National Muay Thai belt returned after dispute

National Muay Thai belt returned after dispute

The national light middleweight Muay Thai belt has been returned and a rematch is in the works after a dispute was raised, The National (October 12) reports. Pheonix Promotions Ltd, co-sponsors of the Flash Muay Thai event held on October 2 has reportedly withdrawn the title from John Ake following his win over Alphonse Kauga. Lee Henry Garap, founder of Flash Muay Thai, said Kauga had appealed the decision, claiming that the fight ended prematurely….

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Tarapia introduces new form of karate

Tarapia introduces new form of karate

Karate-Do Shitoryo is a style of karate that is being introduced into the country by PNG’s first licensed World Shitoryo referee and judge, John Tarapia. Tarapia was awarded his licence in June last year by the Philippines Karate-do League (PKL) after attending a referees and coaches seminar at Muntinlupe City. Tarapia is also the first national to receive a black belt (dan) in Karate-do Shitoryo and he is also recognised by PKL organising committee chairman…

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Erima Kyokushin conducts grading

Erima Kyokushin conducts grading

The Erima Kyokushin Karate Dojo conducted their junior grading last Saturday which saw nine (9) students – including three (3) girls – graduate to the next level. The grading which was held at Bavaroko Primary School saw the students go through almost five (5) hours of examination by their instructor, Sempai Bernard Soari, who tested their knowledge in the basics (kihon), flexibility, stamina, kata (forms) and jyu kumite (free fighting). All the students passed and…

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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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Erima Dojo introduces kid’s classes

Erima Dojo introduces kid’s classes

Karate builds character and the Erima Kyokushin Karate Dojo has introduced kids’ classes to do just that. According a post on Facebook by Chief Instructor, Sempai Bernard Soari, registrations are now open for children between the ages of 5 to 12 years to enroll for classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 5pm and Saturdays from 9 – 10:30 in the morning at Bavaroko Primary School hall. Soari, who is himself a former Papua…

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MKA to host PNG Games selections

MKA to host PNG Games selections

Morobe Karate Association (MKA) will be hosting a selection trial for the upcoming PNG Games in Kimbe over the Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium in Lae, The National reports. Association vice president, Sensei Rickinson Mekere said the meet would be the first selection for the organization and would be staged on June 12 – 13. He further said another trial would be held on the Independence weekend (September 16) at Mutzing…

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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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Taekwondo duo to train in Australia

Taekwondo duo to train in Australia

Taekwondo’s Maxwell and aunt Samantha Kassman, will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia, to train under coach Andy Rutten, The National (March 10) reports, in three week’s time. The pair, while in the country, are training with local coach Edward Kassman but will switch to Rutten’s training regime when they arrive in Australia, which will continue until they depart for Rio. Coach Kassman said the pair are working on improving their strength and fitness, and added…

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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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