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Ja’s Seido Karate veterans promoted

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:00 AMAinsley Walters

Five senior members of Jamaica's Seido Karate were recently promoted in New York at World Seido Headquarters.

The special promotion was held during Seido Karate's 40th anniversary celebrations, June 1-8, and was done over a gruelling one-week period.

Mandeville Seido's George McFarlane was promoted to the rank of Sei Shihan. Promoted to the rank of Jun Shihan were Ronald Lyn and Debra Lyn of Mandeville Seido; Vern Williams of Runaway Bay Seido; and John Royes of Kingston Seido.

Tony Robinson was promoted to the rank of Sei Shihan a year ago.

Tokyo's winning bid to host the 2020 Games has sparked renewed efforts to include karate as an Olympic sport for the first time ever in the country of its origin.

The endeavour will aim to promote both a traditional style of karate with softer techniques (in which the force of the opponent is deflected while exerting minimal force), as well as the hard-technique Kyokushin style.

The two styles will try to advance together in the hopes of making the Olympic cut. If their joint effort succeeds, they will become two separate Olympic disciplines, similar to how both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling are included on the official roster.