Karate prepares for national championships

Karate prepares for national championships

It requires time and commitment to prepare for any event, and currently the Papua New Guinea Karate-do Federation (PNGKF) is doing just that. Federation executives held a meeting last Saturday at Waigani to review past events, discuss upcoming ones and prepare for the 24th National Karate Championships which will be staged on July 6 – 7. Federation president Carl Mari said the tournament dates had been moved forward so that a guest referee could be…

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Taekwondo squad for Mini Pacific Games named

Taekwondo squad for Mini Pacific Games named

Papua New Guinea Taekwondo Federation (PNGTF) has named their final squad for the Mini Pacific Games in Wallis and Futuna in September. The names were released by federation president Simon Kama. The squad is comprised of Maximillian Kassman, Detrosh Dati, Ivan Kassman, Jack Karo, Chataton Roberts, Reina Peni, Gordon Kama and Colland Kokin for the men’s. The females are Freda Stafford, Onne Valu Avira, Theresa Tona, Stephanie Kombo and Francillia Kokin. Edward Kassman and Eko…

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Kassman Taekwondo Club to host first Korean Ambassador’s Cup Challenge

Kassman Taekwondo Club to host first Korean Ambassador’s Cup Challenge

Kassman Taekwnodo Club is a week away from hosting the country’s first ever Korean Ambassador’s Cup challenge and a training camp jointly supported by PNG Olympic Committee under the Go for Gold (G4G) program, Don Bosco Technological Institute (DBTI), Caritas Secondary School (CSS), National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and the Korean Ambassador’s office in the country while major sponsorship is from soft drink company, Pepsi. Edward Kassman, head instructor and former Taekwondo champion, said the…

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Champions breeding champions

Champions breeding champions

Many great boxers start young and two big names in Papua New Guinea (PNG) boxing are giving the chance for young pugilists to learn the art and hone their skills at the Socay Boxing Club in Hohola. Junior Kauko Raga and former Olympian Jack Willie are conducting a coach program for young and novice pugilists. The program aims to develop young talent in the sweet science of boxing. Kauko, a champion in the 52kg division and…

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Tona takes gold

Tona takes gold

Pacific Games Taekwondo gold medalist Theresa Tona has done it again, winning gold in the 7th Caboolture Open Taekwondo Championships. Tona is currently training for the London Olympics. Tona took gold in the females 46kg and 49kg division and gave her an opportunity to test out her Olympic competition. The Kairuku lass also took part in the 53kg and 56kg division as part of her coach’s strategy. According to The National, Tona’s coach Andy Rutten…

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Bougainville Taekwondo team motivated

Bougainville Taekwondo team motivated

By Keith Puaria Team Niu13 from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have lived through enough adversity to be motivated for Sunday’s Taekwondo PNG 2015 Pacific Games selection trials. The team comes out of Buin in the south of Bougainville, where the sport is only a minnow compared to volleyball and boxing. “We came here through family expense because we didn’t get any sponsors. This is the second time for our families to support us,” Hemison…

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Taekwondo trials set for Sunday

Taekwondo trials set for Sunday

By Keith Puaria Taekwondo Papua New Guinea (TPNG) will hold its 2015 Pacific Games selection trials on Sunday at the Sir John Guise indoor complex. It is also its first national championships and TPNG has set its sights on the major Port Moresby event in less than three years. At least 50 fighters are confirmed to vie for spots in two teams that TPNG will be selecting from the trials. More clubs are yet to…

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Tona wins gold

Tona wins gold

Olympic-bound Taekwondo athlete Theresa Tona added the Gold Coast Open 49kg gold medal to her bag en route to London on Saturday. Only two weeks after collecting the gold in the New South Wales Open and the South Australian Open in the same division, Tona dominated her rounds through to the final, all on knockouts. “She’s world class. She’s very strong,” coach Andy Rutten said last night. “As a coach, it is very satisfying when…

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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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Silas in XIII Pacific Games – Noumea

Silas in XIII Pacific Games – Noumea, a set on Flickr. Pictures of Sempai Silas Piskaut during the recent Pacific Games in Noumea. Pictures courtesy of photojournalist and PNG Warrior’s own Andrew Molen.

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