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Sensei Andrew Reaches Out To Youths

Sensei Andrew Reaches Out To Youths
Master Sensei Andrew Ravuna with mum Andrea Ravuna and cousins at the Nadi International Airport during their last visit. Photo: Margaret Naqiri
March 05
14:12 2017

Australian born four times world martial arts champion Sensei Andew Ravuna will be visiting our shores once again.

The 21-year-old whose father hails from Sasa village in Ba returns with a special message for the youths.

At a young age, Sensei Andrew has accomplished a lot of success in martial arts.

He is a 3rd dan Black Belt at the Combined Martial Arts Academy, where he achieved his Certificate III in teaching martial arts.

He has been twice inducted into the International Sporting Karate Hall of Fame. Sensei Andrew has also won Australian titles in seven different categories.

All this came for a reason; he is also known as Afroman for his afro-hair style looks.

Sensei Andrew was born to a Yugoslavian mother Andrea who has called Australia her home.

Andrea gave birth to Sensei Andrew while she was five months pregnant. Her baby weighed only 800grams and had to go through an open heart surgery.

“I overcame everything and I did not allow anything to stop me,” Master Sensei said from his home in Gold Coast, Australia

“I have achieved all of that. Now it’s my turn to help to provide financial grants through the World Martial Arts Alliance Australia (W.M.A.A). This is to help youths stay motivated so that they can achieve something in life.

“When they put their mind and knowledge in good accord, nothing is impossible. Anything is possible when you put your mind to it and use your time wisely to achieve your goals. Always thrive in life and you will see your rewards as I have.”

Sensei Andrew has been training since he was 10. He was selected by Kyoshi Bill, to be part of the CMA leadership team when he was only 14 years of age.

He teaches classes both at the academy and at CMA satellite schools, five days per week.

Sensei Andrew, has been voted by his peers as the number 1 martial artist expert in Queensland from 2012 to 2015.

He is efficient in all weapons of the martial arts, includes Arnis Sticks, Bo, Sai’s, but trains intensely with his favourite weapons the Nunchucku’s, and Katana which has won him many tournaments.

Mum Andrea cannot forget the day Ravuna was born, 21 years ago.

“I am just proud of his vision,” she said.

“He was just five months old and weighed 800 grams and was dying in my hands,” recounted Andrea, a divorcee.

“For the next five months doctors said nothing can be done with all the medical complication. I thought I will surely lose him but today I am all in all a proud mother who never lost hope and faith in my son.”

Andrea said she faced a lot of trying times but all was forgotten when she saw her son’s achievement.

“He proved it literally and thanks to God. I am happy to see him and will support my only son in working with youths.”

Sensei Andrew  is currently a representative for the World Martial Arts Alliance Australia (W.M.A.A) and will be part of the ISKA World Cup that will be held in Sydney, Australia on October 20 –22.

“So as a Fijian I would like to invite Fijian teams to come to the World Cup as well,” he said.

He has done extensive work in martial arts in New Caledonia and Vanuatu to name a few.

Sensei Andrew will be arriving into the country via cruise ship Caravel Legend along with his group at Port Denarau on March 15 and will be greeted by the students of Nadi District School.

He will be meeting the Ministry of Youth and Sports officials to discuss on funding available that can be used to empower youths in Fiji.

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