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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Morobe Karate Association elects executives

Morobe Karate Association elects executives

The Morobe Karate Association (MKA) have elected their executives and are looking forward to developing the art and sport of the martial art in the province. In an email to members of the PNG Karate-do Federation (PNGKF), newly appointed association president, Sensei John Watah, said the appointments were made in the best interest of karate in the province. He said the executives were appointed in a meeting at the indoor stadium in Lae on September…

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Taekwondo to identify new talents for Olympics

Taekwondo to identify new talents for Olympics

Taekwondo PNG will be hosting the Southern Taekwondo Olympic selection trials to identify the region’s best four male and four female athletes into the PNG Olympic team. This Olympic trials will be held this Sunday 27th September at the PNG Olympic Committee High Performance Training Center at in Port Moresby. The event is open to Taekwondo PNG athletes in the Southern region from blue belt through to black belt, aged 16 years and above. Tournament…

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Garap Ready for Muay Thai World Title

Garap Ready for Muay Thai World Title

Papua New Guinean Muay Thai fighter, Lee ‘The Flash’ Garap, is ready to take on Thai and 7 time world champion in 64.5kg division, Petachanong Banchamek, and he is confident of his abilities. Post Courier (September 24) reports Garap making the announcement at the Ullie Beier Arts Centre at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) yesterday. He said: “I lost my two previous fights with a weak elbow but this time around I don’t…

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PNG Judo’s Road to Tokyo

PNG Judo’s Road to Tokyo

As part of Japan’s preparation for to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, they are spreading out their support to various sports that will be competing at this Games. Under their programme “Sports For Tomorrow, leading to 2020,” the Japanese government is selecting two sports from each country to assist in their development for the Tokyo Games. Two sports identified for Papua New Guinea (PNG) is Judo and Swimming. While swimming is a popular…

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National karate squad training times

National karate squad training times

Notice to all Karatekas in PNG, start preparing for upcoming national and international events. For the national squad and development squad members in Port Moresby, your training times are:   Day Start End Type /Session Venue Tuesday 10am 1pm Mat High Performance Training Centre 3pm 4:30pm Mat Wednesday 10am 1pm Mat 3pm 4:30pm Gym Thursday 10am 1pm Mat 3pm 4:30pm Mat Saturday 9am 1pm Mat Those in other centers please continue your training and maintain…

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2015 Judo Journey through Oceania reaches PNG

2015 Judo Journey through Oceania reaches PNG

Official delegates from the International Judo Federation (IJF) and Oceania Judo Union (OJU) are currently in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in efforts to promote the Japanese martial art under the “2015 Judo Journey through Oceania” campaign. PNG is one of four countries chosen including Australia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Post Courier (June 12, 2015) reports. The delegates include President of OJU, Mr Lennie Niit, IJF Media and Judo for Peace Director, Mr Nicolas Messner and…

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PNGKF president refutes allegations by Soari

PNGKF president refutes allegations by Soari

President of the Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF), Sensei Carl Mari, has refuted claims by Sempai Bernard Soari regarding the national team selection for the XV Pacific Games in July, according to Post Courier (June 11, 2015). Sensei Mari, in a statement yesterday, said the allegations were unfounded and that Soari was part of the coaching team and selection panel, and knew of the selection criteria. He added that Soari was part of the…

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