Results of the 24th PNG National Karate Championships

The 24th National Karate Championships ended with mixed results after the two days competition during the weekend.  Several titles swapped hands during the tournament.  Doris Karomo of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai regained her PNG Female Kumite Title from Jacklyne Barney of RAM Shotokan Karate, whilst Domininc Sipapi of Space Christian Karate regained his PNG Male Kumite Champion title.  Former PNG Male Kumite Title holder Sailas Piskaut lost the title in a semi final bout, but competed well to hold on to the PNG Male Kata Champion Title.  Crystal Mari of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai performed strongly in the open kata event and musical kata event to hold on to the PNG Female Kata Champion title despite having been disqualified in the Cadet division.  Nigel Bana of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai performed exceptionally well in the 60Kg division gold medal play off and was also awarded the Budo Spirit Award.

Nigel Bana (Blue) of Rock Shotokan Karate Club in Port Moresby taking on Randall Mekere of RAM Shotokan Karate Club of Lae.

Promising signs for karate in other individual events in Kata included; Children Female Kata – 9 years & under gold medal went to Andrelia Soari of Erima Kyokushin Karate, Children Male Kata – 9 years & under Colin Marc Mari Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai. Children Male -12 years & under gold medal went to Opie Laiden of Popondetta Karate, Children Male – 13 years & under gold medal went to Robert Sevi of Papa village Karate, Female Cadet Kata gold medal went to Lynda Stanley of Bulolo Karate, Male Cadet Kata gold medal went to Eric Stanley of Papa village Karate, Female Junior (16-17 years) gold medal went to Annabel Beuau of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai and Male Junior (16-17 years) gold medal went to Ismael Stanley of Space Christian Karate.

Promising signs in other kumite included; Children Female Kumite – 13 years gold went to Brigith Kakai of Space Christian Karate, Children Male Kumite – 9 years gold (won on keiken) went to Colin Marc Mari Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai, Children Male Kumite – 10 years gold went to Opie Laiden of Popondetta Karate, Children Male – 13 years gold medal went to Carl Posou of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai, Children Male Kumite – 13 years gold went to Ezra Bobola of Erima Kyokushin Karate and Male Junior(16-17 years) gold medal went to Artson Goasa  Papa village Karate.

It was an exciting event which also witnessed the female heavy weight kumite division tussle between Llane Mununga of Goroka Karate versus Peace Kaiwa of Hoskins Karate.  Peace eventually got the gold.  Other senior male kumite events saw Jason Kilangit of SPACE Christian Karate taking out gold in the 75kg division, Siwari Matus of Lahi Shotokan Karate getting gold in -84kg division, and Manu Mekere of RAM Shotokan Karate winning gold in the +84Kg division.

Notable performance that caught the eyes of selectors were; Bernard Sinai of PNG Mas Oyama Kyokushin who got a silver in 75kg Kumite division, Leonard Geriadi of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai who got a silver in 84 Kg division, Joan Abala of Kokopo Karate who got a silver in Female Junior Kata division, Sarah Ande of Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai who got a silver in Female Open Kata divison and Naorie Beuau of Papa village Karate who got a silver in Male 60Kg division.

ROCK Shotokan Karate Budokai won the club champion cup for the second year in arrow by topping the medal tally with 16 gold, 6 silver and 11 bronze, followed by Space Christian Karate with 5 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze, on third place is Papa Village of 4 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze, followed by RAM Shotokan Karate and Erima Kyokushin Karate on equal forth with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze each and on fifth place is Popondetta Shotokan Karate with 2 gold.  Papa Village karate shocked everyone for performing exceptionally well by beating other seasoned karate clubs with its young athletes to be third on the medal tally.  The full medal table is below.

24TH PNG NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

6-7TH JULY 2013

MEDAL TALLY

NO

Club Province

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

ROCK Shotokan Karate Budokai NCD

16

6

11

33

2

SPACE Christian Karate Central

5

8

7

20

3

Papa Shotokan Karate Central

3

2

6

11

4

RAM Shotokan Karate Morobe

2

1

1

4

5

Erima Kyokushin Karate NCD

2

1

1

4

6

Popondetta Shotokan Karate Oro

2

0

0

2

7

PNG Mas Oyama Kyokushin NCD

1

2

0

3

8

Hoskins Shotokan Karate West New Britain

1

0

3

4

9

Bulolo Shotokan Karate Morobe

1

0

2

3

10

Lae Town Club Morobe

1

0

1

2

11

UNITECH Goju-Ryu Karate Morobe

1

0

0

1

12

Life Line Shotokan Karate Central

0

6

2

8

13

Goroka Shotokan Karate Eastern Highlands

0

2

1

3

14

Buka Shotokan Karate ARO Bougainville

0

1

0

1

15

Kokopo Shotokan Karate East New Britain

0

1

0

1

16

Lahi Shotokan Karate Morobe

0

0

2

2

17

Hohola Shotokan Karate NCD

0

0

1

1

18

Manus Shotokan Karate Club Manus

0

0

1

1

19

Adzera Markham Shotokan Karate Morobe

0

0

1

1

20

Madang Shotokan Karate Club Madang

0

0

0

0

PNGKF President Carl Mari thanked the Honorable Mr. Justin TKachenko, Minister for Sports and 2015 Pacific Games, for officiating during the medal presentation on Sunday 7th July 2013. Mari also thanked the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee for funding the event through the Go 4 Gold program.

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Carl Mari

President at PNG Karate-do Federation
Carl Mari is President of Papua New Guinea Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) and a Sandan in Shotokan Karate. He runs the Rock Shotokan Karate Club in Port Moresby.
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