Philly Karate Club kicks off in Philadelphia
Children ages five and older can now practice traditional karate in Northeast Philadelphia. Founded by a couple of third degree black belt trainers, Philly Karate Club officially opened its doors on January 29, 2017. The two teachers have won numerous championships, including those of the Georgia, Caucasus, Europe and the World.
They say their highest goal is to prepare a team worthy of the Olympic Games. As decided by the International Olympic Committee, karate will be featured in the Games for the first time in 2020.
“We aim to make karate more popular in the USA and to bring up a healthy generation,” said instructor Mamuka Geladze. “But most of all, we want to raise future Olympic champions.”
Mamuka Geladze and Giorgi Elizbarashvili are the instructors and founders of the club. Over the past couple of years they were both awarded prizes at the New York Open tournament and were champions of the Philadelphia Open for two consecutive seasons. They say they are willing to dedicate all of their experience and energy to karate training.
“We are gaining popularity quickly,” said instructor Elizbarashvili. “In a short amount of time, everyone living here knows about our club.”
The trainers express their gratitude to Shihan Nelson Alers of the American Traditional Karate Federation. They also thank Kakha Basilia, President of the Georgian National Karate Federation, for his support.
Philly Karate Club is accepting children of ages five and older, girls and boys alike. Training sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:15 PM, and Saturdays, 9:00-10:15 AM, at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19116 (World Gym).