Kung Fu school resumes for 2017

Kung Fu school resumes for 2017

In opening training classes for 2017, Papua New Guinea Shaolin Kung Fu master, Stephen Ngandang Sifu encouraged more young people to take up martial arts. Ngandang said young people need direction in terms of good behaviour, respect and confidence and martial arts is the best way to teach them that. “It also keeps them fit and gives them something to do but most importantly, it gives them the ability to protect themselves and their friends…

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Highlight of Lee Garap cutting down his opponent

Highlight of Lee Garap cutting down his opponent

A video highlight of Lee Henry Garap cutting down his opponent during their Muay Thai World Title fight in Port Moresby earlier this year.

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Nandex regains mantle as head of PNG Kickboxing

Nandex regains mantle as head of PNG Kickboxing

The sport of Kickboxing has done well on the international arena and is still going strong despite the challenges and the political disturbances that we have encountered. However, despite all that going on in the background the executives have been very much intact together with their loyal members, fighters and officials for the past four years. They have held on until on the 1st of October, 2016 the World Kickboxing Federation (WKF) and World Kickboxing…

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Katua prepares for toughest fight yet – Rio Olympics

Katua prepares for toughest fight yet – Rio Olympics

Papua New Guinean boxer Thadius Katua is getting himself prepared for the toughest assignments of his life as he brushes up his skills for the Rio Olympic Games next month. The 19-year-old Caterets Islander is currently in Baguio, Philippines training under the watchful eyes of coaches Joe Aufa and Allan Nicolson. But for Katua, granted passage to the Olympic Games through a tripartite qualification, this is not on an unfamiliar trip for the young Bougainvillean….

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The Last Kung Fu Fighter [Part 3]

The Last Kung Fu Fighter [Part 3]

Part 3: Reestablishment and the future One of the things Sifu Steven Ngandang would also like to see for his Shaolin Kung Fu, is the establishment of a national body to run all its affairs in the country and affiliate with international bodies. He wants to see all the Kung Fu styles in PNG get together to run their affairs more professionally and organised. “I call on the other Kung Fu masters and other styles…

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The Last Kung Fu Fighter [Part 1]

The Last Kung Fu Fighter [Part 1]

Foundation and Early Years With a deep breath he began his routine, his wrinkled hands slicing through the air as his feet moved with the swiftness gained from years of practice. His techniques, crisp but flowing as he shifted from one form to another, each with their own emphasis and meaning. It has been years since students attended a proper Shaolin Kung Fu class in Papua New Guinea. Many wonder if it exists anymore in the…

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PNGKF clears outstanding issues with WKF

PNGKF clears outstanding issues with WKF

The Papua New Guinea Kickboxing Federation has finally settled its outstanding debts with the World Kickboxing Federation by paying the US$1,000 it owed. President of PNGKF, Stanley Nandex said with this out of the way the federation is now looking at bigger things to do with the sport and getting back on track with its programs and activities in the country. Nandex said the sport has already made an impact on the international stage and…

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Kassman describes win as “Hand of God.”

Kassman describes win as “Hand of God.”

Papua New Guinea’s Maximillian Kassman has described his win at the Oceania Taekwondo Championships as the “hand of God”. He was behind 3-2 with just three seconds to go when a well-executed kick to his opponent’s head from him stopped the clock. The points for the kick did not register on the electronic scoreboard upon impact and Kassman’s coach, Andy Rutten wasted no time appealing. Kassman’s opponent, Bruce Jonathan from Vanuatu was hanging desperately on…

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A Kuro Obi Gift for the Judo Master

A Kuro Obi Gift for the Judo Master

Call it a late Christmas present if you like but it was a big surprise for Papua New Guinea Judo Federation (PNGJF) President, John Jambert when he unwrapped the package. It came from the International Judo Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland. Inside was a Christmas card signed by the IJF President, Marius L. Vizer. Jambert, smiled as he opened the black oblong box which revealed a Judo black belt with custom embroidery on it that read…

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Why We Train Kung Fu

Why We Train Kung Fu

There was once a student in our Kung Fu class who many thought had nothing in him. In my view, Abi (not real name) was not one of those who would become a fighter in the ring. However, Kung Fu and the martial arts is not for fighters only, in fact, it is for training the mind and body for all situations in life and not just for fighting in the ring like some sports…

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