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SOLOMON KARATE DOJO
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR Solomon Kebede Negash
Solomon Kebede’s interest for martial arts started at an early age. He was born in Addis Ababa on the 20th of September 1965. He finished his primary school education in Addis Ababa and then continued his studies at Addis Alem in 1977. It was during his studies in Addis Alem that he was first introduced to martial arts. He began with practising Aikido together with a Philippino. He returned to Addis Ababa in 1984 and began to practise karate under Mr Berhanu Legesse Wake a student of Dr. Senay Lekey, who was killed during the revolution around 1974 coup d’êtat. Since martial arts were illegal, Solomon was imprisoned. “I were escorted from jail by the police then after finishing my exam escorted back” Solomon said. During the next year he was forcibly recruited for military service which lasted for the following three years.
Despite being arrested, he continued to secretly practice karate in the woods together with his brothers Belete Kebede Negash and Fikru Kebede Negash amongst others. This eventually led Solomon to start studying Wushu Kung Fu in 1990 and later also World Taekwondo under the Korean Master Woon Park . He has continuously been training karate under various masters since 1992; he has also served in committees forming the Ethiopian Karate Federation until they decided to let amateurs lead the organisation. From that point on, Solomon decided to set up his own karate club. Solomon Kebede and Mr Bouraoui Reda met in 2001 and that is considered by Solomon to be the inspiration to start the EKA and Ethiopian JKA. The next year he also started to train Genet Abegaz the first Ethiopian woman senior achieving the black belt. The same year he managed to become secretary of the technique committee at the EKF (Ethiopian Karate Federation). However, due to protesting against the favouritism being shown at the Federation, Solomon caused a lot of friction and eventually left the committee in 2003. At the same time, he studied and completed a diploma in accounting. In 2006, he passed a karate exam and was awarded a 3rd national Dan. The following year he also started to practise Kendo under the Japanese Kendo teachers Mrs Kaoru Tokuyama (5th Dan), Mr Masakazu Santokuya and Mr Tatsuo Nakajima. In 2008 he also acted in a film named Lambadina, and during this year he was also awarded with his 3rd international Dan (International Dan is equal to JKA Dan, which is worth much more than a national dan). In 2008, Solomon was also appointed Chief Instructor and Chairman of the Ethiopian JKA KARATE DO W/F by Shihan Okamato in which position he is currently working in.
SOLOMON KEBEDE NEGASH
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