First Papuan Karate Titles deferred to October

First Papuan Karate Titles deferred to October

The 1st Papuan Karate Title which was planned for 21st September 2013 has been deferred to Saturday 5th October 2013. In the meantime PNGKF will send four athletes to compete in the Fiji International Karate Championship on 27th – 28th 2013. The athletes are; 1. Nigel Bana (Rock Shotokan Karate Budokai), he’ll compete in kumite 60kg, Open and kata; 2. Quentine Bougen (Buka Shotokan Karate), he’ll compete in kumite -84kg and Open; Bernard Sinai (Mas Oyama…

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Muay Thai welterweight title fight deferred

Muay Thai welterweight title fight deferred

The much anticipated Muay Thai welterweight title fight between Papua New Guinea’s Lee “The Flash” Garap and Thailand’s Rangsan Poonsang has been deferred to next week, The National reports. The match sanctioned by World Kickboxing Federation which was supposed to take place today has been rescheduled for August 9 due to a delay in Poonsang’s visa. The news was announced by Garap on Wednesday. Garap apologised to the sponsors and supporters for the inconvenience but…

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2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp

2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp

The 2nd 2013 Karate Training Camp starts on Saturday 22nd June – 5th July 2013 in Port Moresby.  The camp will be held at Lamana hotel. The camp will be facilitated by the Karate mentor coach Sensei Trevor Roberts.  All members of the Karate development squad are urged to attend this camp.  PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) has been running the 2015 Pacific Games targeted training camps since 2012 where all members have been invited to…

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ENB to host provincial open karate tournament

ENB to host provincial open karate tournament

East New Britain Provincial Karate Association is preparing to host their provincial open karate tournament in June. According to president English Tanot the event will be staged during the Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 7 – 9) and will be used to prepare fighters for the upcoming PNG Games in Lae next year and the 2015 Pacific Games. Invitations for the event have been sent out to various Karate schools in the province. Tanot also said…

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PNGKF’s calendar for 2013

PNGKF’s calendar for 2013

The Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation’s (PNGKF) will have their hands full this year with an array of activities planned for 2013 including an international karate festival.  The activities begin with all training classes to resume on January 14. This will be followed by the first development squad training camp for the year from February 15 – 20. There will be at least four other camps during the year. Then on April 5 – 8,…

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Goju Ryu master gives PNGKF members training in competition kata

Goju Ryu master gives PNGKF members training in competition kata

Members of the Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) were treated to a seminar with Karate master, Sensei Mark Vele, yesterday at the Murray Barracks Gymnasium. Sensei Mark, a Goju-Ryu master, and his son Sempai Myles, also a Goju Ryu black-belt and former Australian Open Karate Champion took the karatekas through the basics of competition kata (forms). He started off with basic stance drills and then taught them Seipai; a traditional Okinawan form in the two…

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Karate seminar underway

Karate seminar underway

The Technical Training Seminar hosted by the Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) is currently underway at the Shady Rest Hotel in Port Moresby. The two week seminar which started on the 25th of June is currently in its last week. Sensei Trevor Roberts from the Shotokan Budokai Karate Honbu (headquarters) has been flown in to conduct the seminar. The first week covered kihon (basics), kata (forms), kumite and pressure points. This week is oriented…

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Fighter in the Wind

Fighter in the Wind

Fighter in the Wind or Baramui Fighter is a 2004 Korean martial arts film based on the Japanese book Karate Baka Ichidai which is an account of the life and exploits of Kyokushin founder, Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama who was born Choi Yeong-eui. The film focuses on his migration to Japan and how he first came to know about karate. I found some scenes and story line greatly exaggerated, being a Kyokushin student myself. However, if…

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Kyokushin students to raise funds

Kyokushin students to raise funds

Karate students at the Mas Oyama Kyokushin Karate Association (PNGMOKKA) dojo at 6 Mile will be fundraising to assist their members who will compete in the coming 23rd National Karate Championships and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Grassroots Games. According to senior student and the country’s current female Kyokushin champion, Sempai Freda Kurabi, each student will be given a sponsor-sheet worth K50. They will hold on to the sheet and seek sponsorship from wantoks, relatives,…

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Karate Not on the Decline

Karate Not on the Decline

President of the Papua New Guinea Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF), Carl Mari has stated that Karate is not on the decline as we reported in one of our articles [read here]. Mari, in a comment on the article, said that one of the federation’s strategies in promoting the code equally throughout the country was to hold its Open and National Titles in central locations like Lae and Madang as it would ensure equal participation across the…

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