Nigerian Shokotan Karate Association holds all ages championship
The Nigeria Association of Shotokan Karate at the weekend held a competition for all age categories at the Welcome Hotel Event Centre, Airport Road, Lagos.
According to the organisers, the one-day event, which was the fourth edition, was organised to keep Shokotan Karate fighters in competitive mood.
The event had 10 clubs and over 200 participants from across the country in attendance
At the championship, children and adults, male and female, competed in all segments of Shotokan Karate to the admiration of spectators, who turned out en masse to cheer their fans.
Speaking at the event, Chief Instructor of Shotokan Karate Association, Alfred Ohimain said the association put up the event as a festival to discover more talents and create awareness on the sport.
He added that the championship had over the years given Shotokan Karate fighters the needed exposure to develop their skills.
“The Shokotan Karate Championship is an event put together to keep athletes more focused on the sport. If there were no competitions like this, it would be difficult to get the best from the Karate fighters.
“We are delighted that the standard of the competition has been high and the officials have been given the best training to give undisputed judgment.
Talents discovered here at all levels will be monitored for national assignment,” he said.
Also speaking on the championship, one of the instructors, Ibrahim Muse said the event would go a long way to instill more values in Shotokan Karate.
“The championship has been successful since it began. Based on the level of commitment of the fighters, they have realised that without competition, there would not be avenue for them to measure their growth in various areas of Shotokan.
“Our driving force is to keep discovering and exposing Shotokan fighters to current trends of the sport. It is exciting that all the fighters turned out to give their best,” he said.
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