Muripo gears up for All-Japanese tourney

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top karateka Sensei Samson Muripo has started preparations for the All-Japanese International karate tournament to be hosted by Japan in April.

Muripo will be joined by fellow countrymen Naison Chituwa and Lovemore Nyamutswa.

“We have already started our preparations. I believe in God and with God nothing is impossible,” Muripo told the Daily News yesterday.

“I have mastered the art of fighting over the years. Our mind as fighters has to be equipped to know how to approach a specific opposition and that is the key to success.”

Muripo will be hoping to continue from where he left off last year as he seeks to make a bigger impact at international events.

Last year, the 35-year-old put Zimbabwe on the world map when he beat Azerbaijan’s Gulmammadov Mehraj for third place at World Kyokushin Union Championships in Bulgaria and was the only African male karateka to get past the third round stage.

Muripo followed that up with a stunning success story in Shanghai, China, when he was crowned champion in the World So-Kyokushin Cup International heavyweight category later that month.

In 2009, Muripo won the world title in the middleweight division to become the country’s first black world champion.

Comments (1)

Wish you all the best.Bring the crown to zim.Osu

Me - 31 January 2014

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