With the International Karate Tournament just around the corner, the annual Ryushin-Kan Karate championships have come at the right time to prepare karatekas for the tournament.
Expectations are high that the one day event, which is scheduled for the 21st April 2018, will help local karatekas to be able to compete with people from different styles of karate in Botswana. According to the mouth piece of Botswana Karate Association, Isaiah Ramontshonyane, karatekas from across the nation have been invited to take part in this once in a year event.
Ramontshonyane said the Ryushin-kan tournament is one way to prepare local karatekas for the International tournament to be held at Luderitz, Namibia from August 24 to 25.
“BOKA national team coaches have also suggested that national team members also take part in this prestigious event as it is the last tournament before Region5 Champions,” Ramontshonyane said. Where the tournament had attracted 132 participants last year, the BOKA PRO said this year, they intend to have at least 150 participants.
He furthermore noted that this championship is open to any karateka, adding that it is not only open to Batswana but any country or citizen can participate as this is one way of helping individuals to improve and up their game.
Ramontshonyane added that as the BOKA executive, they have vowed to improve and better karate in the nation and they are hopeful that championships such as this one will bring improvement to the junior and senior karatekas.