Instructors off to Japan event

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Ryan Horrell hopes to mix sightseeing in Japan and learning from some of the world’s best when he visits that country from next week.
Horrell, of Gore, is heading to Japan as part of the New Zealand team of 20 instructors representing Southland with sensei Gabriel Phillips.
They will train under grandmasters including Morio Higaonna of the International Okinawan Goju ryu Karate-do Federation.
Horrell and Phillips, accompanied by Horrell’s father Nigel Marsh, will be away for 11 days, most of them training under grandmasters.
Phillips, a 5th Dan black belt, said the trip would be a trip of a lifetime for Horrell.
‘‘It is a great chance to train under some of the best in the world.
‘‘It will give him everything he needs as an instructor, with lots of training from grandmasters from all around the world,’’ Phillips said.
Horrell said the trip to Japan, the second he had been invited on, was the first he had been able to take up.
The opportunity came about after he attended training camp in Ranfurly and received an invitation for the Budosai.
It would be a once-in-alifetime opportunity to train under many of the best in the world, he said.
‘‘It will give me experience learning under some of the best and learning more of my craft.’’
Horrell started karate when he was 6 years old and trained at the Gore club before moving out to West Otago Karate club in Tapanui to train under Phillips.
He was extremely committed and passionate about karate and looked forward to the event.