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
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
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.