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Hennie makes history

After dedicating 51 years of his life to karate, Hennie Bosman faces his biggest challenge yet as the new international chairman of Kyokushin-Kan Karate.

This was not the only honour to be bestowed upon Bosman as he was also promoted from shihan to hanshi, making him one of a very few elite karateka in the world with an eighth dan black belt.

This all happened at the recent Kyokushin-Kan Junior World Championships held in Tokyo, Japan.

Bosman will go down in history as the very first South African-born hanshi of Kyokushin-Kan Karate, as well as the first international chairman.

Scottish-born legend Len Barnes, who lived in South Africa for many years, was the first hanshi in the country.

“I am very excited and nervous in the same breath. As international chairman it is my duty to travel the world and build relationships in bettering karate. I was the chairman of Africa for many years, but this is a massive step for me and one that I will tackle head on in the new year,” says Bosman from Welgemoed.

Bosman is accustomed to travelling and during the past year has hosted seminars in the USA, Russia, India, Costa Rica and various African countries.

With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Bosman remains a student of the sport.

“I travel every year to Japan to take part in seminars and training camps to keep abreast of techniques and share them with our local karateka.

“Next year is going to be busy with a lot of travelling and spending time away from my family. It is not ideal but my family supports me, for which I’m thankful. Although the reality is still sinking in, I am the same old Hennie. I love working with children, and seeing them develop and grow as people gives me great pleasure.”

Bosman already has bookings to travel to Zimbabwe, the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Iran and Switzerland next year.

“One day in the distant future when I retire, I want to sit back and say I not only made a positive contribution in growing the sport, but I helped people reach their potential,” says Bosman.

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