André De Rijck is a friend and partner of the first hour in the Wado-Ryu Karate in Leuven ( Belgium ).
André De Rijck studied Slavic and Eastern Philology at KU Leuven in the early 1970s and began his Karate career there just as Kamigaito Sensei was coming to teach there. He became a spirited friend and early supporter of Wado-Ryu Karate. After studying law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Moscow Institute of Economics, Politics and Law, he has been attached to the Belgian Embassy in Moscow since 1990 as the economic representative of Flanders. Although he retired, he still lived there and was active as a consultant.
André has made an important contribution to Wado-Ryu Karate in Belgium and Russia:
– co-coach with Peter Keijers at Tshinto Karate club of Leuven
– co-founder of the association VZW Wado Kamigaito Belgium ASBL in November 1979
– founder Tshinto Karate club Aarschot
– Dré got his 5th Dan in Japan and met the founder of Wado-Ryu, Master Hironori Ohtsuka
– founder of the Wado Karate club Moscow!!!
– Dré also produced a Russian translation of Kamigaito Sensei’s books Kihon-Volume 2 and Pin-An Katas-Volume 3
See an extract here….
– In the 1970s, Dré conducted a very interesting interview of the, at the time, young Master Kamigaito
Dré was a jovial partner of Karaté and a bon vivant.
From his first marriage in Belgium he had a daughter, Sofie De Rijck and three grandchildren.
Dré had also integrated well in Russia. He was remarried to Nadezhda Gerasimenko with whom he had a daughter. In Moscow, all his Russian friends and Karatekas friends from his club in Moscow will certainly regret him.
Dré will remain in our hearts
Fly in peace to the stars,
Wado-Ryu Tshinto Leuven Karate Club in the 70s
The “after-training” with Kamigaito Sensei in the café “Den Boule”
Wado-Ryu courses in Korbeek-Lo
Wado-Ryu training with Kamigaito Sensei in Korbeek-Lo 1979
Wado-Ryu training with Kamigaito Sensei in Korbeek-Lo 1980
Wado-Ryu course with Kamigaito Sensei and Naboru Suzuki Sensei in Leuven 1985
André De Rijck in Japan with the founder Master Hironori Ohtsuka
André De Rijck in Japan with the founder of Wado-Ryu Karate Master Hironori Ohtsuka and Master Kamigaito
André De Rijck founder of the Wado-Ryu Karate club Tshinto – Aarschot
Different pictures with André De Rijck
Visit of Jean-Maurice, Peter and Xavier to André’s Wado-Ryu club in Moscow
Training at André De Rijck’s club in Moscow with Jean-Maurice, Peter and Xavier
Visit of Pieter, Ludwig, Luc and Peter to André’s Wado-Ryu club in Moscow
Workshop at André De Rijck’s club in Moscow with the Karatekas of Tshinto Leuven: Pieter, Ludwig, Luc and Peter
Promotional film for André’s De Rijck Wado-Ryu Karate club in Moscow
“wodoru-video”, a promotional film made by Klaas for the Wado-Ryu Karate Club Moscow
Visit of Russian Wado-Ryu Karateka friends with André De Rijck in Belgium
Visit of Russian Wado-Ryu Karatekas friends with André De Rijck to the Tshinto karate club Leuven-Aarschot in 2013
One of the last trainings in Belgium given by André De Rijck
Training at Tshinto Aarschot-Leuven in September 2014
If you want to read again the interview André did with Master Kamigaito, follow the link below…