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Srimal Rodrigo Ashihara Karate Champion

Srimal Rodrigo, a fourth kyu karateka crowned as the champion while Udeni Rangama (First kyu) and Ranjan De Silva (10th kyu) were the runner-up and second


Srimal Rodrigo kicks Udeni Rangama in the final of the third Inter-club Ashihara karate tournament

runner-up respectively at the third Inter-club Ashihara karate tournament organized by Ashihara International Karate Organization (A.I.K.O) Sri Lanka held at Health and Budo Centre Arena Kurunegala.

This is a major annual event of the AIKO which is a new full contact karate style in Sri Lanka.

It is a remarkable thing that Udeni Rangama and Srimal Rodrigo were the champion and runner-up in the middle weight class at the first National Full contact Karate Championship which was organized by the Sri Lanka Karate-Do Federation and the Ministry of sports and public recreation in 2009. There were four heavy weight category matches, a one-match fight and a K-1 Kick-boxing exhibition match took place in this tournament.


The award winners at the third Inter-club Ashihara karate tournament organized by Ashihara International Karate Organization (A.I.K.O) Sri Lanka held at Health and Budo Centre Arena Kurunegala. (Front row from left) Chandima Anushantha (winner of the one match karate fight), Sensei Priyantha Rajapaksa (Chief Instructor A.I.K.O), Sajith Dahanushka (winner of the kick-boxing exhibition match), (Back row from left) Udeni rangama (Runner up), Srimal Rodrigo (Champion), Ranjan de silva (Second runner up).

Ashihara Karate is basically named after Hideyuki Ashihara, but during several decades the original style has been divided in several systems and organizations. Ashihara International Karate is one of these spun offs, and is one of many of the "full-contact" systems in karate, emphasizing realistic combat, physical toughness, and practicality in its training curriculum. It is presently known as one of the strongest forms of karate, with a strong desire in evolution and open minded approach.

Ashihara International is led by Shihan David Michael Jonkers (8th DAN) and his student and partner Shihan Semmy Schilt (6th DAN) who is the current K-1 World Grand Prix Kick-boxing champion.

AIKO's main dojo is located in Netherlands and it has many branches over the world. including Sri Lanka. Sensei Priyantha Rajapaksa (Third DAN) heads the Sri Lankan branch and he is also the chief instructor of AIKO Sri Lanka.

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