…..And grading this weekend
The Japan Karate Association-Botswana (JKA) will host a Youth Championship and Grading this weekend.
JKA as the federation is called has two students in team Botswana for the upcoming Africa Youth Championship billed for May 22nd.
“This annual tournament has never failed to produce national team talent. We have always produced students who excel in their respective categories every year,” said Marketing and Publicity Officer Keone Kgorotlhe.
JFK-Botswana who are affiliates of Botswana Karate Association, Japan Karate Association- World Federation are currently under the leadership of Chief Instructor Sensei Solly Nageng.
The competition will kick-start on Saturday morning at BOKA dojo while the grading will be done on Sunday morning.
“We expect tough competition especially from junior schools who are always trying to outdo each other,” said Kgorotlhe.
Kgorotlhe said the rivalry between schools comes from the fact that the teacher coaches from these schools are karatekas who also compete in senior and national championships.
“These teachers use their students to send a statement to their rivals,” he said.
“They want their students to be the best as they themselves believe they are the best.”
Kgorotlhe said in junior schools fierce competition is expected from Mmaphula (Palapye), Mmanaana (Moshupa), Letsopa (Lobatse) and Makhubu (Phikwe).
He further said in senior schools Francistown Senior School is expected to do well but may face strong competition from Lobatse Senior, Moeding and Moshupa senior.
“The rivalry has always been there and I expect it to continue this Saturday,” said Kgorotlhe.
The championship will be in the form of team kata, individual kata and individual kumte for both male and females. Grading will be from White to 2nd Kyu Brown belt.
Meanwhile clubs and all JKA members are reminded that 2014 annual affiliation fee (January to December) is due.