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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Kyokushin pulls out of national karate team

Kyokushin pulls out of national karate team

PNG Kyokushin Karate has pulled out of the national karate team for the XV Pacific Games next month, Post Courier (June 11, 2015) reports. According to the report, this includes Sempais Bernard Soari as coach and Sailas Piskaut as athlete, and it is believed that other Kyokushin students who are volunteers and officials may follow suit. Soari said that PNG Kyokushin is recognized internationally by the International Karate Organization (IKO) and one of the several…

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Kyokushin questions karate selection criteria

Kyokushin questions karate selection criteria

The selection criteria used to select the recently announced PNG karate team for the XV Pacific Games has come under scrutiny by former Kyokushin champion and Erima Dojo head instructor Sempai Bernard Soari, Post Courier (June 10, 2015) reports. Sempai Soari, a Shodan in Kyokushin Karate and 3 times World Tournament representative, said the recently announced team included athletes that never took part in national tournaments or attended training at the High Performance Training Center…

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Pennie eyes gold in Taekwondo

Pennie eyes gold in Taekwondo

22 year old Taekwondo athlete Rainner Pennie has set his eyes on gold at the coming Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby next month, The National (June 3, 2015) reports. Pennie, who was formally named in the squad last week, fights in the 63kg division and has an impressive résumé including winning two silver medals at the Gold Coast Open last month, gold in the 2014 New Zealand Nationals, South Australia Championships and…

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Karate names XV Pacific Games team

Karate names XV Pacific Games team

The PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) Karate has announced its final team of twenty eight athletes for the XV Pacific Games, but laments the exclusion of Braden McMahon due to citizenship issues.  Braden who is the current Oceania 75Kg Kumite Champion has blood connection thru his paternal grandmother who is from Central Province. The women team comprise of  Crystal Mari (Individual Kata – NCD), Gantianna Joseph (Team Kata – NCD), Sarah Ande (Team Kata – NCD),…

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Taekwondo PNG announces final team for XV Pacific Games

Taekwondo PNG announces final team for XV Pacific Games

Taekwondo PNG today announced their final team to represent Papua New Guinea for the XV Pacific Games this year. They are; MEN: Bobby Willie (54kg), Maxemillion Kassman (58kg), Rainner Pennie (63kg), Henry Ori (68kg), Jonathan Paschalis (74kg), Colland Kokin (80kg), Ivan Kassman (87kg), Sam Ware (+87kg). Their reserves are Jack Ninifo (54kg), Steven Tommy (63kg), Anton Aitsi (68kg), Brendan Nema (87kg). WOMEN: Rose Tona (46kg), Rahab Loi (49kg), Theresa Tona (53kg), Dorris David (57kg), Stephanie…

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Nigel prepares for the Pacific Games

Nigel prepares for the Pacific Games
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PNG Karate Train-On Squard

PNG Karate Train-On Squard
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Potential gold medal karate athletes overlooked

Potential gold medal karate athletes overlooked

Two potential gold medal athletes in the sport of karate have been overlooked for selection and placed in the reserve team, Post Courier reports. The athletes; Sailas Piskaut and Atomu Amani, both from the Kyokushin style and despite being champions in their own right, do not understand why they have been overlooked by national selectors. Piskaut and Amani are currently undergoing a three month uchi-deshi program under former champion Bernard Soari in preparation for the…

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Karate athletes need release

Karate athletes need release

The PNG Karate-Do Federation (PNGKF) has voiced its concerns on non-release of athletes to attend training and other related preparations by employers and educational institutions in the country.  The president of PNGKF Carl Mari has said that if these organizations do not release these athletes for training sessions, this will have an adverse effect in Karate’s preparations.  He seeks understanding from stakeholders, including parents and spouses, especially when preparations have revved up this year. Students…

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