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Kickboxers to compete in Naha charity event

Date Posted: 2010-07-22

Itís Uchinanchu versus Americans Sunday night in a Muay Thai style kickboxing combat sports event, with proceeds of the event going to charity.

The fighters are strong, and have pledged to honor the rules of good sportsmanship. The Uchinanchu kickboxers, Okinawans, are pitted against Americans in the event starting at 6 p.m. in the Namura Hall on the second floor of the Namura Plaza Building in Matsuyama. More than $4,500 has already been donated and designated for charities.

The event is the brainchild of Kenji Amano, a 40-year-old Hokkaido native who moved to Okinawa nine years ago to work in a nursing facility while studying kickboxing. He studied muay thai, the Thai kickboxing style, in Thailand, and then returned to the island to become a trainer at a local gym. He opened MuayThai Gym in Naha Cityís Kijimuna in 2008, offering not only professional courses, but junior class and ladies courses.

Advance tickets are •5,000 for SRRS seats, •4,000 for RS seats and •3,000 for standing rights. Tickets will be •500 more for each type seating at the door. Proceeds from the event will go to welfare groups and to support young people who work at night.

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