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Karate is a martial art that originated in Okinawa, Japan, and is now practiced all over the world. It involves a combination of strikes, kicks, and blocks, as well as throws and joint locks, with the ultimate goal of self-defense. Karate practitioners also focus on mental discipline, including aspects such as respect, focus, and perseverance. Karate is practiced both individually and in groups, and there are various styles and organizations that teach and compete in the sport. It is a popular sport for both recreation and competition, with many practitioners striving to achieve black belt status through rigorous training and testing. Karate is also an Olympic sport.

Mr. Neel Rajapaksha is an accomplished Head Master of the Java Institute Karate Club with a wealth of experience in the field. He holds a Diploma in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

As the Branch Chief of the Hokushin Karate Association, Mr. Rajapaksha holds a 5th Dan Black Belt from the Japan Karate Federation, where he also serves as a Referee Control Member. He has participated in numerous karate championships, including the World Karate Championship in 1991, where he showcased his exceptional skills and techniques. Apart from his impressive achievements in karate, Mr. Rajapaksha is also a National Tour Guide Lecturer, where he shares his knowledge and passion for Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage with visitors from around the world. With his extensive experience and expertise, Mr. Rajapaksha is a highly sought-after coach in the field of karate. He inspires and motivates his students to develop their skills and reach their full potential, making a lasting impact on their lives both on and off the mat.

In addition to regular training sessions, our organization also arranges diverse events and programs throughout the year. These events comprise workshops, seminars, and competitions, which provide opportunities for learners to acquire knowledge from experienced mentors and other practitioners, compete, and demonstrate their abilities. We also actively participate in community service events and charity fundraisers to contribute to society and propagate the positive influence of martial arts.