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Champion Karate Experts in Action in Paros

by Jean Lane-Polyzoides, May 2000
On Wednesday 12th April, on a pleasant warm evening at the Basketball Pitch of Paroikia School, an audience of more than one hundred gathered to watch a unique display of Karate, Kobudo and Tai Chi chuan given by twenty-six black-belt karate champions and teachers from as far afield as China, America, France, Germany and Athens. This was organised by Manolis Fokianos who runs the Paros Karate Schools and who is himself a black-belt and 3rd Dan.

First there was a demonstration by sixty pupils, ranging in age from 6 to 16 years. This was of a very high standard, and the children performed excellently. They came from the three Karate Schools in Paros, the main one in Paroikia, one in Naoussa and one in Marmara each led by their own instructor.

This was followed by a sixty minute exhibition of Karate, Kobudo and Tai chi chuan by the visitors, who were in Paros for a week of Seminars for black-belt teachers also organised by Manolis.

Both the audience and the pupils appreciated this top-class demonstration, which even included a balletic version of Tai chi chuan performed by a Chinese dancer.

We all look forward to a similar event next year and wish Manolis and his pupils continued success.
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