Karate will be included in the coming 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo. This comes as good news for the art in the country after a decline in the last couple of years. Our source said this will undoubtedly rekindle an interest in the art again.
This comes after a team was represented in the recent Pacific Games in Noumea. The bulk of the team came from the Shotokan style while few came from the Kyokushin style including former PNG and Australian champion Bernard Soari and Silas Piskaut.
Meanwhile, Soari has been awarded an honorary Sensei status by the federation. However, his status with PNG Mas Oyama Kyokushin Karate Association Inc and its international body (IKO) still stands. Soari was stripped off his Shodan and Sempai status a few years back.
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