Revision of Kyokushin Competition Kumite Rules

Revision of Kyokushin Competition Kumite Rules

If you haven’t heard by now, then here it is – the International Kyokushin Karate Organization (IKO) Kumite rules have been revised, and aligned with a few World Karate Federation (WKF) rules. The video below illustrates the revised rules.

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Karate lists 58 athletes for squad

Karate lists 58 athletes for squad

58 athletes have been shortlisted for the 2017 Karate squad. The PNG Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) posted the complete list of athletes on their Facebook page On the list is a combination of elite and developing athletes who were selected most recent past events. Name Sex Residence Province Squad Crystal E R Mari F Port Moresby NCD Elite Doris J Karamo F Port Moresby NCD Elite Gantianna Joseph F Port Moresby Central Elite Joancherry G Revui…

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Sempai Bernard accused of politicizing Kyokushin

Sempai Bernard accused of politicizing Kyokushin

PNG Kyokushin Karate chief instructor, Sempai Bernard Soari, Shodan, has come out guns blazing against accusations made on Facebook that he is using the Erima Dojo to promote his personal political agendas. Sempai Bernard shared on the PNG Kyokushin Facebook page that a Henry Tule from Tanga Island in the New Ireland Province (NIP) has accused him of advocating Sir Julius Chan’s People Progress Party (PPP) and siphoning funds from the NIP government for private…

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Erima Dojo to open doors next Monday

Erima Dojo to open doors next Monday

Papua New Guinea (PNG) Kyokushin Karate’s Erima Dojo will open its doors for classes next Monday, according to their official Facebok page. Chief instructor Sempai Bernard Soari posted that classes would resume on Monday (16 January). In 2016, the club started training at the Bavaroko Primary School hall and Soari said they would have to wait to get the school management’s approval for classes this year. Soari had initially advised that classes would resume on…

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Karate championship deferred

Karate championship deferred

The 27th Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Karate Championship has been deferred to December 17 – 18, according to federation president Carl Mari. Mari had initially announced the championship for November 18 – 20 due to the availability of international referees. However, due to the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup being hosted by the country, the dates were moved. He also called for senior athletes to attend the championships as selections for the Oceania…

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PNGKF refutes instructor’s claim of world accreditation

PNGKF refutes instructor’s claim of world accreditation

Papua New Guinea and the other Pacific island countries do not have a World Karate referee, contrary to a news report that a Shitoryu Karate instructor in Lae has been granted such status. According to the PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) president Carl Mari, the only Pacific Islander, a Fijian, has passed the Oceania judge B-licence. “To get someone to achieve World Karate referee status is quite out of our reach at this stage, but we’ll…

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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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The Real Karate Kid – Mahiro Takako

The Real Karate Kid – Mahiro Takako

Forget about Ralph Macchio and Jaden Smith; they are nothing compared to this little girl who has put in the time and effort, and has already graduated a black belt and is a three time Japanese kata champion. Impressive! She has starred in a few commercial in her home country Japan and more recently in Sia’s new Alive music video. However, one of her most famous videos can be found on Youtube where she performs…

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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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