, too.

“I would like to invite all people, even those who have never played any sport, to practice because this type of karate does not have anything to do with sport one. There are no low postures like in classical karate, and knees, hips and spine are spared. Everyone can adjust this skill to themselves depending on their health, age, free time, motivation”, the coach says.

If they do so, not only their body will be grateful, but their surroundings, as well. As our interlocutor says, this skill implies the constant work on yourself and it is based on wise life messages and principles, which can improve our life.

“All people that follow the way of karate have to understand that kindness is a priority. Without it, the essence of this skill is lost. This is the reason why karate training is begun and ended with traditional bowing, which represents appreciation of kindness and it has to be always practiced in every aspect of the life of a man. Our mutual relationships can be preserved, developed and improved in a peaceful manner as long as we are humane to other people” - Dimitrieski concludes.

Fight against stress

This ancient skill has special implementation today when we are under stress, when time kills us, when we are nervous and we do not have patience for anyone, from members of our family to clerks in various institutions. “Okinawa karate training has multiple positive effect on our psychophysical health, it reduces the level of stress, increases self-confidence and the feeling of happiness, it increases muscular strength, it affects proper body posture, leg resistance, strengthening arms and shoulders” – Dimitrieski points out.

Block, then kick

The point of karate is in its defensive function. “There is no first kick in karate - this famous saying reveals the essence of the spirit of Okinawa karate. Although this is a martial art, it always has to have a defensive role. Each technique and kata begins with block, and ends with kick” – Milan Dimitrieski (in the picture) says.

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OKIKUKAI SERBIA HOMBU DOJO
HEADQUARTER ANUAL MEETING 2015
SERBIA, BELGRADE, 24th December 2015

A Final annual meeting of the Okikukai Serbia Hombu Dojo Headquarter for 2015 was held on 24 December in Belgrade. For the past year the results were analyzed, and the plans for 2016 are adopted.

(On the photo from left: Jelic Radovan, Popovic Vladimir, Dimitrieski Milan & Ciric Dragan)

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SPORTS' DAY 2015
SERBIA, BELGRADE, ZVEZDARA MUNICIPALITY
13th June 2010

In Belgrade, Zvezdara Municipality was hold Spring Sports' Day at 13th June 2015. Common team of the Okikukai Serbia Hombu and Sanchin Dojo was participated in this manifestation.

Common Uechi-ryu team (from left to right) Okikukai Serbia Hombui members: Vasovic Milos, jelic Stefan, Panajotov Milos & Popovic Vladimir; Okikukai Sanchin Dojo members: Dimitrieski Milan, Koncar Milos, Vasiljevic Rade, Mijailovic Vukasin & Petrovic Andrija

 
 

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SPORTS' DAYS 2010
SERBIA, BELGRADE • 29th ~ 30th May 2010

In Belgrade's lake Ada-Ciganlia was hold "The Sports' Days 2010" at 29th and 30th May 2010. Team of the Okikukai Serbia Hombu was participated in this traditional manifestation and demonstrate Hojo-undo, Kata Sanchin, Kanshiwa & Kanchin, as well as Yakusoku-kumite, Kitae & Tameshiwari.

HOJO-UNDO, KANCHIN-KATA & SANCHIN-KITAI
TAMESHIWARI
(left) Dimitrieski Milan & Tadic Dejan, (middle) Dimitrieski Milan & Djordjevic Marko,
(right) Tadic Dejan & Koncar Milos
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