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    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Beitbridge Karateka for SA International tournament

    Sempai Admire Chikowe.

    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE- Beitbridge based Karate official Sempai Admire Chikowe (36) is set to take part at the South Africa Ikoku International Full Contact Karate tournament from today to August 27 this year at Grand West, Cape Town.
    The Head of the delegation and Zimbabwe Karate Union Technical Director full contact Sensei Kumbirai Musinami and Sempai Chikowe confirmed the development in a telephone interview.
     Japan, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, Hungary Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Tunisia are some of the countries that will participate at the prestigious tournament that will be graced by the president of the association, Shihan Tabata from Japan.
     "Other high profile Shihans from Japan who are coming include a highly rated Shihan Shichinohe who  won a number of international tournaments during his hey days including participating at the World Cup and coming out second at times," he said.
    Chikowe said he started studying Martial Arts in 1997 at Chitungwiza Unity L Community hall and his instructor was Edmore Mavhiza.
    He added that from then he continued practicing until last year when they started training karatekas in Beitbridge.
    The other officials include Sensei Muchineripi Tarwirei (referee), Sensei Kumbirai Musinami (HOD), Sempai Tendai Chaparadza (judge), Owen Marakati (judge) and Shadreck Chigombe (official).
    The karatekas include Justice Mutyoramwendo, Godknows Chidagu, Gary Jani Musami, Tawanda Chimbade, Tashinga Bosman Mandaza, Lovejoy Mudhokwani, Tinotenda Mudhokwani, Pumulani Maphosa, Ian Gengezha, Tangayi Mighty Mhlanga,Kelly Farayi Mtisi, Tungamirai Madzimbamuto, Patrick Mangwiro, Onisimo Ndyari, Samantha Ruvimbo Chizengwe, Precious Kazembe, Kudakwashe Memory Chiwandire, Likhwa Khumalo, legendary Zimbabwean karateka Samson Muripo and Joseph Mapholisa.
    Musinami said the full contact Karate tournament is hosted by International Karate Organization (I.K.O) KYOUKUSHIN UNION, and it will be the organization's second International tournament to be held in Africa after the first one was held in Cape Town in 2012.
    Sensei Musinani added that during the selection process they looked at those fighters who could meet or better the standards of those that attended the regional tournaments as well as discipline, consistence in attendance and hard work.
    Musinami said fighters are from all over the country but the majority are from Harare. He said the tournament will be played in four categories which are U60 kgs, U67kgs, U77kgs  and open age.

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