Sensei Nizam Yassim promoted to 2nd Dan Black Belt

Guyana Chronicle
May 4, 2003

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THE Kokoro Ki Karada Organisation of Martial Arts and Massotherapy has acknowledged that Sensei Nizam Yassim, chief instructor of the Little Diamond Martial Arts has been promoted to the Nidan, that is, 2nd Dan Black Belt.

Yassim, 28, an employee of the Public Service Ministry, began his career in neighbouring Suriname where he commenced his Martial Arts training under the guidance of Shihan Wilfred Burgos. In 1992, he set the record for being the first White Belt and first Guyanese to have won the coveted Gold Medal at the Suriname National Karate Tournament.

"I feel really great about achieving such a position", said Yassim in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA).

For his unselfish work in the development of the youths in Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Sensei Nazim has received a Certificate of Appreciation. Yassim highlighted that fact that there is a small group of students in the community. However, plans are on board to expand the Martial Arts Academy.

Yassim has excelled in many competitions since 1991, and includes the European International Karate Championship in 1994. He was the first Guyanese to have won the Free Fighting (Kumite) and Forms (Kata) titles and was promoted to Shodan (1st Dan Black Belt).

Yassim proudly revealed that he taught Kyokushi Karate in Suriname from 1994 through to 1998 before returning to Guyana after instituting six unbroken records, three at the Suriname National Level and three at the International Level.

A trophy was also named after him - The Nizam Trophy, after he was awarded the ‘Unbeaten Gold Medallist’ from 1992 through 2000 and the ‘National Athlete of Suriname’ from 1990 through 1999.

When asked about his future plans, Yassim remarked that he will continue to train youths at the Academy until he is ready to proceed to the next level which is the 3rd Dan Black Belt, with 10th Dan Belt being the highest.

Married with two children, Sensei Nazim stated that his youngest daughter age six, has already started training at the Academy.

"I guess she wants to follow in her father's footsteps", said Yassim. (GINA).

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