Karatekas gear up for All Africa Champs

HARARE - The International Federation of Karate Kyokushinkan Organisation successfully held their grading tournament at the weekend with a host of karatekas from all over the country in attendance.

The event was part of organisation’s preparations for the upcoming 1st (First) All Africa Karate Championships which will be held on July 25 at Chitungwiza’s Aquatic Complex.

Top karatekas, Sensei Thomas Chiomba, Sensei Austin Mucheni and Tawanda Mufundisi were involved in the tournament to help the young karatekas make the next step.

“There is a lot of talent in the country. The young karatekas are showing a lot of promise and their technique is excellent,” Chiomba told the Daily News on the sidelines of the organisation’s grading ceremony on Saturday.

“There is great potential and so long we groom the youngsters well, we can retire in the knowledge that there is an equally good, if not better generation of karatekas to carry Kyokushinkan forward.”

A number of youngsters that did well in the Junior Karate Championships earlier this year, among them, Jean-Claude Mufundisi took part in the grading event as he sought to upgrade himself from the brown belt level.

The karatekas varied from white belts to brown belts and went through routines that included Kihon (non-moving basics), Ido Geiko (moving Kihon techniques and combinations), Katas (detailed choreographed patterns of movements) and Kumite (sparring).

Jean-Claude Mufundisi stated that the grading had been a huge step-up for him.

“Coming face to face with these higher belts was a challenge,” he said.

“The Kihon was intense and so was the Ido Geiko, but that is what brings out the best in me as a karateka.That is what karate is about — the spirit and the determination.”

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